Pros Absolutely terrific ride, on and off road
Cons Like any other SUV, mileage is as you'd expect
Summary The review is wrong. The mileage on this is on-par with all other SUVs in this class. The difference is the Hemi will let you use more gas and GET THERE QUICK. So you learn, speed costs, whaddya wanna spend?
There's no comparing an Explorer to this. The Ford drives like a bus (wife's words). The JGC rides like it's on rails. It corners like no other SUV, and better than quite a few cars. It's nowhere near top heavy, not at all. Flick the wheel on most other SUVs and you'd rightly feel nervous, not so on the JGC. You actually CAN throw it around like a car, albeit one weighing two tons. The only SUV that comes close to it's handling is the Toureg.
NAV systems, in general, all seem pretty lame when it comes to user interface. But you generally get used to them. Just how long or short should route recalculation take? I find the JGC takes between 5-10 seconds to recompute a route and that's plenty fast for me.
The volume of the nav system is adjustable. Simply turn it up if the default level isn't to your liking. I live near DC, an area notorious for difficult driving, and find the nav system does a great job.
Catch fingers on the console when adjusting the lumbar support? Is the reviewer just TRYING to find negatives? Sit in one of these, use the lumbar knob. If you get your fingers caught you probably shouldn't be IN a vehicle at all.
You can link the key to driver seat position. When you unlock with a linked key it will automatically adjust the seat, pedals and mirrors to your stored settings. Quite nice for his-and-hers keys. Or just tap the memory buttons. If the seat position is far forward there's an option to automatically move the seat back to ease exit/entry.
The floor of the rear storage area flips over to provide a raised tray to keep dirty stuff off the carpet.
If you want the typical SUV, with a truck-like ride then spend nearly the same money and get an Explorer. If, however, you want an interior that uses much better materials and a ride like no other SUV on the road then you'd do well to get yourself a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Pros performance (5.7 Hemi), ride, comfort, technology, safety, stability, pulling capability, looks
Cons Gas milage is as expected but not much real difference between it and the want to be's
Summary I own two Ford's and a Dodge and I like them all-get good results with good care. But the Cherokee is simply the best car I have ever driven (age 56). It can pull a heavy boat with ease over 11,000 ft. mountains in Colorado or run hour after hour at 75 mph in comfort on the highway. In snow & ice or off-road it feels like its on a rail.
Pros Quality, Performance, Comfort, Safety
Cons Tired of "Professional" bias against American products
Summary I drive this vehicle every day and it has performed flawlessly and it fully meets its design function with comfort, power, great handling and safety. I average about 15+ in town and 22+ in highway driving.
I drive in snow/ice/mountain passes and what ever else the Colorado Rockies throw my way. I take it down un-improved BLM roads to find the best fishing. It's just a great car.
But, the C-NHet reviewer describes the 5.7 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas mileage as "atrocious" while in fact it gets as good or better gas mileage as its closest competitor.
What's the deal? Does fawning over some unreliable import like a Land Rover supposed to make the "professional" reviewer appear urbane?
Jeep has produced an outstanding vehicle. Go Jeep and go U.S.A.!
"Great Tech Car!"on by AFJumper03
Pros Bluetooth works great with my Treo. GPS is wonderful!
Cons Gas mileage is about 15-14mpg. not bad for a HEMI though.
Summary Overall this is a great car, but you have to be willing to pay for it. I got the overland edition which is basically every option package. I really like it and it looks and drives great. The tech is flawless, and my only neg is the above mentioned gas mileage but I expected it when I bought the car. It drives like a luxury car and it looks like one inside.
Pros I have the limited pckg w/ custom navi AVICx910bt Nav/Sat/DVD/BT/iPhone - fully automated for an additional 1K. It is a tough car (I've abused it quite a bit). The combination of "decent" highway MPG and comfort make it a great road trip car.
Cons Poor City MPG leaves my wallet a little thin. High frequency drive train vibrations are present and Chrysler will not resolve or even acknowledge the issue.
Summary This car is tough. I drive it like it's stolen and it stands the test. I'm a brand-loyal jeep guy. I did not buy this car for good MPG, nor did I expect a perfect ride. In my opinion only, JGC WK model cars are inexpensive luxury vehicles when purchased a few years used. It fits my needs, and gets me from A to B, and C with a little luxury.
The specifics: The back seats are cramped, but fortunately for me I don't have many back seat passengers. The MPG in the city is terrible. But I don't really care. The best HW mileage I ever got was 19 mpg on a trip from AL to VA. Again, I did not buy this car to save money on gas. After much searching, a seasoned local mechanic identified the drive-shaft as the source of a high frequency vibration (about 3x the RPM of the wheels). Chrysler says to him the the drive-shaft is within the spec for a heavy-duty truck... So, I'm living with it. I just don't drive at the resonating speeds: 45, 67, or 90 mph any more.
You get what you pay for with this car and I'm not surprised to see a few odd things surface here and there. Overall, the car is very nice, luxurious, handles well, is comfortable for the driver, and is good for almost anything. I drive it to work, I tow my boat with it, I haul the 3 big dogs around in it, and I take it on loooong road trips. Not much more you can ask for as far as cars go...