Versatility is a prized quality. This is epitomized in the world of sports, where the man who wins the decathlon is termed the “World’s Greatest Athlete.” That title is not given to the winner of the marathon, nor to the strongest power-lifter, nor to the best all-around gymnast. It is given to the athlete who performs the best in 10 different events. He is not the best in the world at any one of them, but his combined performance demonstrates impressive versatility.
Versatile tools and technology are also highly valued. If you want to equip yourself efficiently and effectively, you’ll often reach for a multitasking tool. Why buy just a pocket knife when you can get a Leatherman?
When it comes to cars, trucks, and SUVs, there are those looking for a vehicle that can “do it all.” So what is the vehicle that is the best at doing it all? If you are searching for a vehicle that will successfully handle just about any task you want it to — perform well on the road, be competent off-road, carry cargo and passengers, be safe, look good, be comfortable and reliable — what is the most versatile vehicle you can get?
The choice is clear: it is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Among the hundreds of models of cars, SUVs, and trucks currently available in the automotive marketplace, the Jeep has the highest capabilities both on-road and off-road and it satisfies the other criteria listed above. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will do just about anything you ask of it and do it well.
Are there cars that perform better in discrete categories than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT? Of course. The Audi R8 is a versatile high-performance car that is a lot faster than the Jeep on the road — but try taking the Audi on a 4WD road to a remote fly-fishing location in the Rockies. The Jeep will kick its butt there. Are there vehicles that perform better off-road? Certainly — the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon being one of them. But on the road, the Grand Cherokee leaves the Wrangler in the dust and does it in comfort and style.
The “SRT” in Grand Cherokee SRT stands for “Street & Racing Technology,” which is a high-performance division within the Chrysler Corporation. The Grand Cherokee SRT is basically a supercar that will also go off-road and carry 5 passengers comfortably while doing so.
Here are a few revealing numbers for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT:
- Engine: 6.4-liter 8-cylinder Hemi, 470 horsepower
- 0 – 60 mph: 4.6 seconds
- Top speed: 160 mph
- Selec-Track 4WD system: 5 modes (Auto, Sport, Track, Tow, Snow)
- Towing capacity: 7,200 pounds
- Skidpad peformance: .90g
- Fuel economy: about 15 mpg average
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting option
- Cargo capacity: 67.5 cubic feet
And don’t forget those comfortable, heated leather seats, both front and second-row. It’ll keep the kids warm when you’re taking them snowboarding (the type of daily and/or recreational driving task which the Grand Cherokee handles with aplomb).
In doing this evaluation, what vehicles were considered to be the closest competitors of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT? The Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport are obvious choices; both are fast and versatile. However, the Grand Cherokee SRT performs better than the Range Rover on the track and better than the Cayenne off-road. The Range Rover also easily ratchets up to $90,000 in price with desirable options versus the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s well-equipped price of around $64,000. And the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (which somewhat outdoes the Jeep in on-road performance) goes for $146,000. The Porsche also has 7 cubic feet less of cargo capacity than the Jeep. Just sayin’.
The Nissan Xterra and Honda Ridgeline are versatile performers and haulers — the Xterra is excellent off-road while the Ridgeline can handle some off-road duties — while being quite competent on-road (much more refined than, say, the Jeep Wrangler). However, the Grand Cherokee SRT destroys both of them on the track without giving up much in off-road capability to the Xterra, and it’s obviously better off-road than the Ridgeline. And when it comes to everyday utility, the Jeep is second to none.
You just can’t find a more versatile — and, it must be emphasized, fun — vehicle than the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It’ll put a grin on your face. While simultaneously being reliable and practical family transportation. When considering performance and price, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the most versatile car, SUV, or truck you can get.
And hey, if you want to spend a lot less and still get really good everyday performance coupled with impressive off-road chops, simply go for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the EcoDiesel engine. It’s around $47,000 and will do just about everything the Grand Cherokee SRT will do — except 160 mph on the Circuit of the Americas race track. See the following video where Motor Trend put the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT through its paces…
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