Why the SRT8? - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: Why the SRT8?

March 20, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

I picked up my friend for a Saturday afternoon excursion and as usual we talked about what I was driving. Then he asked, "Why would anyone need a Jeep like this with the SRT8?"

After looking at him like he was daft for a few minutes, I told him to listen to the sweet sound of the SRT8 engine roaring to life. Then I told him to pay attention to how effortlessly the SRT8 climbed a very steep hill. If you were driving to the mountains to go skiing, for example, this would be a perfect vehicle to carry your passengers, your gear, and still have no problem tackling the steep incline.

At the end of the day he asked, "Why would anyone not buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the SRT8 engine."

I had converted him.

Then after dropping him off, I filled up the gas tank and was reminded why not everyone would want to have a full-time SRT8.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

While we are earning a lifetime average of 14 mpg in the SRT8, spot on with EPA estimates, that adds up to a pretty penny with regular use. The 4WD V6 Grand Cherokee Limited earns 19 mpg and is priced significantly lower than the SRT8. I'm sure it would still make it up the hill, just perhaps with a little more effort.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 22,153 miles


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Apparently the folks at Jalopnik (which used to be a good blog before all the good writers left) averaged something like 19 mpg in their new JGC SRT heading to SXSW. I bet if you guys had the new one with the 8 speed you can easily eek out an extra 2-3 mpg.

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