When Chrysler, or whatever they’re calling it these days, will get a automobile proper, it has no drawback letting it journey for so long as attainable. Updates and additions are the secret moderately than clean-sheet redos. That is precisely the case with 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which represents the 10th yr of a era that received issues proper from the very starting. Timeless fashion, well-rounded on-road manners, real-deal off-road functionality, and a broad array of various fashions have stored it contemporary, distinctive and aggressive ever since. Key updates have helped, too, although there’s been nothing vital previously two years.

The result’s a midsize SUV in contrast to some other. The Grand Cherokee can simply as simply compete with suburban-bound midsize crossovers just like the Chevrolet Blazer or VW Atlas Cross Sport as it may possibly the off-road-warrior Toyota 4Runner, luxurious Land Rovers and Lincolns, or the ultra-high-performance BMW X5M.

In fact, there is not any escaping that the Grand Cherokee is certainly 10 years previous. Its numerous subpar security rankings from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security undoubtedly present its superior age, whereas its inside supplies, design and know-how aren’t as much as Chrysler’s newest requirements seen within the Wrangler, Ram 1500, Chrysler Pacifica and upcoming Grand Wagoneer. So whereas it is nonetheless aggressive, next year’s clean-sheet redo nonetheless will probably be welcome.

What’s new for 2021?

There aren’t any main adjustments for ’21. The new Laredo X (pictured above within the lead slide) provides some additional luxurious options at an inexpensive worth to the usual Laredo and there is an 80th Anniversary Version, primarily based on the Restricted, which comes with darkish grey trim inside and outside together with particular badging (clearly) and the ProTech II bundle of driver help tech. , similar to the Jeeps G.I.’s drove 80 years in the past.

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What is the Grand Cherokee inside and in-car know-how like?

The Grand Cherokee’s inside is a little bit of a blended bag. In top-level trims just like the Summit, it’s swathed in luxurious leather-based and wooden trim, and in SRT and Trackhawk guise, its closely bolstered seats and track-focused know-how bundle really feel like they have been borrowed from high-performance Challenger models (as a result of they have been). However Grand Cherokee Laredo fashions on the decrease finish of the spectrum can really feel plasticky and naked – a pure end result when the mannequin line is stretched throughout seven trim ranges plus particular sub-trims and packages.

Most Grand Cherokees purchased by shoppers will fall into the center of the vary. A 7-inch display that includes Jeep/Chrysler’s glorious Uconnect infotainment system is upgraded to eight.Four inches across the level the automobile crosses the $40,000 worth threshold. This technique additionally contains, and performs effectively with, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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How large is the Grand Cherokee?

Measurement-wise, Jeep’s range-topping SUV is a little bit of an odd duck. When it comes to inside roominess, it strains up in opposition to style-first crossovers just like the Chevy Blazer and Nissan Murano. When it comes to performance and certain cross-shoppers, the Toyota 4Runner is a greater comparability, and the Grand Cherokee compares favorably with that SUV in headroom, shoulder room and legroom. Nonetheless, its cargo house falls significantly behind the Toyota 4Runner, which additionally gives non-obligatory third-row seating.

In the actual world, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats 4 adults in cheap consolation and has enough cargo house for that quartet to pack sufficient stuff for every week away. That mentioned, patrons who plan to take prolonged road trips and/or put a precedence on cargo house is perhaps higher served by the 4Runner in addition to extra spacious crossovers like the Honda Passport and the three-row Kia Telluride.

What are the efficiency and gasoline economic system?

Most Grand Cherokee fashions come commonplace with a 3.6-liter V6 engine hooked as much as an eight-speed automated transmission. This base powertrain’s 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque feels completely enough for regular day by day driving duties. Except the Trailhawk, each V6-powered Grand Cherokee comes commonplace with rear-wheel drive. 4-wheel drive is non-obligatory, however there are totally different methods accessible with totally different capabilities. The EPA charges the V6 Grand Cherokee at 18 mpg metropolis, 26 mpg freeway, and 21 mpg mixed. 4-wheel-drive drops the town and freeway ranking by 1 mpg.

A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine is a $3,295 choice beginning with the Restricted trim, and is just accessible with four-wheel drive. It’s fairly a bit extra highly effective than the V6 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft, and predictably thirstier, too. The EPA estimates the V8-powered Grand Cherokee will get 14 mpg metropolis, 22 freeway, and 17 mixed. Most patrons will discover the V8’s additional energy pointless (an exception can be those that tow), nevertheless it’s a novel promoting level that Jeep’s hottest opponents don’t provide.

Delving additional into pointless (however extraordinarily enjoyable) territory is the Grand Cherokee SRT, which comes outfitted with a 6.4-liter V8 that spins out 475 hp and 470 lb-ft. It will get EPA rankings of 13 mpg metropolis, 19 mpg freeway and 15 mpg mixed.

Lastly, the really energy hungry can go for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With 707 horses and 645 lb-ft from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the all-wheel-drive Trackhawk rockets to 60 mph in simply 3.5 seconds and may hit a high pace of 180. Keep in mind: that is an SUV, not a sports activities automobile, although that line feels a bit blurred on this case. Should you’re questioning about fuel economy, the Trackhawk shouldn’t be for you.

Correctly outfitted, the Grand Cherokee can tow as a lot as 7,200 kilos (or 6,200 kilos for rear-wheel-drive variations).

What is the Grand Cherokee prefer to drive?

Though it isn’t constructed atop the heart of a pickup truck, the Jeep rides rougher and handles worse than crossover opponents just like the aforementioned Chevy Blazer, VW Atlas Cross Sport and Kia Telluride, however is smoother and gives extra luxurious than the Toyota 4Runner. Keep in mind, although, that there are a lot of totally different and extremely disparate variations of the Grand Cherokee designed to tempt patrons with off-road or track-day aspirations. We might advocate attempting a number of to find out which is the perfect match for you, listening to totally different wheel sizes, suspensions, engines and four-wheel-drive methods.

Amongst these variations is the additional off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim, which boasts skid plates for the entrance suspension, gasoline tank, switch case and underbody. Its Quadra-Elevate air suspension system gives as much as 10.eight inches of floor clearance to associate with strategy, departure and breakover angles that solely hardcore path customers will ever recognize. And in SRT or particularly Trackhawk trim, the Grand Cherokee has extra energy, extra roadholding grip and superior braking efficiency than some other SUV or crossover inside $30,000 of its worth.

What extra can I learn in regards to the Grand Cherokee?

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive | Crazy. Good.

Our first drive of the overpowered Trackhawk, full with our impressions after a while on the race monitor.

 

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Quick Spin | The biggest Jeep revisits its off-road heritage

Our first restricted stint behind the wheel of the off-road-oriented Trailhawk.

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Video: Off-roading the Lyman Path within the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

We enterprise off the crushed path with a digital camera crew alongside for the journey.

 

What options can be found and what is the worth?

So far as 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee trim ranges and options are involved, buckle up; there’s loads to debate.

Issues begin off with the bottom Laredo 4×2 began at $33,865, together with a $1,495 vacation spot cost. 4-wheel drive is an additional $2,300. From there, the Laredo E and Upland variants of that base trim add extra gear and nonetheless price lower than $40,000. The 2021 Grand Cherokee Restricted begins at $41,670 in two-wheel-drive type.

The Trailhawk provides in all of Jeep’s off-road bits and items for $46,870 and comes with four-wheel drive commonplace.

The Overland basically turns the Grand Cherokee right into a luxury vehicle and begins at $48,210. The total-luxe Summit mannequin begins at $54,210.

The highly effective SRT mannequin begins at $70,660 and once more comes commonplace with four-wheel drive. The maxed-out Trackhawk with its 707-hp supercharged engine pegs the needle with a sticker worth of $89,165. That’s an enormous chunk of change for a Jeep, nevertheless it’s tens of hundreds of {dollars} inexpensive than a BMW X5M or Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

You’ll find a full breakdown of the assorted trim ranges’ features, specs and local pricing here on Autoblog

What are its security gear and crash rankings?

All Grand Cherokees come commonplace with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning. The ProTech II bundle (commonplace on Summit, SRT and Trackhawk, non-obligatory all others) contains adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go functionality; full-speed ahead collision warning and automated emergency braking; lane-keeping help; automated wipers; and parallel and perpendicular parking help.

The four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee earns five-star total and facet crash rankings from the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration, plus four-star frontal and rollover rankings. The rear-wheel-drive model drops to a four-star total ranking as a result of the rollover ranking drops to 3 stars.

The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security discovered room for enchancment relating to the Grand Cherokee’s security efficiency. Whereas it earned high marks in some classes – similar to facet impression crash tests, and entrance crash avoidance (when fitted with non-obligatory security gear) – the Grand Cherokee solely managed “Marginal” and “Poor” rankings within the Small Overlap Entrance check, which simulates a automobile hitting a static object like a utility pole with solely a small a part of its entrance finish. The headlights discovered on most trims additionally received “Acceptable” rankings, whereas its LATCH anchors have been deemed “Marginal” for his or her ease of use.