2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been redesigned, and now it includes both five- and seven-seat versions. The two-row Grand Cherokee is 3.4 inches longer than before, on a wheelbase that’s 2.0 inches longer. The three-row Grand Cherokee L stretches that wheelbase by another 5.0 inches, while its total length is nearly one foot longer than the two-row.
The other big change is the addition of a new plug-in hybrid model, called the 4xe. It combines a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with two electric motor generators and a 17-kwh battery pack for a whopping total of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can get 25 miles of electric-only range, and can tow 6,000 lb. It’s four-wheel drive, with an active transfer case with a low range for grip in deep snow, sand or mud.
The Trailhawk offroad model returns to the lineup for 2022, too. It’s offered only as a two-row SUV, with an available air suspension that raises the ride height to clear rocks.
There have been changes to the styling of the 2022 Grand Cherokee. It gets a more pronounced chin under its small seven-slot grille, the roofline and beltline are lower, and a wider track allows room for wheels up to 21 inches.
Cabin changes include a center console with updated switches and more storage space, now able to fit two phones on a wireless charging pad. Screens abound, including one only for the front passenger, plus an available rear entertainment center.
The base engine remains the same 3.6-liter V-6 making 293 hp. It’s coupled either with rear-wheel drive or with one of three four-wheel-drive systems. The V-8 engine, a 357-hp 5.7-liter, is better for towing, up to 7,200 lb. Like the 4xe, it’s four-wheel drive.
The new Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid gets the best gas mileage, of course. The EPA estimates an equivalency of 57 mpg combined, using the full electric drive range. The V-6 gets 18 mpg city, 25 highway, 21 combined, with four-wheel drive in both the two-row and three-row versions. With rear-wheel drive, it improves by 1 mpg. The V-8 with four-wheel drive is rated at 14/22/17 mpg.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee hasn’t been crash tested yet, but every vehicle comes with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control. Safety options include a night-vision camera, a surround-view camera system, and driver assistance that allows brief periods of hands-free driving.
Outward vision improves with the thinner pillars, but the Grand Cherokee’s suite of cameras and parking sensors help solve that issue.
Made in Detroit, the two-row Grand Cherokee and three-row Grand Cherokee L come as Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve models; the Grand Cherokee comes also as a Trailhawk. On the models that don’t have four-wheel drive, it’s available for $2,000.
The $39,185 Grand Cherokee Laredo come in white (every other color adds $395), with LED headlights and taillights, an 8-way power driver seat, cloth seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Grand Cherokee L Laredo starts at $40,685 and is equipped the same except for 18-inch alloy wheels.
The $47,505 four-wheel-drive Limited model ($49,005 for the L) comes with leather upholstery, a 4-way power front-passenger seat, heated first- and second-row seats, a power tailgate, automatic high beams, remote start, 18-inch wheels, and the Selec-Terrain system.
The $59,160 Summit ($60,660 for the L) adds a black roof, 12-way power quilted nappa leather seats with extendable lower cushions, front seat massagers, Active Driving Assist Level 2, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and a surround-view camera system. When ordered with four-wheel drive, it gets the top Quadra-Drive II system.
The $65,160 Grand Cherokee with the Summit Reserve package ($66,660 for L)
comes with Palermo leather seats, open-pore waxed walnut wood trim, cooled first- and second-row seats, a 10.3-inch front passenger touchscreen, a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, and 21-inch wheels.
The Grand Cherokee comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, with 5 years/60,000 miles of coverage for the powertrain, and three years of maintenance, including tire rotations and oil changes.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around since the 1990s and its shape is iconic. For 2022 the traditional seven-slot grille is tilted forward and flanked by slimmer headlights, now LEDs. The face is more upright and looks elongated compared to prior versions.
The wheel openings remain trapezoidal, housing 17- to 21-inch wheels. The greenhouse slopes slightly in back, toward an integrated spoiler.
Top models get a black roof. High horizontal taillights mirror the headlights, with a black panel stretching between them.
Even the base Laredo is well appointed, with a knurled shift knob and a soft dash and center console. Things move quickly up to true luxury with wood trim, metal McIntosh speaker grilles, and diamond-quilted leather.
The dashboard is wing-shaped, with a high-tech look thanks to a standard digital instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch standard touchscreen, and available passenger touchscreen. Displays in the 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster include an off-road readout.
This is the fifth generation of Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, which we like for its simplicity. This version is five times faster. It’s also a bit more complicated because it adds functions, with as many as five screens able to display two, three, or four widgets. Users can set hot keys on the screen to make their most-used functions easy to find.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee is even roomier than before. The second row has good space in three directions–head, leg and shoulder–but it has firm cushions and low seat bottoms. The surprise is the third-row bench in the L, which is actually big enough for adults.
The two-row Grand Cherokee has 37.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 70.8 behind the fronts. The Grand Cherokee L has 17.2 cubic feet behind the third row, 46.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and a generous 84.6 cubic feet behind the first row.
The base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 making 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which can accelerate the vehicle to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. The 5.7-liter V-8 makes 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and can hit 60 in 6.9 seconds. Each works well with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 is more fun, with its deep sweet exhaust note.
But the 4xe plug-in hybrid is the best of both worlds, and then some, having the power of the V-8 and far better gas mileage than the V-6. It uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with two electric motors to make 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can’t tow the V-8’s 7200 pounds, but it still can handle 6,000 lb.
Both Grand Cherokees have an independent rear suspension and a long-arm, short-arm front suspension with coil springs at all four corners, with at least 8.4 inches of ground clearance. The two-row offers a solid feel thanks to firm suspension tuning and stable, direct steering; it feels almost sporty. The optional air suspension has a Sport mode that drops the ride height and makes the vehicle more agile in the corners.
The L’s softer tuning gives it a more comfortable ride, but also more lean in the corners. The air suspension offers more control with no loss to ride quality, and its Sport mode makes it firmer.
There are three available four-wheel-drive systems. Quadra-Trac 1 is full-time four-wheel drive, with no low range. Quadra-Trac 2 has a 2-speed transfer case with a low range for crawling or plowing through deep snow or sand. Quadra-Drive 2 adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential.
In the Trailhawk, the air suspension can raise the ride height to 11.3 inches to clear rocks and even logs. With knobby tires on 18-inch wheels, a 44:1 crawl ratio, an off-road cruise control system, a front sway-bar disconnect system, and a variety of terrain modes, the Trailhawk is one of the best off-roaders on the market.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has lost none of its iconic appeal, though it has evolved into a more efficient SUV. The best value lies in the middle of the lineup, with the Grand Cherokee Limited.
—by Sam Moses with driving impressions by The Car Connection