Jeep Grand Cherokee

Once as common as garden gnomes in American suburbs, the grand Cherokee reclaims relevance with a chiseled body, a wood-and-leather-swaddled cabin, and pleasing road manners. A ZF 8-speed transmission, shared with the likes of Bentley, maximizes grunt from a quartet of engines, from frugal gas and diesel V-6s to a 470-horsepower hemi V-8 in the high-performance, charmingly sociopathic SRT8. [$29,790; jeep.com]