Is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee better than its competitors? Find out here

The Jeep The Grand Cherokee was first introduced in 1992, and since then it has established itself as a firm favorite with everyone from families to off-road enthusiasts. The latest WL generation Grand Cherokee was first introduced in 2021 in three-row “L” guise, but for 2022 all GC variants are now supported by this new architecture. The car does a good job of living up to Jeep’s reputation, but the midsize SUV segment is now more competitive than ever. Can the Grand Cherokee compete with its many rivals?


RELATED: These are the 10 best Jeep Wrangler models ever produced

The short answer is yes, although it is not without its flaws. GC’s trim selection is now more extensive than ever, but there are some pitfalls hidden in its lineup that buyers would do well to avoid. That said, this is still very much a top-of-the-line Jeep, one that manages to balance rugged off-road ability and practical family hauling better than pretty much anything else in its segment. To find out exactly how it does it, let’s take a closer look at each key feature of the car.

8/8 Force

Via Stellantis

There is a choice of three powertrains available for the 2022 Grand Cherokee, two that will be immediately familiar and one that is a new addition. The first two are a 3.6L V6 and a 5.7L Hemi V8 carried over from the last generation car, so no surprises there.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 Hybrid Charge
Via Stellantis

The third option is a hybrid setup that combines a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total output of 375 hp. While most buyers will want their Jeeps with 4WD or AWD, the base Grand Cherokee will actually only come with RWD as standard, although all-wheel drive will be optional on all trims.

7/8 Management

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 overland
Via Stellantis

Finding the balance between refined on-road handling and rugged off-road capability is no easy task, but Jeep has decades of expertise here. The Grand Cherokee is just as firm and predictable on the highway as any other midsize SUV, but it makes more power than any of them on a rough trail.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 overland rear
Via Stellantis

It’s not like the GC is going to blow anyone’s socks off in terms of driving experience, at least not unless we’re talking about the insane Trackhawk, which requires a separate review of its own. But razor-sharp handling isn’t really the point of an SUV like this, and for everyday commutes and grocery runs, the Grand Cherokee is as competent as anything in the segment.

6/8 Interior

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 interior
Via Stellantis

One of the biggest flaws with the previous generation of the car was its interior, as it felt dated and cheap, especially considering its premium price tag. With the new WL generation, Jeep has stepped up its game and finally provided a cabin that is competitive with other similarly priced SUVs.

RELATED: Here are the best European SUV interiors of 2022

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 interior
Via Stellantis

Especially in higher trims, the Grand Cherokee now feels downright luxurious, with quilted leather seats and real wood trim available on Overland and Summit models. The base models still feel comfortable, but for those with the cash, the higher-spec cabins are noticeably plusher.

5/8 Place

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 rear seats
Via Stellantis

The Grand Cherokee is fairly roomy for its segment, with cargo space totaling 37.7 cubic feet with the second row of seats up and 70.8 with them down. In the three-row L-shape, even more, space is offered, although other rivals offer more space for less money.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 trunk
Via Stellantis

It’s not the best value for money on a pure space-to-price basis, but the Grand Cherokee is still one of the roomiest SUVs overall for its size and offers more than enough cargo capacity for most families. Anyone looking for significantly more space will probably have to start looking at full-size SUVs to find it.

4/8 Technology

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 side profile
Via Stellantis

Another improvement for 2022 is that Jeep has revamped the Grand Cherokee’s infotainment with the new generation. There’s now a dual-screen rear-seat passenger entertainment system that comes with Amazon FireTV on upscale Grand Cherokee L trims. Full-size Grand Cherokees also see improvements, with Jeep’s latest infotainment suite and an optional 19-speaker Mackintosh audio system.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee on the road
Via Stellantis

There’s also a Level 2 autonomous package promised to buyers, which should offer some degree of self-driving capability. Reports suggest that many of its features will be limited to major highways, and it’s not clear exactly what self-driving features will be offered yet.

3/8 Towing

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 silver
Via Stellantis

Grand Cherokee towing capacity varies significantly by powertrain, with hybrid models only able to tow 6,000 lb. Swap in a V6 and that number rises to 6,200 lb, but anyone wanting maximum towing capacity will need to spec the Hemi V8, which can handle 7,200 lb.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 on a winding road
Via Stellantis

That’s pretty much the top of the class for a midsize SUV, with the Chevy Blazer only able to tow 4,500 pounds and the Ford Edge doing even worse with a maximum capacity of 3,500 pounds. Really, to find an SUV with better towing capacity than the Grand Cherokee, buyers will have to look to the full-size Wagoneer, which costs a significant premium over most GC trims.

2/8 Economy

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 Trailhawk
Via Stellantis

The petrol variants of the Jeep are largely typical of other mid-size SUVs in terms of their efficiency. The V6 is rated at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, while the V8 is a bit thirstier at 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. Adding the optional all-wheel drive drops those ratings by 1 mpg each.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 silver
Via Stellantis

The hybrid is expected to be much more efficient than either of the two gasoline options, though it hasn’t received an official EPA rating yet. Jeeps and electrification may seem like an unlikely pairing, but with emissions regulations getting stricter every year, the hybrid version is a glimpse of what Jeep’s entire lineup will look like in the near future.

1/8 Award

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 driving
Via Stellantis

The Grand Cherokee is subject to what some call the “Jeep tax,” meaning it commands a premium over other cars in its segment. Its starting price is $40,120, which puts it well above rivals like the Kia Telluride and Chevy Blazer, which start at $34,345 and $34,595, respectively.

RELATED: These are the best luxury SUVs of 2022

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 three trim comparison
Via Stellantis

Opting for a top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee will nearly double the base price, with the Summit Reserve hybrid costing $76,095. That pushes it into full-on luxury SUV territory, with a base Porsche Cayenne costing $6,000 less. In that context, the Jeep may be a tougher sell for more value-oriented buyers, but no doubt the brand’s army of fans will be happy to shell out the extra for what is clearly one of the most versatile Jeeps on the market.

Leave a Comment