The Jeep Grand Cherokee first rolled off the production line in 1992, and the 2022 model proves why this SUV has thrived for three decades when other vehicles have gone the way of the dinosaurs. The Grand Cherokee has all the features that Jeep lovers love, looks tough and now has some much needed technology. While Consumer Reports doesn’t like two things about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, neither is a dealbreaker.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a long stopping distance
Brakes are one of the car features most consumers care less about than conveniences like Apple CarPlay and heated seats. But braking power is one of the most important aspects of a vehicle.
The brakes were one of two features Consumer Reports took issue with when they test drove a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Michelin Primacy XC size 265/60R18 110H tires. It’s not because the brakes didn’t work. It’s that it took longer than should be necessary to bring the SUV to a complete stop.
This is a crucial feature to have, as it can easily put you and others at risk if your vehicle takes too long to stop. It could mean the difference between a startled pedestrian and a trip to the hospital.
Fortunately, the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s brakes don’t take so long to stop the vehicle that it’s dangerous. It scored in the middle of the pack among SUVs CR has tested.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has ‘strangely designed’ controls
These days, it’s common to have a learning curve for new controls. Whether it’s on a new TV, computer, or car, technology is advancing rapidly, which means you have to learn or relearn a few things.
But most manufacturers follow trends that make the controls more user-friendly and intuitive. But Consumer Reports calls the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s controls “strangely designed.” It also gave the SUV an average rating in the “Usability” category, CR’s “expert assessment of the clarity, intuitiveness, placement and ease of use” of interior controls. Consumer Reports did not elaborate on the issue but promised a more detailed road test report soon.
Consumer Reports mentions very positively
One of the best new features of the 2022 Grand Cherokee compared to previous models is that it is wider and longer. In fact, it’s now 3.5 inches longer and 2 inches taller. That means more room for luggage and gear when you head out on summer adventures.
The infotainment screen has also grown. It is now available with a diameter of 8.4 inches or 10.1 inches. It’s part of the Uconnect 5 system, which has received high praise from some reviewers.
What’s more, CR says the driving experience is a pleasure, and Jeep designed several trim levels with off-roaders in mind. But the SUV still provides a decent ride on paved roads, which cannot be said for the Wrangler.
In addition, the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s powertrain runs smoothly, whether you choose the V6 engine or upgrade to the V8. There’s also a plug-in hybrid for eco-conscious buyers who don’t want to go all-electric just yet.
Although some Jeep models receive criticism for wind and road noise in the cabin, the Grand Cherokee does not fall into this trap. The interior is quiet enough, although you probably won’t be able to hear a pin drop. That’s because Jeep has taken care to make the interior spacious and comfortable. Passengers even get infotainment screens to keep them entertained on the journey, a boon for anyone transporting children.
So, is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee the perfect vehicle? No. But it’s close.
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