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Major upset alert! The Jeep Grand Cherokee L just changed the game by defeating the 2022 Kia Telluride for the title of Best Full-size SUV and Best Family SUV. How did the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L manage to take down the reigning champion? 

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. 2022 Kia Telluride 

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L wins best SUV
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L | Jeep

The results are in, and they’re pretty shocking. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L just took the 2022 Kia Telluride down in not one but two different categories. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the Best Full-Size SUV and the Best Family SUV according to Good House Keeping and Car and Driver. Usually, we just skim these lists because the Kia Telluride has been dominating as the best option for years! 

Car and Driver and GHI judge hundreds of new vehicles to adequately identify the best makes and models for each year. Test vehicles rack up thousands of miles as judges experience how they perform on and off the pavement. 

The most important categories include value, safety, handling, interior quality, comfort, and technology. Features such as how easily the seats fold down, how easy it is to install child seats, cargo space, and convenience features such as hands-free liftgates are also taken into consideration. 

Why did the Jeep Grand Cherokee L win? 

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L received high scores for taking everything that fans love about the Grand Cherokee and placing it into a larger package with more pace and functionality. It’s designed to maximize overall passenger comfort. 

Thanks to its longer wheelbase, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L provides an abundance of passenger and cargo space. It features class-leading legroom in the second row without compromising the third row.

You can access up to 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and up to 84.6 cubes. 

With the 2022 Kia Telluride, you get 21 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear with up to 87 cubes total. So, one offers more passenger space while the other has more roof for stuff. 

Critics and judges are also impressed by the Grand Cherokee L’s unmatched capabilities. It has a Quadra-Lift air suspension and multiple 4×4 systems such as the Quadra-Trac 1, Quadra -Trac 2, and Quadra-Drive III. 

The Grand Cherokee L is luxurious and safe 

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L interior
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L interior | Jeep

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Judges note that the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L takes luxurious comfort and amenities to the next level with soft-touch covered surfaces, open-pore wood trim, and tons of quilted leather upholstery. 

The class-leading tech consists of a night vision camera, a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, an optional 10.3-inch front passenger display, and rear-seat entertainment displays with Amazon Fire TV and Wi-Fi connectivity. 

Standard safety features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. You can add a 360-degree surround-view and drowsy driver detection. 

It seems like the Jeep Grand Cherokee L defeated the Kia Telluride because it offers more passenger space, advanced safety tech, more tech, and provides more off-roading capabilities. But the Kia Telluride can be equipped with AWD.