HIGHLIGHTS: If you would like all of the features as well as the Jeep name, though, here’s your ride. The Summit using its COMPLETELY leather-wrapped interior is gorgeous, everything you’ll want heated and cooled comes this way and also the breathtaking moonroof really reveals the inside to produce an airy cabin.
BASE Cost: $54,390
Our Thoughts: Jeep has not engineered the Sports utility vehicle from its Grand Cherokee, and ride and handling is much more trucklike than the usual comparable Ford Edge or Audi Q5 off-road abilities are perhaps greater within the Jeep too, so this is the tradeoff. Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine delivers enough capacity to move this 5,000-lb ute along, but simply enough — there isn’t much in reserve, and also the 8-speed automatic does lots of shifting to help keep things where they should be. Once again, the turbocharged competitors provide a more refined experience, but if you prefer a superbly outfitted Sports utility vehicle using the Jeep name, the Grand Cherokee Summit is the answer.
Options: Signature Leather-Wrapped Interior Package including leather-wrapped lower panels, and premium leather seats ($4,995) Summit California Edition including 20-inch x 8.-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, body-color sills with platinum, body-color/platinum front fascia, body-color/platinum rear fascia, gloss black grille/platinum chrome, platinum badge, platinum day light opening moldings, and platinum strip tail lamp ($995) Skid Plate Group including front suspension skid plate, fuel take skid plate shield, transfer situation skid plate, and underbody skid plate ($295)