2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude Pricing

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude

Is a Jeep still a Jeep if it isn’t a Wrangler? The aggregation offers three bunched sport-utes, and actuality we accept two of them, the Compass and Cherokee. If you’re in the market, which one should you choose?

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If this Jeep babe had to buy any vehicle, she wouldn’t buy a Porsche nor a Ferrari. Not a BMW nor Mercedes-Benz either. Nope, she would buy a Jeep Wrangler. And a real, two-door, cruise-the-boonies Jeep Wrangler, the two-door Rubicon adaptation able with a rugged-looking seven-slot barbecue and alike added importantly, a winch.

Any year, any colour would do – as continued as both advanced and rear locking diffs are allotment of the deal, for the yeah, it’s for alive in the affliction accessible off-road conditions. If one showed up and there was allowance in my garage, I’d alike try my currently-non-existent automated abilities and clean a Willys from the Additional World War.

As with abounding Jeep aficionados, I feel a assertive airs and maybe alike absolute snobbery appear some of the added articles that adroitness the avant-garde Jeep family. Do we actually accept to bang home the actuality that the Jeep Renegade is a Fiat 500X carbon congenital in Italy?

So afore comparing two of the three aboriginal Jeep’s SUVs, I was accessible to point the aweless feel to the second-generation’s Jeep Compass (with us for three years now) and to its affinity Jeep Cherokee (mostly banausic back model-year 2014). Well, big surprise: one of these faux-by-fauxes actually won me over. The added one? Hmm.

The Compass, in its additional bearing back model-year 2018, is a auto SUV that offers abandoned one engine: a four-cylinder 2.4L Tigershark “MultiAir” that develops a rather appropriate output, at atomic for the category, of 180 application and 175 lb-ft torque. So far, acknowledge God, it avoids the abuse of a three-cylinder turbo engine, like those begin in the Ford EcoSport and Escape and the new Buick Encore GX.

This agent can’t tow added than 907 kg (2,000 lbs) and lacks the brightness of new technologies such as absolute ammunition injection, but in 4×4 versions, it uses a avant-garde nine-speed automated transmission. Otherwise, the abject front-wheel version  (and who would appetite a front-wheel-drive Jeep?!?) can abandoned be optioned from its absence six-speed chiral to a six-speed automatic, and isn’t recommended for towing at all.

And if you appetite that chiral gearbox, you charge to bustle to a Jeep banker and beat up a (base) 2020 Compass, because the 2021 model-year doesn’t action it anymore. For 2021, the abandoned FCA articles alms a stick about-face are the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and the Dodge Challenger. Whatever adaptation you choose, though, actuality are our three affidavit to buy the new 2021 Jeep Compass.

It’s a absolute 4×4. In this decade area SUVs are aggregate off-road looks while application car platforms and auto designs, a absolute 4×4 is now a aberration – abnormally in this entry-level bulk range.

Yes, the Compass is accessible in abject Sport trim with a front-wheel-drive-only system. But all added versions are able with Jeep Alive Drive, antic a four-mode Selec-Terrain with Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand and Mud settings. Alike more, the Trailhawk appearance a full-time 4×4 arrangement that adds Rock mode. Combined with an added ride acme of about an inch, additional drift plates, advancing off-road tires, and the adeptness to accord with up to 19 inches of baptize fording, the Compass can alike be Trail-Rated.

And let’s not balloon the 20:1 clamber ratio. While it may not analyze with the top 84:1 featured by the Wrangler Rubicon, this petit boeuf is altered in the category, which is annihilation beneath than what we apprehend from a Jeep.

Its architecture — one of the acceptable Jeep ones. Was it because our tester was the rough-and-ready Trailhawk, antic an absolute Sting Grey paint, atramentous roof, atramentous awning decal, and those adult red towing hooks? Maybe. But amid the froggy-looking Renegade, the baggy Cherokee, and the awkward Gladiator, the Compass is one of the best ambrosial designs in the Jeep family.

That continues into the autogenous as well, area the Trailhawk appearance a clean-looking cockpit with red birr and aperture accents. That red is afresh in the bond of the comfortable, nicely-combined cobweb and simulated-leather seats. Overall, there’s an airy, affable ambience that makes us feel we are not in an accustomed SUV, but in a Jeep.

The UConnect infotainment system. One of the best human/machine interfaces on the market, FCA’s infotainment arrangement justifies allotment any Jeep vehicle. Its blueprint is simple but complete, it’s accessible to use and requires no effort, and so clashing some added systems, it doesn’t baffle with our capital assignment of alive the car. It’s additionally nice that the Trailhawk gets an 8.4-inch screen, rather than the accepted 7-inch one.

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It’s a little like Jesus agriculture the multitudes: every archetypal year brings a new adaptation of the Compass. For 2021, there are eight altered configurations, from the abject Sport at $28,481 in 4×2, to the (new) Trailhawk Elite at $36,010. (Note that all our prices are with $1,995 in bales fees, but afore taxes).

Now, we’re not absolute any classified secrets by alerting you that accepted accessories on the Jeep is not as absolute as, say, its Korean competitors. Besides the start-stop button, the dual-zone altitude control, and – big change for 2021! —heated seats, there’s not abundant de série. Abnormally sad is the actuality that alive alive aids, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear esplanade abetment and rear cross-path detection, are abandoned accessible on high-end versions.

The aboriginal Compass to appearance a little charge appear those aegis systems is the Trailhawk ($33,734), but you’ll still appetite to add the $995 Advanced Safety Group. This amalgamation includes an about dissipated abundance of assistance, such as adaptive cruise control, advanced blow admonishing with alive braking, and lane-keeping assist.

Add the affidavit listed aloft and you’ll accept that the Trailhawk offers, in our opinion, the best bulk and accessories akin for an bulk of money that’s center amid the cheapest and the priciest Compass.

Boss, if you appetite to cut my pay in bisected for this story, so be it. But I can’t, for the activity of me, appear up with alike one acumen to buy the Cherokee, let abandoned three. That said, I can accord lots of affidavit not to buy it. In fact, in the articulation addendum I recorded while alive the Cherokee Altitude version, I abandoned begin one acceptable point … and that was for the UConnect arrangement that’s begin on all Jeep products.

The Cherokee has been mostly banausic for the aftermost six years. To activate buyers’ interest, there’s a new four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged agent that now joins the abject four-cylinder 2.4L Tigershark agent (with the aforementioned ability achievement as for the Compass), as able-bodied as the alternative 3.2L V6, authoritative 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque.

We’d adulation to acclaim the turbocharged engine, which makes around the aforementioned ability as the V6 and alike added torque at 295 lb-ft, and its 1,800-kilogram towing capacity. But there’s not a adventitious of that. Not abandoned is it diesel-like coarse, but it suffers from one of the affliction cases of turbo-lag one can acquisition on a avant-garde vehicle. Honest to God, we calculation up to two abnormal afore accepting any acknowledgment at 100 km/h. For a moment, we alike anticipation the Jeep was able with a CVT, although it’s is the aforementioned nine-speed automated begin in the Compass.

And alike if that turbo 2.0L does accept absolute bang (something still not agriculture the ammunition to the two earlier powerplants), the burning for our 4WD Cherokee was a abiding 9.6 L/100km – the aforementioned as the 9.7 L/100 km on the non-injected Compass over a thousand kilometres.

And we can’t alike acquaint you that autogenous amplitude is bigger in the Cherokee than in the Compass. That agent is about a bottom shorter, but advanced and rear allowance is agnate in both. The Cherokee offers two inches added legroom for those built-in on the rear bench, but back the rear seats are folded, the Cherokee has 10 per cent beneath burden space, which is bristles cubic anxiety abate than the Compass.

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None. Not alike the Jeep Cherokee Sport, back this abject adaptation (starting at $32,100 in 4×2) doesn’t affection such niceties as the pushbutton alpha and dual-zone altitude ascendancy that are featured in the abject Compass for a lower price.

The added Cherokee configurations ambit from the $34,500 Sport 4×4, to $42,630 for the top-of-the-line Trailhawk Elite. In our opinion, that’s a lot of Benjamins for one of the worst-handling cartage in any showroom. Because of its ancient four-link rear abeyance with abaft arm, the Cherokee has all the shaky-road ride of a archetypal Wrangler, but with none of its allegorical off-road manners.

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If we actually accept to accomplish a Cherokee selection, it would afresh be the Trailhawk (but not the Elite) version. This Trail-Rated Cherokee, with its off-road-specific suspension, would (partially) absolve its alive behaviour and its almost-forty-grand bulk tag. It comes with the Pentastar V6 and alcove 2,041 kg (4,500 lbs) in towing accommodation … but still: Our best conseil charcoal to aloof delay for the abutting bearing of the Cherokee.

This is about absolutely the easiest cessation to one of these duets we’ve brought to you. It’s simple: Don’t buy the Cherokee. If you appetite a baby Jeep, opt for the Trailhawk adaptation of the Compass. Of course, what you should actually do is chaw the ammo and buy a Wrangler. Then you’ll assuredly apprehend why, afterwards 80 years of legend, the Jeep name is (still) iconic.

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