Jeep has secured itself a place in the history books as one of the oldest SUVs. Although initially designed for the battlefield, the Jeep has become an icon for the off-roading lifestyle. The 2021 Grand Cherokee continues this rich tradition in style. The 2021 edition promises an excellent experience for enthusiasts, including posh interiors, diverse lineups, and remarkable towing power. Read on to discover more about the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2020 Vs. 2021: What's the Difference?
Although Jeep hasn't done significant redesigns on the Grand Cherokee in ten years, they have managed to keep the model modern and competitive. Once again, there are no significant changes between the 2020 and the 2021 models of the Grand Cherokee. The most significant change is adding two new trim levels to an already impressive lineup. In addition to the Laredo X trim, Jeep has added an 80th-anniversary L-model. Here is more about each of the trims.
What the Various Trim Levels Offer
The Grand Cherokee is now available with the L-model addition in ten different trim levels. The choice ranges from the basic Loredo to the powerful Trackhawk. Here is a breakdown of the features to expect from each trim.
Buyers have two options when it comes to the Laredo trim. You can either get the Laredo E or the Laredo X. While both options come with a 296 hp V6 engine, there are slight differences. For instance, the Laredo E is a rear-wheel drive although you can pay extra for the upgrade. On the other hand, the Laredo X has both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. Additional features found in the Laredo X include synthetic leather up hostelry, an 8.4" touchscreen, heated steering, and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Grand Cherokee Limited and the 80th Anniversary
The Grand Cherokee Limited is an upgrade on the Laredo X. It has all the basic features of the Lerado, plus a few notable additions. For instance, the L-model comes with genuine leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a four-wheel drive. The Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary edition comes in rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. Additional safety features include forward collision, lane departure warning, park assist, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is one of the more rugged models. It has all the features in the L-model plus a few extra ones. The additional features include skid plates, adjustable air suspension, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and all-terrain tires. Although it comes with a V6 engine, you can upgrade to V8.
Grand Cherokee Overland
The Grand Cherokee Overland is also an upgrade on the Limited model. Buyers can choose between the rear-wheel and four-wheel-drive models, and they have the option of upgrading the V6 engine at an added cost. Its outstanding features include high beams, a sunroof, air suspension, heated rear seats, and 20-inch wheels.
Grand Cherokee Summit and High Altitude
Both these trims come with the Overland features plus a few choice additions. Once again, buyers are confronted with a choice between rear-drive and four-wheel-drive models. This trim boasts extra features, including lane departure, automatic emergency braking, and hands-free parking. For the Summit, features include Harman Kadon 19 speaker sound system and aluminum interior accents.
The Grand Cherokee SRT
The SRT shares a lot of its primary features with the High Altitude. The most significant addition is the 475-horsepower V8 engine. Other features added in the SRT include adaptive suspension, flat-bottom steering, and high-performance brakes.
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Trackhawk is the most luxurious trim. It is an essential upgrade to the SRT models. Its most notable feature is the supercharged 6.2 liter, 707-horsepower V8 engine. Its special details include a sport exhaust, high-performance suspension, heavy-duty eight-speed transmission, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The answer is different for everyone, depending on your driving needs and budget. We recommend the Lerado X for buyers looking to own a Jeep without splurging. You will get the standard safety features and amenities. However, if you are looking for more power, the SRT is your cheapest option.
What Kind of Technology Does It Have?
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is fully stocked in every department when it comes to tech. Safety features include lane departure, parking assist, forward collision warning, blindspot monitoring, climate control, and rear-view cameras. The infotainment technology available includes Carplay or Android Auto, satellite radio, navigation, a touchscreen, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
How Does It Perform?
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee standard V6 engine provides more than enough power for daily driving. The six-speed automatic transmission provides for the seamless transition on the highway. However, the V8 engine is impressive, with an acceleration of 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.
In terms of handling, the Grand Cherokee excels off-road better than on the road. The Trailhawk trims are the best for off-roading with all-terrain tires and suspensions. The Grand Cherokee only lags when in gas mileage. The V6 engine gets a good 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Is it Safe and Reliable?
Safety is just as important as performance. The 2021 Grand Cherokee received the highest rating in four out of six tests. However, there are some unsatisfactory ratings, regarding how the lower trims illuminate the road ahead. The good news is that the Grand Cherokee got the highest superior rating in collision avoidance.
Additionally, both the four-wheel and two-wheel drive models earned five stars in the side crash tests. They also received a respectable four stars in the front crash tests by the National Highway and Safety Administration.
What is the Interior Like?
The 2021 Grand Cherokee is both comfortable and spacious. There is adequate head and legroom for the driver and the passengers. The seats are correctly supported and well-cushioned.
The upholstery options include cloth in the lower trims, synthetic leather in the midterms, and genuine leather in the upper trims. Other features, such as a heated steering wheel and seats, also add to the luxurious feel. All other interior parts are either covered in upholstery or soft plastics.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Overall, the 2021 Grand Cherokee holds its own in a class dominated by other midsized SUVs. Despite stiff competition, it remains one of the best vehicles for off-roading. However, when you are looking for alternatives, consider the Honda Passport, Ford Edge, and the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Note: All Jeep Grand Cherokee lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.