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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
Big Changes Bring Big Smiles
By Steve Litscher

(December 3, 2004)

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 Review

All new body panels for the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Quadra-Trac II proves flawless in severe mud

New interior is gorgeous and functional.

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We'll be honest - we were never fans of the previous Jeep Grand Cherokee. We found it to be uncomfortably small, inefficient, clunky and unreliable. Imagine our trepidation when we were handed the keys for the all new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and told to "have at it." We reached for our red pens and prepared for the worst. However, after stepping foot into the all new Jeep, we put away the pens and settled in for a rewarding and positive experience.

We were immediately taken with the new styling. Gone were the afterthought, plastic stick-on fender flares and door belt trim pieces. They've been replaced with honest to goodness, stamped sheet metal, and we think they look fantastic, especially when covered with Jeep's Inferno Red Tinted Pearl paint. Jeep has managed to restyle the Grand Cherokee in a manner that is fresh and exciting while remaining true to its roots - something that's easier said than done. One staffer did note that from certain angles, the rear lift gate area bares an uncanny resemblance to the Land Rover, but again, that's a good thing as Land Rover pens some sharp vehicles.

Our 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited came equipped with nearly everything Jeep had to offer, including the 25K package. The 25K package includes such niceties as: Chrysler's 5.9L Hemi V8 motor, Quadra-Trac II active full-time all wheel drive system, stability control, heated leather seats, power sunroof, and the UConnect system, which is a Bluetooth enabled communications system. Our $43,128 sticker also included: Trailer Tow Group, DVD-based navigation system with 6-disc changer and rear DVD player, SIRIUS Satellite radio, supplemental side air bags, Park Sense, a tire pressure monitoring system and the Grand Cherokee Touring package.

Inside, we found the Jeep Grand Cherokee to be much improved over the previous model, and our taller editors were especially grateful for the improved leg and head room up front. "In the past, the only way I could drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee was if I leaned to one side, sort of like a gangsta' lean," wrote one of our six-foot four editors. "With the 2005 model, I have plenty of leg and head room. It's fantastic!"

Front seat passengers will no doubt enjoy the infrared-controlled automatic climate control system that uses an infrared beam to measure body temperature and adjust the air temperature accordingly. Other trick bits include an improved center stack that features a large, easy to read LCD screen, an intuitive climate control system, and a host of easy to find and use buttons for items such as the trip computer, seat heaters, and pedal adjustments.

Jeep smartly uses chrome accents on the climate controls, the center console and around the large and easy to read instrument cluster gauges. The thickly padded, leather wrapped steering wheel tilts and telescopes and hosts the controls for the electronic cruise control system.

Some journalists complained about what they described as "cheap interior materials" and "hideously faux wood trim," but we think they're out of their minds. We didn't find the interior materials to be any worse than what you'd find on the $43,000 Chevrolet Tahoe or $41,000 Ford Expedition, so we're not sure why they were making such a big deal over it. I guess everyone needs something to complain about.

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