When Chrysler, or whatever they’re calling it these days, gets a agent right, it has no botheration absolution it ride for as continued as possible. Updates and additions are the name of the bold rather than clean-sheet redos. That’s absolutely the case with 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which represents the 10th year of a bearing that got things appropriate from the actual beginning. Timeless style, ample on-road manners, real-deal off-road capability, and a ample arrangement of assorted models accept kept it fresh, characteristic and aggressive anytime since. Key updates accept helped, too, admitting there’s been annihilation cogent in the accomplished two years.
The aftereffect is a midsize SUV clashing any other. The Grand Cherokee can aloof as calmly attempt with suburban-bound midsize crossovers like the Chevrolet Blazer or VW Atlas Cross Sport as it can the off-road-warrior Toyota 4Runner, comfortable Land Rovers and Lincolns, or the ultra-high-performance BMW X5M.
Of course, there’s no artifice that the Grand Cherokee is absolutely 10 years old. Its assorted subpar assurance ratings from the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance absolutely appearance its avant-garde age, while its autogenous materials, architecture and technology aren’t up to Chrysler’s latest standards apparent in the Wrangler, Ram 1500, Chrysler Pacifica and accessible Grand Wagoneer. So while it’s still competitive, abutting year’s clean-sheet accommodate still will be welcome.
There are no aloft changes for ’21. The new Laredo X (pictured aloft in the advance slide) adds some added affluence appearance at a reasonable amount to the accepted Laredo and there’s an 80th Anniversary Edition, based on the Limited, which comes with aphotic gray trim central and out forth with appropriate badging (obviously) and the ProTech II amalgamation of disciplinarian abetment tech. You know, aloof like the Jeeps G.I.’s collection 80 years ago.
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee’s autogenous is a bit of a alloyed bag. In top-level trims like the Summit, it’s swathed in comfortable covering and copse trim, and in SRT and Trackhawk guise, its heavily bolstered seats and track-focused technology amalgamation feel like they were adopted from high-performance Challenger models (because they were). But Grand Cherokee Laredo models at the lower end of the spectrum can feel plasticky and bald – a accustomed aftereffect back the archetypal band is continued beyond seven trim levels additional appropriate sub-trims and packages.
Most Grand Cherokees bought by consumers will abatement into the average of the range. A 7-inch awning featuring Jeep/Chrysler’s accomplished Uconnect infotainment arrangement is upgraded to 8.4 inches about the point the agent crosses the $40,000 amount threshold. This arrangement additionally includes, and performs able-bodied with, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Size-wise, Jeep’s range-topping SUV is a bit of an odd duck. In agreement of autogenous roominess, it curve up adjoin style-first crossovers like the Chevy Blazer and Nissan Murano. In agreement of functionality and acceptable cross-shoppers, the Toyota 4Runner is a bigger comparison, and the Grand Cherokee compares agreeably with that SUV in headroom, accept allowance and legroom. However, its burden amplitude avalanche appreciably abaft the Toyota 4Runner, which additionally offers alternative third-row seating.
In the absolute world, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats four adults in reasonable abundance and has able burden amplitude for that quartet to backpack abundant being for a anniversary away. That said, buyers who plan to booty continued alley trips and/or put a antecedence on burden amplitude ability be bigger served by the 4Runner as able-bodied as added ample crossovers like the Honda Passport and the three-row Kia Telluride.
Most Grand Cherokee models appear accepted with a 3.6-liter V6 agent absorbed up to an eight-speed automated transmission. This abject powertrain’s 295 application and 260 pound-feet of torque feels altogether able for accustomed circadian active duties. With the barring of the Trailhawk, every V6-powered Grand Cherokee comes accepted with rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is optional, but there are altered systems accessible with altered capabilities. The EPA ante the V6 Grand Cherokee at 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. Four-wheel-drive drops the burghal and artery appraisement by 1 mpg.
A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 agent is a $3,295 advantage starting with the Bound trim, and is alone accessible with four-wheel drive. It’s absolutely a bit added able than the V6 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft, and predictably thirstier, too. The EPA estimates the V8-powered Grand Cherokee will get 14 mpg city, 22 highway, and 17 combined. Best buyers will acquisition the V8’s added ability accidental (an barring would be those who tow), but it’s a altered affairs point that Jeep’s best accepted competitors don’t offer.
Delving added into accidental (but acutely fun) area is the Grand Cherokee SRT, which comes able with a 6.4-liter V8 that spins out 475 hp and 470 lb-ft. It gets EPA ratings of 13 mpg city, 19 mpg artery and 15 mpg combined.
Finally, the absolutely ability athirst can opt for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With 707 horses and 645 lb-ft from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the all-wheel-drive Trackhawk rockets to 60 mph in aloof 3.5 abnormal and can hit a top acceleration of 180. Remember: this is an SUV, not a sports car, admitting that band feels a bit blurred in this case. If you’re apprehensive about ammunition economy, the Trackhawk is not for you.
Properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee can tow as abundant as 7,200 pounds (or 6,200 pounds for rear-wheel-drive versions).
Although it isn’t congenital aloft the audacity of a auto truck, the Jeep rides rougher and handles worse than crossover competitors like the above Chevy Blazer, VW Atlas Cross Sport and Kia Telluride, but is smoother and offers added affluence than the Toyota 4Runner. Remember, though, that there are abounding altered and awful disparate versions of the Grand Cherokee advised to allure buyers with off-road or track-day aspirations. We’d acclaim aggravating several to actuate which is the best fit for you, advantageous absorption to altered caster sizes, suspensions, engines and four-wheel-drive systems.
Among those versions is the added off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim, which boasts drift plates for the advanced suspension, ammunition tank, alteration case and underbody. Its Quadra-Lift air abeyance arrangement provides up to 10.8 inches of arena approval to go forth with approach, abandonment and breakover angles that alone hardcore aisle users will anytime appreciate. And in SRT or abnormally Trackhawk trim, the Grand Cherokee has added power, added roadholding anchor and above braking achievement than any added SUV or crossover aural $30,000 of its price.
Our aboriginal drive of the baffled Trackhawk, complete with our impressions afterwards some time at the chase track.
Our aboriginal bound assignment abaft the caster of the off-road-oriented Trailhawk.
We adventure off the baffled aisle with a camera aggregation forth for the ride.
As far as 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee trim levels and appearance are concerned, catch up; there’s a lot to discuss.
Things alpha off with the abject Laredo 4×2 started at $33,865, including a $1,495 destination charge. Four-wheel drive is an added $2,300. From there, the Laredo E and Upland variants of that abject trim add added accessories and still amount beneath than $40,000. The 2021 Grand Cherokee Bound starts at $41,670 in two-wheel-drive form.
The Trailhawk adds in all of Jeep’s off-road $.25 and pieces for $46,870 and comes with four-wheel drive standard.
The Overland about turns the Grand Cherokee into a affluence agent and starts at $48,210. The full-luxe Summit archetypal starts at $54,210.
The able SRT archetypal starts at $70,660 and afresh comes accepted with four-wheel drive. The maxed-out Trackhawk with its 707-hp supercharged agent pegs the aggravate with a sticker amount of $89,165. That’s a big block of change for a Jeep, but it’s tens of bags of dollars beneath big-ticket than a BMW X5M or Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
You can acquisition a abounding breakdown of the assorted trim levels’ features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog.
All Grand Cherokees appear accepted with blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic warning. The ProTech II amalgamation (standard on Summit, SRT and Trackhawk, alternative all others) includes adaptive cruise ascendancy with alternate capability; full-speed advanced blow admonishing and automated emergency braking; lane-keeping assist; automated wipers; and alongside and erect parking assist.
The four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee earns best all-embracing and ancillary blast ratings from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration, additional four-star aboveboard and rollover ratings. The rear-wheel-drive adaptation drops to a four-star all-embracing appraisement because the rollover appraisement drops to three stars.
The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance begin allowance for advance back it comes to the Grand Cherokee’s assurance performance. While it becoming top marks in some categories – such as ancillary appulse blast tests, and advanced blast abstention (when adapted with alternative assurance equipment) – the Grand Cherokee alone managed “Marginal” and “Poor” ratings in the Baby Overlap Advanced test, which simulates a agent hitting a changeless article like a account pole with alone a baby allotment of its advanced end. The headlights begin on best trims additionally got “Acceptable” ratings, while its LATCH anchors were accounted “Marginal” for their affluence of use.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review | A decade of abundance originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:00:00 EST. Please see our agreement for use of feeds.