Ride Comfort

The Grand Cherokee's ride comfort is its most impressive quality. The new four-wheel independent suspension soaks up bumps easily without getting flustered like a traditional SUV can, and it corners confidently without any of the top-heavy motions normally associated with SUVs. It really does drive like a crossover; it reminded me of a softer version of the Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9.

The ride gets a little cushier still if you get the optional Quadra-Lift adjustable air suspension, but the difference is subtle. Grand Cherokees with the air suspension do a better job of masking pavement imperfections, and the SUV floats a little more over bigger bumps.

Jeep found the desired middle ground with the Grand Cherokee's steering tuning. There's enough power assistance that your arms won't tire turning the wheel, but it's also not overboosted like some systems; there's some heft to the steering wheel. The SUV tracks confidently on the highway with good straight-line stability.

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