Of the numerous SUV offerings offered by Jeep one that integrates its off-road spirit with refined road manners as seamlessly as Grand Cherokee. Grand Cherokee. For every type of style of life, Jeep offers a wide selection in Grand Cherokee models, from the budget Laredo to the luxurious Summit trim. The basic V-6 is a good choice for the majority of buyers’ requirements however, to those who need something a bit more rumble, Jeep offers a potent 360-hp V-8. For those with an adventure in their mind should look into the Trailhawk version, which includes two-speed transfer case with an electronically controlled, limited-slip rear differentialwith hill descent controller as well as Kevlar-reinforced tires. air suspension, which provides an additional level of ground clearance. Inside this Grand Cherokee offers a comfortable interior with enough space for four people in 2 rows of seating. A touchscreen infotainment and entertainment system as well as many connectivity features make the GC stay current, but the driver assistance tech offered by Jeep is mostly optional, even though many competitors have these features as normal. Do you want third-row seats? Take a look at this Grand Cherokee L, which we’ll be reviewing separately.
What’s New for 2021?
With a brand new model due in 2022’s model year the iconic two-row mid-sized off-roader will only undergo minor modifications for 2021. A special 2021 80th Anniversary Edition model that’s based of the Limited trim comes standard with all the Grand Cherokee’s driver-assistance features and leather upholstery, Light Tungsten-colored interior accents, exclusive 18-inch wheels and 80thAnniversary badges. A brand new Laredo X model joins the range and comes with inside-dash navigation as well as an 8.4-inch infotainment screen remote control and a liftgate that is powered by a motor and heated front seats and heated steering wheel. The middle-of-the-road Limited trim is now bought with an Sun and Sound package consisting of a sunroof with a panoramic view and a nine-speaker stereo. the Limited X features a gloss black exterior trim.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Jeeps has the Grand Cherokee for every taste and budget. The Limited offers a variety of luxurious features like high-end leather seating (heated in the front) Uconnect informationtainment that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces as well as 18-inch tires. We’d suggest getting the latest Sun and Sound package to have the panoramic sunroof as well as an the upgraded Alpine audio system. A rear wheel drive system is standard however, Jeep enthusiasts who want to be a true purist can choose all-wheel drive, which costs between $2000 to $3000 more depending on the quality of the trim.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Grand Cherokee will come with the V-6 engine unless you opt for the V-8 option, which is available only on trims with Limited trims or higher. The base engine is powerful and emits very little vibration into the cabin, therefore we recommend the engine that we like. It’s well-matched to the Grand Cherokee’s size and does a fantastic job of getting this SUV moving to get around town as well as on the highway. In any configuration it’s a great vehicle. Grand Cherokee has brawny towing capacity of 6200 pounds for models with V-6 and 7200 pounds for the V-8. Its utility is boosted to the next level. There’s nothing athletic about this utilitarian vehicle, however. rough patches of pavement can send chills through the chassis , and eventually into the interior. Air suspension is an option to help in our Trailhawk test car that gave a smoother experience. This steering system is accurate and offers firmness to it. The Jeep is straight and is conducive to relaxed highway cruising. It is soft in the first few inches of travel The Grand Cherokee’s brakes firm quickly and the performance is comparable to the other models in the class. For those looking for the absolute performance GC performance, take a look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, that we’ll review in separate reviews.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With the V-6 underneath With the V-6 engine, the Grand Cherokee is fuel efficient according to SUV standards. We tested it and the highway fuel-economy rating of 25 mpg was the same in line with its EPA rating. The V-8 might have more capacities for towing, yet it’s also noticeably more thirsty.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Grand Cherokee’s cabin offers an impression of toughness or luxury, depending on the particular model. The dashboard is shaped to accommodate an infotainment touchscreen that sits on top of unnecessary buttons and controls as well as the 7.0-inch LCD display inside the instrument cluster is surrounded by analogue gauges. Jeep designers employ soft-touch materials and leather wherever it is needed, such as the lower door paneling, and the dashboard, but hard plastic is still used elsewhere. Behind the 2nd row of seats it’s Grand Cherokee has space for 11 carry-on bags. The number increases to 24 once you fold down the rear seat that splits in a 60/40 way The process is clean and tidy only requiring one move to remove the headrest and then fold to fold the seat back to its level place.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Jeep’s superb Uconnect infotainment and entertainment system is one of our top picks due to its simplicity of use and fast response times. A tinny 5.0-inch display is the standard, but we recommend upgrading to the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen. Rear-seat entertainment available as well as in-car Wi-Fi makes Grand Cherokee Grand Cherokee a movie theater on wheels. A six-speaker audio system is with the standard package, along with the choice for SiriusXM satellite radio. There are a variety of more advanced configurations, including the six-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo, a nine-speaker Alpine system as well as a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon configuration are offered on specific versions.