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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Jeep is a brand that has become synonymous with the term "off road' over the ages. The foray into the executive SUV segment by Jeep was made way back in the early 1990's. Fast forward to present times, the all-new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has been introduced. The 4th generation Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has become a proper luxury SUV but it still does complete justice to its off-road heritage.

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Pros

Segment leading Uconnect infotainment system

Unbeatable off-road prowess

More refined than ever

Monstrous 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 in Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Trackhawk

Cons

Substandard safety scores

Fuel guzzling engines on the performance variants

Low cargo capacity compared to rivals

Low passenger space

What's New?

For 2018, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has gone under the knife for a facelift. There are a number of changes, major ones being:

The standard 5\u201d infotainment screen is now replaced by a larger 7\u201d touchscreen with an updated Uconnect infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

A new 707 hp Trackhawk variant joins the already extensive lineup

The High Altitude edition returns with a host of active safety features and a panoramic sunroof

All variants fitted with the optional Alpine audio system will now feature active noise cancellation as standard

The Laredo variant can now be ordered with a new choice of interior and 17\u201d alloy wheels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86200

bodystyle

4dr suv

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

376

horsepower

707 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

645 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

189.3 in.

width

76.5 in.

height

67.9 in.

curb weight

5363 lbs.

ground clearance

9.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

36.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1350 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.8 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

11/17/13 mpg

ev range

270.6 mi.

highway range

418.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Billet Metallic Clear Coat

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Base

Base

power
707 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
13 combined

$86,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $86,200 MSRP (11/13/17) 707 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 7, 2019


The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a vehicle that has something for everyone in the market. Starting from $30,695 for the base Laredo variant and going all the way to $86,000, for the range topping Trackhawk variant. While the lower variants get the 295 hp 3.6L Pentastar engine, the Trackhawk sports a monstrous 707 hp 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8. As expected from a jeep, 4x4 is available in all trims.

The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers an impressive mix of luxury and performance topped with a generous dose of rough road capability and panache. While luxury SUV segment is now being dominated by the Germans, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a thoroughly American mountain goat that can also beat those foreigners in terms of comfort and on-road performance.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Features

The range is topped off with the $86,000 monster Trackhawk variant with the 6.2L supercharged V8 engine producing a whopping 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque, an exclusive 20" Aluminum painted, run flat tires.

Model

MSRP

Features

Trackhawk

$86,000

6.2L Supercharged V8 Engine Delivering 707 Horsepower and 645 LB-FT of Torque

Exclusive 20-Inch Polished Aluminum Wheels with Titanium II Painted Pockets.

New Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-Inch Touchscreen and Distinctive Track Pages with Screen Shot Capability

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The mid-level Altitude variant gives the maximum bang for your buck. It has all the creature comforts ranging from heated leather seats and steering wheel to an 8.4" infotainment screen and power rear liftgate - all for $40,085.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Engine

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Engine and Transmission

There a lot of engine types on offer on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. There is a standard 3.6L V6 which makes 295 hp and 260 lb-ft torque and It's mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission. Then there is a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine which makes 475 hp and 470 lb-ft torque. The bonkers 707 hp 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 tops the range.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

MSRP

$30,695

$30,900

$30,925

$29,995

Engine

3.6L Pentastar V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6 SIDI VVT

3.6L Pentastar V6

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

295 hp

280 hp

310 hp

293 hp

Torque

260 lb-ft

262 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

260 lb-ft

The 3.6L V6 is a fairly practical option as It is quite refined and produces enough power to move the SUV around with relative ease but in all honesty, It definitely is no road scorcher. While on the other hand, the V8s are an expensive proposition but the kind of power they lay down makes them worth every penny should you decide to spend that type of money.

Acceleration

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is good off road but acceleration is not one of its forte, at least as long as the standard V6 engine is considered. It bolts from 0-60 mph in 7.4 second with a quarter lap timing of 15.9sec @ 88.6 mph. Both these timings are at least around 1 sec slower than the competition.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

0-60 MPH

7.4 sec

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter mile

15.9 sec @ 88.6 mph

15.1 sec @ 91.2 mph

15.6 sec @ 97mph

15.8 sec @ 89 mph

Engine

3.6L

3.5L

3.6L

3.6L

Emission

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

8.4

8.0

8.4

8.4

Ride and Handling

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a firm ride quality. Going over bad patches of road and potholes makes the chassis shiver which is never expected out of an executive SUV. The high end models address this to some extent with the Quadra Lift air suspension but it still leaves something to be desired out of the handling department.

With sheer heft on its side, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is not as agile as its competitors. However, the steering is nicely weighted and offers precise response. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk feels planted at high speeds and tracks straight making it a good intercity express.

Braking

Most of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk trims gets 13-inch disc brakes on all four wheels. These can stop the 4625 pounds SUV from 60 mph in under 120 ft which proves that the system is either almost at par or marginally better than all the other competitors. The pedals are soft for the first few inches but they harden up well when pushed enthusiastically.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

Brake Front(in)

13.0

12.6

12.8

13.0

Brake Rear(in)

13.0

13.0

13.0

13.0

Curb weight(lbs)

4625

4288

4713

4680

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

128

126

121

Towing Capacity

The base Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can tow a payload of 3500 Lbs which when compared to its competitors is puny. It's competitors such as the Honda Pilot can a maximum load of 5000 lbs which far more than the Jeep. However, moving up the trims, the towing capacity increases to an impressive 7200 lbs.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

Capacity (lbs)

3500

5000

5200

6200

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Fuel Economy

The RWD variant manages 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway which is roughly same as the competition. The AWD variant manages to do 14 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway which is not too far away from It's competitors either.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

MPG (city)

18

18

18

18

MPG (highway)

25

26

27

25

MPG (combined)

20

21

21

20

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Interior

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk now features an upmarket cabin with comfortable seats and plush interiors. The plastics used inside the cabin might still make you a little sad as they leave a lot to be desired. The base Laredo features fabric seats while the high end Overland variants features plusher heated leather seats. The fit and finish could most definitely be more thought out.

Seating and Comfort

The head, shoulder and legroom of 39.9/58.7/40.3 inches in the front feels adequate but the legroom in the rear feels a little bothersome. The rivals here do offer a significantly better passenger volume and a slightly better shoulder room but fare almost similarly in all the other dimensions. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is best suited for shuttling 4 people as 5 people will find it a bit of a squeeze.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

Passenger capacity

5

8

8

6

Passenger Volume(ft cube)

105.4

151.7

150.8

133.9

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.5/62/40.9

41.3/62.1/41

39.9/58.5/40.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.9/62/38.4

40/62.2/38.4

39.8/50.4/38.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.2/57.5/33.5

37.8/50.4/31.5

Infotainment System

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is fitted with all the bells and whistles when It comes to the infotainment system. A 7" TFT touch screen with Uconnect tech and 6 speaker system is now standard. There is also an 8.4" screen paired with a 19 speaker Alpine system with active noise cancellation on the range topping variants. The interface is snappy and user friendly.

Cargo Capacity

Bluntly put forward, cargo capacity is not a strong point of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The vehicle provides a maximum 68.3 ft space even with all the seats folded. The competitors simply offer more practicality in this segment.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube)

N/A

16.5

23.0

17.2

With 3nd Row folded (ft.cube)

36.3 (w/2nd row folded)

46.8

58.1

47.7

With All Seats folded (ft.cube)

68.3

83.9

98

84.5

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Exterior

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Dimensions and Weight

The styling of the vehicle progresses as you move throughout the variants. The curb weight is around the same range as the competition but It is a tad bit smaller when the length,width and the height comes into play. However, It does have a commanding drive position and the outward view is fairly clear. The standard and optional parking gizmos also help the maneuvering capabilities to an extent.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Laredo

Honda Pilot LX

Chevrolet Traverse L

Dodge Durango SXT

curb weight(lbs)

4625

4288

4713

4680

Length(in)

189.8

194.5

204.3

201.2

Width(in)

76.5

78.6

78.6

75.8

Height(in)

68.1

69.8

70.7

70.9

Ground clearance(in)

8.6

7.3

7.2

8.1

Wheelbase(in)

114.7

111

120.9

119.8

Track width(in) F/R

63.9/64.1

66.3/66.3

67.3/67.0

63.9/64.1

Wheels

The wheel size and colors schemes vary from variant to variant. It starts with a 16" Tech paint wheel and goes all the way to a 20" brushed aluminum wheel with run flat tires on the performance variants.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Safety

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk fared "Good' in almost all the sectors when tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS. However, It had a major hiccup in the front side overlap test where It fared "Marginal" according to the crash tests.

There is long list of safety features which comprise of both active safety systems and passive safety system working in synergy to keep the occupants safe. The Optional safety package is now available on the high end Trailhawk and Overland variants. It features tech like emergency braking system, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning to name a few.

  • 4-Wheel Traction Control
  • ParkSense Rear Park-Assist with Stop
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags
  • Hill Start Assist
  • ParkView Rear Back Up Camera

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Competition

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is an SUV that is very similarly priced with an almost identical fuel economy as well. Thankfully, the similarities end right here. The styling on the Honda is very minivan-ish, sans the sliding doors of course. The Jeep on the other hand looks superior from every possible angle with its butch and classy looks.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also triumphs on both on and off road riding capabilities. However, the Honda does offer seating for 8 against that of 5 on the Jeep. It boils down to your need. Need practicality? Go for the Honda. Want adventure? The Jeep has you covered.

Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse got a new face lift for the year 2018. The styling still appears to very conservative, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is definitely a much better looking vehicle. The story on the inside is little different as the Traverse offers much better room for the passenger and 3rd row seating which is missing on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The boot space on the Traverse is gigantic when compared to the competition.

The sad part on the Chevy is that all the better safety equipment are reserved for the top end variant. It has however, achieved better safety ratings than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Chevy Traverse's main USP is its people moving abilities. But, if that is not your main concern, you might just be better off with the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is a stable mate of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as they share the same underpinnings. The Durango however, has a ferocious look synonymous with Dodge vehicles and in our honest opinion, It looks better than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Although there a variant for everyone on the Jeep but the top end ones are significantly more expensive than the competition.

The Jeep might be more opulent but the Dodge is significantly bigger in dimensions which translates into better space on the inside. The Dodge Durango might be sort of an underdog due to less popularity but it does offer better VFM than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Final Verdict

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a fairly competitive vehicle in the segment. It has almost 10 variants on offer and one of them is bound to suit you. The Uconnect infotainment system is something that's truly awesome, its refinement truly nails the competition down to the ground in this sector.

Barring a few hiccups such as the sub-par boot space and a poor frontal crash test result, the car offers a fair VFM for a $30,000- $35,000 vehicle. The mid-level Altitude variant definitely offers the best VFM amongst all the other variants. The Jeep stables have reared a very, very competitive racehorse indeed.