Jeep Grand Cherokee Review


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When you think of serious off-roading, the Jeep Wrangler probably comes to mind. 

But Wrangler’s cousin, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, holds its own on tough terrain, has more refined manners on pavement and offers a plush interior on higher trim levels.

The Grand Cherokee ranked No. 8 on the top 10 best-selling cars in the U.S. for 2021, with 264,444 units sold, according to Car and Driver. Sales were up 26 percent last year over 2020.

That means the Grand Cherokee has a lot of fans who love this off-roader available in several different trims to suit whatever adventures they have in mind.

Pros of the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • Spacious

  • Powerful engines

  • One of the best off-roaders in midsize SUV segment

  • User-friendly infotainment system
     

Despite its bestseller status, the Grand Cherokee also has its drawbacks.
 

Cons of the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • Poor fuel economy

  • Less cargo space than rivals

  • Firm ride

Let’s take a closer look at pricing, performance, reliability, fuel economy and more to help you decide if a used Jeep Grand Cherokee is right for you.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Price

Latest 2022 version: From $38,325 

Used version (2019-2021): Can range from about $27,000 to $88,445, depending on trim level

This Jeep has one of the highest starting prices in its class, higher than those of rivals like the Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride.  But many Jeep fans are willing to pay a higher price for the Grand Cherokee’s off-roading aptitude and other features.

Performance

Many SUVs in this class start with a 4-cylinder engine, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee base model has a 3.6-liter V6 with 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Available are three V8 engines: a 5.7-liter with 360 horsepower; 6.4-liter with 475 horsepower; and a supercharged 6.2-liter with 707 horsepower, the same engine as the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger Hellcat models.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with 4-wheel drive available. Towing capacity for the 2020 and 2021 models is 3,500-7,200 pounds. U.S. News and World Report says ride quality on regular road surfaces is “livable,” but there are smoother-riding SUVs in the segment.

If you love playing in the dirt, consider the 2021 Trailhawk model, which comes with a two-speed transfer case, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, hill-descent control, Kevlar-reinforced tires, and the Quadra-Lift air suspension that provides additional ground clearance for off-roading.

Reliability

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a predicted reliability score of 83 and the 2021 model an 84 out of 100, according to J.D. Power. 

A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

The trusted non-profit Consumer Reports gave the 2021 and 2019 Grand Jeep Cherokee a 3 out of 5 reliability rating, and a 4 out of 5 for the 2020 model, based on its owner surveys.

Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee the highest rating of Good in four crash tests, the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver's side small overlap front test, and the lowest rating of Poor in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee an overall safety rating of five out of five stars for four-wheel-drive models and four out of five stars for two-wheel-drive models. Both models earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash test. The four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee earned four stars in the rollover test, while the two-wheel-drive model received only three stars. 

These are low safety scores for the class.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with these advanced driver-assist features: 

  • Rearview camera

  • Rear parking sensors

  • Blind spot monitoring

  • Rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning

  • Automatic emergency braking

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Lane departure warning

  • Lane keep assist

  • Hands-free park assist

  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Fuel Economy

The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy for used models has been described as “subpar” for its segment. 2020 and 2021 models get 11-19 mpg in the city and 17-26 mpg on the highway, depending on engine type. For 2019 models, mpg is 11-21 city and 17-28 highway.

Fuel efficiency has improved for the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, to 14-19 mpg city and 22-26 highway, depending on engine. U.S. News and World Report says this is average for the class. 

Cargo Space and Interior

The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s cabin is a mix of utility and comfort, and nearly rivals a luxury SUV’s on higher trims. Available upgrades iclude leather upholstery, power adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, heated front and back seats and heated steering wheel.

The interior features comfortable, cushioned seats and ample headroom and legroom for five adults. Cargo area is small for the class, with 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and 68.3 cubic feet behind the front seats. This is less space than competitors such as the Honda Passport and Toyota Highlander.

Need more space? The Jeep Grand Cherokee L launched in 2021, adding a third row of seats.

Infotainment and Technology

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with what’s considered one of the best infotainment systems on the market, Uconnect. It’s easy to use and includes “crisp graphics, fast responses and handy physical controls,” according to U.S. News and World Report.

For 2020 models, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay are standard. You can upgrade to an 8.4-inch touch screen, two more USB ports, navigation, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, HD Radio and a stereo with nine or 19 speakers

Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control. Add-on options like proximity keyless entry, remote start and a single-pane or dual-pane sunroof are also available.

Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Car?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s fuel efficiency and safety scores are lower than competitors, and its price tag is higher. But there are lots of trim levels and options to suit your adventures, so if you’re looking for a good off-roader with capacity to tow a boat or camper, plenty of room for a family of four or five, a nice cabin and intuitive infotainment system, you’ll probably find that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good car for you. 

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