Keeping new cars attractive to consumers requires periodic updates. But not all redesigns work. Sometimes changes lead to unintended reliability problems. Other times, bold styling changes are a flop with buyers. But luckily for Jeep, the brand has hit the mark with the redesigned two-row 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Here are three areas where this midsize crossover SUV excels, according to Consumer Reports.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts smooth powertrains
It’s hard to imagine a Jeep buyer for whom performance isn’t important. And the new Grand Cherokee prioritizes performance with several options that give potential buyers the perfect powertrain for their needs.
The base model includes a 293-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine that can tow up to 6,200 pounds. But you can also opt for a 357-hp 5.7-liter V8 that can tow 7,200 pounds. There’s even a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant that generates 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque while towing three tons. In addition, Jeep offers three all-wheel drive systems in addition to standard rear-wheel drive.
These figures are competitive in the mid-size SUV segment. But beyond the numbers, you might be wondering how this midsize crossover handles. According to Consumer Reports, whose reviewers recently took an in-depth look at the new Grand Cherokee, the SUV fares well. They noted that the powertrain runs smoothly, with minimal engine noise.
Additionally, new enhancements, such as front and rear independent suspensions, help the 2022 Grand Cherokee handle rough surfaces without drivers feeling every bump or hearing every tire squeal. An optional air suspension can raise the vehicle as high as 11.13 inches (2.73 inches higher than the previous edition) to handle even rockier terrain.
Consumer Reports likes the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s quiet interior
Even given the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s rugged powertrain options, drivers will hear minimal noise even at highway speeds. That’s no small feat in a segment known for roaring engines that often require passengers to speak louder or turn up the sound system to compensate.
Jeep has also made an effort to reduce the noise that seeps into the cabin, especially from wind and road. In fact, the Grand Cherokee comes with the aptly named Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), an in-vehicle system that removes wind, tire and engine noise. ANC monitors the vehicle for specific sound frequencies and levels and then plays an inverted frequency that reduces or removes the noise you would otherwise hear.
This system, along with acoustic glass in the windshield and windows, helps keep the Jeep Grand Cherokee only as noisy as your passengers or the sound system.
There is plenty of room for people, storage and cargo
In addition to boasting smooth performance and a quiet cabin, the new Grand Cherokee treats riders to more space. The 2022 model is larger than its predecessors, with a wheelbase that is 3.5 inches longer and a height that is two inches higher. That translates to plenty of space and legroom in the front and back rows. According to Edmunds, front-seat passengers get 39.9 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom, while rear drivers get 39.4 and 38.2 inches, respectively.
There’s also a Grand Cherokee L model with three rows of seating instead of two, but it also offers plenty of room for passengers to stretch out wherever they sit.
The Grand Cherokee also provides 37.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row and 70.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These dimensions don’t make the Grand Cherokee a top performer in the segment, but they outpace the Chevy Trailblazer, Toyota Venza and other two-row midsize crossovers.
Consumer Reports found several other things to like about the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee, including fresh exterior styling, entertainment for front and rear passengers through 10.25-inch and 10.1-inch touchscreens, and many off-road configurations sure to please adventure seekers.
And while sales data over the next few years will show whether Jeep’s redesign was a win, preliminary indications are that it was worth the risk.
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