2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 Review – Marching to a New Rhythm

Monday January 24th, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

By Derek Mau


  • Smooth power delivery from 290 hp Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine
  • Quadra-Trac all-wheel drive system will never leave you stuck in the mud or snow
  • Leather-lined seats provide the support and comfort for all-day driving trips
  • Interior quality and design on par with some luxury-class vehicles
  • 2nd row passengers also get heated seats


  • iPod interface and controls have poor ergonomics
  • Owners need to pony-up for the Trail Rated Quadra-Drive II system if they plan to do any rock-crawling

The recovering car market has welcomed the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee with a brass band. Chrysler reports November 2010 sales were up from those of November 2009 by 256 percent. Fresh optimism pervades Chrysler’s headquarters and technical centers in Auburn Hills, Mich., where dozens of new employees and engineering consultants have been quietly brought on since last fall to revamp the company’s product line, with help from its new Italian partner and parent Fiat. While Italian automaker Fiat now controls Chrysler, development of this Grand Cherokee began in 2006, when Chrysler was still tied up with Daimler-Benz (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz). Cue the music.

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2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4×4 First Impressions Review

Wednesday December 15th, 2010 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

If you want to relive That Eighties Show, you could pop an Air Supply cassette into your tape player, watch a Ron Reagan speech on VHS, or jump into a Jeep Commander. Of the three choices, only the Jeep requires no tape for replay. You can march down to your local Chrysler/Jeep dealer right now to buy this perfect time capsule vehicle for just $33,575. Granted, a number of mostly unseen safety and technological advances distinguish the current product from its predecessors, like advanced multistage airbags and side curtain airbags in all rows. But you can’t see these improvements. So if you’re after that throwback feel, you couldn’t do better than a new Commander. After all, there’s a lot to be said for classic Jeep: the simple lines, the big chrome smile, the vast amount of space inside, the virile feel of the controls, the hunky responsiveness of the engine, and last but certainly not least, the legendary off-road agility of a Trail Rated Jeep.

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2010 Jeep Commander Review – A Jeep of many talents, but a master of none

Wednesday June 2nd, 2010 at 8:66 AM
Posted by: mash

2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4x4
By Mary Ellen Ash


  • Excellent cargo space
  • Average in-class mpg
  • 4×4 off-road capability
  • More utility than a Swiss army knife
  • Lots of television screens


  • Poor rear view visibility
  • Very cramped 3rd row seating
  • Flimsy ignition system
  • Anemic engine
  • Cheap, poorly designed interior

Ruling: it’s utilitarian with lots of passenger and cargo space, with average in-class mpg.

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First Impressions: 2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4×4

Tuesday May 4th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4x4
By Michael D. Leroy


  • Great on-road manners
  • Touch-screen stereo works great and the built-in hard drive is nice
  • Easy to park with backup camera and good turning radius


  • Base V-6 lacks torque, get the 5.7L HEMI
  • Unresponsive throttle when moving from a stop
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Too much hard plastic for a $38,000 vehicle

SUV’s for far too long have been too much utility and not enough sport. Many SUV’s have questionable off-road ability. Jeep claims the Commander, its flagship model, is a “Trail Rated” seven-passenger people mover. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to do an off-road excursion, but I did get a chance to see the Commander’s city manners.

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Subaru Outback vs. Jeep Wrangler – Finding the better sand machine.

Friday September 19th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

I stepped up to the rental desk at Norfolk International and asked for a Jeep. Any Jeep, so long as it had four wheel drive. The cheerful rental company representative, who looked like Edie McClurg in Planes, Trains and Automobiles presented me with a choice of three Jeeps: a Compass, a Grand Cherokee or a Wrangler. Now since the business, tax-writeoff justification end of my vacation was to pit a Jeep against my brother’s new Subaru Outback and run them ragged along the endless driveable beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, I needed the most capable Jeep available to really put the Outback through its paces. I slapped my finger down on the miniature picture of the Wrangler.

The representative smiled, handed me the keys and the paperwork. I signed a few documents and was just about on my way when she pulled out a huge red stamp and slammed it down on the rental agreement.

“Oh, you’ll need to sign this too, honey.” I looked at the stamp and all I could think about at that moment was Edie’s famous two word response to Steve Martin’s F-bomb tirade, “You’re f**ked.”

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2008 Jeep Patriot Review – Rugged good looks with a car-like attitude

Wednesday September 10th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Francois

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By Francis Cebedo

2008 Jeep Patriot


  • Good styling. It’s a car but it really looks like a jeep
  • It’s maneuverable and easy to park like a car
  • Excellent and fun sound system
  • Stability control is nice to have at this price point


  • Noisy and buzzy engine noise when accelerating
  • Underpowered engine with insufficient low end grunt
  • There is an abundance of hard plastic
  • Huge wheel wells in the back get in the way of cargo

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