2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee review

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

Whether it has two or three lines, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the few authentic sports tools that is still offered at a lower price than premium. Its standard rear-wheel drive, V6 driveline can be upgraded with one of three four-wheel drive systems, a 5.7-liter V8 option and eventually a plug-in 4xe hybrid. An available air suspension guarantees smooth driving and extra ground clearance, especially on the more capable Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model.

While this capability helps it stand out in a bustling field of SUVs, the 2022 Grand Cherokee also impresses with its new, more luxurious cabin packed 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 capacity and market segments is just one more reason why Jeep’s breadwinners are so appealing.

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

What it’s like to drive | Prices and features | Crash rating 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 year model where both variants are completely new. The new Grand Cherokee is lighter, quieter and will soon be offered with a 4x plug-in hybrid driveline. The 2022 L gets some of the features that debuted with the redesigned two-row, especially including the front passenger entertainment screen.

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

Standard Grand Cherokee is offered with a nicely designed but low-function interior heavy on glossy black accents and smooth surfaces. A heated steering wheel and heated seats are available from the base model and upwards (with a package, of course) and high trim levels attract enough leather and features to make the Grand Cherokee a credible luxury car. The Tupelo interior of the Summit Reserve is on the verge of decadence.

Depending on how you choose to equip it, the Grand Cherokee extends from conventional technology to the gadget nerd’s dreamland. The Grand Cherokee base includes an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Android Auto wireless and Apple CarPlay coupled to a six-speaker audio system, which can be upgraded to a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and either an alpine or top-of-the-line 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 Summit Reserve and entertainment package for the back seat 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

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

How big is the 2022 Grand Cherokee?

The standard Grand Cherokee (above and below the left) has five seats and offers front passenger space that is almost identical to the Honda Passports but is a little tighter in the rear seat. 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 Honda, so we address the interior differences to the fact that the Grand Cherokee is designed around a rear-wheel drive driveline that places certain physical limitations on the height of the floor, especially at the rear. compartment.

The three-row Grand Cherokee L (above and below right) is more akin to a Ford Explorer, Kia Telluride or Honda Pilot. It is 10 inches in total length, most of which is dedicated to the third row. Despite this, it is the rearmost living in the smaller part compared to the other three-wheeled SUVs. At 17.7 cubes, its cargo space behind the third row fits neatly between the pilot (16.5 cubic feet) and Explorer (18.2 cubic feet). Telluride best both with more than 21 cubic feet available on the way back.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

What are Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy and performance specifications?

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

While the V6 gets average fuel economy for the segment (if a little lower than the previously mentioned Explorers), the V8 will cost you much 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 V6 regardless of whether you choose rear-wheel drive (standard) or four-wheel drive (optional). Jump up to V8 and you watch 14/22/17, but with 4WD is your only option.

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

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

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

How is the Grand Cherokee to drive?

The standard Grand Cherokee is 200 pounds lighter than the latest generation model and Jeep designed it for a lower center of gravity, which improved road and driving characteristics. The sportiest setting of the available air suspension lowers the Grand Cherokee lower on the road and makes up for the curves so that it feels almost cheap. The seats are also comfortable and offer robust adjustment in higher upholstery. Both currently available motors are transmission 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 extra traction of a rear differential with limited slip. It also borrows some serious hardware from the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: the disconnection of the electronic anti-roll bar, which provides improved suspension over tougher terrain. Please note that the Trailhawk is only available as a two-row.

What other reviews of the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 can I read?

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive Review

It will be more technical than L for now, and a Trailhawk to start.

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

The brand becomes exclusive as it adds a third line to its capable family SUV.

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

The passenger screen is pretty good as a stunt

How much does the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 cost 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 the basic Uconnect 5, a sound system with six speakers, six USB charging ports and synthetic leather details on the cabin’s main contact points (steering wheel, etc.). Climb the trim steps and you will find several options for throwing the cabin in increasingly attractive leather and wood.

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

Note that Jeep is also simultaneously selling the previous generation Grand Cherokee for 2022, but it is specified as Grand Cherokee WK. We do not address it in this review, but are in practice 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:

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

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

Standard safety equipment includes frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian / cyclist detection, lane keeping assistance, lane change warning, rear cross traffic warning, blind spot and adaptive cruise control with stop + drive function. Available options include a drowsiness warning system for the driver, a cross-traffic warning system in front, a night-vision system with pedestrian / animal detection, parking assistance (both parallel and perpendicular) and a 360-degree camera system.

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