Interior: Coming in Laredo and Limited trim levels, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee sports a roomy and comfortable five-passenger interior no third-row seating is available. Car Detailing Melbourne outward visibility is good in all directions aided by a somewhat higher seating position than in most crossover SUVs. Instrument panel gauges are legible and well positioned. And while the dashboard is blandly styled, its various switches and knobs are easy to reach and operate. As befits a contemporary family vehicle, there is no shortage of cup holders, storage pockets, compartments, and power points for operating or charging mobile electronics.
The 2010 Grand Cherokee features ample headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats to accommodate the tallest passengers. The rear seat folds flat for added cargo capabilities, but it neither reclines nor offers fore and aft adjustment. Those seeking a seven-passenger Jeep can look to the mechanically identical but boxier looking Jeep Commander.
The cabin of the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 dresses up with carbon fiber and aluminum trim, with sport seats that feature deep side bolsters and suede inserts.
Front-side and side-curtain airbags are standard. While coming fairly well equipped, the Grand Cherokee can be configured to luxury status with heated leather seats, a Bluetooth hands-free cell-phone interface, GPS navigation system with hard-drive storage for digital media, and a rear backup camera for easier and safer parking.
The optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system can be equipped with either Sirius Backseat TV, which streams three kid-friendly TV channels on a subscription basis, or Flo TV, which delivers 20 broad-based satellite channels. What’s more, the Grand Cherokee can be fitted with a dealer-installed Wi-Fi accessory that turns it into a rolling Internet hot spot for laptop computers and other wireless devices.
Exterior: Though updated in subsequent revisions, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee looks much the way it has for the past 17 years. While the styling is rather staid in the face of curvier competitors, it features Jeep’s traditional seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches, with a horizontal roofline that tapers off just slightly at the rear.
Grand Cherokee doesn’t require copious ground clearance to achieve its fabled off-road prowess. That’s a slight drawback for hard-core bolder bashers, but good news for the rest of us because ingress and egress is reasonably easy, even for shorter riders.
The exterior appearance of the 2010 SRT8 model is distinguished by a revised front fascia designed to reduce lift and drag while routing airflow to cool the brakes and engine, a recast rear fascia, and lower body extensions that boost aerodynamic downforce to help high-speed stability.
Driving: The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a choice of V-6 and V-8 engines. The standard 3.7-liter V-6 delivers just 210 horsepower, which is barely sufficient to get this rather heavy vehicle up to speed, particularly with a full load of passengers and cargo. The optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is a better choice, generating a considerably stronger 357 horsepower. The Hemi can deactivate half its cylinders during cruising and light acceleration to help boost fuel economy slightly.
Maximum towing capacity for the 2010 Grand Cherokee is 3,500 pounds with the V-6 and 7,400 pounds with the 5.7-liter V-8.
The SRT8 model is equipped with a 420-horsepower 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 and features a lowered ride height. Its suspension is tweaked to handle the added power and provide more-responsive road manners. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 isn’t equipped for towing or off-roading. Instead, it does 0-60 mph in just under five seconds, which puts it in the heady company of some sports cars for acceleration if not handling.
A reasonably smooth shifting five-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shift capability is standard across the line.
Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard for sure stopping power, as is stability control to keep the vehicle on track in emergency handling maneuvers.
While the Grand Cherokee sports better on-road abilities than most rough-and-tumble truck-based SUVs, it neither rides as smoothly nor handles as predictably as a typical car-based crossover.
The SRT8 model comes only with a sport-tuned, on-road all-wheel drive system. Other 2010 Grand Cherokee models are available with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or in one of three four-wheel-drive (4WD) configurations. The Quadra-Trac I system is a basic 4WD setup that should not remain engaged on dry pavement and lacks low-range gearing for heavy-duty off-roading. Quadra-Trac II is a full-time 4WD system that can remain engaged on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing for serious off-roading. Quadra-Drive II is the top system and is essentially an all-wheel-drive setup that utilizes electronic limited-slip differentials to provide quicker response and greater torque capacity for maximum on- and off-road abilities.
The Grand Cherokee features Hill Descent Control to maintain a controlled downhill descent without the driver having to apply the brakes. It also includes hill start assist technology to keep the vehicle from rolling backward by sustaining braking pressure for after the driver releases the brake pedal.