AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The international luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report recently selected the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 as one of the top performers in its annual "Car of the Year" competition — ranking the Chrysler Group’s high-performance SUV at No. 9 among new vehicles from around the world.

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 also landed on the magazine’s "Best of the Best: 2012: Sport Utility Vehicles" list, while the Chrysler 300 SRT8 made the list of "Best of the Best: 2012: Sedans."

Robb Report readers joined the magazine's editors and writers in driving, evaluating and ranking the "Car of the Year" and "Best of the Best" vehicles. Judging was based on interior design, layout, amenities and luxury features.

"The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is proof that an American-made SUV can dish out the performance, looks and quality to run with the biggest dogs from Europe, and do it at half the price, leaving enough change to hitch something really nice to the back," Robert Ross, Robb Report's automotive consultant, said.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 also impressed the Robb Report judges with its high-performance capabilities. "The Chrysler 300 SRT8 takes an American favorite and equips it with a serious performance personality," Ross said. "It's at home with great European sports sedans, but the potent HEMI V-8 reminds drivers they're behind the wheel of a modern American muscle car."

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