2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel vs 2013 Volkswagen Touareg! [Head 2 Head Episode 30]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI against the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 Ecodiesel.
From off road capabilities to interior luxuries, Jonny drags these diesels through the dirt providing in depth driving impressions as well as some insight on why more manufacturers should adopt diesel technology.
Filmed on location in Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area, join Jonny as he finds out which of these two diesel powered SUVs is the better bang for the buck!
Woman Drives On Sidewalk To Avoid Stopping School Bus
Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver captured video of a female motorist driving on the sidewalk to avoid stopping for the bus loading and unloading children.
The driver was caught on cell phone camera Tuesday morning. Cleveland police released the driver’s name late Tuesday afternoon. She is 32-year-old Shena Hardin, of Cleveland.
Hardin was not arrested, but cited for not stopping for the school bus. CMSD driver Uriah Herron is credited by supervisors for his quick thinking to nab the driver on camera. The driver’s sidewalk detours appear to be a daily occurrence.
“We had a very conscientious driver for 30 years. He really cares about his children and he took the extra step that this doesn’t happen again,” said CMSD Bus Manager Eric Taylor. The incident happened at East 38th Street between Superior and Payne Avenue.
Offered with both a V6 or V8, the Trailhawk comes equipped with several capability-enhancing features.
These include the 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement, solid steel rock rail body protection, Quadra-Lift air suspension with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance, Selec-Terrain traction control system and Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (V-8) with a two-speed transfer case.
In addition, the V8 model benefits from a rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD) that can transfer up to 100% of engine’s torque to one rear wheel.
The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk can be identified on the outside by a styling package that includes special decals with accent stripes, black-surround headlamps and a unique gray on the grille surround, side mirrors, rear light bar, 4x4 badge and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, Jeep has fitted the special edition model with black leather and suede seats with red accent stitching and Mopar floor mats.
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Alpine / Vapor Special Editions
Both models benefit from the addition of 20-inch wheels with black chrome finish and gloss black exterior appointments including hood badge, Grand Cherokee door logo, front grille surround and inserts, and a rear light bar and step pad.
There are no under-the-hood upgrades with the two special edition SRT8s being powered by the standard 6.4-liter Hemi V8 delivering 471hp (477PS) and 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) of torque.
Jeep quotes a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, a top speed of 160 mph (257km/h), and braking from 60-0 mph (96-0km/h) in 116 feet (35.4m).
The 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,995 (plus $925 destination), while Jeep commands a $2,495 premium for the Alpine and Vapor special edition packages that brings the total to $62,490 or $63,415 with destination.
New Video Shows Jeep Grand Cherokee’s Tires Pop Multiple Times in Moose Test
In the latest episode of the Jeep Grand Cherokee saga, the Swedes at Teknikens Värld have released new video footage of the subsequent tests that were performed after the SUV failed the infamous moose test.
Following a second test with a different Grand Cherokee that produced similar results, the Swedish magazine summoned a group of Chrysler engineers who insisted that the car be loaded with 470kg (1,037 lbs) or 132kg (291 lbs) less than Jeep/Chrysler’s own registered maximum payload of 602kg (1,327 lbs).
The magazine pointed out that with a driver and four adult passengers, there’s “hardly any margin for luggage” if they adhered to Jeep’s 470kg payload demand but agreed to do the test nevertheless.
We should note here that in the previous moose tests the Grand Cherokee failed, Teknikens Värld packed the car with four passengers and sandbags with a combined weight of 602kg (1,327 lbs) as well as 502 kg (1 106 lbs).
Even though the Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0 CRD V6 was less prone to flipping over with the significantly lighter payload, it still exhibited dangerous handling in the moose test at a speed of 69 to 70km/h (43.5mph), while the magazine said that in the presence of Chrysler representatives, the front tires popped seven times in three different cars.
Chrysler’s official line is that Teknikens Värld overloaded the car, something that the magazine denies citing the car’s certificate of registration at the Swedish Transport Agency “Transportstyrelsen”, while the automaker has not yet addressed the fact that the tires pried off the rims in the tests performed in front of its engineers.
When a reader asked about the tires coming off the rims on the Detroit automaker’s official blog, Chrysler Group LLC Editorial Director-Online Media Mike Driehorst gave this response:
“The Grand Cherokee is an award-winning SUV with an exemplary safety record. The magazine used an overloaded vehicle in its initial evaluation. Chrysler Group takes seriously any safety concerns and continues to analyze data from the second evaluation, but the wheel-lift seen in the first round did not reoccur.”
So putting aside the debate on the maximum payload weight, Chrysler has still not explained why the Jeep’s wheels popped during the tests that were performed in front of its own engineering team.
Drama: Teknikens Värld Defends Moose Test Findings, Chrysler Says the Magazine Cheated
In its first response, the Detroit carmaker said its engineers tried to “reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle” without success.
Chrysler pointed out that neither Teknikens Värld was able to recreate the original event in a subsequent evaluation of three vehicles performing 11 runs, which were conducted by the magazine on July 8 in Sweden and witnessed by the automaker’s engineers.
According to Chrysler, “The uncharacteristic result was obtained using a vehicle loaded beyond its weight specifications.”
Teknikens Värld notified about its latest posting that rebukes Chrysler’s claims saying that the aforementioned moose test with the Jeep Grand Cherokee was conducted according to strict parameters that were followed “to the smallest detail”.
The magazine added that in the subsequent tests, the Grand Cherokee either went on two wheels or the tires pried off the rims.
“In every performed moose test with Jeep Grand Cherokee, the car either went up on two wheels and was close to overturning or the tires were pried off the rims due to the heavy forces,” wrote Mattia Rabe, Edito-in-Chief of Teknikens Värld.
“When we performed the moose test with Chrysler/Fiat present the car manufacturer’s representatives on site provided the loading of the car. Then the tires were pried off the rims instead of going up on two wheels like before. A total of seven times, the tires were pried off the wheels, a very serious error that we have only seen once before – with Skoda Superb in 2010,” he said.
We should note that the Swedish magazine has not yet published (at least not online) any photos of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s tires sliding off the rims.
Swedish Magazine Claims that New Jeep Grand Cherokee is “Lethal” in Moose Test (and a Statement from Chrysler Group)
Grand Cherokee “Moose Test” Invalid; Vehicle Overloaded
Chrysler Group engineers are investigating a Swedish magazine’s evaluation of the 2012 Grand Cherokee. During the evaluation, the publication was able to capture images of a Grand Cherokee on two wheels as it performed an extreme maneuver in an overloaded condition.
Advised of this event by the magazine, Chrysler Group engineers made numerous attempts to reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle. Extensive testing produced no such result.
A subsequent evaluation was conducted by the magazine July 8 in Sweden and witnessed by Chrysler Group engineers. Three vehicles performed 11 runs on a course prepared by the magazine. None reproduced the original event.
The uncharacteristic result was obtained using a vehicle loaded beyond its weight specifications. The Grand Cherokee’s weight limitations are clearly stated on the vehicle and in the owner’s manual.
Also, the extreme maneuver performed by the magazine is not certified by any regulatory agency, nor is it used to establish any sanctioned safety ratings.
Chrysler Group takes seriously any safety concerns and engineers are examining the event to better understand the magazine’s claims.
A “Top Safety Pick” of the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Grand Cherokee is an award-winning SUV that features Electronic Stability Control and Electronic Roll Mitigation as standard equipment. It meets or exceeds all government safety mandates and its outstanding performance has made it the most awarded SUV in history.