2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Conclusion
It’s easy to see why so many people are buying the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and while we loved the effortless thrust of the Hemi V-8, we didn’t love the 11 miles per gallon it gave us in return. A wiser ownership proposition is a Grand Cherokee with the 280 horsepower 3.6 liter V-6 that returned nearly 18 miles per gallon in the larger Durango. But if you need a Hemi, at least take heart knowing that it runs on regular unleaded just like the V-6.
So what if you just can’t live without the throaty burble you so love from Hemi powered cars, trucks and SUVs? Is the march towards refinement a quick trip towards the death of character in Jeeps? Don’t count on it. 2012 holds the release of the all new SRT-8 version which will boast a 6.1 liter V-8 engine with 465 horsepower and 465 lb. feet of torque. And we sort of suspect it will be loud.