What if you could outfit a llama with a pair of Coach leather bags? You’d end up with something not unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit: a beast that will go anywhere, tote all your stuff and look stylish doing it.
Aesthetically, this midsize luxury SUV has a sophisticated appearance that you don’t normally associate with vehicles of its utilitarian ilk. In fact, the interior of this top Summit model compares favorably with many high-end sedans. There’s that usefulness factor, too. Along with room for four adults, the Grand Cherokee offers a large cargo area and the ability to tow more than 7,000 pounds.
The summit is also sure-footed, a trait that’s been bred out of most SUVs. With its serious four-wheel-drive system, 10.8 inches of ground clearance and adjustable air suspension, the Grand Cherokee Summit can ford rainwater-flooded streets with aplomb.
Ultimately, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit’s place as the ideal upscale pack mule is secure.
- Remarkable bad weather/off-road capability
- Posh interior
- Sophisticated style/hardware doesn’t come cheap.
- 5.7-liter and larger Hemi V8s are overkill for most buyers.
Want to go anywhere with comfort and panache? Here’s your ride.
Base Price: $32,195
As Tested: $66,225
NHTSA: Overall 5 Stars (out of 5)
19/26 (3.6L V6/automatic)
14/22 (5.7L V8/automatic)This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 edition of AAA World.