The longest Jeep Grand Cherokee ever was a very long time coming.

When it went on sale earlier this yr, 2021 Grand Cherokee L was the primary three-row Jeep because the Commander went out of manufacturing in 2010. But it’s not anymore.

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The model has already added the even bigger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to the lineup within the months since, forcing clients with a lot of folks to haul who beforehand had no selections in Jeep dealerships to must make one.

It’s a good downside to have, as a result of it seems they’re all superb.

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But whereas the Wagoneers are full-size vehicles that leverage sister model Ram’s experience, the Grand Cherokee L is an all-new automobile that’s not simply a stretch of the Grand Cherokee that’s been on sale since 2011 and constructed with some Mercedes-Benz engineering that gave it a high quality increase.

The Grand Cherokee L — and the totally redesigned two-row 2022 Grand Cherokee that may comply with it later this yr — is a ground-up design, the primary launched by Jeep throughout the Stellantis period and, nicely … it nailed it.

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Jeep managed to maintain each the strong really feel of the outgoing automobile and the load down with an in depth use of aluminum, the newest excessive energy metal and new design strategies together with mounting the entrance axle on to the engine.

There are two of these accessible, that are the primary carryover parts from the outgoing Grand Cherokee. The base engine is a 293 hp 3.6-liter V6 and the improve a 357 hp 5.7-liter V8, each matched to an 8-speed automated transmission.

The Grand Cherokee L is supplied in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variations throughout the acquainted gallery of Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve trims at costs starting from $38,790 to round $70,000.

The Overland is the most off-road capable model.

The Overland is essentially the most off-road succesful mannequin.
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There are three full-time all-wheel-drive methods discovered on varied fashions with rising ranges of functionality. Quadra-Trac I is a single-speed system for all-around use, Quadra-Trac II provides a low vary switch case for tough terrain whereas Quadra-Drive II throws in a limited-slip rear differential for max traction on slippery surfaces and comes customary on Overlands geared up with the elective Off-Road Group bundle and Summits.

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The Overland and Summits additionally get a Quadra-Lift air suspension system with adaptive dampers and a closed-loop compressor system that doesn’t get gunked up with grime and may present as much as 10.9 inches of floor clearance at full stretch. At least they need to get it, however the characteristic has been sporadically unavailable because of the ongoing semiconductor chip scarcity, so test that window sticker earlier than you pull off the lot.

If you try this in a V8-powered Summit Reserve like my check automobile, it’ll take about a block to note how clean and serene it is. The Grand Cherokee L straddles the road between mainstream and premium and simply holds its personal in opposition to the competitors at no matter worth you pay for it.

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The Summit Reserve’s leather-based and open-pore wood-trimmed inside was named one among WardsAuto’s 10 Best and deservedly so. It’s beautiful to have a look at and even nicer to sit down in, even earlier than you activate the massaging entrance seats.

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The second row reclining captain’s chairs within the Summit Reserve are heated, ventilated and flip ahead for straightforward entry to the third row, which is simply a pair of seats with loads of room for heads, however not a complete lot for legs. It’s nearer to the Toyota Highlander’s than the cavernous Kia Telluride’s, regardless of the Grand Cherokee L being longer total.

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They’re high quality for teenagers, although, and may swing adults in a pinch. There’s additionally a lot of bags house behind them and the cargo space is big once they’re folded down, which will be completed with the contact of a button within the Summit Reserve.

I didn’t attempt any critical off-roading, however spent a day on gravel roads with greater than a few bumps, ruts and rocky stretches in them and the Summit Reserve felt proper at house regardless of driving on 21-inch wheels with comparatively low-profile tires. A 360-degree digicam system with a entrance digicam washer helps on slender trails.

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On pavement it’s an absolute champ and the V8 will get a surprisingly good 22 mpg freeway, however simply 14 within the metropolis. It’s rated to tow as much as 7,200 kilos and the V6 can deal with 6,200 kilos.

A Night Vision Camera with thermographic technology is optional.

A Night Vision Camera with thermographic expertise is elective.
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The Grand Cherokee L’s assortment of digital driver aids contains an elective evening imaginative and prescient system in its digital instrument cluster and an Active Driving Assist that mixes adaptive cruise management and an aggressive lane-centering characteristic.

You have to hold a hand on the wheel for it to function, however simply barely. It has a sensor within the rim so a gentle contact will do. Later within the mannequin yr a hands-free model will likely be accessible that makes use of facial recognition expertise to be sure you’re watching the highway and can be capable of function on 1000’s of pre-mapped highways, just like GM’s Super Cruise.

It could have taken a very long time to get right here, however the Grand Cherokee L was definitely worth the wait and units the brand new customary for the category, so long as its lengthy sufficient for you.

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Base worth: $38,790

Type: 4-door, all-wheel-drive, 6 passenger SUV.

Engine: 5.7L V8

Power: 357 hp, 390 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 8-speed automated

MPG: 14 metropolis/22 hwy