The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk: What the critics say
The engineers at Jeep clearly aren’t resting on their laurels. Following the first calendar year in which Jeep sales topped 1 million, the brand has seriously upgraded three special editions of its “crown jewel,” the Grand Cherokee. The Summit delivers “Bentley levels of opulence” for less than $60,000, while the SRT is a 475-hp speed demon that can embarrass Germany’s performanceclass SUVs. The new Trailhawk answers a different calling: It’s easily “the most rugged and capable” Grand Cherokee ever.
Car and Driver
The Trailhawk package starts with “the best off-road gear in the Jeep pantheon,” including hill-descent control, Kevlar-reinforced tires, and plenty of skid plates. Inside the cabin, “deeply bolstered” sport seats kept us firmly anchored as the Trailhawk climbed steep, silt-covered hills and traversed “bodybending” ruts. The thing that impressed us most while piloting the Trailhawk through such formidable challenges? “How little we had to think about it.”
On pavement, the knobby tires mask road feel a bit, but the Trailhawk rides smoothly enough to be “an exceptional long-distance cruiser.” An $85,000 Toyota Land Cruiser might be slightly better suited for an extended overland expedition. But in that company, the Trailhawk looks like an “incredibly capable” alternative at a “killer” price.