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2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons: Laredo vs Limited and Trailhawk, Overland and Summit

What 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Should You Buy? What is the Difference Between Trims?

As far as midsize SUVs go, perhaps one of the most versatile is the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Is it a capable off-roader? Yup. Does it come with a lot of standard features for the price? Absolutely. Is it comfortable for parents with young children and a lot of cargo? It sure is.

New for this model year is a 4xe plug-in hybrid that serves as the sole powertrain option on the popular Trailhawk trim level, giving it an even better fuel economy than before. Fuel economy can range a bit depending on which engine you have equipped, but return on fuel is pretty low on the optional V8 with 4-wheel-drive (4WD), getting only about 17 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. However, once the 4xe plug-in's battery is drained, you get about 23 mpg combined, which is 1 mpg more than what you get on a 4WD-equipped V6 Grand Cherokee. Its gas and electric combined equivalent is about 53 mpge.

There are some other issues buyers might take with the 2023 Grand Cherokee, such as how it handles cornering on the beaten path. Off the road, the Grand Cherokee handles quite well, but it feels a bit too cumbersome while turning. There just isn't enough road grip for the driver to feel confident. But, on a more positive note, the V6 engine offers snappy acceleration, getting from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just under 6.5 seconds. This is possibly the fastest time for this entire segment. Also, the brakes only need 115 feet to come to a panic stop from 60 mph.

Of course, your experience with the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee will depend on which engine and trim level configuration you get. Each of the Grand Cherokee's five trim levels comes well-equipped with features and lets you tack on optional packages (which Jeep calls 'groups') for a relatively reasonable added cost. You get a lot of options for how you design this SUV. But what will give you the most value and ultimately work best for you? Let's dive in and find out.

 

Compare the Grand Cherokee Laredo vs Limited Trims. What is the difference?

First up, we have the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee's base Laredo trim level. With the Laredo, you get the standard 3.6-L V6 engine, which generates 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Every powertrain comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive (RWD) is standard issue for the V6, but you can get 4WD equipped if you prefer it. The 4xe and V8 options give you 4WD as a standard spec. The other engine options for the higher trim levels include a 2.0-L 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid (named the 4xe) for the Trailhawk (on which it is standard), Overland, and Summit trims. The Overland and Summit can be equipped with the 5.7-L V8 (which is good for 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque) if you opt for it.

The Laredo comes with standard 17-inch wheels and has LED headlights placed on the front fascia for clear visibility in the dark. On the side, there are mirrors that have a heating function built into them. Up top, there are roof rails for you to use.

You can access the Laredo via keyless entry and start it up using keyless ignition. Inside of the Laredo's cabin, you will find a dual-zone automatic climate control system that can heat or cool both zones individually and automatically adjust to stay at the set temperatures. The cockpit features a digital instrumentation panel along with a standard 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen display. Smartphone app integration comes via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus you get six USB ports to plug into found throughout the cabin. What's more, a six-speaker sound system pumps out sound.

Jeep outfits each Grand Cherokee trim level with a suite of advanced driver aids. This bundles together features like rear parking sensors along with automatic braking, which will let you know if there is an object behind your vehicle and apply the brakes to help prevent you from hitting it while in reverse. Adaptive cruise control allows you to set a safe following distance from the vehicle driving in front of the Grand Cherokee and will automatically adjust based on changes in traffic flow. If you start to veer into the other lane without using your turn indicator, lane keeping assist will gently guide the Grand Cherokee back inside the line markers. Forward collision warning lets you know if there is an impending frontal crash and applies the brakes to try to avoid an accident. Finally, the blind-spot monitor will let you know if a vehicle is driving in your vehicle's blind spot, and rear cross-traffic alert helps let you know if a car is about to get into your cross-path.

There are also three optional packages available for the Laredo trim level, as well as a single-pane sunroof. The Trailer Tow package gives you a rear suspension that is load-leveling, a Class IV receiver, and a four- and seven-pin wiring harness.

If you want more creature comforts, the Lux Tech Group package adds one 115-volt household-style outlet, automatic windshield wipers, a wireless charging pad, and remote start. It also comes with a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, satellite radio, and front seats that can be heated up.

The Altitude package takes everything from the Lux Tech Group and adds exterior accents in gloss black and black-painted wheels in a 20-inch size.

Now, if you want to upgrade one level to the Limited, you get more convenience features and technology. Everything from the Lux Tech Group is standard on this trim level, plus you get LED fog lights and 18-inch wheels. On the 4WD models, there are five settings on the terrain-based drive mode system.

A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen display gets swapped in, plus there is an integrated navigation system that you can use. Leather upholstery adorns the seats, and the front passenger seat is power operated. The driver's seat gains memory settings while the rear outboard seats are able to be heated.

The Limited also has a few of its own options. Stand-alone options include a rear-seat entertainment system, a 9-speaker Alpine sound system, the trailer-tow package, a 10.25-inch front passenger infotainment screen, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Limited's optional package is called the Lux Tech Group. It adds more than what the Laredo's Lux Tech Group includes. The Limited's package includes front cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree surround-view camera, a steering wheel that can be power adjusted, sun-shades for the second row, and ventilation on the front seats.

Compare the Grand Cherokee Limited vs Trailhawk Trim Levels. What is the difference?

The mid-tier Trailhawk is known for its off-road prowess. It is exclusively made with 4WD and the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its all-terrain tires are of the Goodyear Wrangler Territory make, plus you get selectable ride height settings with the adaptive air suspension. An electronically disconnecting stabilizer bar, electronic rear limited-slip differential, hill descent control, and front towing hooks help make the Trailhawk a strong off-roader.

For help managing obstacles while you are traveling off of the beaten path, there is a front-facing camera equipped on the Trailhawk. The roof is done in a gloss black hue, and the cabin's leather upholstery features faux suede accents and synthetic leather mixed together. The rearview mirror is automatically dimming, plus the front seats have a ventilation function. A 9-speaker premium Alpine sound system and integrated navigation also get tacked onto the list of features.

The Trailhawk has its own Lux Tech Group package, which includes everything from the package on the Limited and adds a hands-free liftgate. The Entertainment Group comes with a 10.25-inch passenger touchscreen and 10.1-inch central display. The Advanced ProTech Group package will give the Trailhawk the surround-view camera, automatic braking along with some front-end sensors, and a night vision camera (which shows you an infrared image of everything in front of the Trailhawk after dark).

Optional standalone features for the Trailhawk include the 10.25-inch passenger touchscreen display, the hands-free liftgate, and a panoramic sunroof.

Compare the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk vs Overland Trims. What is the difference?

Moving up to the Overland trim level nabs you a mixture of some Trailhawk features and more luxury-oriented features. The Overland comes with 20-inch wheels, the adaptive air suspension with selectable ride height settings for the 4WD models, a two-speed transfer case for the 4WD variants, and hill descent control for the 4WD models. You also get front tow hooks, the panoramic sunroof, a hands-free liftgate, and the panoramic sunroof. The driver's side mirror and rearview mirror are both automatically dimming.

Inside of the Overland's well-appointed cabin is a steering wheel with power adjustability for finding a comfortable driving position more quickly. The cabin is lit up with ambient interior lighting, and the seats are covered in upgraded leather upholstery. The front seats have the ventilation feature.

Tech upgrades for the Overland include the 9-speaker Alpine sound system and integrated navigation. Automatic braking comes with the front parking sensors, just like on the Trailhawk.

The Overland's Lux Tech Group includes everything from that one the Trailhawk. It adds on memory settings for the front passenger seat and a massaging function for the front seats. The climate control system is upgraded to a four-zone version.

The Off-Road Group adds on skid plate, all-terrain tires, and an electronic rear limited slip differential. With the Advanced ProTech Package, the Overland gets everything from the package on the Trailhawk plus a head-up display, which projects driving info onto the windshield in front of your eyes. It also has the Active Driving Assist system, which, in specific circumstances, uses automated driving for a hands-off experience.

Optional standalones include the 10.25-inch passenger touchscreen, the trailer tow package, and a 19-speaker premium sound system courtesy of McIntosh.

Compare the Grand Cherokee Overland vs Summit. What is the difference?

At the top of the line sits the Summit trim level. It comes with a slew of additional features and package options. The roof is done in gloss black, and the steering wheel gains wood trim for a higher sense of luxury. The front seats have a standard massaging function, and the front passenger seat comes with memory settings. Four-zone automatic climate control is also standard issue. The 4WD variant comes with the electronic rear limited slip differential.

A bunch of extra driver aids come on the Summit. The 360-degree surround-view camera, Active Driving Assist, automated parking system, and front cross-traffic alert are all included on the line-topping Summit.

The Summit has quite a few optional packages and standalones. The Lux Tech Group for the Summit adds a wireless charging pad and sunshades for the second row of seats. The Advanced ProTech Group comes with a digital rearview mirror, the night vision camera, and the head-up display.

Opting for the Summit Reserve package goes all-out on luxury features. This package swaps in 21-inch wheels and a synthetic suede headliner. The upholstery gets upgraded to premium leather material, and there is extended leather throughout the cabin. The trim gets upgraded to open-pore wood trim. Ventilated gets added to the second row of seats. The McIntosh sound system and 10.25-inch passenger touchscreen also come in this package.

Standalones for the Summit include the McIntosh sound system, passenger touchscreen display, and trailer tow package.

 

Final Thoughts

The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee is clearly jam-packed with options for how to configure this vehicle. You can probably spend hours trying to piece together how you want your Grand Cherokee to come. But how do you get the most bang for your buck without blowing through your budget?

What we recommend doing is going for the Limited trim level if you do not need the Trailhawk's off-roading prowess. The Limited is more affordable but feels well-equipped as it is. There are a good amount of optional packages and standalone features that you can add on it, so you can make it feel like a vehicle that is uniquely catered to you.

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