2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV

MSRP $86,900

Ranked #16 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

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

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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America is known for its ability to produce mind-blowing vehicles that achieve stunning performance and sell them at the most affordable prices for what they offer. From the Corvettes to the Chargers, monstrous straight-line performance is a must. Nevertheless, the high horsepower clique was missing a member, and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes in and fills that role.

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Pros

Breakneck acceleration and sublime straight-line performance

Well-equipped with quality features

Doesn’t compromise on the practicality of a typical SUV

Cons

AWD ensures safety but prevents the fun stuff

Stiffly sprung suspension to cope with the handling requirements

Room for improvement; people won’t mind paying a few thousand more for some real luxury

What's New?

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk mostly remains the same as the outgoing 2020 model

Minor exterior and interior tweaks have been made to keep up with the competition, and the FCA has made a few safety features standard across their ranges, which applies to the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as well


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

128 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

707 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

645 lb.-ft.. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

189.3 in.

width

76.5 in.

height

67.9 in.

curb weight

5356 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 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$86,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV in Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat color
Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.3

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.1

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The Jeep SUV retains its SUV build and proportions while sharing the Hellcat engine tuned to produce 707 horsepower, making it the most powerful production-spec SUV to date. The practicality of an SUV meets the raw power of a V8 pushed to the limits in the Trackhawk, making it one of the few SUVs that can actually do it all. It competes against exotically priced performance SUVs such as the BMW X5 M, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV front view
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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

8.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Features

The Grand Cherokee is available from as low as $35k for the Laredo trim and offers 8 variations between that price and the Trackhawk. The array of options from Jeep for the Grand Cherokee deserves plenty of praise, although the Trackhawk should be treated as a standalone model due to pricing and engineering differences between it and the other trims. It offers plenty of good quality bits and pieces, but is inclined towards being premium and sporty, and is therefore far from luxurious.

Trim

Base 

MSRP 

$89,000

Key Features

20” Satin Black Alloys

 

19-Speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio Setup

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

 

8-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats

 

Heated rear seats

Which trim should you buy?

Seeing as we’re treating the Trackhawk as a standalone trim, the real question is whether the trim would be worth it. If you’re looking for uninhibited performance motoring without any compromise on where you can go and what you can do, the Trackhawk is the best option. The Grand Cherokee already has off-roading prowess all the way through, and although the Trackhawk has sportier bumpers that are aerodynamically suited for better speeds, it can still make quick work of poor terrain and light trails. This makes it immensely more useful than any of the other Mopar monsters.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Building tough V8s that can handle tons of horsepower is one of the FCA’s specialties, as we have seen time and time again with new-generation HEMI engines outdoing their predecessors with their refinement and most importantly, output figures. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee houses a supercharged 6.2L V8 that churns out a whopping 707 horsepower, an engine that it shares with the SRT Hellcat variants of the Dodge Durango, Challenger, and Charger.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV in acceleration mode

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that effortlessly manages the 645 lb-ft of torque, sending it to all four wheels for a seemingly unending, linear acceleration in every gear. 

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MSRP

$89,000

$105,100

$113,950

$84,600

Engine

6.2L Supercharged V8

4.4L Twin Turbo V8

4.0L Twin Turbo V8 Hybrid

5.0L Supercharged V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

707-hp @6,000 rpm

600-hp @ 6,000 rpm

603 hp @ 5,750 rpm

550 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

645 lb-ft @4,500rpm

553 lb.-ft. @ 1,800rpm

627 lb.-ft. @ 2,500rpm

502 lb.-ft. @ 2,500rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.5

3.8

3.7

3.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12

12.1

12

12.3

Top-Speed (MPH)

180

155

155

178

The Trackhawk’s overclocked engine propels it to 60 miles an hour from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds, despite the Jeep exhaust system regulating the torque output. The German SUVs are electronically limited to 155 mph speeds, while the F-Pace SVR does very well to get so close to the 180 mph top speed of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but finishes a standing quarter-mile the slowest nonetheless. The hybrid engine in the AMG enables it to match the 2021 Trackhawk over a standing quarter-mile, albeit being slower to 60 by a couple of tenths.

How does the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk handle?

Driving the Trackhawk is not as Jeep-like as you’d expect, and this isn’t just a case of an overpowered engine murdering the straights. It lacks a little chassis control on the track but can tear out of a corner with some grunt, discomfort aside of course. The accelerator pedal just begs to be pressed and reacts to even a lightly rested foot. While this does make for some insane acceleration, it’s best not used too freely on anything other than a racetrack.

Driven at city speeds, the Trackhawk does take you around alright but doesn’t feel as planted as the BMW or as steady as the Benz, and you might feel a placebo Jeep wobble at times. The suspension can be quite stiff over the odd-sized pothole or sharp bump but will take a road filled with those with considerable ease. At speeds under 40, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is an average contender in its segment due to its light, quick but typically vague electric power steering. However, its ability to just zip to three-digit speeds is unmatched.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Braking Performance

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uses Brembo brakes on all fours, with the additional safety of more powerful 6 piston brakes for the front wheels. The s 15.8” rotors on the front wheels and 13.8” rotors on the back are simply massive, and ensure the 2021 Trackhawk comes to a halt from 70 miles an hour over a distance of 168 feet.

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.8

15.6

15.8

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

15.2

14.6

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

5356

5247

5335

4395

70-0 (feet)

168

158

159

174

While the Jeep’s brakes are in fact large, they aren’t the largest pair of rotor sizes in use. The 15.8” rotors at the front are segment-leading, but the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 uses the same size rotors at the front, and 14.6” brakes at the rear for a better stopping distance of 159 feet. The Jaguar F-Pace could do with better brakes to look competitive against its rivals, as it has a stopping distance of 174 feet despite being the lightest vehicle in the comparison by quite a margin.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Fuel Economy

7.5/10

V8 engines aren’t exactly known for their frugality, and neither are supercharged engines, forcing more air into the engine and burning fuel quicker. The combination of the two is absolutely dreadful for fuel economy, offering a combined mpg figure of 13, as a result of 11 mpg in urban limits and 15 mpg out on the highways. Those figures are shockingly close to that of the competition, even the hybrid engine in the Benz.

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MPG (City)

11

13

15

15

MPG (Highway)

17

18

19

22

MPG (Combined)

14

15

16

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

24.6

21.9

22.5

21.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

271/418/319

285/394/328

338/428/360

326/477/390 

Surprisingly enough, the only other supercharged engine being compared is also a V8, and displacing 5.0L is no small amount at all; and it takes its place at the other extreme of the comparison, as the most fuel-efficient engine of the lot. The fuel efficiency allows for it to have the longest full tank range among the four, despite having the smallest fuel tank. The largest fuel tank is that of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is probably necessary for the way it’ll guzzle under a heavy right foot. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Interior

7.5/10

The red, sporty interiors are very much aligned with the nature of the SUV, and its aggressive approach to the roads. The Trackhawks interiors are very different from the standard Jeep Grand Cherokee range, offering suede or Nappa leather seats, as well as plenty of upgrades and features from the top trims like the Summit. The front seats are 8-way power adjustable and come with heating and ventilation for those adverse climatic conditions. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV cockpit area

The rear seats are heated as well, although they miss out on ventilation. Moreover, Jeep has seemingly missed the opportunity to spruce the Trackhawk with a few more features such as massage seats, while removing the more utilitarian plastics around the cabin, which could have gone a long way in competing against the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar.

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.9/58.7/40.3

40.7/60/39.8

40.5/59.3/40.3

37.8/57.7/40.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/58/38.6

39.4/58.1/37.4

39.6/58.4/40.9

37.5/55.8/37.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

36.3

33.9

33.3

33.5

At first glance, it seems like the Grand Cherokee is the best suited for the average American citizen, and anybody taller, with 40.3” of front legroom. However, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and GLE 63 AMG match the Jeep’s front legroom, while the Benz offers better headroom and shoulder room as well. The Jeep does have a more commodious cargo area behind the second row of seating. Standout features in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone climate control 
  • A choice between suede and leather seats
  • Digital information display

How intuitive is the infotainment in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk?

The 2021 Trackhawk gets an 8.4” touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, running the latest version of Uconnect. The FCA has a hidden gem in the form of this infotainment software, offering a friendly enough UI that most people have already used before due to the vast number of vehicles it is offered in. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV infotainment screen

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk does get an optional premium audio system from Harman Kardon, with 19 speakers placed all around the cabin. The infotainment unit supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another feature at an additional cost is rear-seat entertainment in the form of a blu-ray compatible DVD player. Highlights of the infotainment unit include:

  • 8.4” touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 10-speaker Alpine audio system upgradeable to a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system
  • SiriusXM Guardian subscription - 1 year

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Exterior

9.0/10

The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn’t an ugly vehicle by any means, offering an easy on the eyes look while maintaining a commanding presence nonetheless. The 2021 Trackhawk molds that arbitrary-looking shape and adds a touch of sport to it, with a revised front bumper, rear diffuser, and not-too-shabby-looking quad exhaust exit pipes. The honeycomb grille is shared with the other trims, while the 20” alloys are a sportier element that isn’t standard in the lower trims. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV 

Models

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Curb Weight (lb)

5356

5247

5335

4395

Length (inches)

189.3.9

195

195

186.9

Width (inches)

76.5

79.4

79.3

N/A

Height (inches)

67.9

68.9

70.2

65.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

8.4

7.5

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

114.8

117

117.9

113.1

As far as SUVs go, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most typical looking, with the rest of the competition having radical styling work for them. Although they have massive proportions dispersed throughout the car, like the F-Pace’ alloys, or the X5’s boxy rear, the Jeep Grand Cherokee roots of the Trackhawk remain despite the more aggressive designs all around. Standout exterior features of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee are:

  • Contoured hood
  • Sporty front bumper
  • Rear diffuser
  • Quad-exit exhaust system 
  • 20” alloys

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Safety

7.1/10

The well-known Grand Cherokee itself is considered a very safe vehicle for the masses, getting a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Moreover, from the model year 2021 onwards, the FCA has begun making its driver assistance programs standard across its various ranges. This applies to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as well. Notable safety features in the 2021 Trackhawk include:

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring 
  • Rear-cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Competition

8.0/10

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs 2021 BMW X5 M

Both are well-engineered SUVs no doubt, but take vastly different approaches towards attaining performance. The former is better suited towards acceleration and picking up speeds, while it can take a corner reasonably well, but doesn’t perform any better than you would expect a tall SUV too. On the other hand, the BMW X5 M is an incredibly agile car and handles as a sedan would. The eagerness to change directions suddenly is very hard to find in an SUV, and the high cornering capacity of the X5 M allows you to do so. 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 

A supercharged V8 up against a turbocharged hybrid engine epitomizes the clash between Mercedes-AMG and Jeep, with the two manufacturers having separate attitudes towards building cars. Despite useful performance and decent practicality, the 2021 GLE 63 AMG feels like a letdown with regards to what it could have been, had it synthesized its hybrid powertrain better for better performance and fuel economy.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

These SUVs employ similar powertrains in order to attain the kind of performance that they do. Both have supercharged V8s of different sizes, and both are very capable of propelling themselves forward, although the Jaguar F-Pace is the better handler, owing to lighter curb weight and a rear-biased AWD system. The Trackhawk allows for some major thrills but offers less pleasure during the drive. 

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Final Verdict

8.0/10

Currently, it is the fastest SUV in the world, and that makes it one of the most valuable cars of its generation. A 3.5 second 0 to 60 and 180 MPH top speed is still unmatched in the automobile world, and the Jeep costs significantly less than its more exotic competition. If the prices are driven up through the additional packages on offer, the 2021 Trackhawk turns into a fairly luxurious SUV that should rule supreme as the quickest in the world for at least a year longer. 

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