There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to SUVs sporting 3-rows of seats, and it’s one some of us weren’t expecting. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, which we’re very familiar with, has added another row of seats and can now compete on the same level as the likes of the Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer.
Autotrader has the scoop on how much you can expect to pay for each trim level of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Let’s see what kind of price we’ll end up paying for each trim the Cherokee L offers.
How much are the three lower-end Jeep Grand Cherokee L trims?
The base model is the Jeep Grand Cherokee L Laredo, which has an MSRP of $36,995 with rear-wheel drive. If you upgrade to an all-wheel-drive system, you can expect to pay about $2,000 more. With this model, you can get blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a 10.25-inch infotainment display screen.
Also, destination charges aren’t included, so add about $1,695 to your purchase price for that. The next trim level is the Limited, which offers features like a power liftgate, remote start, and leather upholstery. This model’s price begins at $43,995.
The next level up is the Overland. For $52,995 beginning price, you can get a Nappa leather interior, a dual-pane sunroof, and a hands-free liftgate. You will also have the opportunity to add off-roading features as well.
Are the two Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s higher trim levels worth the price?
If the lower trims weren’t expensive enough, there are two higher trims offered that will cost you even more money. The Summit model starts at $56,995, and it adds features like 16-way power seats with a massage function as well as oak wood accent pieces for the interior.
The highest trim, the Summit Reserve, adds a premium McIntosh 19-speaker system, higher-quality leather, and 21-inch wheels. Purchasing this model will set you back $61,995.
While the two higher trims offer plenty of luxuries and convenience features, you would end up paying tons more than you would for one of the lower trims that have similar amenities. You could easily avoid these two trims unless you want the over-the-top luxury items, and don’t mind the high price tags.
How well will it perform?
The standard engine under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L will be a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 motor, which FCA used for years. This double overhead cam engine generates 290 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. If you need a little extra power, you can opt for the 5.7-liter V8 motor that produces 357 hp and 390 lb-ft. Paired with these engines is an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Towing won’t be too bad with the Grand Cherokee L. If you purchase the model with the V6 motor, you can expect to haul 6,200 lbs. But, if you went with the more powerful V8, the towing capacity increases to 7,200 lbs.
FCA offers three different four-wheel-drive systems with the new Grand Cherokee L model. The first one is an all-wheel-drive mode, while the other two give you a four-wheel drivetrain combined with two-speed transfer cases.
Adding a third row to the Jeep Grand Cherokee is definitely appealing to those looking to haul around families or friends. The prices, however, aren’t as impressive, since there’s seems to be large jumps in the cost of one trim level to the next. Stick with the base or possibly one of the lower-end versions and save yourself some money.