The Jeep Grand Cherokee nameplate has been around since the presidency of George HW Bush. But, the Grand Cherokee now in its new fifth generation is making waves and it just might be the best yet. It’s already won multiple awards this year, and now it can add a Newsweek 2022 Autos Award for best two-row SUV. What Makes This New-Generation Grand Cherokee Newsweek’s Best Jeep SUV?
Why is the Grand Cherokee the best two-row SUV of 2022?
We are detecting a pattern here that most vehicles to win prizes in the news week 2022 Autos Awards are all new for 2022, or at least significantly redesigned. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is no different. Grand Cherokee is all-new, from the ground up, and that means it’s designed for new engines, like the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant, as well as a host of new off-road perks.
Newsweek singled out the Jeep for its 7,200-pound towing capacity, placing it among the best in its class. Also, the mag likes the new 4xe (let’s say four for e) plug-in version that has a range of 25 miles on electric power alone. But then Jeep made the Grand Cherokee positively stylish inside with an interior that rivals some of the best on the market. It also comes in a longer L variant that has a third row of seats for seven or eight people.
What engines can I get in the 2023 Grand Cherokee?
The 2023 Grand Cherokee comes with several engine options. Newsweek praised the 4xe PHEV, or plug-in hybrid, version for its 56 MPGe mileage. With its electric motors, it makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which puts the diesel to shame. For 2023, you can order it with two engine options, the venerable 3.6-liter V6 or the long-standing 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and either comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
How much does a fully loaded 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee cost?
The base Grand Cherokee, in Laredo trim, starts at $42,595. Four-wheel drive is a $2,000 option. From there, you can get the Attitude, Limited, Overland, and Summit for $63,270. The 30th Anniversary 4xe version starts at $66,255.
The interior of the Summit Reserve could be one of the prettiest in the SUV world, and could challenge Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac or even Jeep’s Grand Wagoneer for luxury touches. But then, it’s $72,000. The Summit Reserve has Palermo leather seats, which are heated and cooled and include a diamond-encrusted pattern. The dash is covered with long strips of wood, and the Laredo’s vinyl covering is replaced with more piano black and a secondary passenger screen. Even the steering wheel has wood trim.
To compete with the best traditional luxury brands, Jeep also had to bring the technology. On Summit Reserve, the Advance ProTech Group IV package adds not only a head-up display, but also a night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection. It also adds a digital rearview mirror and a rear-facing interior camera so you can watch backseat antics. You can also add rear-seat entertainment and a wireless charging pad.
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