2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 new car reviews

Meet the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Torque is not lacking.
Check it out: real Brembos and real forged wheels.

Better than: a Dodge Caliber
But not as good as: an SRT8 Dodge Magnum
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 51.11

Chrysler's SRT department has worked their magic on a wide range of vehicles, turning a variety of once-pedestrian peoplemovers into fire-breathing beasts. One of the more recent creations is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

This thundering beast is powered by an SRT staple, the mighty Hemi V8. Other performance-tuned upgrades include Brembo brakes, forged Alcoa wheels, a five-speed automatic transmission, Bilstein shock absorbers and a dual exhaust.

An all-new Grand Cherokee is scheduled for the 2011 model year, so we can only assume that this version of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 has a limited shelf life.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Even when saddled with nearly 5000 pounds, the V8 pulls nicely and sounds good when doing so. And then I'm a bit confused.

I can get behind a high-performance SUV, but like the conclusion to Lost* this one leaves too many questions. If it's supposed to be sporty, why does it sit so high in the air--does it really need more ground clearance than a 4x4 Grand Cherokee? And if it's supposed to have some kind of utility, why is does Jeep list a towing capacity of "Not Recommended"?

To use the Chewbacca defense, this one does not make sense. Or, maybe I'm just getting old.

  • Complete disclosure: I never watched an episode of Lost, but I saw all of the chatter on Facebook.
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Racedreamer
Racedreamer Reader
6/28/10 12:09 p.m.

Funny Stuff!!!

kb58
kb58 Dork
7/1/10 8:33 p.m.

Like an SUV, without the functionality.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
7/5/10 7:52 a.m.

So funny.. Married guys totally understand.

Z06SRT8
Z06SRT8 New Reader
7/5/10 10:52 a.m.

I have to admit that BEFORE I drove an SRT8 Jeep, I thought it was the dumbest thing I ever heard of. Then I drove one at an SRT Track Day and went out and bought one immediately. Since that day in 2007, I have almost 60k miles on it, have made a few low budget mods and have the most fierce daily driver I have ever owned. And yes....I drive it in the snow thru NY winters.

jstein77
jstein77 SuperDork
7/13/10 3:34 p.m.

I'm gonna have to side with Dana on this one.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Chrysler's SRT department has worked their magic on a wide range of vehicles, turning a variety of once-pedestrian peoplemovers into fire-breathing beasts. One of the more recent creations is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

This thundering beast is powered by an SRT staple, the mighty Hemi V8. Other performance-tuned upgrades include Brembo brakes, forged Alcoa wheels, a five-speed automatic transmission, Bilstein shock absorbers and a dual exhaust.

An all-new Grand Cherokee is scheduled for the 2011 model year, so we can only assume that this version of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 has a limited shelf life.

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