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throughout the cabin, including the heated steering wheel, and it made for a bright environment visually, considering all the black plastic trim. Other lighter-coloured interiors are available. Soft-touch material is evident at all touch-points, and the appearance is one of a more-expensive SUV, of which several exist. The distinctive Overland logo is stitched onto each front seatback, a nice luxury touch, and the driver’s seat is wide and 12-way multiadjustable plus lumbar, making for good long-distance comfort and support. There is plenty of room both up front and in the rear, the latter very good for two adults, but accommodating of three people. There is no third-row seat, and we don’t imagine that Grand Cherokee owners will be missing it. Rear DVD Entertainment is an available option, and the heated back seat folds down in the usual 60/40 fashion, with a middle armrest that has cupholders, but no storage. Nor is there any pass-through for longer objects like skis, a surprising omission. The cargo area is commodious and nicely-finished, with numerous tie-down points. Infotainment is taken care of in the Overland, with a Uconnect system with 6.5-inch touch-screen, enhanced GPS navigation and 20 GB

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HDD, to go with its SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth streaming audio. Having said that, the system could be described as “previous generation” in comparison to those installed in other high-end Chrysler products. It works adequately, but it isn’t the latest and greatest. Exterior features include 20-inch wheels, much added chrome, and a power liftgate. We found that the latter didn’t rise quite high enough for those over 6-feet tall, requiring one to “duck” a bit when accessing the rear cargo area. The liftgate features a flip-up glass window for added convenience and versatility. So, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be said to fall a bit short is in fuel efficiency and modern infotainment technology. It so happens that the just-announced 2014 Grand Cherokee, shown at the Detroit Auto Show, addresses those concerns, with the re-intro-

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