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The Grand Cherokee SRT has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT weighs 765 to 1096 pounds more than the Porsche Macan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Macan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Macan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 13 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee SRT’s warranty.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Macan’s 3.0 turbo V6 and 2.9 turbo V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 227 more horsepower (475 vs. 248) and 197 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 127 more horsepower (475 vs. 348) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 354) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 41 more horsepower (475 vs. 434) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 406) than the Macan Turbo’s standard 2.9 turbo V6.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee SRT’s fuel efficiency. The Macan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Macan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.
For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee SRT’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:
Grand Cherokee SRT
For better traction, the Grand Cherokee SRT has larger tires than the Macan (295/45R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Grand Cherokee SRT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (295/45R20 vs. 265/40R21).
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Grand Cherokee SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Macan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The Grand Cherokee SRT offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Macan, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Macan (114.7 inches vs. 110.5 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Macan’s (38 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (38 feet vs. 39.3 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee SRT has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee SRT to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Grand Cherokee SRT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Macan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee SRT’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Macan’s (7200 vs. 4409 pounds).
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a higher standard payload capacity than the Macan (1350 vs. 1257 lbs.).
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Macan.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Macan has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.
On a hot day the Grand Cherokee SRT’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Macan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee SRT has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Macan doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Grand Cherokee SRT has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Macan.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Macan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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