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July 26, 2013

Jeep Grand Cherokee infused with Daimler's refinements

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A standard V6 provides ample power to move the SUV along highways in a vault-like quiet manner. For such a large SUV, the Jeep handles the zero to 60 mph sprint in 8.3 seconds, about average for its class. If speed is of greater importance to you than fuel economy, then the aforementioned SRT8 will move you along to 60 in just 5.1 seconds.

Cargo space is generous, with 35 cubic feet available behind the rear seats and just under 70 cubic feet with rear seats folded. In addition, the passenger seat will fold flat for greater flexibility.

The list of standard equipment is lengthy and includes stability and traction control, 4-wheel ABS, front side and side curtain airbags, dual zone climate control, six-speaker sound system, tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, fog lights, cruise control and full power accessories.

While the base price for a Laredo is attractive at under $30,000, available option packages quickly move the price upward to the $40,000 mark and beyond, and that is what may drive consumers in another direction.

Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at editor@ptd.net.

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