In the niche market for two row SUVs, the current generation 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit V6 4×4 is on the top of the list as it delivers the best form and function over the competition while delivering the tried and tested Jeep off road capability. Now looking more of a road car than an off road vehicle, the new Grand Cherokee can overcome off road hurdles with ease and while it may seem that the new Jeep is too good, on road it runs into problems mainly fuel economy and a very impractical starting price.
The Cost of Owning a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit V6 4×4 is Just Ridiculous
On the outside, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit V6 4×4 may have become more streamlined but under the sheet metal, the original designs and engineering of Jeep stays the same. Featuring a unibody construction and seating for 5 in a 2.5 ton SUV, the new Grand Cherokee is as Jeep as it gets. Featuring adjustable air suspension, when put on park, the suspension lowers itself to make ingress and egress easier. Under the hood of the top trim Summit model is a very thirsty 3.6 Lite V6 putting out 295hp at a rather high 6400rpm and 260lb-ft of torque at 4800rpm. Though the high rev range torque availability is easily remedied by the 4×4 system the Grand Cherokee has but is only practical to be used for off-roading as it simply makes the fuel economy worse. The powertrain is governed by an 8 speed automatic transmission with manual shift ability.
On the inside of the 2016 Grand Cherokee Summit V6 4×4, the interior is so luxurious that you forget that you’re in an SUV with the capability to go out and do outdoor activities that’ll just make the exterior dirty that you’d feel bad climbing inside with all the dirt on your shoes. Featuring illuminated door sill plates, dual plane panoramic sunroof, acoustic laminated side glass, active noise cancellation, blind spot monitoring, navigation, along with an 82 watt Harman/Kardon audio system with 19 speakers plus more, the list just goes on.
Driving the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit V6 4×4 off road is already tried and tested, it’s a very capable off road vehicle. However, on road, when facing normal use, it becomes a headache. The fuel economy even for a 3.6 Liter V6 is horrible as it pulls a 2.5 ton body with 4×4. Handling is secure with minimal body lean and the steering is comfortable and precise.
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