This is a handsome vehicle. Jeep has a long and storied history of brutish designs to pull from, and the 2011 Grand Cherokee picks from the best. The familial squared-off fender arches and seven-slot grille join new, glowering headlamps for a look that's all around more determined than its predecessor. The narrow lights and upright fascia give the Grand Cherokee an aggressive nose that looks all but determined to pull the new Chrysler from the ashes of the old single-handedly. Short overhangs front and rear are plenty functional for taking on your favorite trails, but they also give the SUV the sort of ready-for-anything stance that made buyers fall in love with high-riders to begin with. In a world populated by bubble crossovers, the Grand Cherokee clearly stands apart.
That look continues down the side of the vehicle. With blacked-out B- and C-pillars backed up by angular rear bodywork, the design is beautifully modern. For once, the designers at Chrysler don't seem to be completely beholden to retro styling, and that fact pays huge dividends for the Grand Cherokee. Light splashes of chrome on the door handles, mirrors and roof rack are more fine jewelry than bling, and demonstrate a level of restrained taste that we don't see too often from domestic manufacturers. In short, it's a vehicle that you're proud to drive, and that draws attentive stares no matter where you go.