REVIEW OF THE 2010 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with three prices from the high 20s to the mid 40s, three different four wheel drive systems, and three different engines including a V8 5.7 liter HEMI. There is certainly something for everybody. It also has some flatter planes and a boxier shape.
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee is lower by nearly 2” and has a hood line that is very low which significantly improves forward visibility when four wheeling. It is also 1” wider which provides an extra inch of hip room. It has a length and a wheelbase that is over has 3” longer at 73.3”. These are significant improvements over previous year models.
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee has it’s unique round headlights and seven slot grille in the front. The vehicle has better performance aerodynamically, though less fuel efficient, as a result of a new chin spoiler. The side cladding is no more and it has new eyebrows over the headlights that are a quite different than the rectilinear face of previous models and provide a contrast to the flat planes that can be seen everywhere on the vehicle’s body.
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee maintains design continuity with its wheel arches that are trapezoidal and they combine very well with the new design. A bright strip below the side glass and the use of single pane windows clean up the side view of the vehicle. Also the greenhouse is shorter as compared to the vehicle’s height.
There are other modern touches on the 2010 Jeep grand Cherokee include chrome bumper strip, clear taillight lenses, and in the rear and the front there are body color fascias. A lot of effort was put into the smoothing and quieting the airflow around the exterior mirrors. Until you need them and look into them, you‘ll never know that they’re there.
Doubling as a tow hitch mount and a bumper bar, the 2010 Jeep Cherokee has a rear tubular cradle to reinforce and support the vehicle’s cargo structure in order to meet the impending the 50 mph federal offset collision requirements. The interior of the vehicle has a new symmetrical design of the dashboard which can be adapted to right of left hand drive configurations.
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a new rack and pinion steering system rather than the old recirulating ball of the previous models. It also has lower and lower control arms on its independent front axle that provide an 8% improvement in travel rather than the solid axle of previous models. Although it still has a solid rear axle, it is now located with five links with the fifth link being a lateral link in order to prevent sideways deflection.
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee combines to provide excellent turning stability, handling, and tracking in spite of a very soft ride. The vehicle is available with the optional dynamic handling system (DHS), that controls body sway on corners with hydraulically engaged anti roll bars which will improve its turning stability, handling, and tracking even further. When using the DHS, there is no stiffness or bumpiness to the ride because the bars are disengaged on the straights. The overall spring rates are very soft which provides a comfortable and the bars are significantly stout in order to prevent roll in curves.
Without the DHS, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee there is no noticeable impact on the transmission and little noise even on bumpy roads. When traveling in surfaces that are rippled there may be some movement in the steering column and the dash. This is probably a result of the vehicle’s un sprung weight with respect to its suspension.
The rack and pinion steering will hold the 2010 Jeep grand Cherokee without varying and the anti roll bars will catch the vehicle’s substantial weight in the corners. The vehicle will carve through canyons with admirable control and poise. The steering response on the 2010 jeep grand Cherokee is positive and quick even with the fairly tall sidewalls on the 65 series tires.
The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with the Quadra Trac I four wheel drive system which is a single speed full time transfer case that comes standard with the V6 3.7 liter engine and that splits the torque 48/52%, front to rear. The Quadra Trac II system which comes optional with the V8 5.7 liter and V8 4.7 liter HEMI engines has a two speed transfer case with a clutch pack that is controlled electronically in order to vary the torque distribution from the differential that is in the center. Brake operated traction is also incorporated.
When the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with the V8 5.7L liter engine and supplemented with the hydraulic clutch packs on the rear and front differentials and the two speed transfer case with the Quadra Drive II system the hydraulic pumps will activate the system whenever there are disparities in the wheel speed. This will permit the rotors to turn relative to their housings, even when the wheel speed has been equalized it is possible for the system to lock the clutches.
When the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with the V8 5.7 liter engine the various enhancements to the traction systems permit the high torque HEMI engine great mobility when off road. The vehicle has the capability to negotiate deep gullies and scale steep slopes with relative ease. The carefully trimmed departure and approach angles as well as the short body overhangs permit some rather dramatic driving maneuvers, although though ground clearance of the vehicle is only 8”. When the vehicle is in four wheel drive, low range the throttle rotation is dramatically slowed as a result of the separate control mapping since the throttle is electronically operated by the HEMI engine. When the vehicle is equipped with the 4.7 liter engine, this isn’t true and it is especially hard difficult to control when the going gets bumpy and slow.
Although the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs 4,860 pounds with all options and safety features, the V8 HEMI engine will propel it to 7.0 sprints of zero to 60 mph. When the vehicle is equipped with the V8 5.7 liter engine and four wheel drive it will do the quarter mile at 90 mph in 15.5 seconds. Although the vehicle has rather fuel economy at an EPA estimated 12 mpg city, it will not only go up a long upgrade with ease, it will save fuel while you are going down the other side of the upgrade by turning off half of its cylinders.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with park assist, smart beam headlights, a DVD entertainment and navigation systems, a stereo system with six speakers, and a Sirius satellite radio. Upon the approach of another vehicle, the smart beam headlights will dim automatically through several stages.
With all of the options, drive trains, and engines that are available on the 2020 jeep Grand Cherokee it is one fine off road vehicle and a great daily driver. However, the best part is that it is now available with a HEMI engine.
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