The Grand Cherokee underwent a complete redesign for 2011, and the all-new SUV transformed into a genuine contender. It has a sharp new look, an upscale interior, and a powerful but fuel-efficient V6 as standard. Off-road prowess is expected when there's a Jeep badge on the hood, and the 2012 Grand Cherokee doesn't disappoint. The standard model is very capable in the rough, and you can add an off-road-specific suspension and 4x4 hardware for even more capability. Previously the Grand Cherokee's rugged ability came with a less than stellar experience on the road. But the 2022 Grand Cherokee drives more like a crossover than a traditional 4x4, with a comfortable-riding suspension, good control in the corners, and decent handling.
Powering it is a base 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine or an optional 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. The V6 uses a five-speed automatic, and the V8 features a six-speed transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but there's the option of four-wheel drive via Jeep's Quadra-Trac I® and Quadra-Trac II® systems. The latter comes with a two-speed transfer case and Jeep's Selec-Terrain® system that can optimize settings for off-roading and other terrain. For 2012 Jeep reintroduced its performance flagship model, the SRT8, and it comes with a scorching fast 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 and a more road-oriented adaptive suspension. Trim levels start with the Laredo, followed by the Limited, Overland, Overland Summit, and the SRT8. Surrounded by stiff competition, the well-rounded Jeep Grand Cherokee is a very attractive choice. And if you want big performance for not much money, the SRT8 is pretty much in a class of its own.