2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee: 19 MPG, Best So Far
August 24, 2012
You know those countries during the Olympics that padded their metal tallies by going for wins in sports that nobody pays attention to? Well, similarly, I figured I could earn another fleet-wide fuel economy record by going for gold in our Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Folly, you say? Well, who else is going to go through the effort to drive the SRT8 like a grandma for an extended duration? Nobody. Well, maybe Magrath or Montoya, but there's a very slim chance of that happening.
Anyway, I subjected our JGC SRT8 to same 230-mile highway route and fuel-economy minded driving style that I've most recently used on the Chevrolet Sonic and VW Beetle to get top fuel economy. The result in the SRT8 was 19.0 mpg, easily our best result so far. That's still one fewer than EPA-estimated highway, but I did have a little city driving mixed in on this fill-up, and I had the air-conditioning almost the whole time.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor