The ruggedness and luxury of the Jeep Grand Cherokee long ago achieved classic status among SUVs. The 2021 model is no different and even brings with it new features and options for you to choose from. Here are some of the best things you can take advantage of if you opt for a 2021 Grand Cherokee.
A Powerful Engine
Whether you’re going off-road or sticking to the highway, the V-6 engine that comes standard with the Grand Cherokee has proven reliable and is up there with the best when it comes to power. It delivers this power and reliability while maintaining a relatively impressive fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway.
If you opt for the standard V-6 engine, your Jeep will be capable of towing a class-leading 6,200 pounds — more than enough for a travel trailer or other large items. If this isn’t enough for your needs, you can always upgrade to the ridiculously powerful V-8, which will bump your towing capacity up to 7,200 pounds.
A Trim for Every Budget
An new choice you have with the 2021 Grand Cherokee is whether you want two or three rows of seating. The new three-row L models are built on a new mechanical platform. It’s expected that Jeep will switch its two-row models over to the same platform for the 2022 model.
The Grand Cherokee L’s range of four trims ensures that there’s something available for every budget. Even with the Laredo, which has a starting price of less than $35,000, you still get the powerful Jeep V-6 engine, the classic exterior design, and a rugged interior feel. If you want a little more luxury and extra power under the hood, the top-of-the-line Summit trim starts at just under $60,000.
In between the Laredo and Summit trims, you have the options of the Limited or Overland. If you’re planning on upgrading to the V-8 engine, be aware that this option is only available with the Limited trim and above.
If you opt for the two-row, five-seater Grand Cherokee, you have additional trim options: eight regular trims and two limited editions. These include the rugged Trailhawk, the luxurious Summit, and the high-powered Trackhawk, which comes close to $100,000 when all additions are included.
Excellent Off-Roading Capabilities
If off-roading is your thing, the 2021 Grand Cherokee has just what you’re looking for. If you choose to buy the Overland or Summit trims, you’ll get an adjustable air suspension system. This enables you to adjust your suspension with five settings, ranging from 6.5 inches when you’re parked to 10.9 inches when you’re off-roading.
Various Four-Wheel-Drive Options
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee allows you to choose from four different four-wheel-drive options, depending on your budget and what you plan to use your SUV for. The standard four-wheel-drive option with the Laredo trim, known as Quadra-Track I, splits power half-and-half between the front and rear wheels. If you’re planning to do a lot of off-roading, it would be a good idea to upgrade to Quadra-Track II, which comes as an add-on with the Laredo but is standard on most other trims. The Quadra-Track II includes a hill descent control that will help you manage steep grades, plus low-range gears.
You can get even better traction with the Quadra-Drive II system, which comes standard on top trims like the Trailhawk and Summit. This four-wheel-drive system includes an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Both the Quadra-Track II and Quadra-Drive II systems allow you to switch between different terrain settings, such as snow, mud, sand, and rock.
The fourth four-wheel-drive option is not designed for off-roading but for performance. It’s available on the SRT trim.
Seating and Cargo Space
With a two-row Grand Cherokee, you can easily seat five adults thanks to the substantial legroom available in both the front and second rows. The three-row L models will prove ideal for larger families.
Behind the third row of the Grand Cherokee L, you’ll have space for just over 17 cubic feet of cargo. Fold down the third row to boost that storage to over 46 cubic feet. And if you’re transporting something much bigger, flattening the second row of seats will boost your storage capacity to over 84 cubic feet.
Entertainment and Comfort
Jeep’s Uconnect Android-based infotainment system is easy to use, responds quickly, and is sure to keep your passengers entertained. It’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is operated by a 7-inch touch screen that comes standard on most trims. There’s an option to upgrade to a larger touch screen, or you can get the 10.1-inch screen as a standard option on some of the Grand Cherokee L trims.
While you’re on the road, the Grand Cherokee provides you and your passengers with more than enough connections to keep your phones and other electronic devices fully charged. The Grand Cherokee L, for instance, features 12 USB ports located in various places throughout the cabin.
Driver Assistance and Safety
Many driver assistance features come standard with the 2021 Grand Cherokee. You’ll be able to access all-speed automatic emergency braking plus pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot detection. Rear parking sensors also come as standard, helping you maneuver your Jeep into a safe parking space.
As optional extras, you can choose to add a night vision system, a more advanced parking assist feature, and a digital rearview camera.
When you buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee, it comes with three years of maintenance at no additional cost through the Jeep Wave program. In addition, you get a five-year warranty on the powertrain for your peace of mind.
So there you have it! We’ve taken you through some of the many outstanding features you’ll find on the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Do you still have questions? Are you looking for further details about specific trims or wondering about the differences between the 2021 Grand Cherokee two-row model and the Grand Cherokee L? Here at Huffines CJDR Plano, we’re ready to help by answering your questions and supporting you through the buying process. Contact us today, and we’ll have you sitting in your new Grand Cherokee in no time.
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