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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Pricing

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Model Type

SRT

pros & cons

pros

  • Plush interior with plentiful luxury and technology
  • Enough off-road ability to conquer practically any trail
  • Available V8 engines offer substantial power
  • Impressive tow ratings for the class

cons

  • Firm ride quality may disappoint, even with air suspension
  • Limited cargo capacity compared to top rivals
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4dr SUV MSRP: $67395
Based on the SRT Auto 4WD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 15
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train Four Wheel Drive
Displacement 6.4 L
Passenger Volume 140.5 cu ft
Wheelbase 114 in
Length 191 in
Width 77 in
Height 68 in
Curb Weight 5104 lbs
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4dr SUV MSRP: $67395
Based on the SRT Auto 4WD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
  • Tire Pressure Warning
  • Multi-Zone Climate Control
  • Navigation
  • Upgraded Headlights
  • Keyless Entry/Start
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Back-up camera
  • AWD/4WD
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Apple Carplay/Android Auto
  • Alarm
  • Rear Bench Seats
  • 6000lb Towing Capacity
  • Trip Computer
  • Fold Flat Rear Seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Aux Audio Inputs
  • Bluetooth
  • Stability Control

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Test Drive

Edmunds Automotive Editor Travis Langness went all the way to New Hampshire to drive the new 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It borrows the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models and shoves it into an all-wheel-drive family SUV -- you know, for those times you really need to light up the tires after a soccer tournament.

Transcript

TRAVIS LANGNESS: Welcome to New Hampshire. I'm Travis Langness, automotive editor for Edmunds.com, and this is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. [MUSIC PLAYING] Jeep Grand Cherokee's been out for a while, but this one is sort of a swan song. It's got the 707 horsepower, 6.2 liter, supercharged V8 out of the Hellcat cars, the Charger and the Challenger, and they've put it in a big family SUV. We'll start at the front here, where you can tell the difference between this Trackhawk and the other Jeep Grand Cherokees, specifically based on the air vents that are up front. That supercharged motor needs a lot of air to perform, and this is one of the big differences on the front bumper, as well as these two vents down here. These feed the engine and an oil cooler, and that's where fog lights used to be. But this car needs that air, so they eliminated the fog lights. There's also these big hood vents on the top. These are Pirelli P Zero high-performance summer tires. They also have an optional four-season, all-season tire that you can get. But underneath are these yellow six-piston Brembo brakes, connected to 15.75" rotors up front. That's a lot of stopping power. Jeep says it'll stop from 60 miles an hour in 114 feet. We haven't tested that yet, but it definitely has good, solid brakes. The profile is pretty much the same as the other Grand Cherokees. It's a good-looking SUV. And as you move around the back of the car, there's two items. Obviously, first being the badge, that set it off as a Trackhawk, but the second are these quad exhaust tips. They make a great noise. You'll see just how impressive this car is, especially as a big two and a half ton SUV. The Grand Cherokee isn't the most impressive midsize SUV, in terms of cargo space, but it's decent. Compact SUVs, like the Honda CRV, they're going to have a similar size back here. But there's nothing out there in that market that's going to match it for horsepower. So we're going to take a look at the interior of the Trackhawk. It's special compared to other Jeep Grand Cherokees. It's not too far above and beyond, but there's definitely some nice interior touches here to set it off from the rest of the group. For starters, you've got things like this carbon fiber trim, only available on the Trackhawk, also this nice two-tone leather interior, perforated leather on the doors, perforated leather on the seats, the ventilated front seats. The Uconnect is one of our favorite parts of this car. It's an easy-to-use system. This one has new graphics. It's pretty stylish. It's crisp. It's really great resolution. All the buttons, all the knobs, controls underneath the Uconnect are easy. They're at an arm's reach. Cup holders, little small, but the nice piece in the center console here is the drive mode selector. We can go between track, sport, auto, snow, and tow. And this vehicle is actually equipped with a tow package, which can tow up to 7,200 pounds, which is the same tow rating as other Jeep Grand Cherokees. And that's probably a chassis limitation, rather than an engine limitation. But that's still really impressive that you can take a 700 horsepower track-focused vehicle and tow a 7,200 pound trailer with it. And then there's the launch control button. The launch control is really easy to use. You can set the RPMs. You can change it based on whether you want to launch at 1,900 or 2,500. We found, basically, over 2,0000 or so, the power actually overwhelms the brakes, and it won't let you launch. It just kind of lurches forward, and then launch control is disengaged. But now that we're done taking a look at the interior, let's take it out for a drive. [MUSIC PLAYING] First things first, you got to see how this Trackhawk accelerates. Basically, at any point in the throttle, any mode you're in-- auto, sport, track-- you just stomp it, and it goes. Let's give it a try. [ENGINE ROARING] That sounds fantastic. You can tell every bit of the 6.2 liter, supercharged V8 is working. And it shifts really fast. That eight-speed automatic is a great transmission. They reworked it for this particular application. They needed to upgrade a lot of things, the transfer case, the drive shafts, and because there was so much power going to the all-wheel drive system that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is not used to, even the SRT motor isn't putting out anywhere near 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. So on the highway, there is a little bit of noise from the exhaust, and then, a little bit of wind from the supercharger, but it depends on the throttle level, whether you're at 10%, 15%, 20%, you're going on a grade. Most of the time, it's pretty quiet. But really any time you get into the gas, it definitely gives you some of that, oh, hey there's a big V8 under the hood. And it comes out of the back pretty well. The exhaust is nice, but it's muted compared to the Hellcat cars. This is going to be a car that you're going to go on road trips. You're going to have people in the back seat. You're definitely going want it to be a little bit more quiet. And you wouldn't know that it gets up and goes as fast as it does until you-- [ENGINE ROARING] --give it some right foot. [ENGINE ROARING] So one of the things about the Grand Cherokee, and the Trackhawk is no different, is steering isn't the best. It's kind of vague. You can't really tell, necessarily, what the tires are doing, which is a little bit of a disappointment on the Trackhawk, if I'm honest. I expected a little bit more feel, but the steering wheel feels good in your hand. There's a good on-center feel, it returns to center pretty easily, and it's well-weighted. But when you go around a corner, you're just kind of doing things by telepathy. Now, that's not super disappointing when it comes to a car of this size, but when it comes to something that says, "track" on the back, and that you're expected to take out and drive in a high-performance fashion, it is a little bit less than we would expect. And any time you get on a wide open stretch of road, you really, you get the desire to just drop your right foot and see what happens. [ENGINE ROARING] It feels great. Oh, and good breaks, too. On city streets, the Grand Cherokee is as good as you would expect. We've known this for years. It's definitely high quality. It's easy to drive. The controls, like I said, are all kind of within arm's reach. And it's pretty quiet, too. And something you wouldn't necessarily expect from this high-performance version, as we found on the highway, as well, is that it's comfortable over bumps. The ride quality doesn't break your back. It doesn't hurt you on the highway. Even here in Portland, where there are significant potholes, it gets a good amount of winter road work, it's not uncomfortable. The Pirelli P Zeros, while they are sticky, stiff tires, have enough sidewall. And this vehicle is perfectly easy to drive in the city. [MUSIC PLAYING] Here we go. We're going to take it out on to the track here. And it really gets going great, regardless of pedal pressure. Throttle response is really good. And the one thing that we noticed on road that's a little similar to the on-track response is the steering is a little bit numb. It's a big, heavy vehicle, so things are kind of moving around a lot on you, and you can't feel, necessarily, so much what the tires are doing. It definitely feels fast, though. Any time you stomp on the throttle, it gets up and goes. And there's going to be a decent sized market for people interested in this truck, but-- SUV crossover-- but not sure how many people are actually going to take it on the track. And that might be a mistake because this thing is really fun on a track. [MUSIC PLAYING] One of the problems with the Grand Cherokee is its price. Base prices start around $86,000. This particular one, with all the options, as I mentioned, is over $100,000. But cars that normally compete with the Grand Cherokee are in the high $30,000, maybe $40,000, some even $50,000 range. A few touch this car's price until you get into really the ultra-luxury, super-premium SUV. We're talking Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, things like that. And I'm just not sure that this Jeep is as nice on the inside. Now, are you going to shop those cars and this one at the same time? Probably not. So, for instance, if you like the Hellcat Charger, but you want something with a little bit more space, this is a great option. It's got that same 707 horsepower motor, five pound-feet less torque, not a big difference, but more space in the back. and all the SUV capability you can think of, plus the all-wheel drive, all-weather capability. If you're looking at the Trackhawk, you're really just looking at it for its motor, but it is a hard price to swallow. [MUSIC PLAYING] So which one would you rather have, a 700-horsepower, two-ton SUV with all-wheel drive or one of its Hellcat siblings? Tell us in the comments below and be sure to subscribe.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT For Sale

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT For Sale

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee was one of the pioneers that ushered in the modern midsize SUV segment in the early 1990s. When it debuted, the Grand Cherokee represented a bigger and better version of Jeep's smaller but still popular Cherokee. The company's designers wanted it to be maneuverable enough for urban duty, roomy enough for family duty, stylish enough to take out on the town and capable enough to tow your toys or shuttle your passengers to a remote campsite without issue.

It was a resounding success, and the JGC, as it's commonly called, has become one of America's top sellers in the SUV segment. Unlike most other traditional SUVs from domestic automakers, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been built using a carlike unibody chassis rather than a truck-based, body-on-frame design. In general, a unibody chassis provides advantages in terms of on-road handling, easier entry and exit, and safety. Yet Jeep's strong reputation for off-road prowess is retained, thanks in large part to the Grand Cherokee's advanced four-wheel-drive systems. Today's well-rounded JGC continues to be among the most capable and luxurious vehicles in its class.

Current Jeep Grand Cherokee
The current Grand Cherokee is offered in five main trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. The Laredo comes nicely equipped with alloy wheels, dual-zone air-conditioning, Bluetooth and a touchscreen audio system, while the Limited steps up to bigger wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats and satellite radio. The rugged Trailhawk trim comes standard with low-range gearing, underbody skid plates and 18-inch wheels equipped with off-road tires. The fancy Overland drops the Trailhawk's off-road-focused tuning and features and adds 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, navigation and leather upholstery. The top-of-the-line Summit throws in adaptive cruise control, upgraded leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a self-parking system that facilitates both parallel and perpendicular parking.

All five trims come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that routes 295 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is a competitive engine, but there's also an optional 5.7-liter V8 that cranks out 360 hp and allows for a 7,400-pound towing capacity (versus 6,200 pounds for the V6) when properly equipped. If you want to trade some horsepower for better fuel economy, the available turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel-powered V6 engine has 240 hp, but it's easily the most fuel-efficient of the three, and its formidable 420 pound-feet of torque enables it to tow just as much as the V8.

There are three available four-wheel-drive systems in addition to the base rear-wheel-drive layout. The Quadra-Trac I system is essentially an full-time all-wheel-drive system and only available on the Laredo. Quadra-Trac II (optional on the Laredo, standard on the Limited, Overland and Summit) is a four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and hill ascent and descent control. The Trailhawk comes standard with a special version of Quadra-Trac II that includes a rear electronic limited-slip differential. The system is optional on Limited, Overland and Summit models. Additionally, an adaptive air suspension and the Selec-Terrain system (which allows drivers to choose from five preprogrammed settings to best handle a given road or trail condition) are optional on the Limited trim and standard on Trailhawk, Overland and Summit models.

For those with no intention of ever using that off-roading ability, there's the Grand Cherokee SRT8, which injects an ample dose of high-octane insanity to transform this part-time mountain climber into a part-time mountain road carver. A 6.4-liter V8 sends 475 hp through a full-time all-wheel-drive system. The SRT8 also gets 20-inch forged alloy wheels, an adaptive sport suspension, performance-tuned steering, Brembo brakes and a limited-slip rear differential.

With any of these trim, engine and 4WD choices, the current Grand Cherokee's civility is bound to impress. Cabin quality is very good, and overall refinement should surprise anyone who expects a Jeep to be a bit of a rough-edged brute. Ride quality is at once comfortable and composed, while handling is surprisingly confidence-inspiring. Given the JCG's substantial dimensions, however, some might wish for more interior space. If this is the case, and you don't mind giving up most of the Jeep's off-roading potential, Dodge's seven-passenger Durango is mechanically similar.

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Models
The present, fourth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee arrived as a complete redesign for 2011. Long-standing criticisms, such as the underpowered base V6 engine, mediocre cabin materials and the lack of rear-seat room, were thoroughly addressed. Ride and handling dynamics were also improved thanks to a more rigid chassis and a new, fully independent suspension. The Selec-Terrain feature for the uplevel four-wheel-drive systems was also introduced.

This fourth-generation JGC originally debuted with a five-speed automatic transmission. For that first year, the SRT8 trim was not available. A Trailhawk edition was offered for 2013 only before reappearing for 2017. The diesel-powered V6 was unveiled for 2014, along with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 8.4-inch touchscreen and minor exterior styling updates. For 2015, the SRT benefited from an increase in engine output. In 2016, the Jeep Grand Cherokee got a new shift lever, and all models except the SRT got standard electric-assist power steering.

The previous, third-generation Grand Cherokee was produced from 2005 to 2010. Compared to previous models, its styling was more squared-off, and the front suspension utilized an independent design for the first time. It was still a five-passenger midsize SUV offered in two main trim levels: Laredo and Limited. However, there was also the rare Grand Cherokee SRT8. With a 420-hp V8 and a lowered sport suspension, the SRT8 was designed for maximum on-street performance and was the quickest and most powerful Jeep ever produced.

Power plants for this version initially included a 3.7-liter V6 (210 hp), a 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp until 2007, when it jumped up to 305) and a 5.7-liter V8 (330 hp). A turbodiesel model arrived for 2007, boasting a 3.0-liter V6 with 215 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Two years later, the 5.7-liter V8 was boosted to 357 hp. All could be had with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive except for the SRT8, which was all-wheel-drive only.

There is some variation in terms of the 4WD models because Jeep equipped the higher-level trims with the more advanced Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II systems. The last year of this generation saw the deletion of the turbodiesel, the addition of new entertainment and navigation systems, and the debut of the hill start and hill descent systems.

In reviews, we praised the third-gen Grand Cherokee for its superb off-road ability and available broad-shouldered V8 power. We heartily recommend going with one of the V8s since the base V6 is archaic, not very fuel-efficient and outclassed by rival V6s. The ride may not be as smooth as that of car-based crossover rivals, but it's pleasant enough. The most significant demerit goes to the relatively cramped interior, which is down on both maximum cargo space and backseat room compared to the competition.

There were two previous generations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The second generation was built from 1999 to 2004. This Grand Cherokee is a little bit smaller and generally less sophisticated than the current one. It had a solid axle in front compared to the current independent setup and recirculating-ball steering instead of rack-and-pinion.

Still, this model was well regarded during most of its production period. In editorial reviews, it received high marks for its smooth styling, manageable size and, for 4WD models, off-road prowess. There were two trims originally (Laredo and Limited) and two engines — a 4.0-liter inline-six with 195 hp or a 4.7-liter V8 with 235 hp. The V8 engine was considered the better choice because it provided more power without much sacrifice in fuel economy compared to the six-cylinder.

As Jeep made continual improvements to this model, used-vehicle shoppers should try to get the newest model they can afford. Beginning in 2001, the V8 was matched to a five-speed automatic. In 2002, Jeep introduced three additional trim levels (Special Edition, Sport and Overland), a high-output 265-hp V8 and more available features. Further refinements were made in 2003.

The first-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, the one that started it all, was offered for the 1993-'98 model years. Like the second generation, this model rode on two live axles, had the familiar choice of either an inline-six or V8 for power, and was noted for its superb off-road abilities with adequate on-road handling. This model's 220-hp 5.2-liter V8 was larger in displacement than later V8s but not as refined.

For most years of this generation, shoppers will encounter the familiar Laredo and Limited trims. There was also a base-trim SE (offered through 1995), the Limited-based Orvis (1995-'97), the TSi (1997 and '98) and the '98-only 5.9 Limited. The 5.9 Limited had an exclusive 245-hp 5.9-liter V8. The best models to consider are 1996 and newer since these benefited from safety, power and feature improvements.

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