2011 Jeep Grand Chero­kee Moab, UT

One thing that Jeep can lay claim to is the fact that over the years they have pro­duced vehi­cles that are not only com­fort­able in town as daily dri­vers but equally com­fort­able and capa­ble off road. The orig­i­nal Chero­kee that was in pro­duc­tion for so many years is a per­fect exam­ple, now the new Grand Chero­kee is another Jeep that proves you can have your cake and eat it too.

True to the past designs and dif­fer­ent mod­els that Jeep has been known for over the years they are back once again with the intro­duc­tion of the 2011 Grand Chero­kee. Make no mis­take by call­ing this one a “Gro­cery Get­ter”, this Jeep is as capa­ble off road as it is in town and on the highway.

Equipped with the Quadra-Lift™ air sus­pen­sion sys­tem, the dri­ver can select a lifted ride height of up to a max­i­mum ride height of 10.7 inches from one of five dif­fer­ent height set­tings. Sit­ting in the driver’s seat and get­ting the chance to feel the vehi­cle change its height with noth­ing more than the turn of a knob is very impres­sive. With the abil­ity to head out on the week­end for a get­away or camp­ing trip know­ing that if you run into a washed out road, some rocks that may be in the way or just those areas that the extra ground clear­ance is needed this “stock” lift sys­tem gives a per­son the con­fi­dence that the vehi­cle will get them to their week­end des­ti­na­tion with­out worry.

Hav­ing the oppor­tu­nity to use and see this sys­tem in action in Moab on Hell’s Revenge (any of you who have been to Moab and know Hell’s Revenge have to be sur­prised that we did in fact take these Jeeps out there on that trail) con­tin­ued to amaze and impress us that the vehi­cle did so well. In addi­tion to Moab we had the new Jeep out in Hol­lis­ter Hills Cal­i­for­nia on some of the trails used for the “Top Truck Chal­lenge”, once again the 2011 Grand Chero­kee out per­formed our hopes and expec­ta­tions. Weather we put this Jeep up against rocks, sand, steep descents or hill climbs with loose dirt and gravel it han­dled every­thing we could throw at it and left us look­ing at other chal­lenges to put it up against.

Another impres­sive fea­ture of the new Grand Chero­kee is the “Hill-Descent Con­trol”, this fea­ture allows the vehi­cles brak­ing sys­tem to con­trol the speed dur­ing a hill descent depend­ing on what gear you’re in. Although it is a lit­tle counter instinc­tive it is com­fort­ing to know that the vehi­cle, when instructed to can get you through some incred­i­bly steep descents with­out ever putting your foot on the brake. It does take a lit­tle get­ting used to since one rarely wants to stare down a steep hill and take your foot off the brake but once you use it and trust the sys­tem to do what it was designed to do it is pretty cool to feel.

The inte­rior has some equally inno­v­a­tive fea­tures like a heated steer­ing wheel, heated and ven­ti­lated front seats and heated rear seats. Real wood and leather accents in the inte­rior give it that com­fort and clean look that let’s dri­vers and pas­sen­gers know that they are rid­ing in the lap of lux­ury when they climb into this Jeep. Some­thing else that is get­ting more and more com­mon is back up cam­eras and this Jeep is no excep­tion, dri­vers can back up or par­al­lel park with the assis­tance of the cam­era and warn­ing devices to make park­ing or leav­ing the dri­ve­way not only safer but easier.

We had fun actu­ally putting this Jeep to the test, even though we might not go out and pick this vehi­cle as our “Hard­core Wheel­ing” Jeep to buy as a full time wheeler it would cer­tainly be one that would be my choice as an all around, com­pletely capa­ble Jeep that I can use to get across the coun­try in com­fort while wheel­ing it as I went.

I could go on and on about the dif­fer­ent fea­tures and crea­ture com­forts of this vehi­cle but I would rather leave it to you, the con­sumer to head on out to your local dealer and check this new Jeep out. Once you have had the oppor­tu­nity to drive it, play with all of the bells and whis­tles and see just how many dif­fer­ent options there are avail­able you might just have a hard time leav­ing the deal­er­ship with­out one.

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