Our initial reaction to Jeep adding the third row to the Grand Cherokee was skepticism. Grand Cherokee established itself as a solid five-passenger SUV during its first four generations. With its unique style and on- and off-road abilities, it shows the competition what is possible. The last time Jeep dabbled with a three-row Grand Cherokee.
A stalwart Jeep lineup was prone to a few duds, including the Commander. With the return of Jeep’s three-row Wagoneer family of full-size, high-end SUVs, this was an odd timing move. We’ll get a look at the new platform for the first time in the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee.
Two-row models will arrive in 2022. Moreover, the corporate line indicates that three-row models came first. Customers demanded that. However, the cynic in us wondered whether it needed such attention.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Test
The Grand Cherokee L was available in three trim levels for testing, including the $53,815 Limited with the 3.6-liter V-6. It’s the volume model, the loaded V-6 Summit Reserve, for $65,930. A top-of-the-line Overland, which costs $67,655, has a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission were standard on all of them.
The chassis performed well in our tests, according to our Road Test Editor, Chris Walton. It is especially true of models powered by the V-6 engine. With a throttle, you can steer the car. We are understeering correctly by raising the throttle. Afterward, you can return to the throttle to rotate the wheel. It is a very odd feature for such a large SUV.
With a 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds, the Falcon flies past the 5,171-pound Summit. A full eight seconds need for the Summit. Furthermore, a quarter-mile run for the Limited took 15.5 seconds. A loaded Summit ran in 16.1 seconds. Ayapana noted that the Limited has plenty of power and its shifts are snappy.
Is It A V6 Or An 8?
We expected the Overland with its Hemi V-8 engine to be the fastest. Transporting it was a different matter entirely. In the quarter-mile, it took 14.6 seconds and 6.1 seconds to reach 60 mph. However, 139 feet is the most significant stopping distance of all three.
The larger, better tires helped too. Summit Reserves with V-6s did better in skidpad tests: 27.6 seconds at 0.61 g for the Summit Reserve. Steel-spring Limited was next at 27.9 seconds at 0.59 g. On the other hand, Overland, with its beefier body, took 28.2 seconds at 0.59 g.
The four-wheel-drive 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum has three rows of seating. The Jeep Limited weighs almost 400 pounds more. With 7.1 seconds to 60 mph, the V-6-powered duo was slightly faster. Their braking distance was the shortest at 114 feet.
Steel vs. Air Springs
Jeep Grand Cherokee L upper-trim models feature air suspension as the standard setup. Moreover, limited models have steel springs as standard. Adaptive dampers contribute to this as well. For a large vehicle, the Grand Cherokee L has reasonable body control, independent of the suspension.
The steering of the car is also not particularly natural. But it is responsive and precise. It is sometimes challenging to keep it centered with the lane-keep assist. Even without hands on the wheel, it runs for quite a while. A few steps remain until it becomes a fully hands-free advanced driver-assist system. Even down a hill, adaptive cruise control kept pace with the set speed.
Design of Grand Cherokee L
There are three possible configurations for the third row of the Grand Cherokee L. The first is a basic 6-passenger design that maximizes cabin flexibility. The other option is to choose the six-passenger model with a central console to ensure passenger comfort. With just a few simple moves, you can expand your cargo space from 17.2 to 84.6 cubic feet. So now you can explore South Phoenix to the fullest.
Grand Cherokee L Technology
Your Laveen travels might make the Jeep Grand Cherokee L interior convenient and functional. However, it is not short on luxury. Jeep offers the most safety and security features available in its class. Customers can choose between 110 options. Additionally, there is a wide range of entertainment and connectivity options available. In the latest Jeep, you’ll find the following technology features:
- Uconnect 5 – all-new features
- Apple CarPlay wireless technology
- 19 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer power the 950-watt McIntosh Sound System
- Rear-view monitor for the interior
- Rear-view digital mirror
- Automated cruise control
- Warnings for full-speed collisions
- Active Controls for Driving Assistance
- It’s not all
Performance, Engine, and Transmission
Jeep offers the three-row Grand Cherokee with two different engine options: a 290-hp V6 or a 357-hp V-8. Cabins are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Each engine comes with an automatic transmission. Customers who plan to tow heavily should specify the V-8.
In any case, the V-8 delivers more linear power delivery and produces a sonorous rumble. In contrast, the V-6 is more potent and less refined. It rides comfortably and handles well. The steering wheel had a nice weight, and the brake pedal was comfortable and very firm. Trackhawk models offer a high level of performance.
Jeep continues to be known for its off-road abilities. They base on the Grand Cherokee from the previous generation. Three different all-wheel-drive systems are available for the Grand Cherokee L. Additionally; an optional air suspension system can provide additional ground clearance.
Safety And Driver-assist Features
The Grand Cherokee of the previous generation was different. Driver-assistance technology has transformed into a new era. Some of the main safety features are:
- Pedestrian and cyclist detection with automatic emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist standard
- Adaptive cruise control as standard
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Maintenance And Warranty Coverage
There’s nothing special about the Jeep’s warranty. The powertrain warranty is backed by a ten-year warranty, while a five-year contract supports bumper-to-bumper coverage. In addition, all 2021 models are eligible for free maintenance for three years.
- It covers by a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty
- Maintenance is complimentary for three years
|Type of vehicle||Front-engined, Rear-wheel drive, Rear all-wheel drive, Six or seven passengers, Four-door wagon|
|Dimensions||Diameter of wheelbase: 121.7 in, 204.9% of the string has a length of 204.9 inches, 76.7 inches in width, 71.5 inches in height, The volume of passengers: 131 ft3, 17 cubic feet of cargo space, Average Curb Weight (C/D): 4550-5300 lbs|
|The Price||Based on Laredo at $38,690, Altitude at $41,890, Limited at $45,690, Overland at $54,690, Summit at $58,690|
|The Engines||3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6, 293 horsepower, 260 pound-feet, 5.7-liter pushrod 16-valve V-8, 357 horsepower, 390 pounds-feet|
|Average Performance (C/d)||6.4–6.7 seconds at 60 mph, 1/4-Mile: 15-16 seconds, 120 mph is the maximum speed|
|The Transmission||Automatic transmission with eight gears, Economy Of Fuel At Epa, A combined/city/highway fuel economy of 17–21/14–19/22–26 miles per gallon|