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Introduction:

To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited 4X4

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
71
 overall score
Category Ranking: 26

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $46,405
Price as Tested: $54,375

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 23
EPA City mpg18
EPA Highway mpg25
EPA Combined mpg21

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [O]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

In the automotive world, there are 7-passenger SUVs and there are those designed for off-the-pavement adventuring. For folks who’d like a bit of both, there’s the new-for-2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Aesthetically, this handsome midsize crossover isn’t your typical family hauler, although it has plenty of headroom and legroom for 6 people with the standard second-row captain chairs or 7 with the available bench seat. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 (293 hp) that gives the L a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds (a 357-hp V8 is an option). The ride is comfortable, there’s a choice of 4-wheel-drive systems, and an available air suspension increases ground clearance. Unfortunately, the powertrain can feel a bit clunky, and fuel-economy ratings are lacking (21 mpg in combined driving). The Grand Cherokee L can be had in more affordable entry-level models, but it’s in the higher trims where it shines. Our Limited-trim tester featured LED headlights and a host of standard advanced safety features, plus options such as Jeep’s intuitive Uconnect 5 infotainment/ navigation system, a surround-view camera, and an oversize panoramic sunroof, among many others on offer.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Stylish exterior and interior
  • Spacious accommodationsin first and second rows
  • Intuitive infotainmentsystem

Weak Points

  • Unimpressive fueleconomy
  • Poor visibility because oftall rear head restraints
  • Tiny cargo area withthird-row seats in use

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 4820.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 204.9 / 77.9 / 71.5
Wheelbase (in): 121.7
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy XC
Front and rear tire size: 265/60 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): 6200
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: Four wheel
Engine/motor: 3.6L V6 DOHC VVT
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 293 @ 6400

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

9.00

Fuel Efficiency:

2.75

EPA Emissions Score:

7.00

Acceleration:

4.09

Braking:

5.56

Handling:

6.40

Ride Quality:

7.62

Interior Size:

4.24

Easy of Entry and Exit:

7.60

Visibility:

7.72

Interior Noise:

4.85

Cargo Capacity:

4.64
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