The Grand Cherokee retains the off-road ability of its predecessor, and gains strength in the areas of ride comfort, steering and handling. However, we didn't much care for the brakes...
... or, more precisely, the mushy brake pedal that needed to travel quite a distance before attaining the desired affect. Seating comfort is supreme, with excellent neck protection provided by the forward-leaning headrest.
On the road, the V6 feels as though it has its work cut out for it, and it's not as inspiring as the old in-line six that had seemingly unending reserves of low-end torque. The 4.7-liter V8 is a much better choice and, if you can swing the extra cash, the 5.7-liter HEMI turns the Grand Cherokee into a drag racer. Off-road, we were amazed by the grip that the Quadra-Drive II displayed. When so equipped, the Grand Cherokee seemed oblivious to deep mud, insanely steep slopes and wildly uneven terrain.