It’s always an interesting time to sit down and reflect on what makes your favorite vehicles so great. Do you have a favorite feature? Favorite brand? Since you are here, you are probably currently interested in a brand and a vehicle: the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you’ve heard claims in the past that the Grand Cherokee is a vehicle worthy of your hard-earned cash, then you, my friend, heard right. Why is this, you might ask? Truthfully, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, and the Grand Cherokee’s appeal can’t be summed up in one sentence. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite features you’ll find in the latest Grand Cherokee. Some of these features are standard for you drivers out there who want to stick with the base model, but some will require a little extra spending.
How do you start looking for the best of the best? To begin with, I thought about what I not only want in a vehicle, but what the average driver wants as well. Fortunately for us, the Jeep Grand Cherokee checks all the boxes. To truly experience a vehicle, both touch and feel are required. From the materials of your cabin and the softness of your seat to the smoothness of your infotainment center software and the clarity of your audio setup, a lot goes into creating the ultimate driving experience. Here are some of the features that I think really enhance the 2022 Grand Cherokee.
#5 McIntosh Premium Audio
I wanted to start with a rather unique one, the available McIntosh premium audio setup. How are they unique, you ask? The premium audio system that you can fit into your Grand Cherokee is a league above almost any other audio setup on the automotive market. How does it achieve this? An absurd number of speakers is how.
Some vehicles come with sound systems with four speakers, some with six, and more premium options offer eight to twelve speakers. However, with the McIntosh audio setup inside the Grand Cherokee, Jeep fits nineteen high-quality speakers throughout your cabin. These speakers are powered by 950W of power and are spread over seventeen sound channels for a much more dynamic experience. Not only will this fill the cabin with clean and clear sound, but the included 10-inch subwoofer means you can crank up the bass as much as you like.
#4 Two premium chairs
What’s not to love about comfort? Jeep feels this way too, especially considering the type of seats you can add to your Grand Cherokee. First, the materials available to you for your seats include fabric and leather, the latter I recommend to anyone looking to customize the look of their Grand Cherokee. As for the seats, you can opt for an incredible 16-way power adjustable driver’s seat. These aren’t just any seats – these seats massage your lower back while acting as lumbar support. It’s going to be hard not to find an ideal position that you feel comfortable sitting in, and the extra lumbar support is much appreciated by anyone with a bad back, but I’ll save you the time so you don’t have to listen to me ramble on back pain.
So now that I’ve established your driver’s seat can be the pinnacle of comfort, what about the passenger sitting next to you? Far too often I see vehicle manufacturers give the driver’s seat a plethora of positions, but the person sitting next to them is relegated to an unattractive, manually adjustable chair. Not with the Grand Cherokee, though! With the Grand Cherokee, the right-hand passenger can enjoy the luxury of an identical 16-way power-adjustable seat, plus built-in massage and lumbar support. And of course, those seats can also be heated, which is easily a positive for any driver who dislikes the cold, and I know there are many of you, myself included.
#3 Wireless charging pad
This one is a pretty simple convenience, but it’s still rarer than I’d prefer to see on the market, and it’s a wireless charging pad. To be honest, it’s hard to blame the manufacturers too much for one simple reason – not everyone has a smartphone that supports wireless charging yet. You see, iPhones are undeniably one of the most popular types of phones in the world, and they didn’t get wireless charging until 2017.
While you might upgrade your smartphone every couple of years, that doesn’t mean the majority of people’s phones have wireless charging capabilities just yet. Even then, sometimes automakers include wireless charging pads in their vehicles, but they resort to the kind of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto implementations that still require a tethered connection to the vehicle. As you will soon find out, Jeep considered this before its development.
#2 Disconnect 5
After the hugely successful Uconnect 4, Uconnect 5 was inevitable, and I think it’s a game changer. I won’t get into the boring computer specs that make up these new infotainment centers. I will say, though, that it’s both faster, can be equipped with a 10.1-inch screen, and 64GB of onboard storage means you’ll have plenty of room to download apps and store your favorite tunes. Thankfully, this means you can leave USB drives and MicroSD cards at home if you prefer pre-installed music. Music can also be played from your phone, which brings me to my next point, and one I alluded to earlier – Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Thanks to the inclusion of Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, you can take better advantage of the aforementioned wireless charging pad. Since the connection to Apple and Google’s infotainment software is also wireless, there’s no need for a charging cable to add clutter to your dashboard. And since we’re talking tech here, I’d also like to briefly mention the 10.25-inch digital driver cluster display.
I’ll admit, sometimes change can be hard, and for one reason or another, you may prefer the tried-and-true analog gauges of the past. This digital cluster isn’t cluttered though, offering a wide screen to display all the information you need while being more capable than ever. For example, you can show GPS navigation on this screen, which means you need to look down slightly to see the directions. Thanks to the screen’s aspect ratio, it’s wide enough to give you a detailed view of the city around you, complete with 3D rendered buildings and all. It is truly a sight to behold.
#1 Security features at the next level
There’s something to be said for the thoughtfulness and care that went into developing the Grand Cherokee’s safety features. Not only are a handful of these features standard with your purchase, but the ones you can add to your SUV simply aren’t that common anywhere else in the industry right now. The standard security features are ones you may have heard of or experienced before if you’re upgrading from a newer model. With the Jeep Grand Cherokee, full speed forward collision warning comes with active braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, which is pretty self-explanatory. Next up is blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection, front and rear Parking Assist, and there’s both Active Lane Management and Adaptive Cruise Control. Nothing out of the ordinary in modern times, but I’m sure they’re here.
Some of the more obscure features can be found when you spend a little more money. Features that caught my eye were specifically Night Vision, Parallel Park Assist and Drowsy Driver Detection. Night Vision uses the camera on the front of your vehicle to produce a video feed to your digital cluster, and thanks to infrared sensors connected to the camera, heat signatures can be read. If this sounds weird to you, don’t worry, it just looks for living things on the road, human or not, and that way you can avoid hitting anything.
Parallel Park Assist does the unthinkable and guides your vehicle in parallel parking. You will still be responsible for braking and shifting, but your vehicle will let you know when to do so. The result makes the mundane and often annoying task of parallel parking easier, so if you live in a city I can’t recommend this enough. And finally, Drowsy Driver Detection is something I was interested in learning more about. It works by recognizing if the vehicle is behaving strangely, more specifically if you are steering, accelerating or braking unusually. Afterwards, the system will detect and monitor the driver’s input and will then determine if the driver needs to be warned of potential fatigue.