The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Fails to Disappoint Critics

Automotive critics are struggling to find anything negative to say about the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The longer Jeep Grand Cherokee is proving to be an excellent three-row option for adventurers that need a little extra space. 

Is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L a good SUV? 

A white 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve parked in the forest shade
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve | Stellantis

Yes, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is an excellent three-row SUV to consider. Critics are finding it difficult to find anything negative to say about this brand-new beast that’s perfect for daily driving and adventures. 

Car and Driver mentioned that the fuel economy isn’t the best. The Grand Cherokee L gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. Perhaps a hybrid variant known as the 4xe is on the way to improve these figures. 

Edmunds noted that the base engine is a little underwhelming. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine provides 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is a respectable amount of power. You can upgrade to the 5.7-liter V8 with 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque for a more satisfying acceleration. 

Motor Authority accidentally bottomed out on a trail and scratched the skid plates under the carriage. But that’s fine. The skid plates protect the vital components and can be replaced. The larger Jeep still proved its off-roading abilities.  

What do critics like about the Grand Cherokee L? 

We covered the potential drawbacks with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Now we can go over what critics enjoyed. 

The Grand Cherokee L is great for off-roading. It has a unibody design instead of the less refined and more capable body-on-frame design. But that’s fine. It also has a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing. 

You can get the transfer case paired with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. Also, the Quadra-Lift air suspension can lift the body an additional 2.4 inches to offer 10.9 inches of ground clearance. 

You can ford water up to two feet deep, and the systems are combined with special off-roading bumpers for enhanced approach and departure angles. Plus, bring your camper along. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L can tow up to 7,200 lbs. 

It’s also fun to drive. The V6 engine can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds, and the V8 is about one second faster. The steering is responsive, and the braking is confident. Also, the front and rear multi-link suspension provides a smooth ride. 

How comfortable is the Jeep Grand Cherokee L? 

The tan-leather and wood-trimmed front interior of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve front interior | Stellantis

All three rows of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L are spacious and comfortable. The seats have plenty of supportive padding and lumbar support for longer drives. The optional heated and ventilated seats only enhance comfort. 

You can opt for captain’s chairs in the second row. Plus, the second row slides seven inches to provide more space for passengers in the third row. There is plenty of room for adults back there. 

You can opt for the four-zone automatic climate control, a backseat camera system to keep an eye on the kids, and 12 USB ports throughout the cabin, including USB-C ports. Wireless AppleCarPlay and Android Auto are also included. 

The Cherokee L hasn’t been out for long, but it’s already making waves as one epic family option to consider. You can get started in one for about $36,995 to enjoy daily commutes and wild adventures.

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