Consumer Reports says Jeep Grand Cherokee tops Toyota 4Runner

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    Consumer Reports says Jeep Grand Cherokee tops Toyota 4Runner

    Consumer Reports, which is a major influence on consumers seeking a new cars, said Monday the Grand Cherokee earned a “very good” road test score, while the rival Toyota 4Runner earned http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ a “good” score. However, the 4Runner scored too low in CR’s testing for the magazine to give it a Recommend rating.

    The Grand Cherokee, which is built in Detroit, is the first new model that Chrysler has released post bankruptcy, and it’s based on the same engineering architecture used for the Mercedes Benz ML.

    The Jeep’s ride, quietness and interior won it points, though it was hampered by its emergency handling. By contrast, the 4Runner, redesigned for 2010, fell short on the road, scoring at the bottom of its class, Consumer Reports said.

    “The Grand Cherokee is a big improvement over the previous model, with refinement on par with models that cost a lot more,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn. “The 4Runner, which still uses a body on frame design, is disappointing on the road. The 4Runner doesn’t let you forget you’re driving a truck.”

    Prices for the vehicles were $39,010 for the Grand Cherokee and $37,425 for the 4Runner.

    The Grand Cherokee rides well and is quiet and steady on the highway, according to CR’s evaluation.

    During CR’s emergency handling tests the Jeep was cheap jerseys difficult to control in the avoidance maneuver. The five speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. Braking is very good. The interior is nicely finished, with soft touch panels and nicely detailed leather seats. Cargo room can be increased by folding the rear seatbacks, evaluators said.

    The 4Runner’s ride has constant body motions and body lean is pronounced in corners, even at a leisurely pace. Its overly light steering is slow to respond. The five speed automatic transmission is responsive. Braking is very good. The interior is utilitarian and features cheap looking plastics. Cargo room can be increased by folding the rear seatbacks, evaluators said.

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