Most Awarded SUV Ever+.
The Jeep® Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV of all time. The premium icon of the Jeep® brand continues to win-over opinion-leading publications, television and on-line media outlets, journalist associations and industry organizations.
A consistent thread in each award includes leading 4x4 and winter-driving capability, world-class interior design, and outstanding quality.
- SUV of Texas / Luxury SUV of Texas Awards
Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the most-awarded SUV in history, retains the prestigious "SUV of Texas" crown. The 2012 Grand Cherokee Overland Summit was also named the "Luxury SUV of Texas." Mike Herzing, TAWA president summed it up best, "Grand Cherokee once again demonstrated its superior levels of performance, quality, interior craftsmanship, and reliability that make it an award-winning SUV. Grand Cherokee is a tremendous value for consumers, and is clearly the 'SUV of Texas.'"
The writers spend two days test-driving competitive vehicles over a variety of on-road and rugged off-road terrain, with final consideration given to exterior styling, off-road capability, overall utility, value, and fuel efficiency.
- A Consumers Digest® Best Buy
The 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee was awarded a "Best Buy+" from Consumers Digest® in the Full-Size / Luxury SUV category. According to Consumers Digest, Best Buy award winners deliver the most value for the money in their respective classes. The Consumers Digest concept of value is based on a vehicle's purchase price and ownership costs relative to subjective factors, such as comfort, performance and utility.
- Five Star Rated
The U.S. Government awarded 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee with the 5-Star overall side crash rating+, its highest designation, thanks to over 45 available safety and security features.
In addition to the 5-Star overall side crash rating, the 2011 Grand Cherokee also received:
5-Star combined side barrier and pole rating for front seat+
5-Star combined side barrier and pole rating for rear seat+
5-Star side barrier rating for driver front seat (male)+
5-Star side barrier rating for passenger rear seat (female)+
5-Star side pole rating for driver front seat (female)+
5-Star frontal barrier crash rating for driver (male)+
- Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The 2012 Grand Cherokee has earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, placing it in an elite class for safety and security. The 2012 'Top Safety Pick' designation recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on Good ratings in Institute tests.
- Forward Collision Warning System recommended by NHTSA
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an available Forward Collision Warning System + + recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Research conducted by the NHTSA found that almost 30 percent of the total crashes reported to police each year in the U.S. were as a result of rear-end collisions+. A study concluded that 1.5 seconds of additional warning could prevent up to 90 percent of rear-end collisions.
- Four Wheeler of the Year
The 2011 Grand Cherokee – the premium icon of the Jeep brand – captured the esteemed Four Wheeler of the Year award+ from Four Wheeler magazine. The recognition reinforces the fact that the new-generation Grand Cherokee boasts a combination that no one can match: a new level of legendary, Best-in-Class capability, along with a premium on-road driving experience and a host of new innovative features."
According to editor Douglas McColloch, "The 5.7-liter V-8 offers ample horsepower throughout the power band; its tightly tuned unibody chassis and four-wheel independent suspension give it a sporty on-road ride; and the Jeep's new Selec-Terrain® off-road driving mode and class-leading hill-descent systems virtually eliminate guesswork when crawling through uneven and off-camber terrain. It's the most street-tuned, pavement-friendly version of this vehicle ever built.
- Top 10 Cars of 2011
Throughout the year, Popular Mechanics magazine records functionality, technology, value and feel of new cars from test-drives. Editors chose the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee as one of the Top 10 Cars of 2011 – Auto Excellence Award for Off-Road Ability.
According to editors, "No brand is more deeply rooted in off-road adventure than Jeep. The new Grand Cherokee stands at the top of the lineup with not only a much more luxurious and roomy interior but also more power and, yet, enhanced on- and off-road chops."
- Best-of-the Best – Truck Award
AutoWeek magazine, awarded the coveted "Best-of-the Best – Truck Award" to the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to AutoWeek, "It's capable, it builds on the long-held strength of the iconic brand, and in a new twist, it's downright luxurious. Our staff gave it consistent high marks for the interior, which has been redone with pleasing soft-touch materials yet still exudes a rugged demeanor."
"We ranked vehicles on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest. The design elements of the Grand Cherokee in particular scored high, and many editors drooled over the power and capability. The foibles of lesser trucks didn't stand up to our screening, but perfect-five ratings were common for the Jeep in many categories. The Grand Cherokee is clearly a gem of a vehicle..."
- "Truck of the Year"
Detroit News reviewer Scott Burgess named the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee his Truck of the Year, "From the new 280-horsepower Pentastar V-6 to a gorgeous interior, the Grand Cherokee delivers both on the road and off like no other vehicle at this price."
- Mid-Size Utility of the Year
Ten voting journalists from Auto123.com, Canada's leading automotive Web portal, awarded the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee the "Mid-size Utility of the Year award."
- Urban Truck of the Year
The Jeep Grand Cherokee sets the standard for premium SUVs and is named 2011 Urban Truck of the Year+. Editors of Decisive Auto magazine and a panel of 15 independent automotive journalists spent several months driving dozens of vehicles in a variety of North American urban settings. The street-smart Grand Cherokee was designed for the everyday rough-and-tumble of congested urban driving, with a tall seating position and tight turning radius.
The Grand Cherokee delivers the perfect blend of on-road refinement, superb craftsmanship, world-class design, improved fuel economy, innovative features, and legendary real-world capability.
- 2011 Internet Truck of the Year
The Grand Cherokee was named 2011 Internet Truck of the Year by a jury of 15 automotive journalists and thousands of consumers at the New England International Auto Show. This acknowledgement demonstrates that opinion-leading journalists and real world "Average Joes" recognize that the 2011 Grand Cherokee offers an unmatched blend of legendary Jeep brand capability, premium on-road refinement, superb craftsmanship, world-class design and advanced safety and technology features.
- Official Winter Vehicle of New England
The Jeep® Grand Cherokee has been named the "Official Winter Vehicle of New England" for 2012 by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA). The judges lauded the All Winter Package and said, "...it's ideally suited for what the New England region can dish out, with the new Selec-Terrain system, slush mats, block heater and remote start. The Grand Cherokee is a no muss, no fuss, all-conditions vehicle that is refined and simple to drive."
Every February, New England's expert automotive journalists come together to evaluate the vehicles best able to cope with the mix of terrain and mercurial conditions of the New England region is known for. This is the second year in a row that Grand Cherokee was deemed the overall winner of this coveted award.
- Society of Plastic Engineers Award
The Jeep brand won an "Innovation Award" in the environmental category from the Society of Plastics Engineers for using recycled polyurethane (old automotive seat cushions) in the seat foam of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
This "closes-the-loop" and helps keep scraps out of the landfill and reduces the need for new petroleum-based raw materials.
- Best-in-Class Capability
Off-road capability has been at the core of the Jeep® brand from the beginning. The 2011 Grand Cherokee has Best-in-Class 4x4 Capability+ besting eight other competitors for the honor. The new generation Grand Cherokee builds upon its legendary status as the leader in 4WD mastery with unique innovations such as the available Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension system and Selec-Terrain® system.
- Best-in-Class Ground Clearance
Rising above the competition, the Jeep Grand Cherokee claims Best-in-Class Ground Clearance with the Quadra-Lift+ Air Suspension system. Quadra-Lift can add an additional 4.1 inches of lift for a maximum height of 10.7 inches of ground clearance, so you can rest assure you won't be getting hung up no matter where your adventures take you.
Choose from five different settings depending on the type of driving conditions or terrain you encounter – Off-Road 2, Off-Road 1, Normal Ride Height, Aero Mode, Park Mode.
- Best-in-Class Driving Range (V6 / V8)
Both the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and 5.7L V8 engine feature Variable Valve Timing to help achieve Best-in-Class Driving Range+ (assuming all highway). A 24.6-gallon fuel tank, combined with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine's improved fuel economy, delivers a far-reaching 500 miles on a tank of gas.
The 5.7L V8 engine's Fuel Saver Technology automatically deactivates four cylinders when eight are not needed. When cruising at highway speeds between 40 and 60 mph, Fuel Saver Technology uses advanced computer technology and electronic throttle control to transform the engine seamlessly from V8 power to an efficient four-cylinder power plant in 0.04 seconds.
- Best-in-Class Available Horsepower
The Grand Cherokee. It is well-made. And it is made to haul.
The legendary 5.7L V8 engine with its 360 horsepower gives the Grand Cherokee Best-in-Class Available Horsepower+.
The V8 also asserts itself with 390 pound-feet of tyranno-torque for a 7,400-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped.
- Most Luxurious SUV
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is the Most Luxurious SUV+ in its class.
Premium craftsmanship and appointments abound. Reach out in any direction and you'll find every surface you can run your fingers over is soft to the touch.
Overland's standard features include: ventilated premium front leather seats with exquisite stitching accents, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with Black Olive Ash burl real wood trim, leather-wrapped instrument panel and armrests, Jeep® vehicle memory system, Infrared Dual-Zone Climate Control with air filtration, and more.
- Ten Most Fun to Drive Cars Award
The Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8® was named one of the Ten Most Fun to Drive Cars for 2012 by The Fast Lane Cars (TFLCar). To qualify, vehicles must be available for purchase in North America, available for the staff of TFLCar to evaluate prior to the new year and put a huge smile on your face when you get behind the wheel. According to TFLCar, the SRT8 is special for those who enjoy driving and is considered to be one of the most interesting cars of 2012.
- MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award
Second year in a row! The 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee was named the MotorWeek Driver's Choice Award for 2012 in the Best Large Utility segment (shared with Dodge Durango) for the second year in a row. The annual MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards looks at vehicles from a buyer's point of view, including priorities such as value and reliability, while also taking the latest trends and innovations into consideration.
- Most Improved Loyalty to Make Award
Loyalty runs deep at the Jeep® brand. And it's getting stronger. The Jeep brand has been recognized by Polk for having the Most Improved Loyalty to Make for the 2011 model year. According to Polk's U.S. loyalty analysis for the 2011 model year, the Jeep brand had the greatest percentage point increase in make loyalty over the previous model year.
The Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards are based on actual model year purchase/lease activity and recognizes manufacturers for superior performance in owner retention. Owners had such a positive overall experience that they came back to buy another vehicle of the same model, make, or manufacturer. The Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards are the only fact-based awards in the industry based on owner loyalty.
- SUV of the Year
The Jeep® Grand Cherokee has been named the "SUV of the Year" for 2012 by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) association. This is the second year in a row that the Grand Cherokee has won this prestigious award. The judges cited unstoppable off-road ability and impressive on-road performance as key points to the victory.
According to RMAP president Nathan Adlen, "The Rocky Mountains represent an extraordinary challenge for any automobile. Those that surpass our expectations in this difficult environment deserve to be celebrated. We're pleased to recognize the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the best among so many greats."
- Robb Report – "Best of the Best: 2012"
Editors and readers of the prestigious international luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report chose the Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8® as one of its top performers in its annual "Car of the Year" list. The SRT8 was cited in the "Best of the Best: 2012" Sport Utility Vehicles segment for its high quality and high performance. Criteria included interior design, layout, amenities and luxury features.
According to Robert Ross, Robb Report automotive consultant, "The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is proof that an American-made SUV can dish out the performance, looks and quality to run with the biggest dogs from Europe and do it at half the price, leaving enough change to hitch something really nice to the back."
- Best Off-Road Vehicle
The 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee has been named the Winner of Total Car Score Top 10 Best Off-Road Vehicles for 2012 ranking. According to Total Car Score's editorial team, the Grand Cherokee won first place thanks to its "...available V8 engine and superb off-road capabilities, along with excellent on-road driving dynamics."
To qualify, all vehicles were required to have a two-speed transfer case, advanced suspension design, and original Total Car Score car review. TotalCarScore.com evaluates and ranks cars according to an aggregate score based on the most trusted automotive authorities available.
- Total Quality Award™
We are extremely proud that Strategic Vision has named the Jeep® Grand Cherokee its 2012 Total Quality Index™ winner for the Mid-Size Traditional Utility segment+. Grand Cherokee owner's should take a bow too. Strategic Vision's annual automotive quality study is based solely on customer feedback regarding their perception of a vehicle's overall quality. So we thank our many loyal and happy customers for sharing their positive experiences about the well-crafted, and innovative Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Total Quality Index measures how closely the experience of quality matches the explicit desires of the customer. It reflects all aspects of buying, owning and driving a vehicle as a holistic measure and encompasses positive and negative experiences including reliability, driving excitement, emotional attachment and overall sales and service satisfaction.
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