The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Needs Family Improvements

We’ve been spotting a few Jeep Grand Cherokee L models on the streets. It’s pretty exciting to see the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L out on family vacations and running errands. But there are a few ways it could be improved for family travel. 

Is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L worth buying? 

Two 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L models
Two 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L models | Jeep

Yes, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a great option to consider. If you love Jeep, this one is a little larger with a third row. This means that you have room to take your kids, the dog, and all their stuff with you. 

You can get started in a new Jeep Grand Cherokee L for about $36,996. It gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway, so it is a little thirsty. But the luxury interior, off-roading capability, and more should make up for that. However, one critic found a few things to improve for family travel. 

Possible Grand Cherokee L drawbacks 

According to the team at Cars.com, the third row in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L doesn’t have latch anchors. The latch anchors are in the second row, and the anchors are easy to access and utilize. 

However, a latch anchor in the third row would provide an extra place for a child to sit. It would also make things more flexible for traveling families. Rivals like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade have them in the back. You can use the seat belts in the third row to stall car seats, but this can be more difficult to figure out. 

When installing a booster or forward-facing seat, the car seat needs to be flush against the seatback to fit correctly. The head restraints on the seats may get in the way and prevent booster seats from fitting, and they can’t be removed. The head restraints are stuck where they are! 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is also missing the beloved Uconnect Theater functionality that’s found in the Chrysler Pacifica. It allows for the touchscreens in the second row to display DVDs, media from HDMI-connected devices, and built-in games. It serves as a feature that would be convenient during long road trips. 

What family-friendly features come with the Jeep Grand Cherokee L? 

The McIntosh MX950 audio system in a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve McIntosh MX950 audio system | Jeep

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is large and versatile. You can opt for captain’s chairs in the second row. There are 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row that expands to 46.9 cubic feet when it’s folded down. Also, there’s up to 84.6 cubic feet total. 

You can get up to 12 USB-A and C ports throughout the cabin, and there is plenty of storage for smaller items. You get side-window sunshades, a rear-seat reminder, and an in-cabin camera too. 

The 10.1-inch touchscreen can be equipped with in-dash navigation and real-time weather updates. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and you can upgrade to wireless connectivity. 

Plus, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L offers more standard safety features. You get standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control also come standard. 

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