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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a vacation hero

Jeep's fifth-generation SUV is surprisingly posh and unusually versatile, and it might be even better with three rows.

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This is the first iteration of the fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it's bigger and better than ever.

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If that wheelbase and overall length look longer than expected, that's because they are. This is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and that L means this is a long-wheelbase model.

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Riding atop a new chassis, this is the first Grand Cherokee model to carry a third row.

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This is the range-topping Summit Reserve model, and it's seriously posh.

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Check out that finely stitched Palermo leather, and the vast, artfully curved expanses of open-pore waxed walnut.

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Everything feels as good as it looks in here, plus there's a lot of tech.

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The Grand Cherokee L's look is evolutionary, but handsomely so. This is a design that should age well.

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This particular model is powered by parent-company Stellantis' Pentastar V6. In this application, the engine is tuned to deliver 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. 

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If you'd rather have a V8, you can opt for a 5.7-liter Hemi with 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. A 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain is due for the platform in the winter of 2022, but it's not immediately clear if it will be offered on this larger L variant.

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Roadshow hit the start button this Grand Cherokee L and drove it from Detroit all the way to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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This fully loaded Summit Reserve features Quadra-Lift adaptive air suspension. Hit the switch and you'll get up to 10.9 inches of ground clearance, enough to ford 2 feet of water.

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Lower-spec Grand Cherokee L models will do battle against more carlike three-row crossovers, including the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas.

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Step up to higher-end models like this, and this Jeep becomes a surprisingly legitimate rival for luxury three-row models like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7.

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