The Jeep Grand Cherokee first rolled off the production line in 1992, and the 2022 model proves why this SUV has thrived for three decades when other vehicles have gone the way of the dinosaurs. The Grand Cherokee has all the features Jeep lovers adore, looks tough, and now boasts some much-needed tech. Even though Consumer Reports doesn’t like two things about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, neither is a dealbreaker.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a long braking distance
Brakes are one of those car features that most consumers care about less than amenities like Apple CarPlay and heated seats. But braking power is one of the most important aspects of a vehicle.
The brakes were one of two features that Consumer Reports took issue with when test driving a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Michelin Primacy XC size 265/60R18 110H tires. It’s not because the brakes failed to work. It’s that they took longer than should be necessary to bring the SUV to a complete stop.
This is a crucial feature to have, as it can easily put you and others in danger if it takes your vehicle too long to stop. It can mean the difference between a startled pedestrian and a trip to the hospital.
Fortunately, the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s brakes don’t take so long to stop the vehicle that it’s dangerous. It scored in the middle of the pack among SUVs that CR has tested.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has ‘oddly designed’ controls
Nowadays, it’s common to have a learning curve for new controls. Whether on a new TV, computer, or automobile, technology advances rapidly, meaning you’ll have to learn or relearn a few things.
But most manufacturers follow trends that make controls more user-friendly and intuitive. However, Consumer Reports calls the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s controls “oddly designed.” It also gave the SUV an average rating in the “Usability” category, CR’s “expert judgment of the clarity, intuitiveness, placement, and ease of use” of interior controls. Consumer Reports didn’t elaborate further about the issue but promised a more detailed Road Test Report soon.
Consumer Reports mentions plenty of positives
One of the best new features of the 2022 Grand Cherokee versus previous models is that it’s wider and longer. In fact, it’s now 3.5 inches longer and 2 inches taller. That means more room for luggage and gear as you head out on summer adventures.
The infotainment screen has also grown. It’s now available with an 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch diameter. It’s part of the Uconnect 5 system, which has earned high praise from some reviewers.
In addition, CR says the driving experience is a pleasure, and Jeep designed several trim levels with off-roaders in mind. But the SUV still provides a decent ride on paved roads, which cannot be said for the Wrangler.
Furthermore, the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s powertrain runs smoothly, whether you choose the V6 engine or upgrade to the V8. There’s also a plug-in hybrid for eco-conscious buyers who don’t want to go fully electric just yet.
Although some Jeep models face criticism for wind and road noise in the cabin, the Grand Cherokee doesn’t fall into this trap. The interior is quiet enough, although you probably won’t be able to hear a pin drop. That’s because Jeep has taken care to make the interior roomy and comfortable. Passengers even get infotainment screens to keep them amused on the ride, a blessing to anyone hauling children.
So, is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee the perfect vehicle? No. But it’s close.