When people think of Jeep, they usually think of the roughhewn Jeep Wrangler. That’s just how much that brand has seeped into our psyche. But the truth is that the Grand Cherokee SUV is just as key to Jeep’s bottom line. So, hold tight: here are five things to know about Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers comfort, a controlled ride, and a refined cabin. According to Consumer Reports, the SUV also features competent handling, a smooth eight-speed transmission and a top-of-the-line, solid feel.
- The Grand Cherokee is Supremely Capable
Let’s start here. The ride has the capability to take you where you want to go, starting with a best-in-class towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. Need to haul your trailer on your next family vacation? Not a problem.
For off-roading, which is in Jeep’s DNA, the Grand Cherokee offers a Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System– which raises ride height up to 10.8 inches — and Trail Rated ground clearance. All-weather capabilities include the Quadra-drive II 4×4 System with Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, and Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. With these bells and whistles, you get superior handling and performance on nearly any terrain and in any kind of weather.
If You opt for the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, you get a cool red tow hook, durable skid plates to protect your ride’s underbody, all-terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires, and a fancy 4×4 system that can transfer allengine torque to just one rear wheel, providing terrific traction on unwieldy terrain.
- The Grand Cherokee Offers Trail-Rated Testing
As we say, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 systems work to make sure the correct tire has traction when required. Need to ford a stream? You can get through up to 20 inches of water, thanks to water sealing and high air intakes. What about maneuverability? The Grand Cherokee is all over it, helping you to navigate around or climb over challenges such as rocks or logs.
- The Grand Cherokee is Powerful
The ride has several available powerplants, including the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that offers solid performance and efficiency. When you come to a stop, the Grand Cherokee’s Electronic Stop/Start Technology impedes fuel flow and shuts down the engine for optimal efficiency. The engine churns out 295 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 provides 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, gas-saving technology automatically shuts down four cylinders for extra optimal efficiency when needed.
If you go with the mighty 6.4-liter SRT V8, you get five drive modes with the eight-speed tranny, with which the engine is paired. Oh, and power-wise, we’re talking 475 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 can take you from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.5 secs, bolstered by 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of head-snapping torque.
- The Grand Cherokee Has a Diverse Cabin
Depending on the model you choose, the Grand Cherokee’s interior will either seem rugged or upscale. Overall, the dashboard features an infotainment touchscreen, and a seven-inch LCD display is bookended by analog gauges. Soft fabrics and touches abound, although you may have more hard plastic in the model you choose.
- The Grand Cherokee Has a Sweet Infotainment System
Yeppers. For one thing, the Uconnect infotainment hookup is intuitive to use. That’s major. And your backseat passengers – the kids? – will love the rear-seat entertainment and in-car Wi-Fi. A six-speaker sounds system is standard, and a host of other fun stuff, including a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon, is optional for some trims.
There you have your five things to know about the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Are you now about to order one? We don’t blame you.