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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Comfort & Quality

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This time around, the Jeep Grand Cherokee's growth isn't all on the outside. Passengers get more interior space, thanks to a 5.3-inch boost in wheelbase, and the door openings and cargo area rise as well.

The Grand Cherokee's front seats strike us as pretty flat, with bottom cushions that might be a bit too short. The driving position is about ideal for taller adults, though, and the cabin is wide enough to keep legs from rubbing the door panels. (The center console's shaped well, too, so your knees won't rub against abrupt corners.)Most of the extra space goes to rear passengers, who got a sour deal in the old Cherokee. Now three adults might really fit across the second-row seat, and two will be flat-out comfortable—especially with the seatbacks reclined a bit,enjoying the additional four inches of legroom. Headroom's great for all, by the way.

People and their things get a better deal in the new Grand Cherokee, and thoughtful details add to the narrative.

The Cherokee totes about35 cubic feet of stuff behind the second-row seat (it offers no third-row seat,like the Touareg, but unlike the Pilot and Traverse). The tailgate has flip-up glass or you can raise the entire liftback; on the ritzy versions, the cargo area gets fine padding and trim bars. You can flip down the rear seats with a single lever, and on some versions the front passenger seat will fold flat,too—just in case that grandfather clock needs a new home. Our favorite storage detail: The removable dual bins hiding under the cargo floor, molded to fit around the spare tire. At first glance, they look right-sized for a six-pack on ice. We're just saying.

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