Consumer Reports Doesn’t Recommend the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L made a big splash when it was announced, but Consumer Reports isn’t so sure about the three-row SUV. Though it hasn’t gone through the entire litany of tests yet, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L might fall short. In case you didn’t know, the Grand Cherokee L is the new three-row version of the regular Grand Cherokee.

Consumer Reports tested the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Consumer Reports doesn't recommend the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L | Jeep

While it isn’t the only factor that goes into buying a new car, Consumer Reports testing is a good tool. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L went through the first set of tests. The overall score came in at 63 out of 100, making it ninth out of 14 midsized SUVs. Consumer Reports gave the Jeep SUV scored a respectable 75 out of 100 on the road test.

When it came to the predicted reliability, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L only racked up a score of two out of five. The predicted owner satisfaction came in at four out of five, which is pretty good. Consumer Reports thought that the driving experience was positive overall. The comfort of the 2022 Grand Cherokee L was above average, too. When it came to the value, CR thought that the L didn’t deliver as much as it could.

The highs and lows for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been a popular vehicle in its class, but the L gives buyers an option for a bigger SUV. Consumer Reports found that it was “roomy, comfortable, and well-appointed.” However, the acceleration is slow, the braking could be better, and the fuel economy falls short.

On the list of highs, the transmission, interior space, third-row, and towing capacity made the list. The acceleration, braking, noisy engine, and controls were listed for the lows. But the Jeep Grand Cherokee L has room for seven passengers and comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Jeep offers a 3.6L V6 getting 290 hp or a 5.7L V8 with 357 hp.

One area where the Grand Cherokee L shines is the safety section. On the Consumer Reports list of 13 safety features, the L has each one as standard. That includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

It might not be the right three-row SUV for everyone

There are still a lot of positives highlighted when it comes to the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. For Jeep people, this is an addition to the lineup that was needed. The Grand Cherokee L is the perfect fit for those who are brand loyal.

But Consumer Reports says there are better options on the market for a similar price, especially as far as three-row SUVs go. Check out the 2022 Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander. The Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9, and Chevrolet Traverse also got top-marks. With the SUV market continuing to grow, there are enough options to go around. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is still a solid three-row SUV that gets the job done.

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