The 2023 Grand Cherokee is a multifaceted SUV located at the intersection of machismo and elegance. While the base model Grand still offers a package that’s completely mainstream — meaning, not very fancy — the mid-range and high-end trims are packed with upscale features and upscale materials that make it a distinct luxury player. Despite this upward mobility, the Grand Cherokee retains its trail-breaking off-road ability – it is a Jeep after all. Two powertrains are offered: a V-6 and a plug-in hybrid system called 4xe. The Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV. It’s just as happy with suburban family life as it is plodding through the woods, and it offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo inside its spacious cabin. But if your family includes more than a few kids, you might find the three-row Grand Cherokee L (reviewed separately) more accommodating.
What’s new for 2023?
After a complete redesign for the 2022 model year, the 2023 Grand Cherokee sees only a few changes, but they’re big. For starters, the 5.7-liter V-8 is no longer offered. Additionally, the off-road-focused Trailhawk model is now exclusively offered with Jeep’s 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. Midrange Limited and Overland trims now come standard with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen with navigation. The nine-speaker Alpine stereo system is now available as a stand-alone option on the Limited, while the Overland and Summit models can be ordered with a 19-speaker McIntosh stereo.
Prices and which one to buy
The Grand Cherokee starts thousands higher than competitors like the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade— consider it the Jeep brand tax — and its higher trims are priced similarly to some luxury SUVs. That said, we think the Limited model represents the best mix of features, beefing up the base Laredo with more equipment to satisfy luxury buyers. The Limited comes standard with leather upholstery, a power tailgate, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, interior ambient lighting, automatic high-beam headlights, remote start, and more. We’d like the Lux Tech Group II package, which adds rain-sensing wipers, a wireless phone charger, perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering column, a digital rearview mirror, second-row sun visors. , a 360-degree exterior camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and a collision avoidance feature that helps when traveling through intersections.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Grand is powered by either a 293-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 or the plug-in hybrid 4xe powertrain, which consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four and an electric traction motor that produces a combined 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid’s motor is juiced by a 14.0 kWh battery pack. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the base V-6, but all-wheel drive is standard on Grand Cherokees with the plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Several different four-wheel drive systems are available, including an electronically locking limited-slip differential. A Trailhawk model with more rugged off-road equipment and greater capability features an adjustable air suspension that provides up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance and a detachable sway bar that allows for greater wheel articulation to tackle tough terrain. The fastest Grand Cherokee is the 4xe, which leaps to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and hits a quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 100 mph. That’s 0.3 seconds faster to 60 mph than the discontinued 2022 V-8 model. At our test track, a V-6-powered Summit test vehicle had a respectable 7.4 second run to 60 mph. The Grand Cherokee is impressively assembled and has an exceptionally smooth ride.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel economy estimates for the V-6-powered Grand Cherokee are typical of the midsize SUV segment at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when paired with rear-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive lowers each of those estimates by 1 mpg. The plug-in hybrid 4xe delivers better fuel economy and is rated for 23 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. It comes with a 14.0-kWh battery pack and a 134-hp electric motor that allows the Grand Cherokee to travel up to 26 miles per charge. Jeep boasts that the Grand Cherokee with the 4xe drive system has completed the famed Rubicon route entirely in its EV driving mode. For more information on the Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
A thoroughly modernized cabin replaces the outgoing Grand Cherokee’s somewhat dated interior. While base Laredo models offer the essentials, upscale Summit and Overland trims will add luxuries, including quilted leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim and high-tech digital displays. The Grand Cherokee is strictly a two-row SUV, but buyers looking for a third row can upgrade to the Grand Cherokee L, which we review separately. We haven’t had a chance to test drive the new Grand Cherokee, but we expect it to accommodate more of our carry-on bags than the previous-generation model.
Infotainment and connectivity
Hovering just above the surface of the Grand Cherokee’s dashboard is either an 8.4- or 10.1-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM satellite radio. In-dash navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates is optional, and higher-end models can be had with a digital gauge cluster, a 10.0-inch head-up display, and another 10.3-inch display mounted in the dashboard is embedded for use by the front passenger. While the Laredo and Limited models ship with a standard six-speaker stereo, buyers can upgrade to either a nine-speaker Alpine sound setup or a high-end 19-speaker McIntosh arrangement.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Driver assistance features like pedestrian detection, lane assist and semi-autonomous driving modes are becoming increasingly important to buyers, and Jeep delivers a more comprehensive range of standard safety technology to meet that demand. For more information on the Grand Cherokee’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Although the Grand Cherokee has moved to the premium end of the market, its standard warranty package has remained basic. Rivals like the Telluride and the Hyundai Santa Fe both offer longer terms here, but the Jeep’s warranty is in line with most other mainstream rivals, including the Chevrolet Jacket and the Ford Edge.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Three years of free scheduled maintenance is included
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, 4 Wheel Drive, 5 Passenger, 4 Door Wagon
Base/As Tested: $62,095/$71,080
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 220 inches33604 cm3
Power: 293 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.9-in ventilated disc/13.8-in ventilated disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
275/45R-21 110Y M+S
Wheelbase: 116.7 inches
Length: 193.5 inches
Width: 77.5 inches
Height: 70.9 inches
Passenger volume: 145 feet3
Cargo volume: 38 feet3
Curb weight: 4863 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.4 sec
1/4-mile: 15.6 sec @ 87 mph
100 mph: 21.4 sec
Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 7.8 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.3 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 117 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-ft Skid road: 0.85 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 22 mpg
Highway range: 500 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 22/19/26 mpg
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
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