in 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $30,215 - $42,295
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Review Last Updated: 8/9/12

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee bridges the gap between a luxury SUV and a rugged four-wheeler. Redesigned for 2011, the Grand Cherokee has even beefier off-road capabilities, a more refined interior and a better on-road ride than the 2010 model.

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With a new look and interior, as well as a new engine option and two new off-road systems, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee shares little in common with the 2010 model. Reviewers said the extensive changes turned a niche vehicle into a jack of all trades. The 2011 Grand Cherokee is a bona-fide off-road SUV with impressive handling and an interior that rivals a German luxury SUV, which is a rare combination. It’s also more accommodating, thanks to a spacious rear seat and optional streaming television, which makes the Grand Cherokee a viable family hauler. One downside to the Cherokee is that its reliability ratings are lower than average for the class.

You’ll find the five-seat Jeep Grand Cherokee with either a 3.6-liter V6 or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, as well as rear-wheel drive or one of three different all- or four-wheel drive systems. It offers a plethora of off-road aids, including an air lift suspension and a terrain selector. Base trims come with features like dual-zone manual climate control, a six-speaker audio system and a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Fully-loaded Grand Cherokees can offer a level of luxury that’s uncommon for an off-road SUV, with features like Sirius TV satellite television, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is also available, bringing a high-performance edge to this family SUV.

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2011 Dodge Durango share many of the same components, so if you’re looking at the Jeep but need a third row, the Durango is a good alternative. Higher trim levels can offer many of the same interior features as the Grand Cherokee, like Sirius TV and a Garmin-based navigation system. The Dodge Durango earns a slightly better reliability rating, though it’s not as capable off-road as the Grand Cherokee. However, with its aggressive looks, upscale interior and impressive handling, many reviewers said the Durango is a great Dad-mobile.

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner isn’t nearly as nice inside as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it has similar off-road brawn and an available third row of seats. Granted, the 4Runner’s third row is best left to children, but when it was new, reviewers noted that the first two rows were comfortable, and they liked the 4Runner’s functional interior features. While the 4Runner can’t match the Grand Cherokee’s level of luxury, it trumps the Jeep with better reliability.

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