For buyers whose abstraction of an adventuresome afternoon includes clue time rather than an off-road trail, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a high-performance SUV that can do aloof that. A 6.4-liter V-8 pumps out 475 application while a ripsnorting bankrupt agenda announces the SRT’s accession and, added dramatically, its departure. While it’s based on the accepted Grand Cherokee, the SRT wears added advancing bodywork and comes accepted with a sport-tuned abeyance and upgraded brakes. In translation, it loses none of the Grand Cherokee’s acumen or berth comfort, although the SRT’s ride is far beneath adjustable over potholes. If you’re one for authentic excess, Jeep offers the 707-hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (reviewed separately), but its alike bigger bulk tag may be a turnoff to some buyers.
While Jeep has fabricated no changes to the Grand Cherokee SRT for 2021, an all-new Grand Cherokee is accepted for the 2022 archetypal year. That agency big changes should be advancing for this high-performance variant.
The abject SRT is about absolute as it is. We’d add the high-performance anchor amalgamation to accomplish abiding the SRT stops as able-bodied as it goes and the Trailer Tow Group for optimal towing ability.
The Grand Cherokee SRT aboriginal won our hearts with its clap Hemi V-8 and absorbing performance. Although its artlessly aspirated 6.4-liter V-8 is balmy compared with the Trackhawk’s 707-hp supercharged V-8, it still has 475 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque. The SRT we activated ripped to 60 mph in alone 4.4 seconds—just 0.2 additional slower than a Dodge Challenger T/A 392. While the pony car was quicker in added dispatch tests, the SRT SUV akin the coupe’s affable bankrupt agenda and acknowledging burke for able pulls about town. With a best tow appraisement of 7200 pounds, the SRT can booty added than aloof ass. This activating Jeep has a sport-tuned abeyance with adaptive dampers. The bureaucracy is stiffer than that of approved Grand Cherokees for bigger handling. However, the SRT was adequate and quiet active over smoother surfaces. It has accepted 20-inch wheels, and our analysis agent wore the alternative Pirelli P Zero summer tires against the accepted all-season rubber. While the GC SRT specializes in straight-line speed, it goes about corners decidedly able-bodied accustomed its heft. Its able Brembo brakes additionally helped it stop from 70 mph in 168 feet, which equaled the Trackhawk and was bigger than rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG GLE43.
Those who affliction alike a little bit about ammunition abridgement should abstain the Grand Cherokee SRT. This gas auto has low EPA estimates and some of the affliction real-world after-effects amid its competitors. Unsurprisingly, the SRT does accept bigger EPA estimates than the 707-hp Trackhawk—but barely. No bulk how you allotment it, the SRT is one of the atomic able cartage in this segment. It absent its 19-mpg artery appraisal by 1 mpg during our real-world testing, and agnate rivals were amid 3 and 5 mpg better.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s autogenous is dressed up with carbon-fiber trim and stitched calm with covering surfaces and faux-suede accents. The berth has abounding commuter allowance and adorned accepted features, but its body affection compares with cheaper Jeep models rather than flush six-figure competitors. We additionally ambition massaging seats and added personalization options were accessible on this big-ticket Grand Cherokee. Underneath its pumped-up appearance, this able Grand Cherokee has the aforementioned bulk of burden amplitude and cardinal of autogenous cubbies as its banal counterpart. This agency it should authority 11 attache accoutrements abaft the aback seat, and up to 24 with the aback bench folded. While it had absorbing accumulator amplitude beneath its burden floor, the cabin’s cubbies were contrarily disappointing.
The SRT-tuned Jeep has an accomplished infotainment system—called Uconnect—with a abounding accompaniment of accepted features. Its adorable airheaded and convenient controls accommodate affable interactions, but the touchscreen responded added boring to our inputs than agnate infotainment rivals as able-bodied as accepted smartphones.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has not been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) or the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration (NHTSA). Still, this hi-po Jeep includes the Grand Cherokee’s abounding apartment of driver-assistance actualization as standard. Buyers will acknowledge the adaptive cruise control, which works in alternate traffic, and the self-parking abetment that reduces all-overs back binding into bound spaces. Key assurance actualization include:
While Jeep has an unimpressive bound assurance against agnate rivals, it delivers the top powertrain coverage. The aggregation additionally provides all 2021 models with three years of chargeless maintenance.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $78,455 (base price: $67,890)
ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, adamant block and aluminum heads, anchorage ammunition injection
Displacement: 391 cu in, 6410 ccPower: 475 hp @ 6000 rpmTorque: 470 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 114.8 inLength: 189.8 inWidth: 76.5 in Height: 67.6 inPassenger volume: 106 cu ftCargo volume: 36 cu ftCurb weight: 5291 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:Zero to 60 mph: 4.4 secZero to 100 mph: 11.4 secZero to 130 mph: 22.6 secRolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.0 secTop gear, 30-50 mph: 2.9 secTop gear, 50-70 mph: 3.2 secStanding ¼-mile: 13.0 sec @ 106 mphTop acceleration (drag limited, C/D est): 160 mphBraking, 70-0 mph: 168 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g
FUEL ECONOMY:EPA combined/city/highway driving: 15/13/19 mpgC/D observed: 14 mpgC/D empiric 75-mph artery driving: 18 mpgC/D empiric artery range: 440 mi
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