Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee comes in several different trims -- Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, High Altitude, Trailhawk, Overland and Trailhawk L Plus. Two engines are available and both front-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are available across all trim levels.

The basic engine in the Cherokee is a 2.4L 4-cylinder unit that produces 184 horsepower. When mated to the standard (and industry-first) 9-speed automatic with front-wheel drive, the Cherokee is capable of up to 31 mpg on the highway. The more powerful engine option is a 3.2L V6, which produces 271 horsepower and gives the Cherokee quite good acceleration for its class. This engine features stop/start technology to help boost fuel economy and it is also mated to the same 9-speed transmission used in the 4-cylinder version.

The Latitude trim includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-colored exterior mirrors and door handles, projector beam fog lamps, roof rails and a rearview camera.

The Latitude Plus adds to that with an 8.4-inch Uconnect radio featuring a color touch screen, SiriusXM radio, keyless go, leather inserts in the cloth seats, a leather steering wheel and an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat.

Step up to the Limited trim and things begin to get quite luxurious. Limited Cherokees get leather seats, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a heated steering wheel, a nicer instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch color touchscreen display, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio connectivity, dual-zone climate control and automatic headlights.

The High Altitude Cherokee is much like the Limited but adds blackout exterior trim, with gloss black alloy wheels, badges, lower grille and roof rack.

The Trailhawk edition steps away from luxury and instead concentrates on off-road capabilities. The Trailhawk Cherokee includes a much nicer 4-wheel-drive system, with a locking differential for ultimate grip in low traction environments. It also has more undercar protection and a one-inch lift in the suspension. Interior amenities echo what's included in the Latitude trim, plus exclusive seating with Nappa leather bolsters and red accent stitching, as well as a driver-configurable digital cluster display.

The Cherokee Overland rides on 18-inch wheels and includes a power liftgate, extra sound deadening material for a quieter ride, wooden steering wheel inserts, a leather-trimmed dash, Nappa leather seating with ventilated, power-adjustable front seats, navigation and a premium Alpine 9-speaker sound system.

Finally, the Trailhawk L Plus brings the off-road capability of the Trailhawk, along with ventilated and heated Nappa leather seats, heated steering wheel and mirrors, dual-zone climate control and a power liftgate.

Safety features on the Cherokee include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, hill-start control and ten airbags. Optional safety features include a blind spot monitor, park assist, a forward collision warning system and a roadside assistance button.

Editors' Review

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee can do it all. With advanced four-wheel-drive systems, an available air suspension and lots of ground clearance, this SUV is an adept mountain climber. Yet thanks to its handsome styling and premium interior, it's still a great option for family duty or a night on the town. Whether it's tackling the Rubicon Trail or shuttling you and your spouse to orchestra hall, the Grand Cherokee is up for just about anything.

The aggressive sounding but eminently livable Trailhawk model sits smack dab in the middle of the Grand Cherokee range. Only available with two rows of seats, this trim level is designed for off-roading. Accordingly, it comes standard with a Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system as well as an electronic limited-slip rear differential. There's also a Quadra-Lift air suspension, a disconnecting sway bar and standard 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires.

The Grand Cherokee you see here is powered by a 3.6-liter V6, though there's nothing base about this entry-level offering. Smooth throughout the rev range and quiet, to boot, Stellantis' Pentastar V6 is always a delight, delivering a class-competitive 293 horsepower along with 260 pound-feet of torque. Sure, those figures are a far cry from what the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 cranks out (357 hp, 390 lb-ft), but the Pentastar engine is more than up to the challenge of hauling around a big-boned, 4,747-pound SUV. That V6 even enables the Grand Cherokee to tow up to 6,200 pounds, though you can drag half a ton more if you opt for the Hemi.

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The Good ~ Snappy infotainment system ~ Impressive off-road chops ~ Well-designed cabin ~ Smooth, potent V6

The Bad ~ Piano black is never a good idea ~ Confusing instrument cluster ~ Styling is a step backwards

The Bottom Line The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is all kinds of awesome.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 9.5

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