The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is still the best off-road family SUV

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, front quarter, red, close-up off road

Today we look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a reliable and capable SUV that has been providing people with convenient, everywhere-going loads and transportation since the 1970s; in one form or another.

The Cherokee is available in its standard compact crossover SUV format, the larger Grand Cherokee and the extended Grand Cherokee L — which even spans the product line with Jeep’s own full-size Wagoneer.

Despite all these different SUV models, we think the Grand Cherokee is the sweet spot, refined and updated over the years to make it the king of this segment – or at least highly competitive.

We take a quick look at the Grand Cherokee to remind ourselves of the pros, cons and what stands out in the latest model.

Jeep Grand Cherokee: A Capable Workhorse Or A Comfortable And Stylish SUV

In fact, SUVs are now very much in vogue across most demographics and are ubiquitous in both work and home use, so automakers had to balance some rather contrasting features within the same type of vehicle.

SUVs like this need to be strong, capable and powerful enough to drive off-road while providing a refined, comfortable and stylish ride with the latest infotainment features and premium interior design.

It is true that the Grand Cherokee starts at about $38,000, but prices quickly move north when you select higher finishes and add options to your car; what many people will do.

The Summit Reserve’s flagship model costs a whopping $65,000 before options. That’s why the mighty Grand Cherokee is firmly in the premium SUV territory in terms of price and should offer a similar experience both inside and out.

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The Grand Cherokee has a big heart: big engines and help on all wheels too

For 2022, the engine range is simple but adequate – to support both highway acceleration and off-road navigation. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is available on the Trailhawk and Summit Reserve models, which offer about 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque for $3,800.

This is better than the outdated 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that offers 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque; but the engine to go for is the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder in the Grand Cherokee 4xe model, new for 2022 and starting at about $60,000.

The hybrid version of Jeep is also available in a variety of trim levels, including the Trailhawk, and offers an astonishing 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque — more powerful than the V8 and a lot more torque, albeit at a significant price increase — though it’s much more should be economic.

The EPA’s fuel economy database says the 5.7-liter V8 can deliver 17 MPG combined, while the combined electric and fuel score for the 2.0-liter is 56 MPG, or 23 if it runs on gasoline alone.

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Inside the Grand Cherokee: Premium cabin, packed with features

On the outside, the Grand Cherokee’s design looks premium and likely stands the test of other refined SUVs like the BMW X7, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery and more.

Inside, it’s been updated in a big way from the previous generation with improved materials, a nicer design and if you pay for it – luxury and opulence in the fully equipped Summit Reserve.

There are all the major infotainment screens – you can have a 10.1-inch center screen, 10.3-inch passenger screen and digital gauge cluster, plus premium features such as massage, heated seats, mood lighting and much more.

BMW’s large SUV, the X7, starts at $75,000 in the online BMW builder and is a potential competitor to the fully-loaded Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve, but offers even more image and style from the outside, although it will go significantly more expensive with options and options. packages added.

That car offers 21-inch wheels, a 3-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder with 335 horsepower and inside, two 12.3-inch screens, one in the center dashboard and one in front of the instrument panel.

Choosing the Grand Cherokee against other midsize SUVs

Realistically, though, the Grand Cherokee isn’t competing with the BMW X7, but it might be competing with itself — or rather the Grand Cherokee L and the Wagoneer.

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee L is a three-row version of the stock car, adding about $2,000 to the online retail price and increasing the car’s body length. There is more luggage space and therefore more practical for little more money.

The Wagoneer, on the other hand, starts at $59,000 and offers even more space and luxury than the Grand Cherokee, but at just $6,000 less than the top-rated Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve, it’s not worth it unless you’re looking for maximum space or maximum luxury—or a combination of both.

The Grand Cherokee does a good job of offering a fairly affordable, fairly capable, and fairly premium mid-sized SUV for a wide range of people – a true jack of all trades.

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