2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review | Longer, better, faster, nicer

The Wrangler may be Jeep’s iconic 4×4, but the Grand Cherokee has actually been the brand’s best seller. This despite the fact that more than a decade has passed since its last redesign. People like the thing, and they’re sure to like it even more because this midsize, premium-oriented SUV was completely redesigned for ’22. We actually got a preview of it with the first-ever three-row Grand Cherokee L introduced last year, as both share the same general updates with a few exceptions.

Whether two-row or three-row, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the few authentic sport utility vehicles still offered at a less-than-premium price. Its standard rear-wheel drive, V6 powertrain can be upgraded with one of three all-wheel drive systems, a 5.7-liter V8 option, and eventually a plug-in 4xe hybrid. An available air suspension ensures a smooth ride and extra ground clearance, especially on the more capable Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model.

While this ability helps it stand out in a crowded field of SUVs, the 2022 Grand Cherokee also impresses with its new, more luxurious cabin filled with the latest technology. While a base Laredo can compete with a Honda Passport, a Grand Cherokee Summit is a true luxury vehicle. This range of capabilities and market segments is just one more reason why Jeep’s breadwinner is so appealing.

Interior & Technology | Passenger and cargo space | Performance and fuel economy

What it’s like to drive | Pricing and Features | Crash ratings and safety features

What’s new for 2022?

In a word, everything. While the three-row model was introduced as a 2021, this is the first model year where both variants are all-new. The new Grand Cherokee is lighter, quieter and will soon be offered with a 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. The 2022 L gets some of the features that debuted with the redesigned two-row, most notably including the front passenger entertainment screen.

What does the Grand Cherokee’s interior and in-car technology look like?

The standard Grand Cherokee is offered with a nicely designed but low-functioning interior heavy on gloss black accents and smooth surfaces. A heated steering wheel and heated seats are available from the base model up (with a package, of course) and high trim levels add enough leather and niceties to make the Grand Cherokee a credible luxury car. The Tupelo interior of Summit Reserve is borderline decadent.

Depending on how you choose to equip it, the Grand Cherokee ranges from conventionally technical to gadget geek’s dreamland. The base Grand Cherokee includes the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connected to a six-speaker sound system, which can be upgraded to a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and either an Alpine or Top Sound McIntosh audio system. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB A and USB Type-C, and HDMI inputs for personal devices.

An L model loaded with the Summit Reserve and rear-seat entertainment package will offer more USB ports than most owners could use at once (feel free to prove us wrong). A 10.25-inch infotainment screen on the passenger side offers entertainment and comfort options for front-row passengers without tempting the driver with distraction.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

How big is the 2022 Grand Cherokee?

The standard Grand Cherokee (above and below left) seats five and offers front passenger space that is nearly identical to Honda Passports but is a little tighter in the back. The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo space is also slightly smaller (37.7 cubic feet versus 41.2). Overall, the Jeep is a larger vehicle than the Honda, so we chalk up the interior differences to the fact that the Grand Cherokee is designed around a rear-wheel-drive powertrain that imposes some physical limitations on floor height, especially in the rear. compartment.

The three-row Grand Cherokee L (above and below right) is more akin to the Ford Explorer, Kia Telluride or Honda Pilot. It gains 10 inches in overall length, most of which is dedicated to the third row. Even so, its rear accommodation is on the smaller side compared to the other three-row SUVs. At 17.7 cubic feet, its cargo space behind the third row fits neatly between the Pilot (16.5 cubic feet) and the Explorer (18.2 cubic feet). Telluride bests both with more than 21 cubic feet available on the way back.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

What are the Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy and performance specs?

The 2022 Grand Cherokee is currently available with a 293-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and 357-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. Both are on par with the Ford Explorer, which offers 300 hp from a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or 365 from its boosted V6. Jeep’s previously available diesel appears to be dead for good (thanks to emissions regulations for it) and the 6.4 and supercharged 6.2-liter V8s previously offered in the SRT and Trackhawk models, respectively, are also missing from the new lineup.

While the V6 gets average fuel economy for the segment (if a bit lower than the aforementioned Explorers), the V8 will cost you a lot more at the pump, especially compared to Ford’s turbocharged V6.

The two-row model is rated at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined with the V6 whether you choose rear-wheel drive (standard) or all-wheel drive (optional). Jump up to the V8 and you’re looking at 14/22/17, but with 4WD is your only option.

In an L with 2WD, the 3.6-liter V6 is rated at 19/26/21. Adding 4WD drops it to 18/25/21. The V8 is again only mated to 4WD, so you get 14/22/17 no matter what.

A plug-in model built around Jeep’s new 4xe powertrain will arrive in 2022. It’s expected to match the V8’s power (and its weight, we’re sure) while delivering much better fuel economy and offering dedicated all-electric capability, albeit with limited range (probably less than 25 miles).

Being the American 4×4 brand, Jeep offers three named 4WD systems for the Grand Cherokee, although two of them are mechanically very similar. The one offered on the Laredo and Limited is a single-speed unit (Quadra-Trac I) that behaves much like standard four-wheel drive systems, distributing torque to the front and rear axles according to conditions. A more traditional all-wheel-drive system (Quadra-Trac II) with a two-speed transmission and therefore a Low mode for hill-crawling is standard on the Trailhawk and optional on the Summit and Overland. An electronic limited-slip differential is added to it in the Trailhawk and Summit, and is an optional extra on the Overland. Jeep markets this version as the Quadra-Drive II.

How is the Grand Cherokee to drive?

The standard Grand Cherokee is 200 pounds lighter than the last-generation model, and Jeep engineered it for a lower center of gravity, improving handling and handling. The sportiest setting of the air suspension available lowers the Grand Cherokee to the road and tightens up the corners so that it feels almost car-like. The seats are similarly comfortable and offer robust adjustment in higher trims. Both of the currently available engines are transfer units that offer competent but relatively uninspiring performance.

The off-road Trailhawk model gets additional ground clearance thanks to its unique air suspension calibration along with the added traction of a limited-slip rear differential. It also borrows some serious hardware from the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: the electronic anti-roll bar disconnect that provides improved suspension travel over rougher terrain. Note that the Trailhawk is only available as a two-row.

What other 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews can I read?

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive Review

It’ll be more technical than the L for now, and a Trailhawk to boot.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Drive Review | Jeep, elevated (and elongated)

The brand goes exclusive as it adds a third row to its capable family SUV.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Passenger Touchscreen Review | Co-pilot’s joy

The passenger screen is pretty good as a gimmick

How much is the price of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and what features are available?

The two-row Grand Cherokee Laredo 2WD starts at $39,580 and comes with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Standard equipment includes basic Uconnect 5, a six-speaker audio system, six USB charging ports, and synthetic leather trim on the cabin’s main touch points (steering wheel, etc.). Climb the trim ladder and you’ll find several options to dress up the cabin in ever nicer leather and wood.

Here are trim breakdowns and starting prices for the 2022 Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L. All figures are based on 2WD (upgrading to 4WD typically costs around $2,000) unless otherwise noted and include $1,795 destination.

Note that Jeep is also simultaneously selling the previous-generation Grand Cherokee for 2022, but it’s specified as the Grand Cherokee WK. We won’t cover it in this review, but is practically what was sold last year.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • Laredo – $39,580.00
  • Height – $43,740.00
  • Limited – $45,900.00
  • Trailhawk (4WD only) – $53,465.00
  • Overland – $55,495.00
  • Summit – $59,555.00
  • Summit Reserve (4WD only) – $65,555.00

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L:

  • Laredo – $41,015.00
  • Height – $42,575.00
  • Limited – $46,545.00
  • Overland – $57,430.00
  • Summit – $59,695.00
  • Summit Reserve – $66,190.00

What are the Grand Cherokee’s safety classes and driver assistance features?

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has not yet been crash tested by a third party.

Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot and adaptive cruise control with stop + go function. Available options include a driver drowsiness warning system, a forward cross-traffic alert system, a night vision system with pedestrian/animal detection, park assist (both parallel and perpendicular) and a 360-degree camera system.

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