Keeping new cars attractive to consumers requires periodic refreshes. However, not all redesigns work. Sometimes, changes result in unintended reliability issues. Other times, bold style changes are a flop with buyers. But fortunately for Jeep, the brand has hit the mark with the redesigned two-row 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Here are three areas where this midsize crossover SUV excels, according to Consumer Reports.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts smooth powertrain performance
It’s hard to imagine a Jeep buyer for whom performance isn’t important. And the new Grand Cherokee prioritizes performance with several options that provide prospective buyers with the perfect powertrain for their needs.
The base model includes a 293-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine that can haul up to 6,200 pounds. But you can also choose a 357-hp, 5.7-liter V8 that can haul 7,200 pounds. There’s even a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant generating 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque while hauling three tons. In addition, Jeep offers three four-wheel-drive systems in addition to standard rear-wheel drive.
These numbers are competitive in the midsize SUV segment. But beyond the numbers, you might wonder how this midsize crossover handles. According to Consumer Reports, whose reviewers recently took a thorough look at the new Grand Cherokee, the SUV handles well. They noted the powertrain runs smoothly, with minimal engine noise.
Moreover, new enhancements, such as front and rear independent suspensions, help the 2022 Grand Cherokee handle uneven surfaces without riders experiencing each jolt or hearing each tire impact. An optional air suspension can raise the vehicle as high as 11.13 inches (2.73 inches higher than the previous edition) to handle even rockier terrain.
Consumer Reports likes the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s quiet interior
Even given the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s robust powertrain options, riders will hear minimal noise even at highway speeds. That’s no small feat in a segment known for roaring engines that often require passengers to speak louder or turn up the sound system to compensate.
Jeep has also taken great pains to lower noise seeping into the cabin, especially from wind and road. In fact, the Grand Cherokee comes with the aptly named Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), an in-vehicle system that cancels out noise from wind, tires, and engine operation. ANC monitors the vehicle for specific sound frequencies and levels and then plays an inverted frequency that reduces or cancels the noise you would otherwise hear.
This system, along with acoustic glass in the windshield and windows, helps keep the Jeep Grand Cherokee only as noisy as your passengers or the audio system are.
There’s plenty of space for people, storage, and cargo
Beyond boasting smooth performance and a quiet cabin, the new Grand Cherokee treats riders to more room. The 2022 model is larger than its predecessors, with a wheelbase that’s 3.5 inches longer and a height that’s two inches taller. That translates to substantial headroom and legroom in the front and back rows. According to Edmunds, front seat occupants get 39.9 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom, while rear riders get 39.4 and 38.2 inches, respectively.
There’s also a Grand Cherokee L model providing three rows of seating rather than two, but it also offers copious room for passengers to stretch out wherever they sit.
The Grand Cherokee also provides 37.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row and 70.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Those dimensions don’t make the Grand Cherokee a segment topper, but they outperform the Chevy Trailblazer, Toyota Venza, and other two-row midsize crossovers.
Consumer Reports found several other things to like about the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee, including fresh exterior styling, front and rear passenger entertainment through 10.25-inch and 10.1-inch touchscreens, and numerous off-road configurations sure to delight adventure seekers.
And though sales data over the next few years will show whether Jeep’s redesign was a win, preliminary indications signal it was worth the risk.