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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee review, pricing and specs

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Overview

When you close your eyes and think of a all terrain, it is likely that the Badass wrangler comes to mind, but the Grand Cherokee is equally important to the success of the famous off-road brand in terms of sales. Its appeal is further enhanced by the fact that it combines impressive off-road capability with on-road refinement, offers a host of available luxury details and features, and has the rugged, open-air look that Jeep buyers love. A trio of powertrains are offered, including the familiar V-6 and V-8 options and a new plug-in hybrid variant that Jeep calls 4xe. While rear-wheel drive is standard on models with the V-6, there are no fewer than three different four-wheel drive systems available to help you cope with whatever your lifestyle requires, whether it’s simply navigating through the weather. snowy or crawling rocks in Moab.

What’s new for 2022?

For the 2021 model year, Jeep released a new generation of the Grand Cherokee, but only offered the new model as Three-row L variant (reviewed separately) along with the previous generation, two-row GC. For the 2022 model year, the Grand Cherokee is shedding its old bones with the introduction of a two-row body style over the new architecture.

Prices and which one to buy

    The Grand Cherokee starts thousands higher than rivals like the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai palisade–Consider the tax on the Jeep, and its higher finishes are priced similar to some luxury SUVs. That said, we think the Limited model represents the best combination of features, outperforming the base Laredo with more equipment to satisfy luxury buyers. Limited comes standard with leather upholstery, a power liftgate, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, interior ambient lighting, automatic high-beam headlamps, remote start and more. We’d want the Entertainment Group package, which adds the largest 10.1-inch infotainment screen and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo. We would also choose the Lux Tech Group II package, complete with rain sensing windshield wipers, a cordless phone charger, perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, an electrically adjustable steering column, a digital rearview mirror, second row sun visors, a 360-degree exterior camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and a collision avoidance feature that helps when traveling through intersections.

    Engine, transmission and performance

    Like the last-generation Grand Cherokee, the new one is powered by either a 3.6-liter V-6 or a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Jeep also offers its 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain introducing electrification to your family SUV. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the base V-6, but all-wheel drive is standard on Grand Cherokees with the V-8 or plug-in hybrid powertrain. Several different four-wheel drive systems are available, including an electronically-locked limited-slip differential. Also available is a Trailhawk model with more robust off-road equipment and greater capacity, and features an adjustable air suspension that provides up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance and a disconnect stabilizer bar that allows for greater wheel articulation to tackle rough terrain. During our initial test driveWe were impressed with the smooth and serene ride of the Grand Cherokee and found the V-6 and V-8 engines to be quite cheerful. When we have the opportunity to test drive the new Grand Cherokee on our test track, we will update this story with results. At the end of the performance spectrum, we expect Jeep to continue to deliver high performance. SRT other Trackhawk models, but we review them separately.

    Fuel economy and MPG in the real world

    Fuel economy estimates for the V-6-powered Grand Cherokee are typical for the midsize SUV segment with 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when combined with rear-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive reduces each of those estimates by 1 mpg; the V-8 model is rated for 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The plug-in hybrid 4xe should offer better fuel economy, but the EPA has yet to release estimates for that model. The 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain models come with a 14.0 kWh battery pack and a 134-hp electric motor that allows the Grand Cherokee to go up to 25 miles per charge. Jeep boasts that the Grand Cherokee with the 4xe powertrain completed the famous Rubicon Trail entirely in its EV driving mode. For more information on the fuel economy of the Grand Cherokee, visit the EPA website.

    Interior, comfort and cargo

    A completely modernized cabin replaces the somewhat dated interior of the outgoing Grand Cherokee. While the entry-level Laredo models offer the essentials, the plush Summit and Overland trims will add luxuries like quilted leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and high-tech digital displays. The Grand Cherokee is strictly a two-row SUV, but buyers looking for a third row can upgrade to the Grand Cherokee L, which we review separately. We haven’t had a chance to test the new Grand Cherokee yet, but we hope it will fit more carry-on bags than the previous generation model.

    Infotainment and connectivity

    Floating just above the surface of the Grand Cherokee’s dash is an 8.4- or 10.1-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay satellite radio, Android Auto, and SiriusXM. In-dash navigation with real-time weather and traffic updates is optional, and higher-end models can be had with a cluster of digital gauges, a 10.0-inch head-up display, and another 10.3-inch screen built into the dash for use by the front seat passenger. While the Laredo and Limited models ship with a standard six-speaker stereo, buyers can upgrade to an Alpine nine-speaker audio setup or a high-end 19-speaker McIntosh arrangement.

    Driver assistance and safety features

    Driver assistance features such as pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and semi-autonomous driving modes are increasingly important to buyers, and Jeep offers a more comprehensive set of standard safety technology to meet that demand. For more information on the Grand Cherokee crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:

    • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    • Standard Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist
    • Adaptive cruise control standard

      Warranty and maintenance coverage

      One of the few things that hasn’t changed with the 2022 Grand Cherokee will be its standard warranty package. Rivals like the Telluride and the Hyundai santa fe Both offer longer terms here, but Jeep’s warranty lines up with most other rivals, including the Chevrolet blazer and the Ford Edge.

      • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
      • Three years of free scheduled maintenance included

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