The right spec: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee


it looks better than you might expect. With a very Dodge-like viewfinder grille and door handles rotated 90 degrees, there’s definitely an alternate universe out there somewhere this thing was built.

At launch, the 2022 Grand Cherokee will be available in five trim levels, all familiar to faithful Jeeps. Loyal Laredo will be its price leader, slipping under $ 40,000 for a four-wheel drive version. By the way, anyone who willingly chooses to buy a Grand Cherokee with only two-wheel drive needs to re-examine their priorities. It’s a $ 4,500 walk for the next-level Altitude trim, then on a Limited trim (which isn’t limited at all in terms of production numbers, of course), before hitting the $ 50,000 mark with the Trailhawk. A sleek Summit Reserve, definitely the trim on hand for Tim’s driving schedule, will be sticky at $ 66,660 for a V8 model.

It’s a huge price differential, which is why we’re here to break it down with The Right Spec. Putting aside the Laredo base which has fabric seats and lacks standard core elements like a heated steering wheel, there’s a lot to like in the Limited-equipped with V6 with its updated sound system and better seating options. Add objects that impress the neighbor like ambient lighting (yes, this is important for some people) and a memory system so you don’t worry about mirrors after your spouse is behind the wheel, and this trim could be a good option. for many buyers.

However – and this author is writing these words with a bright blue 2020 Cherokee Trailhawk in his driveway – it’s worth considering the leap to a Trailhawk trim if the budget allows. Not only does this model have much more visual appeal than its more curb-focused siblings, it also packs the 4 × 4 Quadra-Drive II system that includes a limited-slip rear differential and electronic sway bar disconnect. The air suspension is also part of the Trailhawk deal, along with semi-active shock absorbers and a two-speed transfer case with low range.

Am I too optimistic that most Trailhawk buyers will use these features in the same way I do with my Cherokee? Probably. However, a maximum of 11.3 inches of ground clearance will definitely help in the snow belt – and if it doesn’t, that’s what those bright red tow hooks are for. The only choice you have to make is between powering the V6 or spending an extra $ 3,300 (for a total of $ 54,570) on a growling Hemi V8 engine.

Please note that the prices listed here are in US dollars and are currently accurate for base prices minus any fees, taxes or discounts. Your dealer can (and should) sell for less (despite obscene market conditions). Keep your feet down, rely on the discounts available, and bargain hard.

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