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in 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,842 - $29,621
Original MSRP: $30,215 - $42,295
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

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The 2011 Grand Cherokee’s redesign has given it an especially high-quality cabin. Reviewers say that even the base model looks and feels refined, which makes the Grand Cherokee unique among bona-fide off-road vehicles.

For an in-depth look at its interior, be sure to check out our 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee video.

  • "The seats are comfortable, there's a bit more living area (notably 4 inches more legroom in the rear) and the interior trim is miles ahead of where the Grand Cherokee has been. More acoustic insulation from the improved headliner materials as well as thicker glass also make this the quietest Jeep ever built." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior's all-new too. And by all-new, we mean it looks like what we expect a luxury SUV to look like. That's good, because it'll need it to go up against competitors like the new Cadillac SRX and new Lexus RX." -- Jalopnik
  • "The base of the base looks pretty damn good. The cloth seating surfaces were attractive, soft and sturdy. The center console was well organized and surrounded by an elegant brushed silver plating. The headliner, dash and door surfaces were all soft touch. Even the floor mats, emblazoned with Jeep, were attractive." -- North Star National

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Seating

The redesigned Grand Cherokee offers a more spacious rear seat. Test drivers say both the front and rear seats are comfortable and roomy, which is a huge improvement over the previous model. Now, reviewers say this Jeep can fit tall adults in both the front and back.

True to its luxurious price tag, the Grand Cherokee comes standard with an eight-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support and a tilt/telescoping steering column. The base Laredo model comes with cloth seats, though leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats are available.

  • "I'm 6-foot-1 and often find that I could do with longer seat cushions in many of the cars I test, but the Grand Cherokee's cushions were just right." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats were supremely adjustable and comfortable for this 5-foot-tall driver, which has never happened to me before in a Chrysler Group product. I sat high enough, far-forward enough (and could have even gone further forward) and had great lumbar support as well as plenty of distance from the steering wheel." -- North Star National
  • "The seats are comfortable and the interior is hushed even at 80 mph." -- Car and Driver
  • "Rear seat passengers get four inches more kneeroom and can tilt the seat back or forward through 12 degrees. Our cameraman grew up with Grand Cherokees and reports much better comfort in the back seat." -- Motor Trend
  • "We anticipate that the rear-seat passengers, who will presumably not be able to caress these new dash materials, will find accommodations a bit more luxurious as well since they won't be eating their own knees." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers have always appreciated the Grand Cherokee's simple controls, though they have complained about cheap-feeling materials in the past. For 2011, the Grand Cherokee’s redesign gives it higher quality materials and even real wood trim in Overland models.

The base Laredo is well-equipped and comes standard with Sirius satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a power-adjustable driver seat and a tilt/telescoping steering column. Upgrading to the Laredo X adds nice features like automatic dual-zone temperature control, heated front seats and power passenger seats. Limited and Overland models offer a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, which is available with a subscription to SIRIUS Backseat TV, which plays shows from kids' channels like Nickelodeon and Disney.

  • "The levels of fit and finish are high, and where once there were flashing and sharp edges and abject horribleness are now soft plastics, decent leather, and real wood trim (the latter an Overland exclusive)." -- Car and Driver
  • "From adaptive cruise control to a full suite of concierge, navigation, connectivity and even television options, there's nothing gone missing. Perhaps best of all, Jeep has done its best to offer as many of these features as stand-alone items, allowing buyers to tailor the Grand Cherokee anywhere along the trail to boulevard continuum." -- Road and Track
  • "Despite the strides, there's still room for improvement. The silver trim that runs from the center of the dash down to the console isn't pretty, and the buttons for the optional automatic air-conditioning system don't have an upscale, well-oiled feel." -- Cars.com
  • "Behold: textured plastics that don't make you wretch. Faux aluminum trim that doesn't feel like it's been liberated from a Ukrainian toy factory. Switchgear -- in particular, the window controls and climate knobs -- that are (shocker!) pleasing to thumb and won't detach in your palm. Granted, it's not exactly Audi-grade stuff, but it's easily on par with some of the best from the domestic luxury set, and in many cases, even better." -- Autoblog
  • "Getting into the car, we were immediately pleased with the steering wheel's feel, as it is wrapped in a matte finish leather. Real wood trim graced the cabin, and soft plastics covered the dashboard. Upholstered interior door handles and console top completed the cabin appointments." -- CNET
  • "In addition to the driver's comfort, I was also impressed with the look of the standard base controls. Similar to Audi's info screen between the tach and speedo, the Grand Cherokee sports this standard luxury item, which reports trip information, fuel economy and a digital readout of your speed." -- North Star National

Cargo

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s cargo space falls below midsize SUV standards. It provides 35.1 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 68.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down. That's much less space than three-row SUVs like the Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner, which provide a maximum of 83.7 and 88.8 cubic feet of space, respectively.

Small storage spaces include a center floor console and overhead console, and a cargo trim panel with storage and tie-down loops. A power liftgate is optional on the Limited and standard on the Overland.

  • "The same handle folds the seats flat with the cargo floor, and lifting it begins an orchestrated dance where the backrest comes down, the seat cushion drops closer to the floor and the head restraint flips forward so as not to get caught on the back of the front seat. It all happens in one quick motion. … The wheel wells intrude somewhat into the sides of the cargo area, but the bigger issue for some will be clearing the tall rear bumper; the cargo floor was nearly as high as my hip." -- Cars.com

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