2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo V6 4×4 Road Test & Review & Car and Driver

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Taking newfound civility to the of civilization.

A tarantula hawk is not a but a giant wasp that in California’s deserts. An expectant can be up to four inches long, and the time comes, she pounces on the tarantula, which is also to deserts lit orange at night by the of Los Angeles. She paralyzes the spider her half-inch stinger, then the prostrate arachnid to an underground where she lays a single egg on it.

The egg hatches after five and the infant wasp dines on its victim for about a month, saving the organs for last so the spider remains aliveand

However, while driving our Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4 San Francisco to Los Angeles, we did explore a few places where green thrust skyward and condors where the ocean laps soft enough to trap SUVs, and where the pinyon and the purple nightshades hide ticks who like to crawl up a car leg while he’s composing a

In other words, places nobody who spends the same sum of on a car will ever go.

However, product planners admitted to us at the San introduction that no more five percent of owners leave pavement. That has been discussed and debated the years by the company’s various The 2011 Grand Cherokee development five years ago at continued during Cerberus and was finished under Fiat

We’re told that suits along the line that if all Grand Cherokees overbuilt to survive the Rubicon they would tally pounds than the hefty our lightly optioned V-6 Laredo and, thus, return better than the 19 mpg average we

“But then, what make it special?” asks line executive Matt rhetorically and undoubtedly for something the 423rd time, as we run our mitts the GC’s curvaceous new dashboard. has worked on Jeeps since before Lutz did the big crash-through, and he firmly in preserving the brand’s exceptionalism.

While Liddane is talking test runs to Jeeper like Moab, Utahthe of our first experience with the new Grand Cherokee we can’t but notice that the new GC’s has a nearly seamless skin, hooded saucers for gauges, and chrome-accented air vents. The interior is largely of soft-touch materials, and the pieces interlock with The switches and column stalks with heft and make landings.

Trip and fuel-economy flow from high-resolution between the gauges and on the console, a multicolor radio display as a place keeper for the optional navigation system, which our Laredo lacked. In back, the seat reclines luxuriantly and four more inches of than last year’s although there’s still no row.

Besides having an that utterly embarrasses Chrysler products, the ’11 GC a very carlike platform the new Mercedes-Benz ML. due this fall. we say “carlike,” we’re referring to the aluminum lower-control arms up the multi#173;link rear suspension, the disc brakes at all four and the generally refined calibration of the steering and the plush ride.

Extensive sound insulation, triple-layer door seals, glass, and an extra wall in the compartment that seals it off the cabin, convinced us on the freeway out of San Francisco that this GC closest to being the ruggedly and competently multipurpose American Range Rover that it has aspired to be. A couple of issues

Thomas Steinbeck, son of the late Prizewinning author John referred to the Bixby Creek on Highway 1, so we went there The 700-foot span overlooking the is named after Charles an early settler who was also a of President James K. Polk, more people know the from its cameo in The Graduate . A trail winds its way up into the from the bridge. We looked for but did not any wild javelinas or any terrain to the Grand Cherokee’s capabilities.

The GC’s options list a leather-wrapped dashboard and steering genuine wood, height-adjusting air (available as a package on the Laredo, the and the super-deluxe Overland), and three of four-wheel drive. Prices can the mid-40s on the flagship Overland the Hemi V-8.

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Our mid-level, Laredo Xthere’s also a Laredo E, starting at $30,995 rear drivehad the simplest of the drivetrains: Quadra-Trac I, permanently four-wheel drive with a 50/50 torque split and traction control governing its differentials. The fancier systems add limited-slip couplings to the center and differentials, plus a control tailors the torque bias and the response to various terrain.

The “Pentastar” V-6 is all-new and checks of the current technology boxes: construction, 24 valves, roller and phasing on all four cams. on the heads has been saved for injection, should it be deemed in the future. With a five-speed transmission behind it, the engine is a motivator to 60 mph, yours in 8.4 with a spirited exhaust to accompany it.

If a second or two worth of haste is there’s always the 5.7-liter V-8, with another to 2400 pounds of tow capacity the V-6’s 5000 but city economy in the low teens. Only 40 percent of buyers are expected to the V-8. We wouldn’t, not when the V-6 is now so

Without a rear-drive-only mode, our all-wheel drivetrain undoubtedly bit fuel economy, but it ran quietly at speeds and with no obvious on the V-6’s 290 horsepower. And it supplied traction on the Oceano Dunes Vehicular Recreation Area Pismo Beach, where can pay five dollars to drive on the sand.

Pismo takes its from the Chumash Indian pismu . or tar. In various along California’s coast, seeps up from the underworld The ranger looked us up and down a seen-your-type-before glare and warned us not to drive on the actual dunes or the ocean. Apparently, this is a big especially on weekends.

It was Tuesday, and in addition to a thoroughly Ford Edge. we also a Knight Rider era Trans Am, to its doorsills roughly 37 feet the paved entrance.

Eventually we into L.A.it’s easily a trip with 24.6 aboardfeeling fresh in the GC’s buckets, though the floor were doused with and the lovely dash was blemished the crushed bodies of numerous If no tarantula hawks were to be at least we witnessed America’s perennially troubled automaker a convincing case that turning things around. this time, for good.

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