Jeep Grand Cherokee
What is It?
Double A-arm independent front suspension with struts and anti-roll bar; five-link solid-axle rear with shocks, anti-roll bar. Hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
What We Like
On-road manners are vastly improved, and the vehicle now feels firmly planted to the road. The brakes were easy to modulate, and ABS-assisted stops were string straight. On nasty surfaces, the Jeep was the vehicle of choice, as it literally floated over washboard roads and didn't bash its occupants when traversing deep ruts.
What We Don't Like
This iteration of the Grand Cherokee is far more stable than the previous generation; nevertheless, there's too much body roll when taking the corners hard and the steering's still as numb as a wood post. The standard-issue Goodyear Wrangler SR-A tires may have provided good grip off-road, but they howled in protest on twisty mountain roads.
How It Works
Jeep suspension engineers have a fine line to balance: How to tune a suspension that's stout, can tackle the harshest terrain, and will offer a compliant ride on-road that handles well on mountain roads. This suspension represents a job well done. Compared with its previous generation, this G.C. has better poise in the corners and exhibits less body roll. It soaks up potholes and squelches big-rig-abused highway. Cruising the freeway, it's as smooth as your daddy's Cadillac. On the trail, there's plenty of suspension articulation to please the most diehard of rockcrawlers, and it floats over pock-marked trails. The Jeep typifies the term "get 'er done."