Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2021 Review, Prices and Specs (2024)

Summary

Leave it to Jeep to drop a 707 hp supercharged V8 engine into an SUV. The Trackhawk begins with the excellent underpinnings of a Grand Cherokee, but quickly becomes its own entity under Jeep’s SRT care.

The Good

  • Fantastic performance
  • Very luxurious

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Production ended in 2021

The New

  • Nothing

Verdict - Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk a Good SUV?

The Trackhawk is right at home on a racetrack, but it is also a great daily driver and grand touring vehicle. Car Talk’s team was lucky enough to try the Trackhawk in all of these situations. We were not just impressed, but in awe. The Trackhawk is definitive proof that Jeep is a brand built on three pillars: Performance, luxury, and utility.

Forget everything you think you know about how an SUV can handle. The folks at SRT built the Grand Cherokee to corner like a sports car and sprint like a muscle car. From a distance, the Trackhawk has the profile of a typical SUV, but up close, any racer can spot all of the signs of a hot rod.

The Trackhawk was built from 2018 to 2021 and played at a price point where the European performance automakers felt like they owned the place. We’re betting that once they saw the Trackhawk, it left no doubt in their minds whether American-branded companies could move their cheese.

As well as being a fantastic track-day or grand touring vehicle, the Trackhawk is right at home when asked to drop the kids off at school, run for supplies at the home improvement center, or pick your business partner up at the airport. It even has a snow mode!

Overall Car Talk Award

Car Talk researchers have tested this vehicle and decided to award it a 9.7 out of 10 based on our years of expertise and stringent criteria.

9.7/10

Value

9/10

The price of this vehicle is in-line with most other vehicles in its class and is justified.

Performance

10/10

This vehicle drives better than any other vehicle in the class, and better than some vehicles in other, more expensive or performance-oriented classes.

Comfort & Technology

10/10

The interior of this vehicle is more comfortable and has cutting-edge tech that’s easy to use.

Jeep Trackhawk vs. The Competition

This review is being written a couple of years after the last new Trackhawks were delivered. When it first appeared, there was nothing quite like it. Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche had some high-performance SUVs, but none of them had this level of power coupled with this level of handling prowess wrapped up in a package at this price. Since then, many new performance SUVs have emerged, and wouldn’t you know it, two of the best are from Jeep's sibling brands.

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2021 Jeep Trackhawk vs. 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat

If you are looking for a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk because of its engine, look no further than the 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat. It has the supercharged V8 engine with 710 hp you are looking for. We’ve driven the Durango SRT Hellcat (on road) and found that it offers much of the same thrill the Trackhawk did but in a slightly longer package. The interior is scrumptious. Microfiber suede everywhere, a fantastic infotainment system, and much the same feel we remember from the Trackhawk. The Durango SRT Hellcat starts at around $98K, and there are three trims, including Premium, for which a budget of around $115K will be required (not including any dealer markups). In our on-road testing, the Durango SRT Hellcat provided the same spine tingle that the Trackhawk did.

2021 Jeep Trackhawk vs. 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

You need not leave the Stallantis family to find a more modern and luxurious SUV as quick as the Jeep Trackhawk. The 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a turbocharged V6 with “just” 505 hp, but it has proven it can sprint from 0-60 MPH as fast as the Trackhawk. At under $100K, this is a model that is hard to ignore. We spent a few hours cruising around in Miami with the Stelvio and became believers that there is actually a replacement for displacement.

2021 Jeep Trackhawk vs. Range Rover Sport & Jaguar F-Pace

If you have a budget between $120K and $200K, Range Rover’s 2024 Sport offers power close to what the Jeep Trackhawk has. With its 626 hp twin-turbocharged V8, it can hit 0-60 MPH in about 3.7 seconds. That is just a couple of tenths of a second from what a Trackhawk will run. The Range Rover also has all of the on-track high-performance kit to make it turn and stop. Sure, the price is double that of a Trackhawk, but you can order one today if you wish. Jaguar Land Rover also offers the F-Pace with a supercharged 524 hp V8 that is just as quick. It may be a bit less expensive than the Range Rover Sport.

Jeep Trackhawk vs. Tesla Model Y Performance & Model X Plaid

We’ve focused our comparison models on gas-powered vehicles, but most Californians who want to own stupid fast “SUVs” opt for the Tesla Model Y Performance priced around $60K. Not quick enough? Tesla can build you a Model X with over 1,000 hp that will beat pretty much any SUV in a stoplight race. The X Plaid can sprint from 0-60 MPH in under 3 seconds, and you can buy one for around $100K. We have not tested the X Plaid, but we have a hunch it doesn't have the snow mode the Trackhawk does, and we haven’t seen any Model Ys passing Grand Cherokees at Moab.

How Much Does a Jeep Trackhawk Cost?

Any Jeep Trackhawk you find will be used, so the market is setting the price today. We found 2018 Trackhawks with about 50K miles on sale for under $70K. Newer 2021 Trackhawks with less than 10K miles are selling for around $85K - $90K right now (and may still be covered under the powertrain warranty!) These prices are in line with the MSRP of the Trackhawk when it was on sale brand new. There has been almost no depreciation, but they have not started to leap in price as collector vehicles - yet.

Performance - How Does the Jeep Trackhawk Drive?

We had the opportunity of a lifetime to test the 2018 Jeep Trackhawk shortly after it debuted in October 2018. We lapped the private course at the Monticello Motor Club in New York during a press event. Fortunately, your tester had experience driving near-supercars such as Dodge Vipers on this course many times, along with sports cars like Corvettes, Nissan GT-Rs, BMW M3s, and other big-power track cars. We expected the Trackhawk to be more ponderous and slower than the coupe Challenger and sedan Charger Hellcats we had tracked. We were wrong on both counts.

The Trackhawk is all-wheel drive. None of the vehicles we rattled off in an undisguised effort to impress you are all-wheel drive. That meant the Trackhawk could put power down coming out of corners better than any of those impressive vehicles. The way the course is set up for media has a downhill leading to a hairpin turn that then leads to a long uphill straightaway. All of the sports cars do pretty well in that corner, but in my hands, the Challenger and Charger would always invoke traction control and limit my uphill dash to under 100 MPH. The Trackhawk, by contrast, would bite the asphalt with all four wheels and leap ahead as soon as it was 60% around the bend. My glance at the speedometer indicated 110 MPH at the top of the hill.

In corners, the lowered and stiffly-sprung Trackhawk was almost shockingly adept. It was easy to drift it a bit sideways if one had the intestinal fortitude. If you watch our video link below, you will see that the driver does allow the vehicle to slide sideways a bit on many of the corners. Imagine doing this in an SUV!

The brakes of the Trackhawk were like the hand of Gawd when you needed to brake hard into a corner. Our own testing was limited to single laps at a time, not a long series of laps. However, the brakes never faded after a day of this one-hot-lap-at-a-time abuse.

One of the most impressive features of the Trackhawk is, of course, its big-displacement V8 being force-fed air by a belted supercharger. However, the transmission is equally impressive. The two work together very well. In track mode, the transmission upshifts are like rifle cracks. Rev-matched downshifts are like the snap of a finger, and the transmission is ideally tuned to the mode in which you are driving. Listen to the sh*ts in the video link. It will make you all tingly if you are into this stuff.

Watch Patrick Rall, Hellcat owner, racer, and expert navigate a road course in the Trackhawk.

Safety - How Safe is the Jeep Trackhawk?

The special Jeep Trackhawk version of the Grand Cherokee was never tested by IIHS or NHTSA. However, the more vanilla versions were. The 2018-2021 Grand Cherokee never did well on the small frontal overlap tests IIHS conducted. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee AWD earned five stars in NHTSA testing.

Reliability & Quality - Is the Jeep Trackhawk Reliable?

The Trackhawk was more or less hand-crafted by the folks from SRT. Overall, Hellcat-engine-equipped cars have a good reputation for durability. The Trackhawk is, at its core, a Jeep with a very special Dodge engine inside. In the 2023 J.D. Power Dependability Study, Dodge scored well above average, and Jeep scored around average. Both brands scored much higher than Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Land Rover.

Features - What Jeep Trackhawk Options Are Worth It?

We looked back to the 2020 Jeep Trackhawk configurator and found there were luxury options available, but every Trackhawk had 100% of its performance equipment standard. There was a CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a Laguna leather sport seat package that replaced the Nappa/Suede seats, and a Harman Kardon 19-speaker, 825-watt high-performance sound system. A Trailer-tow Group IV package was also an option. Wheels and tires were all 20-inch, but various rims and tires were fitted. What you find on sale will be what you get, but each of these option packages was likely added to most Trackhawks. A BlueRay rear-seat entertainment package was also an option, and hopefully, if you find a Trackhawk to buy, it won’t have that.

Warranty - What is the Jeep Trackhawk Warranty?

Jeep covers the Grand Cherokee with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If the Trackhawk you are considering has seen a lot of racetrack time, we suggest that you check with your local dealer before relying on the standard warranty.

  • Basic: 3 years / 36k miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years / 50k miles
  • Jeep offers extended warranties for certified pre-owned cars
  • There are 8 SUVs with the same or better warranties than the Jeep Wrangler
  • If buying used, look at our Best Extended Car Warranty Companies

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Powertrain-5 yr./ 60,000 mi.-
Corrosion-6 yr./ unlimited mi.12 yr./ unlimited mi.

New or Used - Is Jeep Trackhawk Worth Buying Used?

Used Trackhawks may appreciate as time passes. We suspect the Trackhawk will be a collector’s favorite in years to come. It melds the two modern collector categories into one; Performance and SUV. We found dozens of used Trackhawks for sale, so they are out there if one wants to seek out a Trackhawk.

If ever there was a more ideal Certified Pre-Owned vehicle than the Jeep Trackhawk, we can’t think of one. Any powertrain warranty is a big bonus for those shopping Trackhawk used. If you are considering an aftermarket warranty, ensure the company will write a contract for a Trackhawk.

Model Note: A Grand Cherokee SRT is not a Trackhawk. It may be a great vehicle, but it does not have the same engine and transmission. In our story, we mention the SRT group multiple times and do not want our readers to misunderstand the term. SRT is part of the name of some models, and it is also the abbreviation used for a group of designers, engineers, and builders within Stellantis that works on specialty high-performance models. SRT stands for street and racing technology

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2021 Review, Prices and Specs (2024)

FAQs

How much is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk? ›

The price of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk starts at $91,665. While the ultimate Grand Cherokee is awesome, its startling starting price is about $19,000 more than the 475-hp SRT version.

How much is a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk monthly payment? ›

Here we have a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Lease with an MSRP of $88,665. It is an SUV and you can get this vehicle today for $3799 Due At Signing and $1235 Per Month with 12,000 miles per year if you qualify.

What is the performance of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk? ›

The Trackhawk® is a beautifully high-powered SUV with the heart and spirit of a track-tuned race car. Accelerating 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, Trackhawk boasts a Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine and launch control.

How much money does it take to fill up a Trackhawk? ›

With a fuel tank capacity of 24.6 gallons, the Jeep Trackhawk can cost around $100 to fill up, depending on gas prices in your area.

Can a Trackhawk beat a hellcat? ›

The unique advantage of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk lies with its all-wheel-drive system that helped get the power down much easier than the rear-wheel-drive Hellcats at Dodge. This quickly made the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the darling of the drag strip thanks to its insane launches and easily repeatable runs.

Which is faster, SRT or Trackhawk? ›

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs.

of torque while the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes standard with a 6.4L V8 Engine SRT Engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb. -ft. of torque. On top of that, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a top speed of 290 mph and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT's top speed is 160 mph.

How much is a full tank of gas for a Trackhawk? ›

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 4WD
Annual Fuel Cost*$5,200
Cost to Drive 25 Miles$8.63
Cost to Fill the Tank$110
Tank Size24.6 gallons
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Why did Jeep stop making Trackhawk? ›

What's the scoop on Jeep discontinuing the Trackhawk? Q: Why did they stop making Trackhawks? A: Jeep decided to discontinue the Trackhawk after the 2022 model year to focus on their expanding lineup and the growing demand for electric vehicles.

Why are trackhawks so popular? ›

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is an SUV unlike any other. Its powerful performance, luxurious interior, and hi-tech features allow it to stand out from other SUVs in its class and make it one of the more popular SUVs on the market.

Why are Jeep Trackhawks so fast? ›

Under the Trackhawk's bonnet lies a massive engine. The 522kW and 875Nm it develops are fed to all four wheels via the automaker's eight-speed automatic gearbox. So powerful is the engine that the slightest dab of the throttle will see the Trackhawk jolt forward.

How many 2021 Trackhawks were made? ›

In the 2021 model year, there were 1660, 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawks manufactured in the United States.

Are trackhawks reliable? ›

Overall, Hellcat-engine-equipped cars have a good reputation for durability. The Trackhawk is, at its core, a Jeep with a very special Dodge engine inside. In the 2023 J.D. Power Dependability Study, Dodge scored well above average, and Jeep scored around average.

How much is a Trackhawk jeep full price? ›

The powerful SRT model starts at $70,660 and again comes standard with four-wheel drive. The maxed-out Trackhawk with its 707-hp supercharged engine pegs the needle with a sticker price of $89,165.

How many mph can a Trackhawk go? ›

How Fast Can a Jeep Trackhawk Go? The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can hit a top speed of 180 mph. Sporting a 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine that came from the Charger and Challenger, the Trackhawk only needs 3.5 seconds to go from 0-62 mph一a rare feat for SUVs.

Why are trackhawks so fast? ›

Under the Trackhawk's bonnet lies a massive engine. The 522kW and 875Nm it develops are fed to all four wheels via the automaker's eight-speed automatic gearbox. So powerful is the engine that the slightest dab of the throttle will see the Trackhawk jolt forward.

How fast is the Trackhawk 0 to 60? ›

In the above video, Hennessey tests numerous drag times to prove the capability of its upgraded Jeep Trackhawk. The 1000 HP Jeep Trackhawk accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, leaving a trail of smoke and dust in its wake.

How much is the Hellcat Trackhawk? ›

The powerful SRT model starts at $70,660 and again comes standard with four-wheel drive. The maxed-out Trackhawk with its 707-hp supercharged engine pegs the needle with a sticker price of $89,165.

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