If you want all the bells and whistles plus the Jeep name, though, this is your ride. The Summit with its completely leather-wrapped interior is gorgeous, everything you’d want heated and cooled comes that way and the panoramic moonroof really opens up the interior to create an airy cabin.
BASE PRICE: $54,390
Jeep hasn’t engineered the SUV out of its Grand Cherokee, and ride and handling is more trucklike than a comparable Ford Edge or Audi Q5; off-road capabilities are arguably higher in the Jeep too, so that’s the tradeoff. Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine delivers enough power to move this 5,000-lb ute along, but just enough — there’s not much in reserve, and the 8-speed automatic does a lot of shifting to keep things where they need to be. Here again, the turbocharged competitors offer a more refined experience, but if you want a beautifully equipped SUV with the Jeep name, the Grand Cherokee Summit is your answer.
Options: Signature Leather-Wrapped Interior Package including leather-wrapped lower panels, and premium leather seats ($4,995); Summit California Edition including 20-inch x 8.0-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, body-color sills with platinum, body-color/platinum front fascia, body-color/platinum rear fascia, gloss black grille/platinum chrome, platinum badge, platinum day light opening moldings, and platinum strip tail lamp ($995); Skid Plate Group including front suspension skid plate, fuel take skid plate shield, transfer case skid plate, and underbody skid plate ($295).