Jeep continues its grand SUV offering with the Grand Cherokee L

Other than that, aesthetically speaking, this seven-passenger SUV is familiar. It has the iconic waterfall mesh that has been a part of Jeep for many years. She has a powerful posture and a typical profile that loses some distinction. Among other full-size SUVs, it loses some traits (when compared to the Grand Wagoneer) by having a less elegant exterior.

Other than the elegant L symbol on the rear bumper and the American flag Grand Cherokee emblem on the side, there’s nothing else to make this SUV stand out from a crowded field of competitors.

My test device was the Summit Reserve cabin, which offers some great interior items that help re-establish this SUV as something that stands out from the crowd. As was the case with my Grand Wagoneer experience, the Grand Cherokee made me say wow a few times and shout, “Who does Jeb think they are!”

This is a great exclamation and really shows how Jeep has rebranded with SUVs like the Grand Cherokee. Sure, Jeep still has the powerful Wrangler, with its basic interior, but it really can strap on style and luxury, too. And with the Grand Cherokee L, the interior screams luxury with every look and every feel of its high-end focal points.

For 2022, Jeep is offering an optional 10.1-inch touchscreen to the passenger-side dashboard, to emulate that on the Grand Wagoneer. Standard is a 10.25-inch digital assembly and 8.4-inch touchscreen that integrates seamlessly with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Stellantis, the company that owns Jeep, continues to have one of the cleanest and most intuitive infotainment systems in the industry. And all the technologies come together perfectly inside the Grand Cherokee L.

With the Grand Cherokee L, the interior screams luxury with every look and every feel of its high-end focal points. For 2022, Jeep is offering an optional 10.1-inch touchscreen to the passenger-side dashboard. Standard is a 10.25-inch digital assembly and 8.4-inch touchscreen that integrates seamlessly with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Contributing photo/Jimmy Dinsmore

With the Grand Cherokee L, the interior screams luxury with every look and every feel of its high-end focal points. For 2022, Jeep is offering an optional 10.1-inch touchscreen to the passenger-side dashboard. Standard is a 10.25-inch digital assembly and 8.4-inch touchscreen that integrates seamlessly with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Contributing photo/Jimmy Dinsmore

Loading space behind the third-row seats is impressive with 17.2 cubic feet (with the seats upright). Gross cargo space is 84.6 cubic feet with all seats folded, which shows just how massive this SUV is.

My tester had the optional Summit Reserve Equipment Package, which offers a 19-speaker audio system, ventilated front seats, Palermo leather door inserts and quality leather seats throughout.

None of these nitty-gritty details would matter if the performance wasn’t there.

Fortunately, the Grand Cherokee L has a 3.6-liter V6 engine. This is less power than that of the Grand Wagoneer, but it also doesn’t struggle outside the line. The 293 horsepower is sufficient, and the eight-speed automatic transmission offers smooth, confident shifts. For those who want more power, there is an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine.

My tester came with available all-wheel drive and variable road settings. This adds an extra measure of confidence and also applies to Jeep’s off-road-capable prowess. You will not cross a mountain slope with the Grand Cherokee L, but in off-road conditions you will outperform many other competitors.

The base price for the Tester was $59,660. With additional equipment packages and options, my test machine had a final MSRP of $67,090.

The fuel economy of the V6-powered SUV is rated at 18 mpg city/city and 25 mpg highway. Within a week of mostly suburban-type driving, it averaged just over 21 mpg.

You know Jeep is headed for something when the only vehicle comparable to the Grand Cherokee L is another Jeep SUV. The greatness continues from Jeep and is on full display in the 2022 Grand Cherokee L.

Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance auto journalist. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @driversside

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Price / According to the price tested ……………………………………. .. … $ 59,600 / $ 67,090

Mileage……………………….18 mpg/city; 25 mpg/hour

Engine………………………………………… 3.6L V6

Power ………………………….. 293 hp / 260 lb-ft.

Transmission ………………………….. 8 speed automatic

Steering wheels … four-wheel drive

Final assembly point… Detroit, Michigan

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