JK Forum Exclusive – Trackhawk vs Durango SRT: Performance or Cost Efficiency?

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Durango SRT and Trackhawk

Supercharged power makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the better buy, even with the price difference.

Last month, I had a chance to spend a week in the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, followed by a week in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It was an incredible experience of high-performance driving in some of the most powerful American SUVs ever, and I loved every minute of it.

Even though they are not direct competitors—the Durango SRT essentially being the rebodied, three-row version of the Grand Cherokee SRT—I found that many people in the Mopar community are cross-shopping the 475-horsepower Dodge and the 707-horsepower Jeep.

Durango SRT Side

In fact, I’ve read countless online discussions where the owners of one of these two highly-powered SUVs were debating whether they made the right purchase. With this popular online discussion, coupled with people frequently regularly I have been asked which was better for the money, here is a head-to-head comparison of two awesome sport utility vehicles.

Trackhawk Side

Key Differences

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk are built on the same chassis platform at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. They are both high performance, full-sized sport utility vehicles with premium interiors and a big price tag, but four key points differentiate the two – exterior appearance, interior space, the engine and the price tag.

2018 Trackhawk High Front

Exterior appearance is a matter of personal opinion, so I won’t get into debating which is “better.” I will say that I love the look of both vehicles, but I do wish that they had some features that allowed them to better stand out in a crowd.

The Trackhawk looks just like the SRT 392 models with the exception of the badging and the yellow-painted brake calipers while the only things separating the Durango with the 392 Hemi from the other models are the badging and the brake package.

Of course, they also have unique wheels, but it would be nice if both of these SUVs got something around the outside that was unique to these models – and that is an opinion that is echoed throughout the community.

2018 Durango SRT High Front


Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist , Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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