Upset Alert: The Jeep Grand Cherokee Challenges the Kia Telluride

Can you believe that the Kia Telluride just lost part of its crown to the Jeep Grand Cherokee? This is a pretty big surprise because rivals have been trying to catch the Telluride for years! Let’s see why the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2022 Kia Telluride 

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

The results are in, and according to U.S.News, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best mid-size SUV. But it’s also tied with the 2022 Kia Telluride and the 2022 Hyundai Palisade, creating a massive tie. 

Each of these SUVs earned a score of 8.6. However, the Grand Cherokee is the first option listed, making it seem like the top option instead of having to share the vehicle iron throne with two other options. 

U.S.News ranks vehicles based on reviews by respected automotive critics and data from third-party sources. Editors analyze credible reviews and assign a score to each vehicle based on its performance, safety, interior quality, fuel consumption, towing abilities, reliability, awards, and critic ratings. 

Why does the Jeep Grand Cherokee score well? 

We’re a little surprised to see the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the top of the list because it starts at $38,325. The 2022 Kia Telluride is a much more affordable option and starts at $33,390. 

But the Grand Cherokee was just completely redesigned to be more comfortable, provide a sleek, attractive look, incorporate modern technology, and to enhance its off-roading capabilities. You can even go for the Grand Cherokee L if you need extra seats. 

It’s praised for having a smooth ride, excellent off-roading capabilities, responsive handling, intuitive tech features, and a first-rate interior with supportive and comfortable seats. But its price and limited cargo features are listed as potential drawbacks. 

The 2022 Grand Cherokee features up to 37.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 70.8 cubes total. The Telluride provides up to 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 87 cubes. 

The Grand Cherokee has a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine with 290 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 5.7-liter V8 engine for 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 7,200 lbs. 

What’s so good about the Kia Telluride? 

A 2023 Kia Telluride playing in the dirt
2023 Kia Telluride | Kia

The 2022 Kia Telluride is praised for having plenty of cabin space, sleek technology, and tons of standard features. The interior is built with high-quality materials and advanced tech that’s easy to use. 

However, U.S.News shared that the Telluride doesn’t have the best engine or acceleration. It features a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. 

The Telluride can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee can reach 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. Also, the Telluride can tow up to 5,000 lbs. 

Also, the Telluride has all-wheel drive while the Jeep Grand Cherokee has Quadra-Trac four-wheel drive systems. Both SUVs can handle inclement weather situations, but the Telluride won’t go as far off the pavement. 

The Kia Telluride is the family favorite option, with high-class comfort and tons of standard features. However, the Grand Cherokee is a more capable option for towing and adventuring.

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