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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Review

Classification of vehicles in the auto industry has become a messy business. All sorts of new products blur the lines between SUVs and crossovers, compacts and mid-sizers and so on. But the SRT Grand Cherokee stretches into two categories that rarely cross, SUVs and sports cars.

This is the only domestic vehicle of its kind, and the only real competitors in this tiny niche segment come from Germany. Trying to wear many hats all at once, the SRT-tuned Jeep Grand Cherokee makes very few compromises in its goal of delivering tight-track handling along with the typical duties of an SUV, namely towing and hauling people and cargo.

STRAIGHT LINE SPEED

Powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that makes 470 hp at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm, the SRT Grand Cherokee is capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds according to the brand, though our time with GC SRT at a drag strip elicited times just north of 5 seconds. The powertrain is responsive, and matched to an eight-speed transmission that doesn’t miss a beat. Downshifts come quickly, and hammering the throttle from a stand still is met with fast upshifts that are nicely timed, after the initial blast of torque rips you off the line.

The immense powertrain combines to make this Grand Cherokee feel much lighter than it actually is, carrying a 5,150 pound curb weight. Just because you don’t feel it, doesn’t mean it’s not there however, and all those extra pounds being carried around prods the powerplant to drink an excessive amount of gas.

GAS HOG

Officially rated at 19 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg combined, we averaged 13 mpg, which is also the SUV’s city mpg rating. Now, if a fuel efficient SUV is what you are after, the Grand Cherokee can be had with a 3.0-liter diesel. If, however, you want the ludicrous speed of the SRT, dismiss all notions of saving fuel. Not that you can’t drive slow, of course, but the burst of speed and agility that comes when the throttle is depressed is so addictive that it is hard to keep out of it.

It seems that the folks at SRT were also having so much fun hammering the throttle, that they installed a feature specifically designed for straight line speed. A button located beside the gear shift initiates launch control, a system that optimizes the SRT’s all-wheel setup along with the powertrain to deliver the fastest 0-60 mph sprint possible and it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply hit the button, and the information screen provides step-by-step directions on what to do. Step 1: fully depress brake. Step 2: fully depress throttle. Step 3: release the brake, and try not to soil yourself when this mammoth jumps off the line like a jackrabbit.

STICKS LIKE GLUE

But that’s enough about speed because frankly, sticking a massive engine in an SUV isn’t this SRT’s greatest feat. That would be its handling. Coil springs along with a Bilstein adaptive damping suspension is found all the way around, along with front and rear stabilizer bars. Cornering is flat and planted while understeer is suprisingly minimal.

On the race track when speeds are higher, you can feel this sports SUV start to push a bit in the corners, but the speeds at which it can be flung around a track are mind bending compared to its heavy set nature.

Thanks to the Bilstein adaptive suspension setup, the Grand Cherokee SRT offers five different drive modes: auto, sport, tow, track and snow. Track mode, being the most hardcore, offers optimized performance for racetracks, but we found that the stability control system was still a little too intrusive.

LUXURY INTERIOR

Despite us gushing about performance, the SRT Grand Cherokee isn’t only about asinine speed. The insides of this beast are stylish and comfortable. Real carbon fiber accents along with soft-touch materials and real chrome adorn the dashboard and center stack, building on the already lush Grand Cherokee interior. The SRT model has a bit more of a business feel to it than some of the wood-trimmed cabins offered in the line. Importantly though, the sort of feeling you want from something that costs over 60 grand is well represented here.

One point of contention for us is the gear-shifter found down to the right of the driver, which can be finicky to operate. Attempts to go straight from drive to reverse almost always ended up with the SRT in park, as the motions used to control the gears must be precise.

Another complaint, albeit more of a personal gripe, has to do with the steering wheel. The button and paddle layout is well done, but the overall girth of the wheel is a little too chunky for our tastes.

GERMAN COMPETITION

As mentioned above, the only true competition for the SRT Grand Cherokee comes from German brands, specifically Mercedes-Benz and Audi. From Benz, we have the ML63 AMG with a starting price of $97,250, which makes 557 hp. Audi brings us the S Q5, which undercuts the SRT with a starting price of $51,900, but performance lacks with only 354 hp.

The SRT Grand Cherokee starts at $64,990, which actually makes it a fairly good value when you put it next to its competition. The interior is nice enough to make even Mercedes-Benz loyalists smitten, and the performance is not lacking in any area, with the ML63 and the SRT Grand Cherokee even sharing the same 4.8 second 0-60 mph rating.

THE VERDICT

While still expensive, the SRT Grand Cherokee offers good value in its segment and it is absolutely riotous to drive. It is truly a statement to what can be achieved against the odds. A small, sleek sports car already has a lot going for it when engineers set out to make it handle well, but a 5,000-lb goliath of an SUV has all of the traits that sports car buyers hate. And yet somehow, SRT merges two worlds that never should have met, defying convention to bring us a great product.

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All-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee Wins at Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Truck Rodeo

The all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee took the Texas Truck Rodeo by storm, forging riverbeds, conquering rocky hills, and the competition, winning the “Compact SUV of Texas” award. In addition, the new Jeep Cherokee was the runner up, to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in the coveted “SUV of Texas” in voting by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

The Jeep Cherokee made a big impression on the members of TAWA who voted for the Cherokee as Compact SUV of Texas, by almost a two-to-one margin. With solid competitors in the Compact SUV segment, it’s an impressive win for the all-new Cherokee.

The 2013 TAWA Truck Rodeo jury consisted of 41 TAWA members and the competition featured two days of uncompromising on- and off-road vehicle evaluation in the Texas hill country. Consideration is given to everything from exterior styling and off-road capability to the entrant’s overall utility, value and fuel efficiency.

Not all compact SUVs could handle the off-road terrain. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk willingly followed the footprint of the 2014 Jeep Wrangler on both the ranch roads and the extreme off-road course, which was limited to only truly capable vehicles.

TAWA members drove both the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and Cherokee Limited models during the two-day competition at the Knibbe ranch outside San Antonio, Texas. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee impressed the jurors with its off-road capability as well as its exceptional on-road manners and well-crafted interior.

Jeep Brand Vehicles reigned supreme at the 2013 Texas Truck Rodeo, winning in every category the brand entered:

We Heard You: Uconnect Enhancements Rolling Out

You speak, we listen. You want improved voice recognition technology. Done! You want better speed and accuracy. Got it!

Chrysler Group listens to Uconnect customers and has responded with a software update for vehicles equipped with Uconnect 8.4AN and 8.4A systems, including 2013 & 2014 Ram Trucks and SRT Vipers and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The update is designed to enrich the Uconnect user experience by keeping the system as technically advanced as possible while making it all easier to use without added distractions.

For instance, customers that complete the update will receive the recently introduced “Easy Prompts” feature. Best of all, we are giving our customers a choice of how to update their vehicles, either at home or at the dealership, making it convenient and simple.

So, what does this mean for you? Uconnect users will see improved speed and accuracy, including advancements in voice recognition, navigation and audio quality.

The software update is available beginning Monday, Oct. 14.

After completing the software update, vehicle owners may notice:

System Performance is Quicker & Faster
Chrysler Group has improved the speed and accuracy of its Uconnect 8.4AN and 8.4A systems. The voice recognition technology, which enables drivers to use their voice to place and receive hands-free phone calls, change radio stations or music sources, send a personal text message, navigate to a destination and more, has been significantly improved.

Once behind the wheel, drivers that push either the voice recognition or phone button on the steering wheel will notice new audible chimes and prompts. These enhancements make the system even more intuitive.

Chrysler Group has also simplified the number of voice commands within its Uconnect systems to enhance accuracy and is introducing “Easy Prompts” to aid drivers. With Easy Prompts, the most important voice commands are made available to the driver on the 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Once the driver masters the system they can choose to turn the Easy Prompts feature off.

    UC1leftPress the Voice Recognition button on the steering wheel and the following Easy Prompts menu will appear.

UC2leftPress the Phone button on the steering wheel and the following Easy Prompts menu will appear.

The Easy Prompts also are announced over the vehicle’s audio system should the driver require help.

Customer Feedback Fuels and Drives Uconnect Improvements
Chrysler Group has been actively listening to its customers since introducing the newly evolved Uconnect systems last year. As a result, a variety of additional improvements have been included in this Uconnect software update. For instance, a few of the most noticeable include:

– Drivers may notice that hands-free calling, routing to a destination and a range of other entertainment features, like Bluetooth audio streaming and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, are more accurate and easier to use.

– Audio quality is also improved along with radio response times.

– The number of phonebook contacts has increased from 1,000 to 5,000 and each contact can now have up to four telephone entries. The phonebook will also sync with the system even quicker.

To determine if your 2013-2014 Ram Truck, SRT Viper or Jeep Grand Cherokee qualifies for the Uconnect 8.4A & 8.4AN software update and to download instructions, visit DriveUconnect.com and click on Help & Support.

Uconnect1stSelect Your Brand (Either Ram/Jeep/SRT)

Uconnect2Click on “System Update”

Uconnect3You’ll be redirected to the Chrysler Group Uconnect Software Update Site where you will enter
the last eight digits of your VIN and click on the “Do I Qualify” button to determine
if your vehicle qualifies and if your Uconnect System will benefit from this software update.

Uconnect4Or, if you prefer to have the software update completed by a Dealer Service Technician, free of charge, simply reference the Uconnect 8.4A or 8.4AN software update when scheduling your appointment.

When you want Chrysler Group to improve your driving experience, always feel free to speak up. We are here and we are listening. For more information about Uconnect, visit DriveUconnect.com or if you have questions about this software update you can contact Uconnect customer care at 1-877-855-8400 and press # to reach a customer support technical specialist.

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