4 Things Consumer Reports Likes About the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Consumer Reports has reached a verdict on the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. So, how does this extended version of the Grand Cherokee measure up? Here’s CR’s consensus, including the four things they liked best about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. They might be four reasons to buy one for yourself, too.

1. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has a smooth-shifting automatic transmission 

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There’s plenty to love about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. But Consumer Reports testers especially like the transmission. Though the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine harnesses 290 hp, the eight-speed automatic transmission gets all the glory.

Shifting is smooth, and handling is firm yet forgiving. Particularly notable are the downshifts in steep declines downhill. Because they’re calibrated appropriately, the driver doesn’t constantly need to tap the brakes when cruising down inclines.

If you decide you need more muscle, check out the Grand Cherokee L models with a 5.7-liter V8.

2. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L provides plenty of passenger and cargo space

Another characteristic Consumer Reports likes about the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the robust and spacious cabin. All L models measure 205 inches long — 15 inches longer than the five-seat Grand Cherokee. That translates to the extra interior room you’d expect. 

Behind the 50/50-split third-row seats is room to fit a few suitcases. You’ll also enjoy the cargo floor bin, perfect for stowing smaller items. And if you want even more space, you can tuck away the second-row captain’s chairs. 

3. Consumer Reports likes the roomy third row

Anyone considering a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L likely has at least an occasional need to seat more than five people. And as Consumer Reports points out, seating is a high point for this Jeep.

Many midsize SUVs fail to provide adequate third-row seating. That’s not the case with Grand Cherokee L, boasting a roomy third row.

Not only that, but the rear-most passengers also get padded outer armrests, a step up from the hard plastics most SUVs use in their third rows.

4. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L can tow a lot for a midsize SUV

It’s not often that a crossover SUV has the towing chops to rival many pickup trucks. But the V6 in the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L can pull some pretty hefty toys weighing up to 6,200 pounds. The V8 engine can pull even more — up to 7,200 pounds.

Grand Cherokee L models are also capable off-pavement. They have an all-wheel-drive system without low-range gearing, providing enough oomph to traverse a moderate dirt road or sand dune. But if you anticipate rougher terrain, the Overland 4×4, equipped with the optional Off-Road Group add-on, comes with all the beefy extras you need, including all-terrain tires, a limited-slip rear differential, air suspension, and low-range gearing. 

Consumer Reports also notes that if you have the 2022 Grand Cherokee L on your shortlist, know that the 2022 model has a few extras you won’t find on the 2021 introductory model. Consider the above four perks about this longer Grand Cherokee. You might decide they’re your favorite aspects, too, helping you make the best buying decision.

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