CARS.COM — The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the clear winner of Cars.com’s People’s Vote award for 2018. This capable mid-size SUV blew past its competition, garnering 28 percent of the contest’s 26,000-plus votes. The Grand Cherokee edged out the competition, nominees Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Honda Civic and Ram 1500 in the online contest held at Cars.com between Jan. 11 and Jan. 31.
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It’s not surprising to see the Grand Cherokee drive away with this win. Jeep owners are known for their loyalty and fervor. Couple that with the Grand Cherokee’s mild-to-wild trim levels and this SUV has wide appeal.
The Grand Cherokee Laredo base trim starts at $31,690 (including destination) with rear-wheel drive and standard 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. But that’s far from all the Grand Cherokee offers.
If you’re looking to get your heart racing, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might give your passengers a heart attack. It has the same engine as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: a pulse-quickening 707-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with 645 pounds-feet of torque. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can rocket from zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. If that’s a little too bold, the Grand Cherokee SRT is a little tamer with its 475-hp, 6.4-liter V-8.
Here’s what Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman wrote in his expert review of the Grand Cherokee SRT: “There are plenty of mid-size SUVs, but not many have 475 horsepower. Compared with the luxury performance SUV competition, the Grand Cherokee SRT is a fantastic bargain. It’s able to do things SUVs costing $20,000-$30,000 more can’t do while sporting more standard electronic safety equipment than anyone else.”
People’s Vote nominees were selected based on shopper activity on Cars.com as well as 2017 sales totals.
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