The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is available in a six- or seven-seat configuration and features a second row that can slide 7 inches to make room for third-row passengers.

Rear seating is pretty roomy by midsize SUV standards, and you should have little trouble persuading passengers up to about 6 feet tall to make their way to the very back.

Interior roominess joins other positive traits such as an available V8 engine that provides stout towing power and above-average off-road ability. But there are a few issues that prevent it from reaching the top of its class.

 

The 2022 model year brings only minor enhancements to the Grand Cherokee L, but buyers will now be able to order a dual-screen, rear-seat entertainment system with Amazon FireTV on Limited trims and higher.

A slick 10.3-inch screen embedded into the dashboard ahead of the front passenger is now also available on those same trims. Limited models can now be equipped with a Black appearance package that swaps exterior chrome accents for gloss black ones and includes black 20-inch wheels.

A similar High Altitude package with 21-inch wheels is available on the Summit model. Three new colors are available, too: Ember, Hydro Blue, and Midnight Sky.

 

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Like the two-row Grand Cherokee, the three-row Grand Cherokee L is available with either a 290-hp V-6 or a 357-hp V-8 with either rear- or all-wheel drive; both engines come with an eight-speed automatic.

Those seeking to maximize towing capacity should spec the V-8, which can tow 7200 pounds; V-6 models carry a 6200-pound tow rating. After test driving both, we prefer the V-8 anyway, which produces a sonorous rumble and provides more linear power delivery.

At our test track, our V-8–powered Summit Reserve test vehicle snapped off a peppy 6.2-second run to 60 mph. The V-6, in comparison, is pokier and not as refined; it needed 8.0 seconds to reach 60 mph in our hands.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L‘s ride is smooth and handling is competent; in our experience, the steering felt nicely weighted and the brake pedal was reassuringly firm.

To continue Jeep’s legacy of off-road capability, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L can be equipped with one of three all-wheel-drive systems as well as an optional air suspension, which can be adjusted to provide extra ground clearance.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Fuel-economy estimates for the rear-wheel-drive V-6 model are 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway; adding all-wheel drive drops both of those numbers by 1 mpg.

These numbers are in line with V-6–powered rivals such as the Kia Telluride and the Chevrolet Traverse. The V-8–powered model is rated for 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. For more information about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

While base Laredo models offer the essentials, upscale Summit and Overland trims add luxuries such as quilted leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and high-tech digital displays.

All Grand Cherokee L models come with a third row of seats, which means space for up to seven via an optional second-row bench seat; a pair of captain’s chairs are standard and results in space for six riders.

If you aren’t in need of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L‘s third row, you should consider the two-row Grand Cherokee, which we review separately.

On upper trims, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s cabin is downright deluxe, and Jeep offers luxury features such as massaging front seats, quilted leather upholstery, and open-pore wood trim as options.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen sits atop the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L‘s dashboard and offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio as standard.

In-dash navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates is an optional feature and higher-end models can be had with wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

While the Laredo and Limited models ship with a standard six-speaker stereo, you can upgrade to either a nine-speaker Alpine audio setup or a high-end 19-speaker McIntosh arrangement. A 10.3-inch front-passenger display is optional and similar to that found on the larger Wagoneer models.

A pair of 10.1-inch screens are optional too; they are mounted on the backs of the front seats and serve as rear-seat entertainment displays with Amazon FireTV and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Unlike the previous generation Grand Cherokee, the new era ushers in a host of newly standard driver-assistance technology, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.

For more information about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L‘s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Full Specifications

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L 4×4 V-6
Vehicle Type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $43,175/$67,090
Options: Summit Reserve (10.1-inch touchscreen, power liftgate, remote start, heated front- and second-row seats, heated steering wheel, ventilated rear seats, 21-inch wheels, trailer tow package, 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, dual-pane sunroof), $21,675; Advanced ProTech Group IV (head-up display, night vision, digital display rear-view mirror), $1995; Baltic Gray paint, $345; Luxury Tech Group V (wireless charging pad, second row sunshades), $245

ENGINE
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 220 in3, 3605 cm3
Power: 293 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.9-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
275/45R-21 110Y M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 121.7 in
Length: 204.9 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 71.5 in
Passenger Volume: 142 ft3
Cargo Volume: 17 ft3
Curb Weight: 5112 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 8.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.0 sec @ 87 mph
100 mph: 21.7 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.6 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.4 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 117 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.84 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 21/18/25 mpg

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L 4×4 V-8
Vehicle Type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $61,090/$70,385
Options: Summit Reserve (10.1-inch touchscreen, ventilated rear seats, 21-inch wheels, trailer tow package, 19-speaker McIntosh audio system), $7055; Advanced ProTech Group IV (head-up display, night vision, digital display rear-view mirror), $1995; Luxury Tech Group V (wireless charging pad, second row sunshades), $245

ENGINE
pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 345 in3, 5654 cm3
Power: 357 hp @ 5150 rpm
Torque: 390 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.9-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
275/45R-21 110Y M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 121.7 in
Length: 204.9 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 71.5 in
Passenger Volume: 142 ft3
Cargo Volume: 17 ft3
Curb Weight: 5377 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.2 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.7 sec @ 94 mph
100 mph: 16.7 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.4 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 119 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 166 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 17/14/22 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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