8 things we learned living with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Page 2

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Hauls all the things

From the groceries and kids to pumpkins at the farm to ass on the track, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will haul no matter the situation. It's the quickest production SUV on the planet, and that's no joke. It can tow up to 7,200 pounds of whatever you have, more than enough for a race car or a boat. Problem is, it might be faster than the race car.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Fuel economy, LOL

If fuel economy makes your list of considerations when shopping for your next ride, the Trackhawk won't. The EPA rates the Trackhawk at 11 mpg city, 17 highway, 13 combined. There's no way to sugarcoat this: those aren't good numbers. In reality, you'll see exactly what's advertised. I averaged 13.2 mpg lugging the Trackhawk around in mixed, everyday driving. Once I started romping on it with some hard launches, that average quickly dropped to 11.6 mpg, and that even included some highway driving. In a very unscientific, and short, highway test, I was able to muster an average of 16.8 mpg. If you are buying a Trackhawk, you better have a large fuel budget.

 

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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There's an Eco mode

As ridiculous as it sounds, the Trackhawk has an Eco mode that is enabled by a button on the dashboard. It seems like the most pointless feature in the most powerful production SUV in the world, but hey, why not? Enabling Eco mode changes the transmission shift schedule, engages second gear starts from a complete stop, and reduces maximum torque to 500 pound-feet. It also completely changes the accelerator pedal's calibration due to the drop in power. The result? It feels like you ripped the claws out of the Hellcat, and are now driving a "measly" Grand Cherokee SRT.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Still a Grand Cherokee

At the end of the day, this is still a Grand Cherokee, it just has the heart of a Hellcat. It's comfy inside, and is well-packaged overall. Car seats fit well with no issues, it has plenty of room in both seating rows and in the cargo area, and the Uconnect infotainment system is still among the best in the business. The Trackhawk is just like your neighbor's Grand Cherokee with its 3.6-liter V-6, only it has 707 horsepower and can move your insides around as it launches off the line.


 
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