2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review | A decade of greatness

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When Chrysler, or whatever they call it these days, gets a vehicle right, keeping it running for as long as possible is no problem. Updates and additions are the name of the game, not reruns. This is exactly the case with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which marks the 10th year of a generation that got everything right from the start. Timeless style, well-rounded manners on the road, real off-road capability and a wide range of different models have kept it fresh, distinctive and competitive since then. Major updates helped too, though there hasn't been anything significant in the past two years.
The result is a midsize SUV like no other. The Grand Cherokee can keep up with medium-sized crossovers in suburbs like the Chevrolet Blazer or the VW Atlas Cross Sport as well as the off-road warrior Toyota 4Runner, the luxurious Land Rovers and Lincoln's or the ultra-high-performance BMW X5M.
Of course, you can't escape the fact that the Grand Cherokee is actually 10 years old. The various sub-par safety ratings from the Road Safety Insurance Institute definitely indicate the advanced age, while the interior materials, design, and technology are not up to the latest Chrysler standards found on the Wrangler, Ram 1500, Chrysler Pacifica and the upcoming Grand Wagoneer . As long as it is still competitive, a repeat of the goal next year will still be welcome.
What's new for 2021?
There are no major changes for '21. The new Laredo X (pictured on the slide above) offers the standard Laredo some additional luxury features at a reasonable price. There's an 80th anniversary edition that's based on the Limited and has dark gray trim inside and out, plus a special badge (obviously) and the ProTech II package of driver assistance technologies. You know exactly how G.I.'s jeeps drove 80 years ago.
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
What does the interior and vehicle technology of the Grand Cherokee look like?
The interior of the Grand Cherokee is a bit mixed. In top-level trim like the Summit, it's wrapped in luxurious leather and wood paneling, and with an SRT and Trackhawk look, the heavily padded seats and track-focused technology package feel like they're from high-performance challengers -Models borrowed (because they were)). Grand Cherokee Laredo models at the lower end of the spectrum, however, can feel plastic and bare - a natural result when the model range spans seven trim levels, as well as special sub-equipment and packages.
Most consumer-bought Grand Cherokees fall in the middle of the range. A 7-inch screen with Jeep / Chrysler's excellent Uconnect infotainment system will be upgraded to 8.4 inches around the point the vehicle crosses the $ 40,000 price threshold. This system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and performs well.
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
How big is the Grand Cherokee?
In terms of size, Jeep's longest-range SUV is an odd duck. In terms of the spaciousness of the interior, it meets style-first crossovers like the Chevy Blazer and the Nissan Murano. In terms of functionality and likely cross-shoppers, the Toyota 4Runner is a better comparison, and the Grand Cherokee is cheap compared to this SUV in terms of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. The cargo space, however, falls significantly behind the Toyota 4Runner, which optionally also offers seats in the third row.
In the real world, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee can seat four adults with reasonable comfort and has enough cargo space for the quartet to pack enough stuff for a week. Buyers planning longer road trips and / or prioritizing cargo space may be better served by the 4Runner, as well as more spacious crossovers like the Honda Passport and three-row Kia Telluride.

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What are the performance and fuel consumption?
Most Grand Cherokee models come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 295 HP and the torque of this basic drive train of this basic drive are completely sufficient for normal daily driving tasks. With the exception of the Trailhawk, every V6-powered Grand Cherokee comes with rear-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is optional, but different systems with different functions are available. The EPA rates the V6 Grand Cherokee at 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. All-wheel drive lowers city and highway ratings by 1 mpg.
A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine starts at $ 3,295 with the Limited version and is only available with all-wheel drive. At 360 hp and 390 lb-ft, it's significantly more powerful than the V6, and predictably thirstier too. The EPA estimates the V8-powered Grand Cherokee will get 14 mpg city, 22 highway, and 17 combined. Most buyers will find the V8's extra power unnecessary (the exception would be those that are towing), but it's a unique selling point that Jeep's most popular competitors don't.
Equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 that puts out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft, the Grand Cherokee SRT continues to dive into unnecessary (but extremely fun) territory. It receives EPA ratings of 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined.
After all, the really power hungry can go for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. At 707 horses and 645 lb-ft from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the all-wheel drive Trackhawk shoots to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 180. Remember, this is an SUV, not a Sport Auto, although that line feels a bit blurry in this case. If you are wondering about fuel economy, the Trackhawk is not for you.
When properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee can pull up to 7,200 pounds (or 6,200 pounds for rear-wheel drive versions).

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How does the Grand Cherokee drive?
While the Jeep isn't built on the belly of a pickup truck, it drives rougher and worse than crossover competitors like the aforementioned Chevy Blazer, VW Atlas Cross Sport and Kia Telluride, but it's smoother and more luxurious than the Toyota 4Runner. Keep in mind, however, that there are many different and very different versions of the Grand Cherokee designed to entice buyers with off-road or track-day ambitions. We recommend trying several to see which will fit you best, paying attention to different wheel sizes, suspensions, engines, and all-wheel drive systems.
These versions include the extra terrain-oriented Trailhawk fairing with underrun protection for the front suspension, fuel tank, transfer case and underbody. The Quadra-Lift air suspension system offers up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance, as well as approach, take-off, and tipping angles that only hardcore trail users will ever appreciate. And in the SRT, or especially the Trackhawk trim, the Grand Cherokee offers more power, more road grip, and superior braking than any other SUV or crossover within $ 30,000 of its price.
What else can I read about the Grand Cherokee?
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Ride | Crazy. Well.
Our first ride on the mighty Trackhawk, complete with our impressions after some time on the racetrack.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Fast Turn | The largest jeep is reviving its off-road legacy
Our first limited stint behind the wheel of the off-road oriented Trailhawk.
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Video: Offroading the Lyman Trail in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 2017
We dare to venture off the beaten track with a camera team.

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What features are available and what is the price?
Buckle up the Jeep Grand Cherokee trim levels and features for 2021. There's a lot to talk about.
Things start with the base Laredo 4x2, which starts at $ 33,865 including a target fee of $ 1,495. All-wheel drive costs an additional $ 2,300. From there, the Laredo E and Upland variants of this basic set offer more features and still cost less than $ 40,000. The 2021 Grand Cherokee Limited starts at $ 41,670 in the form of a two-wheeler.
The Trailhawk has all of the off-road parts of the jeep for $ 46,870 and comes with all-wheel drive as standard.
The Overland essentially transforms the Grand Cherokee into a luxury vehicle and starts at $ 48,210. The luxury Summit model starts at $ 54,210.
The high-performance SRT model starts at $ 70,660 and comes back with all-wheel drive as standard. The sophisticated Trackhawk with its 707 hp supercharged motor sticks the needle with a sticker price of 89,165 US dollars. That's a big change for a Jeep, but tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than a BMW X5M or Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
A full breakdown of the features, specs, and local pricing of the various trim levels can be found here on Autoblog.

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What are the safety equipment and crash ratings?
All Grand Cherokees come standard with blind spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic warning. The ProTech II package (standard on Summit, SRT and Trackhawk, all others optional) includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function. Full speed forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking; Lane departure warning; automatic wipers; and parallel and vertical parking aid.
The four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee received an overall and side-impact rating of five stars, and a frontal and rollover rating of four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rear-wheel drive version drops to an overall rating of four stars as the rollover rating drops to three stars.
The Road Safety Insurance Institute found room for improvement when it comes to the Grand Cherokee's safety performance. While the Grand Cherokee received top marks in some categories - for example in side impact crash tests and in avoiding front crashes (if it is equipped with optional safety equipment) - it only achieved the ratings "Marginal" and "in the Small Overlap Front test. Poor "simulates a vehicle that hits a static object such as a power pole with only a small part of its front end. The headlights on most of the fairings were also rated "Acceptable", while the LATCH anchors were rated "marginal" due to their ease of use.
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