If you've never driven it, it may seem hard to believe the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 earned a Total Car Score that put it near the top of its category.
Reviewers who have spent time behind the wheel have come away from the experience impressed by the 6.4-liter V8's stunning acceleration and the sporty handling delivered by the beefed-up suspension. The dramatic exterior styling and upscale interior -- filled with a long list of desirable standard features including a heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system and a rearview camera -- also received favorable reviews. Its ability to tow trailers up to 5,000 pounds is another unexpected plus for a high-performance model.
Not surprisingly, the Grand Cherokee SRT8's biggest downside is its dismal fuel economy. By midsize SUV standards its cargo hold is also a bit on the small side, though the space looks downright cavernous when compared to some of its high-performance competitors.
Having just been introduced, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is unlikely to see any significant updates any time soon.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a five-seat midsize SUV that's offered in a single well-equipped trim level.
Power comes from a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and full-time four-wheel drive are standard.
Other standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, outside mirrors with built-in turn signals, deep-tinted rear privacy glass, a rear spoiler, heated and ventilated front sport seats with leather/suede upholstery, heated second-row seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, keyless entry/starting, Bluetooth, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, a rearview camera, a voice-controlled navigation system and a 506-watt premium audio system with satellite radio and nine speakers. Options include adaptive cruise control, power sunroof, blind spot warning and rear cross-path warning systems, a power liftgate, a towing package, a rear seat video entertainment system and a 825-watt Harmon Kardon audio system with 19 speakers.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are 12 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined.
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