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Old 01-31-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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Was wondering if anyong has driven the new Grand Cherokee? I have only seen them on the road and haven't spent any time in one. My father has had a couple of them and he raves about them. Anyway, we looked at a Pilot and my wife thought it was huge. The Grand Cherokee looks much smaller than the Pilot but in actuality it is only an inch or two smaller in each direction. So, does the Grand Cherokee appear huge when you drive it? How does it compare to the Pilot?
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Go drive it.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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The thing about the Jeep GC is, it's a luxury off road vehicle, by that I mean they are designed for off road use also. Most of the other 4X4 SUV's are simply that, not much thought has gone into the design of their supension so they become sloppy 4x4's when needed, the Pilot is no exception. The Jeep GC is designed on a rugged 4x4 chassie, and it is just as comfortable on the hwy as it is off road, for a stock 4x4.
Dodge has redesigned their Durango for 2012 to use the Jeep GC chassie, this tells me something about the jeep chassie. I've owned 3 Jeeps, although gas milage isn't the best in these vehicles you can count on them if you do any off roading. If you don't do any off roading then any 4x4 will do.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I did a test drive. It is FAST for a jeep. (I drove one with a Hemi engine). Handling was ok, nothing special. Some parts seemed like they are still using cheapo suppliers. Not sure it is really a useful off road vehicle, seems more designed for soccer moms. I liked it ok, but not enough to buy one.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: BNA -> HSV
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I've owned a '93, '96, '99 Grand Cherokees and recently purchased a 2012 Overland w/ 4x4 and the 5.7L...my previous vehicle was a 2004 Tahoe. The Wk2 is noticeably smaller than the Tahoe, but still feels roomy and commanding while inside, however it handles like a much smaller vehicle. I have to say, this is Jeep's nicest Grand Cherokee yet and everything is a total re-design and improvement from recent years. I have had no issues to date and can not come up with any complaints so far. We comparison shopped the Audi Q7 and VW Touareg and for the price and amount of options, the Jeep is the clear winner.

Make sure you test drive both the V6 and V8. Also, if the Overland package is in your price range, it would be beneficial to compare it to the Limited and lesser models in order to see how the air suspension rides vs. the standard coil suspension.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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Bit late, but I bought a '12 GC about a month ago. I wouldn't touch the '05s through '10s, but Jeep did it right with this one. I didn't get a Hemi, there was no need. Rides better than my Camry does and doesn't feel like a tank. We looked at a number of SUVs before buying this one, including the Pilot which I crossed out due to the crappy AWD system, same with the GMC Acadia, Volvo XC90 and the Toyota Highlander. Also looked at a 4-Runner, but wasn't as nice as the GC for the same money. My advice - go drive one to get a feel for it. I got some extras on mine, such as the upgraded AWD system (if you get a Laredo, you'll have to get the Off Road package or the All Weather package to get Quadra-Trac II, but it's worth it - I got the off road package), plus remote start, sunroof, etc. Totally worth the money I spent.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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If you have a second car and plan to lease the GC then they can be nice trucks SHORT term. After Tge warranty is over you don't want to be burdened by it.

Google JDPowers 2012 vehicle dependability study and look at the brands of cars listed at the bottom of the list. It's all Tge dodge, chrysler cars.

That being said. I have driven the 2011 GC and it was a nice driving truck but it only had about 5000 miles on it.

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Old 02-16-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: BNA -> HSV
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Originally Posted by DELL37 View Post
If you have a second car and plan to lease the GC then they can be nice trucks SHORT term. After Tge warranty is over you don't want to be burdened by it.

Google JDPowers 2012 vehicle dependability study and look at the brands of cars listed at the bottom of the list. It's all Tge dodge, chrysler cars.

That being said. I have driven the 2011 GC and it was a nice driving truck but it only had about 5000 miles on it.
What is "Tge"?
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What is "Tge"?
It's the new model, also known as the Dodge Typo.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Tge is what my phone likes to replace "the" with.
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