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Truck Trend's Best In Class 2010: Factory Power Runner

The Editors of Truck Trend
Mar 21, 2010
Winner: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Runner-Up: BMW X6 M
These aren't rational vehicles. They aren't know for towing capacity or off-road capability. They are about going fast and having fun. By far, the best value for the money here is the SRT version of the Grand Cherokee. At $44,000, it's the second cheapest here--and its 6.1-liter V-8 puts out 420 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. And, if you do need some sort of real utility in your performance vehicle, it can carry gear and will tow 3500 pounds.
Photo 2/6   |   02z 2010 Best In Class Factory Power Runner Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Rear
If money is no object (or at least less so), and if you don't mind the controversial styling, BMW's X6 M has 555 horsepower, 500 pound-feet of torque, and absolutely phenomenal handling.
Photo 3/6   |   2010 BMW X6 Active Hybrid Front Three Quarters View Passenger

Factory Power Runner
Vehicle Acura ZDX w/Advance Tech BMW X6 M Cadillac Escalade AWD
Price w/hi-po opt $56,855 $89,875 $65,995
Wheelbase 108.3 in 115.5 in 116.0 in
Engine 3.7L SOHC V-6 4.4L DOHC TT V-8 6.2L OHV V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 6.5 sec 4.5 sec 6.4 sec
Power, SAE 300 hp 555 hp 403 hp
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 500 lb-ft 417 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/50R19 275/40R20 F; 315/35R20 R 265/65R18
Fuel cap 21.0 gal 22.5 gal 26.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 12/17 mpg 12/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 4 7
Curb weight 4462 lb 5324 lb 5690 lb
GVWR 5500 lb 6261 lb 7300 lb
Payload 1000 lb 937 lb 1610 lb
Towing 1500 lb 6000 lb 8100 lb
Don't agree with our winner? Then tell us which vehicle would you have picked as the 2010 Best in Class Factory Power Runner in the comment box below.

Factory Power Runner -- G to Z
Vehicle GMC Sierra Denali AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 4WD
Price w/hi-po opt $47,430 $44,105 $91,925
Wheelbase 143.5 in 109.5 in 114.7 in
Engine 6.2L OHV V-8 6.1L OHV V-8 6.2L DOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 7-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 6.2 sec 4.8 sec 4.5 sec
Power, SAE 403 hp 420 hp 503 hp
Torque, SAE 417 lb-ft 420 lb-ft 465 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 265/65R18 255/45R20 F; 285/40R20 R 295/40R20
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 20.5 gal 25.1 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 12/19 mpg 12/16 mpg 11/15 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 5396 lb 4819 lb 5093 lb
GVWR 7000 lb 6150 lb 6349 lb
Payload 1604 lb 1050 lb 1256 lb
Towing 9300 lb 3500 lb 7200 lb
Vehicle Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Range Rover Sport S/C 4WD Toyota Tacoma Access Cab X-Runner 2WD
Price w/hi-po opt $127,275 $74,195 $26,260
Wheelbase 112.4 in 108.0 in 127.4 in
Engine 4.8L DOHC TT V-8 5.0L DOHC S/C V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6
Transmission 6-spd auto 6-speed auto 6-speed man
0-60 mph, sec 4.7 sec 5.9 sec 6.1 sec
Power, SAE 550 hp 510 hp 236 hp
Torque, SAE 553 lb-ft 461 lb-ft 266 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 295/35R21 275/40R20 255/45R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 23.3 gal 21.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 12/19 mpg 12/17 mpg 15/18 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 4
Curb weight 5192 lb 5816 lb 3805 lb
GVWR 6500 lb 6889 lb 4900 lb
Payload 1598 lb 1219 lb 1340 lb
Towing 7716 lb 7716 lb 3500 lb



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