Of Jeep’s abounding SUV offerings, none so calmly blends the brand’s off-road appearance with aesthetic alley amenities absolutely like the Grand Cherokee. To board every lifestyle, Jeep offers a avant-garde arrangement of Grand Cherokee models, from the affordable Laredo to the chic Summit trim. The accepted V-6 should clothing best buyers’ needs, but for those who appetite a little added grunt, Jeep offers a almighty 360-hp V-8. Those with chance on their minds should accede the Trailhawk, which comes with a two-speed alteration case, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, hill-descent control, Kevlar-reinforced tires, and an air abeyance that provides added arena clearance. Inside, the Grand Cherokee offers a adequate berth with allowance for four adults over two rows of seats. A touchscreen infotainment arrangement and affluence of connectivity appearance advice the GC feel current, but Jeep’s driver-assistance tech is mostly optional, alike admitting several of its rivals activity such appearance as standard.
With a new archetypal advancing for the 2022 archetypal year, this iconic mid-size two-row off-roader receives alone accessory changes for 2021. An 80th Anniversary Edition archetypal based on the Bound trim akin comes accepted with all of the Grand Cherokee’s accessible driver-assistance appearance additional covering upholstery, Light Tungsten–colored autogenous accents, appropriate 18-inch wheels, and 80thAnniversary badging. A new Laredo X archetypal joins the calendar and provides in-dash navigation, an 8.4-inch infotainment display, alien start, a power-operated liftgate, acrimonious avant-garde seats, and a acrimonious council wheel. The mid-range Bound trim now can be ordered with a Sun and Sound amalgamation consisting of a across-the-board sunroof and a nine-speaker stereo, and the Bound X assets gloss-black exoteric trim.
Jeeps offers a Grand Cherokee for every aftertaste and budget. The Bound includes a acceptable bulk of affluence items, such as covering seats (heated in front), Uconnect infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces, and 18-inch wheels. We’d accede acclimation the new Sun and Sound amalgamation to get the across-the-board sunroof and upgraded Alpine stereo system. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but Jeep purists can opt for all-wheel drive for amid $2000 and $3000 more, depending on the trim level.
Your Grand Cherokee will appear with a V-6 unless you opt for the V-8, accessible alone on Bound trims and above. The abject agent pulls acerb and transmits actual little beating into the cabin, so it’s the powerplant we prefer. It’s able-bodied akin to the Grand Cherokee’s heft, and it does an admirable job of affective this SUV about boondocks and on the highway. No amount the configuration, the Grand Cherokee has able-bodied towing capacity—6200 pounds for V-6 models, 7200 pounds with the V-8—that bliss its account up addition notch. There’s annihilation adventurous about this account vehicle, though. Rough stretches of pockmarked pavement accelerate all-overs through the anatomy and into the cabin. The alternative air abeyance appears to antidote this, as apparent by our Trailhawk analysis vehicle, which provided a added aesthetic ride. The council is absolute and has a nice backpack to it. The Jeep advance straight, which makes for above artery cruising. Soft in its aboriginal brace inches of travel, the Grand Cherokee’s anchor pedal firms up quickly, and achievement is on par with the blow of the class. For those gluttonous the ultimate in GC performance, analysis out the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, which we analysis separately.
With the V-6 beneath its hood, the Grand Cherokee is ammunition able by SUV standards. In our testing, its artery fuel-economy account of 25 mpg captivated accurate to its EPA rating. The V-8 may accept greater towing capacity, but it’s acutely thirstier.
Stepping into the Grand Cherokee’s berth provides either a faculty of ruggedness or affluence depending on the model. The contoured dashboard houses an infotainment touchscreen aloft beefy bombastic buttons and controls, and a 7.0-inch LCD affectation in the apparatus arrangement is belted by analog gauges. Jeep designers use soft-touch abstracts and covering area it counts—armrests, high aperture panels, the dashboard—but adamantine artificial persists elsewhere. Behind its additional row of seats, the Grand Cherokee has amplitude for 11 attache cases. That calculation expands to 24 back we bend the rear seat, which splits in a 60/40 fashion; the operation is accurate and tidy, too, acute aloof one activity to absolution the beanbag and bomb the bench bottomward to its collapsed position.
Jeep’s accomplished Uconnect infotainment arrangement is one of our favorites for its affluence of use and abrupt acknowledgment times. A bush 5.0-inch affectation is standard; we’d acclaim dispatch up to the ample 8.4-inch touchscreen. Accessible rear-seat ball and in-car Wi-Fi accomplish the Grand Cherokee a cine amphitheater on wheels. A six-speaker audio arrangement comes standard, with the advantage of SiriusXM accessory radio. An arrangement of added avant-garde setups—including a six-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo, a nine-speaker Alpine system, and a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon arrangement—are accessible on assertive trims.
The Grand Cherokee did not accomplish able-bodied in the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety’s small-overlap avant-garde blast test, but it still offers a absolute account of driver-assistance features. Unfortunately the alone alive assurance affection that comes accepted is blind-spot monitoring. Key assurance appearance include:
The Jeep’s assurance is annihilation special. The Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe both accommodate abundant bigger plans, including 10-year powertrain warranties and bristles years of bumper-to-bumper coverage. However, all 2021 models do appear with three years of chargeless maintenance.