2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve climbs to luxurious heights

Grand gets new meaning with the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. With its first complete redesign since 2011, the Grand Cherokee becomes more of everything: it’s bigger, more capable, more technologically advanced, more efficient with the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant and more than anything else, it’s more luxurious.

And more expensive of course. The base model of Laredo starts at around $ 40,000, which is $ 6,000 more than last year’s starting point, but my Summit Reserve tops new peaks with a price of $ 73,000. Such a wide spread reflects how Jeep still caters to its base while striving for a piece of the luxurious red velvet cake.

That’s one reason why the redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee got a boost TCC rating of 7.2 out of 10and returned to his familiar place as ours Best SUV to buy in 2022.

Like life, however, it is not perfect. During my test week, it struck several major notes, but it also struck in some places.

Hit: “Is it a Land Rover?”

No. But when I tried to understand why my friend would say something like that, it gave me insight into the new look of a vehicle that has long been the benchmark for SUV design despite its unibody design. I pulled up to her at a stop, so she might not see the classic Jeep grille with seven shutters slender down on a more blunt, vertical surface. Maybe it was the glossy black roof over the Silver Zynith body, or the clean body panels with the narrowest character line that went through the door handles. It was probably the quilted Palermo leather and wood fiber line that popped from the luxurious cabin. Anyway, she was not the only one who did not think it was a jeep.

Miss: It’s bigger

The new Grand Cherokee is 3.4 inches longer, 1.6 inches taller, 1.0 inch wider, but the Summit Reserve 4×4 lost with its 4,784 pounds more than 200 pounds from its similarly equipped predecessor. Still, the new Grand Cherokee with room for five rides is as soft as a typical three-wheeled SUV, although the three-wheeled Grand Cherokee L is much softer. Jeep compensates for the larger dimensions of the Grand Cherokee with MacPherson struts at the front and a more robust five-link independent rear suspension, as well as air springs that can increase ground clearance from 8.4 inches to 11.3 inches for off-road driving. I did not ride terrain (check out ours partners take on it at The Motor Authority), but on the sidewalk, the system automatically adjusts the shock adjustment for a smoother, smoother ride. The driver can override it with five different height settings, or use the five driving mode settings (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud / Sand) that are easily accessible with the center console. In Auto mode, the large SUV leans into corners and bends on the road, but it suffocates road errors and insulates the cabin from road and wind noise. The sport mode lowers the air suspension, but it can not overcome the physics.

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Match: It’s bigger

The increased proportions make it much larger on the inside, which confirms that especially in the Summit Reserve classes, this terrain hero was built for comfort as much as ability. In that sense, it’s like a Land Rover. The front has more shoulder and leg room, and the extra width gives rear riders a little more space, although I would not try to fit a third adult in the middle for anything more than a local ride. Still, passenger and cargo volume is increasing, by 37.7 cubic feet with 60/40 split rear seats up; fold them down manually (power-fold is not an option, not even on the Summit Reserve) and it grows to 70.8 cubic feet, which is less than four feet shy of a seven-seater Land Rover Discovery.

Match: Seating comfort

If kings Shakespeare said worried is the head that wears the crown; of luxury cars Bill the Bard may have said that the backs that pay for luxury are easy. The front and rear seats on the Summit Reserve are heated and cooled, and soft quilted leather at the front complements massagers with a range of cooling settings. The massage button on the door panel could not be easier to reach, leading to frequent and welcome kneading.

Miss: Carryover powertrains, with one exception

The basic 3.6-liter V-6 and the available 5.7-liter V-8 are transferred from the latest generation, and they are very powerful for everything from towing to off-road driving to rushing. The stunning 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque in the Summit Reserves V-8 help it pull 7,200 lb and darken seven seconds in a 0-60 mph sprint, with all the American thunder you’d expect from a V-8.

But we live in fuel- and emission-conscious times, and the V-8 with 4WD is rated at 17 mpg combined. Jeep fat V-8’s time is almost overand then 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug hybrid makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft, while carrying EPA values ​​of 23 mpg combined and 56 mpg combined with electric power, there is no other reason than nostalgia for the V-8.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

Hit: Spearhead cabin

Jeep is all-in on all screens. A 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster is the most useful and projects up to five easy-to-see washers, ranging from trip meters to terrain meters to driver assistance functions, of which there are many. A 10.1-inch touch screen with the latest infotainment system Uconnect sits in the middle and is still easy to use even when Jeep deepens its functionality. The front passenger gets its own 10.3-inch touch screen for navigation and entertainment, or to clash with the driver, who is shielded from view. My tester had the $ 1,995 Rear Seat Video Group with dual backrest monitors with Amazon Fire TV compatibility. There are many screens, but it does not overwhelm like Mercedes or Cadillac’s massive wall-to-wall screens. Also, the cabin is a lovely place to be, but I would skip the Tupelo upholstery paint because it washes away the wood streak.

Miss: $ 1,795 destination fee

While most mandatory destination fees – these slippery additions car manufacturers add to deliver cars to dealers without having to include them in marketing – hover in the $ 995- $ 1,295 range, even for cars imported from Germany, Japan or Korea. Jeep and Ford consistently flirt with $ 2,000. The 2022 Grand Cherokee comes all the way from Detroit via what? Plan, train, truck, dirigible, derring-do? I would pick it up directly from the factory if I could.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve scales luxury levels, but is not priced as high as luxury full-boat SUVs from Germany or the UK. It retains its rugged American individualism and a V-8 for the time being. Wherever Jeep is heading with the Grand brand, the Grand Cherokee’s toughest, most direct competition comes from within.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4×4

Base price: $ 39,185, including $ 1,795 destination for Laredo base

Price as tested: $ 73 085

Driveline: 357 hp 5.7-liter V-8 with an 8-speed manual and 4WD

EPA fuel economy: 14/22/17 mpg

The hits: Luxurious features, sumptuous finish, easy off-road driving, bigger and bolder

Missarna: Expensive, boat-like, outrageous destination fee

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