The last couple of weeks I have spent some time with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit. I say a couple of weeks because as you know not too long ago the tri-state area was hit with the storm known as Sandy. I was originally due to return the Jeep back after one week, but due to Sandy I got to spend two weeks with the Jeep due to not being able to return the car. The company that was supposed to pick it up, was shut down like many on that week following the storm. but despite the weather, I was able to use the car when needed, and definitely think it can weather than storm!
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit 4×4 I had come in Mineral Gray Metallic (how they choose these names is funny to me), and is just about almost top of the line for the model, unless you want to bump up to SRT. Man when I tell you the Overland Summit is a beauty, I tell no lies! From the outside the color popped in day light or evening. From the front grill to the back tail pipes, the Overland Summit edition is classy!
Then once you open those doors and get inside, oh man beautiful. The interior is a nice supple leather trim and real wood inlay, Nappa Saddle Leather cover almost everything. It covers the seats, upper trim, instrument panel, just about every surface within touch of the driver’s seat. As taken from their site, this is clearly “the most luxurious SUV in its class”.
While past Jeep vehicles that I’ve reviewed had left me wanting more on the tech side, the Grand Cherokee Overland Summit was the complete opposite. I was able to quickly and easily hook up my phone to the car for both phone calling and music streaming. You may notice with me, music streaming is a feature I look for in all of the car reviews I do. This is because this is usually one of the first things I do when I get in a car. After adjusting all the mirrors and my seat, the very next thing I do is trying to connect up my phone via Bluetooth for music. I love driving with music off my phone (via Spotify), so it usually says a lot about a car to me based on how easy I can set this up.
Once I got the music set up, I noticed the other options for entertainment. CD/Satellite radio are both present and accounted for. There is also dual climate control, heated seats and heated steering wheel option. Now since this is Jeep, I have to talk about the off-road features. I especially like the Selec-Terrain system, which allows you to choose Auto or Sand / Mud, Sport, Snow or Rock for superior ride control in all-weather conditions. When you add this with the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension which adds up to 4.1 inches of lift supported by four-corner air springs, you have a vehicle equipped to handle whatever nature throws at it, and look good while doing it!
This is an absolute joy to drive! Although it might be extremely callous to say so, but I thank Sandy for allowing me an extra week with this one. This was the one of the most classicist ride to be in, and my only regret is the fact that I’m an urban dweller. I really wish I would have taken this off-road and really put it through its paces. Even withstanding this, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great looking vehicle, and hey you never know.
One day the zombie apocalypse may come, why not look great while escaping from a moving herd! With this one I’m sure I’d be able to get across hills, mountains, and plain old black top. I truly enjoyed this ride. The ride was smooth and comfortable. And I love the CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof which offered twice as much surface compared to the standard sunroof.
Just be careful when it comes to fuel, the Overland Summit has a combined City/Hwy of 15 MPG, so you will feel it at the pump, especially after a situation like Sandy which has now caused a gas shortage in the area. Any SUV would be an issue during a crisis like this, so keep that in mind.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit 4×4 as configured ran $50,715. It is a little heavy on gas as you’ll spend a little more on gas over 5 years when compared to the average new vehicle. Fuel consumption withstanding, this is a classy, elegant looking SUV.
When you combine that with its off-road abilities, you have a great on and off-road vehicle.