yes it will be that bad.
I love my Grand Cherokee but need to sell it to finish my Wrangler. Not trying to sell you mine, just saying.
It has regularly been driven down the highway, hit the trails and is driven back no problem. Rides good even after being lifted. They can be cheap to buy. Easy to work on. And easy to find parts for. I think it would make a good starter all around rig.
Just a thought.