2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP $32,045

Ranked #16 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 8, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with two new trims and a decade old-design for this year. The Grand Cherokee has been around for a while, and we all know how it rides well compared to other Jeeps and still offers an enviable off-roading prowess. But times have changed, and soft-roaders masquerading as SUVs have taken over. The onslaught has been fatal to many, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee has barely managed to come through. 

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Pros

Luxurious interior

Competent off-roader

Plethora of trim choices

Remarkable towing capacity

Cons

Gas-guzzling V8

Feels dated

Limited driver-assist features 

Stiff ride quality

What's New?

Two new trims: Laredo X and 80th anniversary trim

No other major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32045

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

6

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

257 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

121.7 in.

length

204.9 in.

width

77.9 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4618 lbs.

ground clearance

10.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

151.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

84.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

payload capacity

1380 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

598 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Laredo$32,045 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

7.3

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.5

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2021 Grand Cherokee offers the same 295 hp, 3.6-liter V6 and a 390 hp, 5.7-liter V8 under its hood. Power from both the engines is sufficient, but the fuel-economy figures aren’t great from either. The ride quality is particularly stiff by current standards, although the cabin has kept up well with time and looks up-to-date. Starting at as low as $36,970 for the base trim, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s rivals have grown to include Kia TellurideGMC Acadia, and Ford Explorer.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV front ange view
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV rear ange view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 8 trim choices spread across a price range of $36,970 to $57,985 has its customer spoilt for choice. The base trims are competitively priced, but as you go higher up, there is a steep price increase, and it starts breaching the price bracket of SUVs in the higher segments. Irrespective of the trim you chose, a 295-hp, 3.6-liter V6 is standard across the range. An optional 360-hp, 5.7-liter V8 is available for a couple of thousand dollars extra on the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit trim. All the trims offer RWD as standard except for the Trailhawk trim that only comes in 4WD configuration. 4WD configuration can be had on the other trims for $2,000 extra.

The Grand Cherokee in the base trim packs in all the day-to-day necessary features, while the higher trims add features that enhance the comfort and luxury of this SUV. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen, six-speaker stereo, keyless entry and push-button start, fabric upholstery, halogen headlights, etc. But the main concern here is that only a few safety features are part of the standard list, and the majority of the active safety and driver-assist features are either available in higher trims or packages. Adding packages to access safety features shoots up the price of lower trims and altogether defeats the logic of competitive pricing.

Model

Laredo E

Laredo X

Limited

80th Anniversary

Trailhawk

Overland

High Altitude

Summit

MSRP (2WD)

$36,970

$39,965

$42,445

$44,735

-

$48,985

$51,930

$54,985

MSRP (4WD)

$38,970

$41,965

$45,445

$47,735

$47,645

$51,975

$54,930

$57,985

Features

295-hp, 3.6-liter V6

Adds or upgrades to ‘Laredo E’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Laredo X’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Limited’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Limited’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Limited’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Overland’

Adds or upgrades to ‘High Altitude’

 

18-inch alloy wheels

8.4-inch touchscreen

Sunroof

20-inch alloy wheels

All-terrain tires

Panoramic Sunroof

Hands-free park assist

19-speaker Harman & Kardon sound system

 

Halogen headlights

Synthetic leather upholstery

Leather upholstery

Hands-free park assist

Ventilated front seats

Ventilated front seats

Power-adjustable steering column

Aluminum interior accents

 

7-inch touchscreen

Power liftgate

Power-adjustable front seats with memory function

Special 80th anniversary badging

Heated rear seats

Heated rear seats

Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel

Chrome exterior trims

 

Keyless entry and push-button start

Heated steering wheel

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adjustable air suspension

Rain-sensing windshield wiper

 

Anthracite headliner

 

Rearview Camera

Heated front seats

 

Forward Collision Warning

Limited-slip differential

Air suspension

 

 

 

Cloth upholstery

Wi-Fi hotspot

 

Lane departure warning

 

Automatic high beam with HID headlights

 

 

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Remote start

 

Lane keep assist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automatic emergency braking

 

 

 

 

Few of the packages worth mentioning include Sun and Sound Package for $1,840 that adds a nine-speaker sound system and a dual-pane sunroof, Premium Lighting Package for $1,095 adds all-LED exterior lighting, ProTech II Package for $875 adds driver-assist features that are not part of the standard features list on the base trim, etc.

We Recommend:

There are so many trim options available for the Grand Cherokee that it becomes really difficult to suggest one particular trim, but still, we will give it a try. For the buyers of this segment, the newly added Laredo X trim makes a lot of sense. It gets all the features of the base trim and adds a few more comfort and convenience features, all this under the price of $40,000. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine and Performance

9.0/10

While the majority of the peers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee have downsized and added a turbocharger to their engines, the big-old Grand Cherokee is still going strong on a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine. This engine manages a decent 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. The 4WD is available on all the trims, but you have to pay extra for it. The V6 engine is sufficient for daily duty and can also tow up to 6,200 pounds.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV engin bay

The engine of the Grand Cherokee feels peppy to drive around town, and the surge of torque from the V6 is addictive. The V6 powered Grand Cherokee manages a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds. There is also an optional 5.7-liter V8 that puts out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. V8-powered Jeeps shave off a few seconds from the speed runs, but the major benefit it has is the higher towing capacity of 7,200 pounds over the V6.

Model

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 GMC Acadia SLE

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

MSRP

$36,970

$34,190

$37,100

$34,825

Engine

3.6-liter V6

3.8-liter V6

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

2.3-liter turbo inline-4

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

295 hp @ 6400 rpm

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

230 hp @ 5000 rpm

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

14.7 sec

15.3 sec

Top Speed

128 MPH

141 MPH

115 MPH

N/A

Except for the Kia Telluride that gets a V6, the GMC Acadia and the Ford Explorer get a turbo-four under their hood. The Explorer’s turbo-four churns out the best 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Although the GMC Acadia does the fastest 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and covers the fastest quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds. When comparing the price range, GMC Acadia is the most expensive option in the competition.

Ride and Handling:

Being a crossover, the ride quality is expected to be plush as a norm these days. The rivals of the Grand Cherokee and itself fall under that category, so the stakes are high here. The Grand Cherokee, as we all know, is nowhere close to offering a ride as good as say the Explorer or the Telluride. Although the Grand Cherokee hasn’t lost its tough Jeep underpinning, and this helps it shine on the off-road and off-beaten paths. 

Over the years though, Jeep has tweaked the handling of the Grand Cherokee, and the result is that the steering feels more responsive and the Grand Cherokee has transformed into a mile-muncher. That said, the significant body roll in the Grand Cherokee is yet to be addressed. Except for that, the Grand Cherokee may ride a bit harsh, but the overall handling is above par in the segment.

Braking:

The big and burly Grand Cherokee, just shy of two and a half tons, can get tricky to stop. Jeep has figured that out well and thus provides a 13-inch disc brake on all four corners. The brake pedal is easy to modulate but takes time getting used to it as it is a bit loose for the initial few inches and only when pressed a little bit more it firms up. Although this setup suits the Grand Cherokee as you don’t want an over-sensitive brake that may result in you getting rear-ended.

Model

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 GMC Acadia SLE

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

Brake Rotors Front (in.)

13.0

13.4

12.6

12.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in.)

13.0

12.0

12.4

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,746

4,354

4,240

4,345

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

118

130

125

The Kia Telluride comes with the biggest set of front brakes and has the shortest stopping distance of 118 feet. The GMC Acadia sports the smallest set of discs among all, and as a result, braking from 60-0 mph takes only 130 feet in the Acadia. When comparing the curb weight of the SUVs in the competition, Grand Cherokee is the heaviest. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Economy

7.5/10

A big V6 under the hood pulling a two-and-a-half-ton SUV isn’t the ideal setup for delivering fabulous gas mileage figures. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Opting for the 4WD setup takes down the gas mileage to 18/25/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined, respectively. As for the optional V8-powered Grand Cherokee, you can expect something close to 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. 

Model

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 GMC Acadia SLE

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

MPG (City)

19

19

22

21

MPG (Highway)

26

24

27

28

MPG (Combined)

21

21

24

24

Fuel Tank

24.6

18.8

22.0

17.9

Range (City/Highway/ Combined)

467/ 639/ 516

357/ 451/ 394

484/ 594/ 528

376/ 501/ 429

The rivals, as expected, offer better gas mileage compared to the Grand Cherokee. Except for the Kia Telluride which has a lower gas mileage on the highway compared to the Grand Cherokee. Among the rivals, the GMC Acadia with 22/27/24 mpg of gas mileage in city/highway/combined and a 22-gallon fuel tank will not only offer better fuel numbers but also better range from a tankful of gas.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

7.5/10

When it comes to interior quality and fit and finish levels, the Jeep hasn’t cut corners. The major touchpoints are either in soft-touch plastic or covered with leather, the latter is only applicable for higher trims. The layout is pretty basic with no fancy design elements on the dash. People familiar with older Jeep cabins will be at home inside the Grand Cherokee. The all-black interior theme gives the Grand Cherokee a sporty look but does ensure you have the panoramic sunroof fitted, otherwise, it gets very gloomy and claustrophobic inside. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV cockpit area

The seats of the Jeep Grand Cherokee offer good support and are well cushioned, so they won’t tire you out on long hauls. The rear seats are in the same league as the front ones. The rear seats offer a 60/40-split for added usability of the boot space. While the base model feels very bare-bones in terms of equipment lists, the higher trims boast power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, upgraded leather upholstery, etc.

Model

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 GMC Acadia SLE

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

Passenger Capacity

5

8

6

6

First Row(Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.9/ 58.7/ 40.3

40.9/ 61.6/ 41.4

40.0/ 59.4/ 41.0

40.7/ 61.8/ 43.0

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.2/ 58.0/ 38.6

40.2/ 59.9/ 42.4

39.6/ 58.7/ 39.7

40.5/ 61.9/ 39.0

Third Row (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

-

38.1/ 55.3/ 31.4

37.2/ 54.3/ 29.7

38.9/ 54.6/ 32.2

Cargo Capacity ft3

36.3

21.0

12.8

18.2

Except for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, all the other SUVs in this comparison offer three rows of seating, with the Kia Telluride boasting of seating up to eight passengers. Being a two-row SUV has an obvious advantage for the Grand Cherokee in the form of 36.3 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seats, while rivals like the Telluride with all seats up manage 21 cubic feet of cargo space only. That said, the major drawback of the Grand Cherokee is the cabin space which is lower than its peers. Speaking of cabin space, Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride have better space management and offer segment-best space in all three rows. Key highlights of the interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Heated and ventilated front seats (available)
  • Heated rear seats (available)
  • Panoramic sunroof (available)
  • Heated steering wheel (available)

Infotainment System:

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a Uconnect infotainment system. The base trim gets a 7-inch touchscreen, while the higher trims get an 8.4-inch touchscreen unit. Both the displays are almost similar to use and are fairly easy to operate even while driving. Except for the bigger screen size, there is no major difference between the two units. Moving ahead, the 7-inch touchscreen unit comes with standard features like a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, etc. The 8.4-inch touchscreen unit adds a nine-speaker sound system, navigation, WI-Fi hotspot, HD Radio, etc. Optional features include 19-speaker Harman & Kardon sound system, rear-seat entertainment, etc.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV infotainment screen

Key highlights of the infotainment include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen w/ UConnect
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Nine-speaker sound system (available)
  • Harman & Kardon premium sound system (available)

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Exterior

9.0/10

Just remove the headlights of the Grand Cherokee, and not many will be able to tell whether it's a 2021 Grand Cherokee or an older model. Iconic Jeep design has stuck so badly on the Grand Cherokee that except for minor changes especially the front fascia the SUV hasn’t seen a major change in a couple of years. But deep down, everyone knows that change or no change, the Grand Cherokee rocking the old style still looks dapper and has aged like wine. That said, modern times warrant some modern touch-ups, and the 2021 Grand Cherokee has this covered by offering features like all-LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a dual-pane sunroof, etc.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV 

Model

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 GMC Acadia SLE

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,746

4,354

4,240

4,345

Length (in.)

189.8

196.9

193.4

198.8

Width (in.)

76.5

78.3

75.4

78.9

Height (in.)

69.3

68.9

66.7

69.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.6

8.0

7.2

7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

114.8

114.2

112.5

119.1

Two SUVs in this comparison will blow away your mind on how well designed their cabin space and dimensions are. The first one is the Ford Explorer that is the longest, widest, tallest, and has the longest wheelbase among all. The second one is the Kia Telluride, which has an almost similar wheelbase as the Grand Cherokee but has three-row seating instead of two-row seating like the Grand Cherokee. Even after the extra row, the cabin space inside the Telluride is similar to the Explorer. The only feather in the Grand Cherokee’s hat for this comparison is its class-leading 8.6-inches of ground clearance. Key highlights of the exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Halogen headlights
  • Sunroof
  • LED brake lights
  • Air suspension (available)
  • LED headlights (available)

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety

7.5/10

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee got mixed reviews in its crash-test ratings. NHTSA has only praises to shower upon the Grand Cherokee as it got a full five out of five-star overall crash rating, while the 2WD models got four out of five-star overall crash rating. But the IIHS has a different opinion here as it got a ‘Good’ rating in four out of six parameters. The driver-side small overlap test was rated the second-lowest ‘Marginal’ while the same test for the passenger side was rated the lowest ‘Poor’ rating. The headlights of the base model were rated as ‘Poor,’ while the higher trims headlights were rated as ‘Acceptable’. Key highlights of the safety features include:

  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane keep assist (available)
  • Automatic emergency braking (available)
  • Adaptive cruise control (available)
  • Park assist (available)

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Competition

8.0/10

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Vs 2021 Kia Telluride

There is a reason why the Kia Telluride won the ‘World Car of the Year’ award. The Telluride has all the boxes ticked when it comes to a common customer’s expectation from a crossover. It is spacious, it has lots of features, under the hood it carries a big V6, the ride quality is supple, and on top of that, the pricing is very aggressive. The Jeep Grand Cherokee in its arsenal has only one weapon, which is off-roading prowess, and that is not at all sufficient to counter the onslaught from the Telluride.

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Vs 2021 GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia in the true sense is a mediocre crossover in this comparison. It doesn’t have any big power and torque figures, a spacious cabin, or a big boot. The very crucial three things which every crossover is expected to have. Although the GMC Acadia is very fuel-efficient, courtesy of its small-displacement turbo-four engine, only a good fuel economy won’t cut some slack for the Acadia here. By all means, the Grand Cherokee is a superior offering over the Acadia here.

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has upped the ante in the midsize crossover segment. It is spacious, it is powerful, it offers fabulous fuel economy, and is cheaper than the Grand Cherokee. The above line is enough to explain why if you don’t frequently go off-roading, the 2021 Ford Explorer makes much more sense than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2021 Ford Explorer

 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Final Verdict

8.0/10

With more and more customers opting for the crossover SUVs, the characteristic of a true-blue SUV has watered-down. As the majority of these SUVs are mall-crawlers that barely see the light of an off-road trail, that’s where the problem has started for the Jeep Grand Cherokee as it is yet not comfortable or refined enough to be a comfortable daily driver. Although it is a very capable off-roader, there are few takers for that these days. So we feel in the current scenario, SUVs like Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer will reign over the likes of Grand Cherokee until Jeep decides to do something about it.

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