By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2005 was an all new year for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, with Uniframe construction, aluminum hood, air dam, new fascias, grills and bodyside mouldings, the 2006 model remains mostly unchanged. Featuring Quadra-Trac I, an active full-time four-wheel drive system mated to a 3.7-litre engine this Jeep, as are all Jeeps, is trail rated and ready for the street or off-roading adventure.

My tester is a base model Laredo which starts at $39.470, the only options present are a tow package, side airbags, heated mirrors and All Terrain Tires for a total of $1300 in options.

2006 Acura TSX
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There is an impressive amount of standard features on the Laredo, including air conditioning , 6 speaker stereo system with AUX input, 17�? Aluminum wheels, flipper lifgate glass, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), cruise control and more.

First impressions of the Laredo, without giving away too much, are limited. The Jeep certainly is a looker and my neighbours thought it was very nice at first sight, the bold Jeep front fascia done in chrome really enhances the Jeep’s appearance, even with the rather bland khaki colour on my tester.

The side and rear three quarter views are simple and utilitarian, yet somehow pull off a flare of understated elegance. The interior is minimalist and perhaps not up to some of the import standards in terms of feel and design, although the quality of finish does looks on par.

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
MSRP as tested: $40,770

For more information on Jeep and the Grand Cherokee visit Jeep Canada

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