This chin spoiler is more than just a pretty face, however. We were grinning like idiots until we looked out the left-side window and noticed this tippy sport-ute was drastically leaning on its left side. Unique blue-accented gauges include a 180-mph speedometer plus oil pressure and oil temperature readouts in the center stack. Press preview days Sunday through Tuesday allowed the Motor Trend staff to join more than 6500 of auto scribes from around the globe as they descended upon the massive Cobo Hall to catch a first glimpse at the… As we ring in the New Year, we also celebrate the return of auto show season in a big way, with the Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows happening back to back during the first days of January. But in the real world, the stability system wasn't a bother. Front suspension travel is increased by almost 10 percent over the previous Grand Cherokee. Limited models present a somewhat flashier appearance, with a chromed grille, bright inserts in the bumpers, body-color door handles, and Platinum bodyside molding.
In the engine bay sits a 6. Those deficiencies cost the Jeep first place, but it lost by only two measly points. Though rated at 12 mpg, we think they were rounding up because our best performance in town was around 11. This madness will continue until the speed limiter cuts off the fun at 155. The cargo area is spacious, easy to access, and includes a flip-over tray that enables you to contain muddy items and keep them off of your carpet.
It's smaller than a Ford Explorer. Intake and exhaust valve stems are hollow, and the exhaust valve stems are filled with sodium to help dissipate heat more efficiently. After a few miles of spirited driving, you forget you're in a truck. That 3500-pound towing capacity cost it three points, and there's the interior, which is small compared with the Chevy's. Maybe we're getting soft, but it's uncomfortable enough that we wouldn't want to endure the ride on a daily basis. This modern, overhead-cam engine is a paragon of power and smoothness for around-town and highway driving. Behold the 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds, the 0-100-0 time of less that 19 seconds, and a top speed around 155 mph.
Chrysler sent interim notifications to owners in September 2014. They weren't lying: In our testing it ripped to 60 in just 4. From rest to 60 mph takes only 4. Have you ever had a brief moment of clarity when time slows to a crawl and you can seemingly foresee impending disaster? The rear bumper is cut out to accommodate dual four-inch exhaust tips, and the extended side sills are claimed to enhance downforce. All are unique to the 6. What good is a truck that can barely carry a load of firewood? Interior materials are dramatically improved over the previous generation's, which left much to be desired.
The 2006 Grand Cherokee Overland model enhances these interior improvements with high-contrast two-tone Ultrasuede seats featuring accent stitching and embroidered Overland logos; plus real wood trim on the steering wheel, instrument panel, door panels, and gear selector. It looks hot, very sporty. Under braking, these calipers clamp down on 360 x 32mm vented rotors up front, with 350 x 28mm vented rotors in the rear. In normal mode, the system clamps down at the slightest slide. For example, in one tricky corner we used the brakes to bring the nose down to the corner apex and then squeezed the gas for a quick shot down the following short straight. The responses are sports-car quick, and you drive this Grand Cherokee like you would any other performance car.
This is an extremely sturdy and rigid concept developed back in Jeep's days with unit-body pioneer American Motors. It has a broad torque band, a lovely sound, and electronic throttle control drive-by-wire that's easy to use and precise in tricky downhill off-road situations. Our Jeep came loaded to the gills with every gadget and doodad that DaimlerChrysler offers. Lightheadedness and shallow breathing is normal at this point, by the way. But the TrailBlazer did not win solely because of its hauling credentials. We found the seats to be larger and cushier than in any previous Jeep, with supportive contours.
Jeep's Grand Cherokee, already a powerful player with the available 330-hp, 5. Lest anyone be in doubt as to the potential of your Grand Cherokee, Jeep has toughened up the exterior in a simple but meaningful way. There seems to be a more flatfooted, glued-down attitude with this big Jeep, with far less body roll than in the previous generation. The Hemi-Powered Rocket Wagon stops as well as it goes. The recall began on August 15, 2013. It also beat the Cayenne in the slalom and recorded higher lateral gs on the skidpad. The Jeep comes with a stiff ride and not much hauling capacity.
Its ride stance is significantly lower and the front fascia gives the vehicle 7 inches 178 mm of. During one such maneuver -- kids, don't try this at home -- we flicked the truck left, then abruptly right, at about 90 mph. It was not however available for sale in or certain Northeast states, due to new stricter emissions regulations for non-commercial vehicles. The Chevy's stability-control system can be fully disabled, however, which gave it the edge in the lane-change maneuver 61. The Overland is distinguished by mesh-texture grille inserts between its traditional vertical grille bars, which are Platinum in finish; Platinum accents also appear on the bumpers, side molding, roof-rack side rails, liftgate light bar, side-view mirrors, and wheels, while sill moldings are body-color. The result is smooth, linear, and thrilling doses of power, accompanied by a soundtrack that only a large-displacement V-8 engine in full tune can compose. If you just want to go fast, why not start with a lighter car? Sure, you can do it, but why would you want to? Sales began in September 2005.
As fun as those trucks were, their limited usefulness affected sales -- only 4700 Typhoons and 2995 Syclones were sold between 1991 and 1993. As in the Jeep, there's an electronically controlled center differential that automatically sends power to the wheels with the most traction. The Overland was the top-of-the-line trim level of the Grand Cherokee between 2006 and 2009. Larger-diameter valves and reshaped ports in the heads allow for maximized air flow. Plus, the Jeep can't carry as much stuff.