Wow, I have always liked SUVs, but I never knew one could be so much fun. I just finished an extended test-drive of the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the HOT and FAST SRT8 engine. Yes, I have always loved the SRT8 in all Chrysler products, but wasn’t sure it made sense in an SUV. I stand corrected Chrysler, please accept my apologies.
You get 420 heart-pounding horses in a full sized SUV that does 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds. Not sure it gets better than that if you need to seat 7 people and play a DVD for the kids. This may be the perfect mix of family vehicle and Daddy play toy.
When in family-mode, it is delightful. It is roomy inside, has all the creature comforts to please everyone, and has a wide array of options, including on demand TV stations for the kids available through Sirius/XM. Yes Dads, while tearing up the streets your kids can be watching LIVE Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, or the Cartoon Network. Is this a GREAT country or what?
Exterior styling is bold, yet classic Jeep and the wheels are BEAUTIFUL. The cladding and front spoiler tells you at a glance it is an SRT8. If there is anything I don’t like about this vehicle it is that the seats could be just a little more comfortable. It still would not stop me from buying one.
At first glance I thought the sticker price of this loaded Jeep was crazy, it is just north of $50,000. But after a week with it, I can see where it makes a lot of sense. Gentlemen, the next time your wife wants a new SUV, slide one of these in the garage. At least you can have a blast on the weekends!