Aug 08, 2013
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $51,990; 3.6-liter V6, 290 hp, 8-sp auto with E-Shifter

Attractive and a commanding presence. Feels like it can go anywhere. Nimble for an SUV, and even for a large sedan. The assisted steering is point and go. The Quadra-lift air suspension gives separation between the bumps, ruts and debris found on back-country highways. The three settings go between 8.7 inches and 11.3 inches of clearance. There is a down button to lower the vehicle when parked so those of us with shorter legs won’t have an issue getting in or out.

Interior chrome is minimal. This is a bonus because it cuts down on reflective surfaces that can flash in the driver’s face.


Auto windshield-wiping function isn’t all that smart, as it does select the fastest wiping setting during light rains. The touchscreen does not always respond to touch commands (good luck with the button shifting between the first set of radio presets and the second set). Chrysler imported (from Detroit) the stubby T-shaped shifter from the 300 and Charger twins. Selecting drive and park is easy, with reverse requiring a more gentle maneuver.


The Grand Cherokee is for buyer that wants legitimate off-roading capabilities with leather seats and a chrome grille. It’s a fancy multi-use tool. Camping, commuting, road trips, towing, this rig can do it all. It isn’t cheap, as the Summit starts at $50,995 plus delivery.

However, Acura’s MDX and the BMW X5 will need a number of options to get to the Grand Cherokee Summit’s level. The Jeep, by the way, has no options. Every bit of tech and gadgetry is standard. You’ll need to add navigation to the X5, which when comparably equipped is $5k more than the Grand Cherokee. The Acura is $2k more at the same level.

It all adds up to a lot of vehicle for the price.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.5 rating

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