Yonkers, New York – The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee has outscored the Toyota 4Runner in a new test by Consumer Reports magazine. The Jeep earned a “Very Good” road test score, while the Toyota earned a “Good” score in a face-off between the two vehicles.

The magazine said that the Jeep’s ride, quietness and interior won points, although it was hampered by its emergency handling. By contrast, while the 4Runner showed terrific off-road prowess, it fell short on the road and scored at the bottom of its class.

“The Grand Cherokee is a big improvement over the previous model, with refinement on par with models that cost a lot more,” said David Champion, senior director of the auto test centre. “The 4Runner, which still uses a body-on-frame design, is disappointing on the road. The 4Runner doesn’t let you forget you’re driving a truck.”

The Grand Cherokee is too new for Consumer Reports too have reliability data, and the 4Runner scored too low in the magazine’s testing to recommend it. The magazine only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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