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The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Has 1 Secret Advantage

You wouldn’t expect the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee to perform well in this area, but it actually outshines the competition. Usually, Jeep models are for cruising and adventuring. However, the Grand Cherokee can be a capable beast too. 

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is great for towing 

According to The Car Connection, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an excellent option for towing! Who knew?! When you think about Jeep Models, towing doesn’t come to mind. The Jeep Wrangler can only tow 3,500 lbs, but the Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 7,650 lbs. So, Jeeps are better than expected for the long haul. 

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee towing an Airstream Trailer
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee towing an Airstream Trailer | Jeep

The Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 lbs when properly equipped and carry a payload of up to 1,140 lbs. This is with the 5.7-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive. The base models can tow up to 6,200 lbs and carry a payload of 1,180 lbs. So go ahead, pull your trailer or camper. The towing package adds about $995 to the price. 

The Trailer Tow Group IV package comes with a Class IV receiver hitch, wiring harness, a full-size spare tire, engine cooling system, and 180-amp alternator. The Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit trims also have a rear load-leveling suspension included with this package. 

You also get plenty of technology features to make towing easier. The trailer sway control feature stabilizes the trailer and minimizes sway at higher speeds. Plus, the rearview camera has a trailer-view function that allows you to view your trailer and the traffic around it. 

Is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee worth buying? 

Yes, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an excellent SUV option, especially if you have towing needs! It’s considered to be a good family SUV option with room for five that’s comfortable and capable of adventuring. 

You can get started in a Jeep Grand Cherokee for about $33,120. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 option with 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Holy Moly, this is tons of power for a base model.

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You can upgrade to the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 for 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The most muscular option is the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. 

According to Edmunds, the standard engine doesn’t have the most exciting acceleration. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8 seconds, which is average. You can increase its pep with an optional V8. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has confident braking, and the cabin is relatively quiet. The handling could be improved, and the ride can be bouncy, but it’s built for off-roading. It excels off the beaten path. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee features 

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a spacious interior with plenty of space for passengers in the front and back. You’ll find 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which is behind class leaders. However, the full-size spare tire accounts for some of that room. 

A red 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk on a racetrack at sunset
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk | Jeep

A 5.0-inch infotainment system comes standard, but you can upgrade to the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and there are charging ports in the front and rear. 

You can include the optional Wi-fi hotspot, in-dash navigation system, and rear-seat entertainment system to make road trips more fun for the kiddos. Optional safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.