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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,337 - $32,157
Original MSRP: $30,710 - $43,325
MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

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Reviewers said the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers excellent off-road handling and good performance on road from its array of engines -- three in all, including a new 6.1-liter Hemi V8.

  • "Considering the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee's off-road prowess, its on-road manners are surprisingly good. Steering is precise and handling is mostly sure-footed, although the suspension can be jittery over cracks and potholes. In off-road situations, the Jeep's generous wheel travel and advanced 4WD hardware earn it true mountain-goat status." -- Edmunds
  • "Gutsy with Hemi engine and relatively agile on pavement considering its formidable off-road chops." -- Car and Driver
  • "Grand Cherokee absorbs most bumps with little harshness. Solid-feeling structure enhances impression of car-like comfort. Some float is noticeable on dips and swells at highway speeds, except for the taut SRT8, which tends to jiggle on less-than-perfect pavement." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

Since the diesel and 4.7-liter V8 engines have been discontinued for 2010, the 2010 Grand Cherokee now offers three engine options: a base 3.7-liter V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and the high-performance SRT8 model's 6.1-liter HEMI V8. Reviewers found the base V6 especially sluggish and underpowered. They recommended either of the V8 engines instead. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard and a multi-speed overdrive automatic was a no-cost option for some models.

Even in its most fuel-efficient trim, the Grand Cherokee is no fuel sipper. According to the EPA, the two-wheel drive model with the V6 engine achieves just 16/21 mpg city/highway. Models with the 6.1-liter V8 engine get as little as 12/16 mpg city/highway.

  • "The V6 is too weak for this vehicle's weight. ... The SRT8 is a hot-rod wagon." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The base V6 is woefully underpowered and lacks any significant fuel economy advantage. We recommend that buyers opt for the powerful 5.7-liter V8 if they can swing the additional cost." -- Edmunds
  • "As the first four-wheel-drive SRT vehicle, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 provides astonishing on-road and all-weather ability and power. The new Jeep SRT8 model boasts a zero-to-60 time of less than five seconds." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Handling and Braking

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is fairly car-like to drive, but according to reviewers, it isn't perfect. Its on-pavement ride is less comfortable than crossover competitors that are smoother over broken pavement. Regardless, test drivers loved the sporty performance of the SRT8 model.

  • "Balanced and stable, but body lean prompts slowing down for tight, fast turns, even in the handling-oriented SRT8. Steering has well-judged effort and good feedback, but it isn't quick or precise. Braking is strong." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The specialized SRT8 model provides more than just wicked acceleration and intoxicating sounds. A precisely tuned suspension and quick steering allow you to hustle it through turns as if it were a much smaller vehicle, and the oversized Brembo brakes skim off speed quickly and resist fade. Those expecting the Grand Cherokee's typical forgiving ride quality will be disappointed, however, as the SRT modifications firm up the suspension considerably." -- Edmunds

Off-Roading

Reviewers found the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee solid enough for on-road driving, but where it really stands out is in its off-road performance. The Grand Cherokee is available with a choice of three four-wheel drive systems. Quadra-Trac I, standard on the Laredo 4x4 and SRT8 4x4, is a full-time system that features a single-speed transfer case. Quadra-Trac II, standard on the Limited 4x4, provides a two-speed transfer case. Quadra-Drive II, which was optional on the Limited 4x4 and V8 Laredo 4x4, features a full-time transfer case with electronic limited slip differentials. It's available with trailer sway control, hill start control and hill descent control.

  • "Hardcore off-roaders will be pleased to know...that the new fascia is comprised of two-pieces, the lower of which can be removed when trail-rating your new Grand Cherokee." -- Autoblog

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