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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV

#73
in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL

$66,895

6.6

Overall Rating

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Overview

An exceptionally talented off-roader, a luxury vehicle and a family wagon – all these aspects make the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT a versatile choice for a typical crossover. With a base price of $66,895, the 2017 Cherokee SRT is an absolute powerhouse.

Featuring a launch control system that optimizes all the relevant systems for achieving acceleration, the Cherokee also specializes in quick steering with fine-tuned sporting intentions. The ravishing power source of the Cherokee SRT SUV hides under the hood in the form of a 6.4-liter V8 engine paired with an 8speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

With a suspension tweaked for on-road and track use, you do not have to worry about the terrain while driving the Cherokee. Be it interior luxury or safety tech, the Cherokee SRT checks all the boxes for a high-performance vehicle.

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Pros

Enthusiastic styling and luxurious cabin design

Impressive composure and handling abilities for an SUV

Many top-notch touches in its well-trimmed interiors

Abundance of technology-oriented features

Cons

Poor real-world fuel efficiency

Unaligned grille design

What's New?

New Front grille

Additional of rearview camera and rear parking sensors


Features

Power

475 hp

470 lb-ft

MPG

13 city

15 hwy

Engine

v8 cyl

6.4 l

transmission

8-speed automatic

towing capacity

7200

0 to 60

5.0 sec



Styles

 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Velvet Red Pearlcoat color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in True Blue Pearl Coat color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Rhino Clearcoat color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Redline 2 Coat Pearl color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Ivory 3-Coat color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat color  2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Bright White Clear Coat color
Velvet Red Pearlcoat

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Ratings

Safety

3.0

Exterior

7.8

Engine

7.0

Interior

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Features

7.8

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV 4dr SUV 4WD

4dr SUV 4WD

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$66,895

Configurations
4dr SUV 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 475-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 470 lbs.-ft. @ 4,300 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (13/15/19)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 19 days ago

6.6

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Exterior

 

3.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

Featuring a launch control system that optimizes all the relevant systems for achieving acceleration, the Cherokee also specializes in quick steering with fine-tuned sporting intentions. The ravishing power source of the Cherokee SRT SUV hides under the hood in the form of a 6.4-liter V8 engine paired with an 8speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

With a suspension tweaked for on-road and track use, you do not have to worry about the terrain while driving the Cherokee. Be it interior luxury or safety tech, the Cherokee SRT checks all the boxes for a high-performance vehicle.

Features

7.8/10

The 6.4-liter V8 engine teams with the 8speed automatic transmission to form the powertrain of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT . The power is sent to all wheels. Priced at $66,895, the SRT offers an array of safety features. The addition of new front grille bring in more boldness to the exterior.

Trim

SRT

MSRP

$66,895

Key

Features

Alpine premium audio system with 9 speakers, subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier

Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) automatic headlamps with auto-leveling and high-beam control

Black velour floor mats with SRT logo

Body-color power, heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals

Dark daylight opening molding

Full-length floor console with premium leather-wrapped armrest

LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)

Premium LED fog lamps

What do we recommend?

With its sport-tuned steering and suspension and an array of active safety features, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a favorable choice for any SUV lover.

Engine

7.0/10
“The SRT is a sleeper performance vehicle if ever there was one. The eight-speed automatic transmission works great, keeping the big V8 in the meat of its powerband on a winding road or shifting imperceptibly in traffic.”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The ultra powerful 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT gives credits to its 6.4-liter V8 engine for producing a segment-bending performance. The included launch control system lets the driver to keep a check on the Cherokee’s output through the Performance Pages screen. Part of the high-performance credit goes to the 8speed automatic transmission as well. It comes with paddle-shift controls, which are short snubs mounted on the back of the steering wheel.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

MSRP

$66,895

$100,700

$101,690

Engine

6.4L V8 SRT HEMI MDS

M TwinPower Turbo V8 32V 4.4L

5.5L Direct Injection Bi-Turbo V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

475hp @ 6000 rpm

567 hp @ 6000 rpm

550 hp @ 5750 rpm

Torque

470 lb-ft@ 4300 rpm

553 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

Among the three vehicles, the BMW X5 M dominates the race for the powerful engine with massive outputs of 567 horsepower and 553-pound feet of torque. Even the Mercedes Benz AMG impresses with its output of 550 horsepower and 516-pound feet of torque. Lastly, fall behind than its rivals by quite a margin, is the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT with the lowest comparative outputs of 475 horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque.

Acceleration

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t disappoint with its impressive acceleration, given the fact that it’s a crossover. The straight-line acceleration is made possible by the multiple driving modes that alter the torque distribution to the front and rear wheels.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

0-60 MPH

5.0 sec

4.0 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter mile

13.2 sec

12.4 sec

12.5 sec

Engine

6.4L

4.4L

5.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.8

11.0

11.8

Living up to the expectation with the most powerful engine, the BMW continues to lead the group with the best acceleration figures of 0-60 mph in 4 seconds and covering the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds. Staying close to its tail is the Mercedes Benz with the equally impressive acceleration of 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds while taking a close-enough 12.5 seconds to cross the quarter-mile mark.

The Cherokee along with the Mercedes Benz suffer from the highest emission ratings as well while the BMW secures the least-emitting vehicle title.

Handling and Steering

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT catches the attention of drivers with its top-notch handling abilities. The typical road manners of a crossover are exemplified in the Cherokee, as it has managed to get rid of its slow-response steering and bouncy ride. The Cherokee is perfect for hardcore off-road ventures. The Select-Terrain system lets you choose from five different traction modes, depending on the driving conditions – Auto, Mud, Sand, Rock and Snow.

Braking

The braking mechanism of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT features a fancy red six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brake calipers.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Brake Front (in.)

15.0

15.6

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

15.2

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5150

5260

5203

60-0 MPH (ft.)

116

104

114

Outperforming all its rivals once again, the BMW stands out with its best stopping power of 60-0 mph in 104 feet. With a difference of 10 feet, the Mercedes Benz comes second in the braking test while the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT fails to impress with its brakes as well, and brings the car at halt from 60 mph at 116 feet.

Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Being a high-performance SUV, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is not impressively fuel-efficient. 

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

MPG (city)

13

14

13

MPG (highway)

15

19

17

MPG (combined)

19

16

15

The BMW, once again, impresses with its comparatively better fuel economy of 14 mpg in cities and 19 mpg on highways. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has the best combined-economy of 19 mpg up against the 16 mpg of BMW and 15 mpg of Mercedes. Even though the Cherokee and the AMG share the similar 13 mpg in cities, the former lacks behind by 2 mpg on highways.

Interior

7.0/10
“The Grand Cherokee SRT's interior boasts impressive fit and finish by regular SUV standards, though its materials and build quality pale a bit in comparison to more prestigious (and pricier) super-SUV rivals.”- Edmunds

Seating and comfort

There is an ample amount of room for four adults inside the Grand Cherokee SRT and the passengers can benefit from the ventilated front seats and heated passenger seats.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.7/40.3

40.5/61.5/40.4

40.4/58.5/40.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/58.0/38.6

38.8/60.0/36.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

The BMW has the most spacious front row headroom and legroom while the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the least spacious in both those aspects.

However, the Cherokee compensates with a spacious rear passenger headroom and legroom. The Mercedes Benz lacks in headroom while the BMW suffers with its legroom.

Interior Features

  • 8-way height adjustable power driver and passenger seats with multilevel heating
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Folding center armrest
  • Reclining rear seats and split folding rear seatbacks
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with the transmission, audio and cruise controls
  • Front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera
  • Interior air filtration and climate control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

The Uconnect infotainment system of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes with an 8.4-inch LCD touch screen that lets you control the infotainment and the climate systems. It has cool features like steering wheel controls and voice recognition.

  • 9 total speakers and 1 subwoofer
  • 506 watts stereo output
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Memory card slot
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo

Cargo

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t step back from its practical duties with its generous cargo space of 36.3 cubic feet. With the feature of split folding the rear seatbacks, the cargo area extends to a whopping 68.3 cubic feet.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

36.3

35.8

38.2

68.3

76.7

80.3

With the rear seats up, the Mercedes Benz has the largest cargo of 38.2 cubic feet while the BMW has the smallest trunk of 35.8 cubic feet.

When the rear seats are folded, the cargo space of the Mercedes increases to 80.3 cubic feet. On the other hand, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t do so well in this regard.

Towing Capacity

The powerful engine of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is responsible for its impressive towing capacity of 7200 pounds.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

7200

N/A

7200

The Cherokee shares similar figures with the Mercedes Benz AMG, which can tow 7200 pounds as well.

Exterior

7.8/10
"Polarizing" is the best way to sum up the Jeep Cherokee for 2017. It's one thing to stray from the traditional Jeep design aesthetic of round headlights flanking a 7-slot grille, but quite another to ditch the appearance of headlights entirely.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT displays the dimensional characteristics of typical crossover. The exterior looks retain a balance between contemporary and traditional styling.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

BMW X5 M

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Curb weight (lbs.)

5150

5260

5203

Length(in)

191.3

192.1

191.0

Width(in)

77.1

75.0

75.8

Height(in)

67.6

69.1

69.4

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

8.1

7.1

Wheelbase (in)

114.8

115.5

114.8

Track width (in) F/R

64.4/64.7

65.6/65.6

66.4/67.1

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the lightest among the three other than being the shortest and widest, having the biggest ground clearance and the smallest wheelbase like the Mercedes. The BMW is the heaviest and longest, has the least width and the largest wheelbase. Lastly, the Mercedes Benz enjoys balanced dimensions except for the least length and for being the tallest. It also has the smallest ground clearance and largest track width.

Exterior Features

  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
  • Light-Weight Forged Wheels with Season Tires
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Auto delay off dusk sensing headlamps
  • Front fog lights and driving lights
  • High pressure headlamp washers
  • Ventilated front discs and solid rear disc brakes
  • Rear spoiler and rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Manual flip up Liftgate window
  • Rear power Liftgate door
  • Cargo tie downs

Safety

3.0/10

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes with a full suite of airbags along with trailer-sway control, hill-start assistance, hill-descent control, blind spot monitors, frontal crash warning system and adaptive cruise control.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Select-Trac ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Uconnect Access Emergency Sos
  • Automated Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

Competition

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT VS BMW X5 M

The giant tires of the BMW X5 M grip the road well to support the thumping engine running on radiators and intercoolers. With amazing braking and handling abilities, the BMW imparts confidence to the driver. The performance-oriented interiors with bolstered seats and other intricate details further enhance the ride experience. In comparison with the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, the BMW has a very powerful engine performance and excellent acceleration. On top of that, it impresses with its brakes, fuel economy and cargo space as well.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT VS Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC

Leading the line of AMG-tuned luxury crossovers is the Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC. The 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 engine roars it down the lane, making the rivals aware of its presence. Despite being an SUV, the braking and handling are surprisingly athletic. When compared with the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, the Mercedes Benz GLE has better engine and acceleration outputs. The braking is almost similar and so is the fuel economy.

Final Verdict

Overall, the very versatile and practical Cherokee SRT ticks the necessary boxes for a typical crossover. It’s powerful, dependable, and performs smoothly irrespective of the terrains.

We can’t really complain about the poor fuel economy, given its strong all-round performance. Although subtle changes to the exterior design will make it stand out in the crowd.

To conclude, all we can is that the Grand Cherokee SRT is a profitable choice in this price range. Yes, it does lack performance wise than its costlier rivals. But with this price, you'll not get a better crossover than the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT!

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