2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV

MSRP $68,395

Ranked #15 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 8, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In the times where all the manufacturers are shifting to more eco-friendly and electrically assisted powertrains, FCA remains one of the last ones to carry a V8 under the hood of anything and everything under the radar, and part of this craziness is attributed to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. This super-SUV has more than enough power to win quite a lot of traffic light drag races and also give a lot of street-cred to your kid who you just dropped off at school. 

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Pros

Crazy V8

Looks as aggressive as it sounds

Sounds brilliant

Impressive on-road performance

Cons

Drinks fuel like water

Poor reliability perception still affects sales

Street cred stolen by Trackhawk variant

What's New?

No changes for the 2021 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68395

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

128 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

392 cu.in.

horsepower

475 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

470 lb.-ft.. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

77.1 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

5195 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

1350 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$68,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Redline 2 Coat Pearl color
Redline 2 Coat Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

7.3

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.1

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has a league of its own and thus has limited competition - all of which are fierce and also provide a lot of performance for the bucks. With an MSRP of nearly $70,000, it goes up against the Dodge Durango SRT, the BMW X5 M50i, and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Continue with the article to see how this super SUV performs in this segment of powerful monsters. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV front view
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.1/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Features

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a standalone model, and there is no other SRT trim in the lineup. There is the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but that is a story for another day. That being said, the SRT does sit above the Summit trim that maxes out the luxury quotient in the line-up, on which the SRT adds trim-specific fitments, the more powerful V8 under the hood, and upgraded brakes and suspension systems. 

Trim

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

MSRP

$69,940

Key Features

Special 20-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires

 

Sport-tuned adaptive suspension

 

High-performance braking system

 

Sport front seats

 

19-speaker audio system

 

Xenon headlights

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

Heated rear seats

 

Heavy-duty engine cooling

 

Heated steering wheel

 

Power liftgate

 

Sunroof

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Auto-dimming mirrors

The Grand Cherokee SRT comes packed with each and everything that the line-up has to offer and one-ups the lower trims with its massive engine and performance numbers. But still, if one feels that some features could’ve been added, Jeep has provided the SRT the option of Signature Leather-Wrapped Interior Package, Rear DVD Entertainment Centre, and Trailer-Tow Group IV. 

Which trim should you buy?

Since there’s only one trim - the SRT - it is the one you should buy. The engine is very powerful, and the AWD puts all the power to the ground well. That, along with the fact that you get everything that the Grand Cherokee lineup has on offer in terms of amenities makes the Grand Cherokee SRT a wise choice. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The topic of discussion in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is what it hides under the bonnet - a humongous naturally-aspirated 6.4L V8 that puts out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the ground via an 8-speed automatic transmission (ZF-8HP70) that sends power to all the wheels as standard. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV engine bay

The powertrain is a very well-mannered one and does act like a normal mid-size SUV, which hauls family in utmost comfort. When in need, the gas pedal’s immediate reaction helps a lot in overtaking as well as giving a decent push to the occupants inside. The suspension does a pretty decent job of absorbing the irregularities on the road.

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2021 Dodge Durango SRT

2021 BMW X5 M50i

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MSRP

$69,940

$64,570

$82,800

$84,600

Engine

6.4L V8

6.4L V8

Twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8

Supercharged 5.0L V8

Drivetrain

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Transmission

ZF 8-Speed Automatic

ZF 8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Sport Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

475 hp @ 6,000 RPM

475 hp @ 6,000 RPM

523 hp @ 6,000 RPM

550 hp @ 6500 RPM

Torque

470 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

470 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

553 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

502 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM

0-60 MPH

4.4 seconds

4.1 seconds

3.9 seconds

4.1 seconds

Quarter-mile

13.0 seconds

12.7 seconds

12.4 seconds

12.4 seconds

Top Speed 

160 MPH

155 MPH

127 MPH

176 MPH

The SRTs have naturally aspirated mills, while the X5 gets a twin-turbocharger and the SVR gets a supercharger. The Jaguar leads the game in terms of power, while the BMW leads in terms of torque, but the Durango SRT does a good job in matching the Bimmer and the Jag in terms of acceleration to 60 MPH despite the deficit in output figures. When comparing the price range, Jaguar is the most expensive option in the comparison.

How well does the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT handle?

The 6.4L under the hood is monstrous in terms of acceleration from a standstill, but it also holds a very nice stature when not being pushed hard. The naturally aspirated nature of the engine coupled with the torque-converter 8-speed unit is a good mix for city driving as well as some nice acceleration stretches. The pair is very nice and smooth at the constant throttle, but the transmission is quick to select gears when it comes down to a quick overtake. Adding the final cherry to this cake is the V8 howl out the exhausts that sounds smooth and very aggressive. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV ride and handling

In the sports mode, the gear shifts become more precise, the suspension firms up, and the steering provides more control over the SUV. It doesn't handle corners like a sports car per se but does a very good job of keeping itself stable via the adaptive suspension on board. The cabin is well insulated and is just enough to keep ambient noise out of the car and let the V8 growl in. The turning circle is decent enough for its size and makes it easy to maneuver the Grand Cherokee around town. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Braking Performance

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a pretty powerful mid-size SUV that accelerates hard and has a very strong performance, but it is also equipped with upgraded SRT-specific brakes to stop well in time to avoid mishaps. Handling the braking duties on the Grand Cherokee SRT are a pair of 15.0-inch rotors up front with 6-piston Brembo calipers and 13.8-inch rotors at the rear with 4-piston Brembo calipers. The Brembo name is enough to say a lot about the braking performance of the SUV, and adding to that is the confidence-inspiring brake pedal feel which is very responsive to inputs and doesn’t feel too firm or too squishy at any point. 

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2021 Dodge Durango SRT

2021 BMW X5 M50i

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Brake Rotors: Front

15.0 inches

15.0 inches

15.1 inches

15.6 inches

Brake Rotors: Rear

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

13.5 inches

15.6 inches

Curb weight 

5,194 lbs.

5,378 lbs.

5,336 lbs

4,535 lbs

70-0 

163 ft

168 ft

155 ft

174 ft

The Grand Cherokee SRT does a very impressive job of stopping from 70 mph, but the Bimmer one-ups the braking performance by quite a bit. It also weighs heavier, but the brake setup is quick to drop anchors, making it the better choice in both acceleration and deceleration. When comparing the curb weight, Jaguar is the lightest option, and despite that, it takes the longest distance to come to a halt from 70 mph.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The HEMI V8 under the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s hood is not the best bet in terms of fuel economy, and the fact is further proved by the EPA’s estimate on this naturally-aspirated gas guzzler. The EPA estimates the SRT can return 13 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway, for a combined total of 15 MPG from its 24.6-gallon fuel tank. The HEMI unit under the hood is a rather traditional unit and is the epitome of the quote “There’s no replacement for displacement,” but the factor that the engine dismisses is good fuel economy, which rivals like the X5 M50i betters the SRT on. 

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2021 Dodge Durango SRT

2021 BMW X5 M50i

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MPG (City)

13

13

16

15

MPG (Highway)

19

19

22

22

MPG (Combined)

15

15

18

19

Fuel Tank Capacity 

24.6 gallons

24.6 gallons

21.9 gallons

21.7 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

319/467/369

319/467/369

350/481/394

325/477/412

Both the SRT twins possess larger fuel tanks and are very similar on gas mileage owing to the same powertrain under the hood, and both of them are succeeded by BMW’s superior mileage and range due to the latter’s twin-turbocharged V8. The Jaguar also does a pretty good job but is bogged down by the supercharger on board which tends to sip more fuel than the Bimmer’s twin-turbocharged engine. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT shares its platform with the Durango SRT but focuses more on the luxury side of things. It comes loaded with all the luxury goodies that the manufacturer has to offer and one-ups the other trims with the performance. As far as the quality of the interior is concerned, the trims are super posh right from the door handles to the dashboards and are also sprinkled towards the seats. The door panels have a dual-tone treatment done to them with black leather covering most of the door, while the door armrest is covered in tan leather. This is further amplified by the silver surrounds around the door handle, the speaker cover, and the carbon fiber trims.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV cockpit area

The dashboard carries the carbon fiber trim tastefully and is covered in a soft-touch material that houses great stitch work and an aluminum-finish trim around the AC vents. The center console looks posh as well with silver trims and a grey trim around the base. The seats are upgraded SRT seats which have all the goodies of the luxury trims and couples that with the superior support and snugness of sports seats. These seats are covered in upgraded leather with perforated seating surfaces for the heating and ventilation of the seats, and also offer massive practicality by way of adjustments to both the front occupants. The rear seats dictate the same luxury as the front seats and also have a lot of room for three adults to happily fit inside. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV front seats

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2021 Dodge Durango SRT

2021 BMW X5 M50i

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Seating Capacity

5

6

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.7/60.0/39.4

37.8/57.7/40.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.8/57.7/38.6

40.7/58.1/37.4

37.5/55.8/37.2

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

-

37.8/50.4/31.5

-

-

The SRT twins provide very similar interior space to the occupants, with the only difference being the extra seating capacity of the Durango. The Jaguar is more compact, and the actual interior space in the Bimmer triumphs the other SUVs in the segment by providing more headroom and more shoulder room to the people sitting inside but skimps on the available legroom - a place where the Jeep is more comfortable. That being said, some of the highlighting interior features of the Grand Cherokee SRT are:

  • Power-adjustable sport front seats 
  • Driver’s seat memory 
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes packed with Jeep’s Uconnect system that bundles in an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and has a very intuitive layout in terms of ease of use. The user interface is very snappy with no stutters whatsoever, even while pinching in/out of the navigation. Everything is clearly laid out with big graphics so as to not distract the driver while driving. Also aiding in the intuitiveness is an array of shortcut controls that enable easy switching between different functions the system offers. In terms of the features on offer, the system bundles in AM/FM/SiriusXM and multiple USB ports to plug in MP3 devices or smartphones for mirroring via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The system also enables controls for the climate settings, heating/ventilation of the front seats, Uconnect’s inbuilt apps, navigation, and vehicle settings. Since the Grand Cherokee in discussion is the SRT trim, the included apps also include Performance Pages that show every necessary statistic and control for the suspension, steering, gearbox, etc in different modes. There’s a custom mode as well that allows the driver to set up the controls as they like, and also activate line-lock for some crazy burnouts. All that being said, some of the most interesting features of the system are:

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Jeep Uconnect
  • 19-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation system
  • SRT specific menus
  • Voice controls
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Exterior

9.0/10

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is something to adore even after so many years of its existence. The colors match the typical Jeep face perfectly, and since it's the SRT we’re talking about, there are a lot of blacked-out trim pieces around the front HIDs, in the front vents, and also around the LED fog lights. The SRT houses an extra pair of vents to help with the engine’s ventilation while also making it look like a mustache. The SRT has a special hood fitted onto it to accommodate the bigger high-performance HEMI and also to enable smooth airflow via two heat extractors that’ll aid in getting the hot air out of the engine bay. The hood’s shape looks very similar to a Dodge Viper’s, which is a lot of amazing for an SUV this potent. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV 

To the side, the fender flares start and go around the wheel giving it some extra width and a dash of aggression. The wheels are 20-inch big and are painted in flat black. The whees house an SRT badge and hide the Brembo calipers and the massive brake rotors that aid in impeccable stopping power. Apart from this, the SRT has a blacked-out treatment along with some lines and creases for aggression. The rear houses a low roof spoiler, blacked-out badging, LED tail lights, and a black rear diffuser, all of which add to the SRT charm and are complemented by the dual exhaust system that gives out the V8 burble and howl. 

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2021 Dodge Durango SRT

2021 BMW X5 M50i

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Curb weight 

5,194 lbs.

5,378 lbs.

5,336 lbs

4,535 lbs

Length (inches)

191.3

200.1

194.3

187.5

Width (inches)

77.1

75.7

78.9

64.9

Height (inches)

67.6

70.5

68.7

65.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.3

8

8.3

8.3

Wheelbase (inches)

114.8

119.8

117.1

113.2

The Jaguar weighs in the least on the scales, while the Durango aces the weighing scales due to the extra seating on offer. The latter is also the biggest one in terms of proportions but is not as wide as the Grand Cherokee or the X5. While all the SUVs have very similar ground clearance, the shorter wheelbase on the Jag helps in city driving. That being said, major exterior highlights of the Grand Cherokee SRT include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Brembo brake calipers
  • Blacked out styling elements
  • Front HIDs with automatic high beams
  • LED fog lights
  • Hood-mounted heat extractors
  • LED tail lamps
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-exhaust setup

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Safety

7.1/10

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, unlike the Durango SRT, comes loaded with a lot of safety features since it is the second top in the trim hierarchy. Since the SRT is based on the Summit, it comes standard with all ones available on the said trim. When it comes to crash-test ratings, the Grand Cherokee SRT has been tested by neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS, but the non-SRT variant has been, and the scores are impressive. The non-SRT Grand Cherokee scores a perfect 5-star rating in the NHTSA crash tests, while the IIHS scores are “Good” for the majority of the parameters, except the small-overlap area for both the front occupants and the headlights on offer. Few salient safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitor 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Forward collision mitigation 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Parallel parking assist 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Competition

9.0/10

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Vs. 2021 Dodge Durango SRT 

Both the SUVs share the same platform and are very evenly matched in terms of the specification on offer, but the Dodge Durango SRT does a better job of putting all the power to the ground, which results in faster acceleration timings. Also, Dodge comes with extra seating capacity to fit in another person. The Grand Cherokee is positioned way high up in the trim range, and due to that, it is more luxurious than the Durango SRT. The lesser seating capacity also helps in bigger boot space, and the lighter weight helps in shorter braking distance. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Vs. 2021 BMW X5 M50i

The Grand Cherokee is a very luxurious mid-size SUV that has plenty to offer in terms of interior space, amenities, and practicality. It has an impressive V8 under the hood that is naturally aspirated and is one of the last ones of its type. But when the Bimmer X5 M50i is taken into the equation, it blows the Grand Cherokee out of the water with all the specs it offers, the performance on tap, and also in terms of fuel economy and range. The Bimmer also holds an upper hand in the cabin space and the luxury on offer, which is certainly more than that of the Grand Cherokee. The one thing to consider on the Bimmer’s end is the $10,000 premium that it commands over the Grand Cherokee. 

2021 BMW X5 M50i

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Vs. 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Both the mid-size SUVs are very potent in terms of the performance on offer, where the Jag excels in timings. The latter’s supercharger helps in the fuel economy and also in the range despite a smaller fuel tank while sounding better than the naturally-aspirated motor in the Grand Cherokee - with a supercharger whine. The interior is rather luxurious on the Jag as well but is nowhere close to what the Grand Cherokee has on offer over the Jag in terms of space, features, intuitiveness, and the superior handling characteristics coupled with a nearly $15,000 price benefit to its side. 

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Final Verdict

8.0/10

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a sure-shot buy for someone who is looking for a proper muscle SUV that can haul a family of 5 and do so rather quickly and with a muscle car poise. The exhaust note is intoxicating and loud if modded correctly, while the engine-gearbox combination aids a lot with the driving characteristics. The interior is lavish and the build quality is impeccable, making the Grand Cherokee the perfect choice. 

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