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Truck Trend's 2012 Best In Class: Factory Power Runner

Excellent Power Delivery and Phenomenal Handling

The Editors of Truck Trend
Mar 13, 2012
Winner: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Runner-Up: Porsche Cayenne Turbo
There are other vehicles in this category that are faster -- but not many. When we tested the new SRT8, which is powered by a 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8, it scooted to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. And yes, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is faster to 60, but it costs almost twice as much. Granted, the factory power runner segment is a little silly, but for good fun at a value price, you can't do better than the SRT8. Now, if you do have that extra $47,000 lying around, the Cayenne is a good choice, too. Excellent power delivery, phenomenal handling, and no shortage of horsepower or torque. And it can tow.

Factory Power Runner
Vehicle Acura ZDX BMW X6 M Cadillac Escalade AWD
Price w/hi-po opt $57,455 $97,195 $66,715
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,side,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 13/18 mpg
Seating cap 5 4 7
Curb weight 4462 lb 5350 lb 5723 lb
GVWR 5500 lb 6261 lb 7300 lb
Payload 1050 lb 911 lb 1577 lb
Towing 1500 lb 6000 lb 8100 lb
Vehicle GMC Sierra Denali AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 4WD
Price w/hi-po opt $49,605 $61,885 $93,465
Wheelbase 143.5 in 114.8 in 114.8 in
Engine 6.2L OHV V-8 6.4L 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 4.6 sec 4.5 sec
Power, SAE 403 hp 470 hp 550 hp
Torque, SAE 417 lb-ft 465 lb-ft 560 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 295/45R20 265/45R20
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 24.6 gal 24.6 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 12/19 mpg 12/18 mpg 11/15 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 5374 lb 5150 lb 5100 lb
GVWR 7000 lb 6500 lb 6349 lb
Payload 1626 lb 1350 lb 1249 lb
Towing 9400 lb 5000 lb 7200 lb
Vehicle Porsche Cayenne Turbo Range Rover Sport S/C 4WD Toyota Tacoma Access Cab X-Runner 2WD
Price w/hi-po opt $108,075 $76,095 $27,190
Wheelbase 114.0 in 113.3 in 127.4 in
Engine 4.8L DOHC TT V-8 5.0L DOHC S/C V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6
Transmission 8-spd auto 6-speed auto 6-speed man
0-60 mph, sec 4.3 sec 5.9 sec 6.1 sec
Power, SAE 500 hp 510 hp 236 hp
Torque, SAE 516 lb-ft 461 lb-ft 266 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Front, side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 265/50R19 275/40R20 255/45R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 23.3 gal 21.1 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 15/22 mpg 12/17 mpg 15/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 4
Curb weight 4784 lb 5816 lb 3835 lb
GVWR 6500 lb 6889 lb 4700 lb
Payload 1565 lb 1126 lb 850 lb
Towing 7716 lb 7716 lb 3500 lb



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