The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: America's Best Performance SUV Gets Even Better
There really isn’t much competition in the world of ultra high performance sport utility vehicles that can do comparable work to a pickup truck, but the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was very easily one of the best options on the market. If you take into account that the only real competition for the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the $110k+ Porsche Cayenne Turbo, it can be said that the 2012 and 2013 was – dollar for dollar – the best high performance SUV sold in America. With that in mind, you would think that the Chrysler Group would be happy to continue into the 2014 model year with the same Jeep Grand Cherokee that pretty much everyone loved in 2012 and 2013. You would be thinking wrong though as SRT didn’t settle for good enough – adding new features inside and a new 8-speed transmission for the 2014 model year that make an already awesome SUV even more impressive.
My 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT carried a base price of $62,995 and while the “base” SRT Jeep is pretty heavily loaded, there are some options that can be chosen. My test vehicle was fitted with the Harmon Kardon 19 speaker premium sound system ($1,995), the Trailer Tow Package ($995), a single disc remote CD player ($195), high performance three season tires ($895) and the striking 20 inch black chrome split spoke rims ($595) so when you add in the $995 destination fee to the base price – you come up with a price as tested of $68,665. That is a whole lot of money but when you consider that the closest competition here in the United States is the $110,000+ Porsche Cayenne Turbo…that price doesn’t seem so bad. For the record, I would consider all of the options added to my test vehicle “must haves” except for the single disc CD player but everything else – from the wheels and tires to the HiFi sound system and the trailer tow package – these are all items that are essential to get the most out of the SRT Jeep.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT looks just like the 2013 models, but Im not complaining. The big Jeep got a midcycle refresh for the 2013 model year that added the high tech LED trimmed projection headlights set in a gloss black grille. The projection fog lights and LED driving lights mounted in gloss black bezels amidst the front fascia adds an extra element of high tech goodness while also making this SUV look even more aggressive. Along the bottom of the front end is a big, bold grille opening in gloss black with chrome air inlets in the outer edge – a look that was so popular that it has been introduced across the entire Grand Cherokee range. The modern Grand Cherokee looks great in all forms, but the SRT model is the best looking performance sport utility vehicle ever in my opinion. Seriously…I don’t have any idea on how they are going to improve on the look of the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT down the road.
Along the sides, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT has a low, aggressive stance thanks to the SRT specific suspension and the black chrome 20 inch SRT wheels. I absolutely love these black chrome wheels with the bright red Brembo brake calipers tucked neatly behind these optional rollers. The long, flat roofline is stretched by the low profile rear spoiler while the black b and c pillars provide a very fluid side design. If there was ever an SUV that truly looked like an American muscle car – this is it. Out back, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT has a set of great looking LED tail lights in a smoked housing under a jet black rear window to create a very sporty rump. Along the bottom of the rear fascia is a gloss black insert with an SRT logo covering the trailer hitch while the throaty dual exhaust system exits through a pair of large openings in the fascia. The rear end isnt as aggressive as the front end, but it is still a fitting finish to a beautifully designed SUV.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has a look that just makes my heart melt. It is plush looking and super aggressive – stylish from front to back and every bit as sporty as any SUV sold in America.