2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: 2014 Model Gets Rev-Matched Downshifts
March 05, 2013
One of the worst things about our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the behavior of the trucks' five-speed transmission on downshifts. Something about lawyers and unintended acceleration meant that that generation of Chrysler products were not able to add fuel unless the driver hit the gas pedal. This prevents nice, smooth rev-matched downshifts from the autobox. Instead, you get a hard drop into the lower gear. Think the first time you drove a stick. It's not great.
Thankfully, though, this has been remedied for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. That's right, apart from all the other good stuff the 2014 brings to the table, the new Jeep will now rev-match so you don't lurch all over the place on downshifts.
We'll have to get one of these for a year now. You know, for science.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor