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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Aside from the seven-slot grille, there's little in the new model that speaks to its roots as a military vehicle

A Touch of Class: To better compete with other premium SUVs, the new model boasts luxury touches in the interior cabin, such as leather seats and real wood trim. Laminated glass on the front doors and windshield cut down on wind noise.

Ups and Downs: For off-roading fun, drivers can raise the suspension to get 10.7 inches of ground clearance by flipping a switch. Stretching the wheelbase by 5.3 in. buys 4 in. of additonal leg room for passengers in the rear.

Elbow Room: The redesigned Cherokee is 1.8 in. longer and 2.6 in. wider than its predecessor. It also has 17 percent more cargo space.

Cabin Comforts: Keyless ignition and satellite radio are standard. Options include a heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats. Other extras: a TV and gear that turns the vehicle into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

Ellis is an assistant managing editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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