2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve
Class: Midsize Crossover/SUV
Miles pushed: 251
Gasoline used: 13.4 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||A-|
|Energy and Efficiency||B+|
|Match and End||B+|
|Gasoline Financial system||C+|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and should not replicate Client Information’s impressions of your complete mannequin lineup.|
|Massive & Tall Consolation|
|Massive & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Massive” score based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||293-hp 3.6-liter|
Actual-world gas economic system: 18.8 mpg
Driving combine: 60% metropolis, 40% freeway
EPA-estimated gas economic system: 18/25/21 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gasoline kind: Common gasoline
Base worth: $59,660 (not together with $1795 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check car: Silver Zynith paint ($395), Summit Reserve Group 22U ($3000), Advance ProTech Group IV ($1995), Luxurious Tech Group V ($245)
Worth as examined: $67,090
The good: Spacious cabin for each folks and cargo; respectable acceleration; upscale inside supplies
The nice: Off-road functionality, particularly when correctly geared up; lengthy listing of choices and obtainable options
The not so good: Luxurious-brand pricing, notably when the choices are ladled on
There’s a unusual dichotomy current within the Jeep mannequin lineup that’s distinctive to the model. The all-crossover/SUV portfolio consists of three “small” fashions (the Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee), two “midsize-plus” fashions (the Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L) and two “massive” fashions (the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer). For the needs of this dialog, we’ll ignore the special-interest Wrangler and its associated variations.
Whereas the three smaller Jeeps all play, roughly, within the mainstream market price-wise, the bigger senior Jeeps lean distinctly in the direction of the posh finish of issues. That is particularly fascinating as a result of Jeep doesn’t actually supply a conventional mid-price, midsize crossover. Jeep’s advertising and marketing positions the Cherokee as midsize, however despite the fact that the Cherokee is accessible with V6 energy, it’s really barely smaller than some compact-SUV rivals, resembling Toyota’s RAV4.
All this leaves an fascinating worth hole within the Jeep showroom. Whereas the distinction in worth between the most-expensive RAV4 and the least-expensive Highlander (Toyota’s three-row midsize crossover) is simply about $1500, the step up from a Cherokee Restricted right into a Grand Cherokee Laredo (the least-expensive Grand Cherokee) will run customers roughly $4000. That’s a giant step, and taking that step relies upon nearly totally on the extent to which you settle for Grand Cherokee as a luxurious car.
As greater than 260,000 customers ponied up for a Grand Cherokee in 2021—making it Jeep’s hottest mannequin—we will solely assume that many Individuals have little downside cross-shopping Jeep in opposition to the likes of Lexus and BMW.
Launched for 2021, the Grand Cherokee “L” turned the primary three-row car within the model’s U.S. lineup because the unloved Jeep Commander, which was discontinued after the 2010 mannequin 12 months. Primarily based on an all-new platform, the Grand Cherokee L was offered alongside the previous-generation Grand Cherokee for the 2021 mannequin 12 months. For 2022, the unique standard-length GC was redesigned as properly, shifting to a shorter model of the identical platform as its L sibling. Enjoyable truth: Jeep retails a long-wheelbase three-row model of the Cherokee in China known as Grand Commander (and has no plans to promote something related right here within the States).
Our check Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve represents about as a lot cash as could be spent on a Grand Cherokee—nearly. Summit Reserve is the top-line trim degree for each the Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L, and our check car was geared up with nearly each possibility save for the 357-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (which provides $3795 to the underside line).
Because it was all-new for 2021, the Grand Cherokee L troopers into 2022 little modified. The one important replace for ’22 is the provision of a dual-screen rear-seat leisure system with Amazon FireTV streaming functionality, and a ten.25-inch interactive touchscreen show within the passenger facet of the dashboard. Each of those options are provided on Restricted trims and better.
Not surprisingly, Grand Cherokee L costs are up for 2022, and moderately considerably. A ’22 L Summit Reserve geared up identically to our ’21 check car lists for $71,480—a bump of greater than $4000. As for the Grand Cherokee being a luxurious car, we’re fairly properly satisfied.
The Summit Reserve cabin is properly completed with upscale supplies, together with elegant real-wood accents. On the street, the usual 3.6-liter V6 supplies more-than-ample energy to maneuver the Grand Cherokee L with authority. We might advocate the thirstier Hemi V8 just for consumers seeking to do some severe towing.
A fast be aware in regards to the obtainable McIntosh premium audio system, which severely impressed one among our editors. Although it’s dear, the 19-speaker system (which is $1675 possibility on Summit and normal on Summit Reserve), is value realizing about when you take your music severely.
Although they’re arguably full-fledged luxurious autos (at the very least of their higher-line trim ranges), the Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L come up quick in opposition to the premium-brand competitors in two methods: guarantee protection and dealership expertise. Whereas European luxurious manufacturers supply 4 years of bumper-to-bumper guarantee protection, the Grand Cherokee is simply provided with three. Moreover, Jeeps are often retailed alongside Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram autos in pretty atypical dealerships. Buyers searching for the Lexus gross sales expertise could also be dissatisfied.
We’re usually impressed by newest technology of the Grand Cherokee, although we expect the costs are a little bit too excessive most often. But when the Jeep model means one thing to you—and it clearly does to many customers—we propose including the Grand Cherokee to your test-drive listing. And you should definitely take a look at the McIntosh sound system.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve Gallery
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