Fuel efficiency on steroids, but the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV also has some drawbacks

For 2022, Jeep took to announcing a new Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV model, which offers more cons than it does pros. It is the manufacturer’s first-ever plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee, which is incredibly fuel-efficient and cost-effective. Likewise, it offers something for those who want to take a step into the world of driving sustainability in a big and bold car. However, there are many disadvantages to be aware of.


The drivetrain in the Grand Cherokee 4xe lacks juice, especially for long drives. Also, the overall performance is not as impressive as many might hope for. Therefore, it seems that the sudden leap into the world of sustainability was not quite right (yet anyway) for Grand Cherokee SUV models

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe.

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Some benefits of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV

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Because the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe is a plug-in hybrid, it is more fuel efficient than any other Grand Cherokee on the market. It claims to offer 26 miles of EV range, which isn’t too impressive. But what will impress many people is its efficiency statistics. The 2022 model of the Grand Cherokee 4xe has an EPA rating of 56 MPGe, which is slightly better than the Wrangler’s 49 MPGe, which is its closest competitor.

However, if you compare it to another of its competitors, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the efficiency rating doesn’t look as good. The Santa Fe delivers 76 MPGe or 33 MPG. In addition, it can also offer 31 miles of electric range.

Still, the 2022 model offers another advantage, which is its 6,000-pound towing capacity. Among other PHEVs, the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe is second, with first being the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid’s 7,716-pound limit.

Some Cons of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe interior
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Aside from some advantages, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe has many disadvantages to answer for. First, the 2022 model uses the same powertrain as its brand sibling, the Jeep Wrangler. Half consists of a 270-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, while the other half is a belt-driven 44-horsepower engine plus a 134-horsepower electric motor. Both engines replace the torque converter eight-speed automatic transmission of previous Grand Cherokee models.

While this setup sounds perfect, it’s not polished. These power figures are impressive, but only until the juice runs out and the 14.0 kWh lithium-ion battery has to either take over or at least contribute. Therefore, the current cannot be sustained for a long period of time.

Also, the performance isn’t exactly amazing either. After pressing the gas pedal to the floor, it may take some time before much movement begins. This can be very frustrating, especially if the driver is relying on the SUV to navigate tricky terrain. Or even hoping to get away from the red light as soon as it turns green.

Should the driver want to get away quickly, or drive for long periods, the Grand Cherokee 4x’s gas engine always seems to want to outshine the battery motors. This can hinder the idea that the SUV is a plug-in hybrid, which can deter long-term customers.

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The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x’s Biggest Drawback

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe model
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Apart from having problems with performance and lack of power from the engines, the main problem lies with the mileage from the EV part of the car. The electric car range alone is only 26 miles. If someone’s commute was 15 miles there and 15 miles back, then that would mean the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe couldn’t offer the full experience. Therefore, the customer would have to remember to charge the car vigilantly every day to maintain its EV power and utility.

The worst would be to drive somewhere without packing a charger. Frustration would run high if a driver were stranded on vacation, or even at an event, unable to get home.

Although the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe model is fuel-efficient and quite powerful, it is not an all-out large plug-in hybrid SUV. Yes, it can save money, but only on the gas bill. The electricity bill will skyrocket because the customer will have to charge it every day they use it. Also, the new plug-in hybrid version of the Grand Cherokee is simply not reliable. It would be devastating to forget to charge the car before work or not to pack the charger before a long drive.

In conclusion, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe turns out to lack a lot of things. If it wasn’t a top performer, but everything was in check, it could make a big step into the PHEV world. But the lack of reliability and performance are two important things that customers look for, which this model lacks.

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