2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
When it comes to building a vehicle made to go off-road and handle a variety of road conditions, consumers know Jeep is the way to go. Whether looking for a small vehicle for the daily commute or a large vehicle for the whole family, Jeep has it. Just take a look at the 2021 model year for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee hasn’t reduced the lineup for 2021. There are still plenty of options for everyone with eleven trims total – Laredo E, Laredo X, Limited, 80th Anniversary, Limited X, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. On the first nine trims, a 3.6-liter V6 engine optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) for performance and electric start stop (ESS) tech for conserving fuel is under the hood, able to generate 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Trailhawk is the only trim able to opt-in for a 5.7-liter V8 optimized with VVT and a multi-displacement system for conserving fuel when cruising, able to generate a total of 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.
The big boys are on the SRT and Trackhawk trims. Powering the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI optimized with MDS and able to deliver 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Lastly is the 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine, able to generate up to 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Consumers will only find this on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Even with all those engine options, Jeep is keeping power transfer by putting an eight-speed automatic transmission on every trim. Known for 4×4 systems, the SRT trim comes with a Quadra-Trac Active on Demand four-wheel drive system that can transfer up to 100-percent of the torque to a single wheel when on unpredictable terrain. The fuel economy for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is pretty straightforward, with any trim powered by the 3.6-liter V6 getting a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, except for the Trailhawk that gets 18/25 mpg city/highway for some reason. The SRT trim has a fuel economy of 13/19 mpg city/highway, and the Trackhawk has a fuel economy of 11/17 mpg city/highway.
Notorious for keeping low-end trims bare bones, Jeep saves many of the convenient features for later trims, but it’s a little different this time around. Between the Limited and Limited X trims, consumers can find heated exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators and memory, Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, automatic headlamp control, LED taillamps, premium fog lamps, a rear window wiper/washer, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers. These are not available on trims below the Limited trim, and oddly enough only available for some of the trims past the Limited X, and standard on the SRT but not the Trackhawk trim. Like the features, wheel size jumps around a bit with some trims riding on 18-inch wheels or 20-inch wheels.
The interior follows the same pattern of the exterior with cloth upholstery on the base (Laredo E) trim, suede trimming on the Laredo X, and then leather upholstery on the rest of the lineup. This is followed by heated front seats, a power driver 8-way adjustable seat, and a rear 60/40 folding seat standard; with heated second-row seats and ventilated front seats available, on the Limited, 80th Anniversary, and Limited X trims. These features are all standard on the SRT trim but aren’t found on the rest of the trims. A power sunroof is available on the Laredo E and Laredo X, standard on the Limited and 80th Anniversary, with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof available for the Limited and 80th, standard on the SRT. Following this pattern, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped gear shift knob can be found on the Limited, 80th Anniversary, and SRT trims.
All trims in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup come with some version of Uconnect 4, starting with the Laredo E trim on a 7-inch display. The rest of the lineup comes with Uconnect 4C with navigation on an 8.4-inch display, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, HD Radio, and integrated voice command with Bluetooth. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls can only be found on the Laredo X, Limited, 80th Anniversary, Limited X, and SRT trims. A Blu-Ray compatible dual screen system and rear video system are available add-ons for the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, and SRT trims. A six-speaker system is standard on the Limited, 80th Anniversary, and Limited X trims; presumably the standard on all high-end trims as well. A nine amplified speaker system with subwoofer is available on the Limited X trim, and a 19-speaker high-performance audio system is available on the High Altitude, SRT, and Trackhawk trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Even with the varying degree of tech, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with all of these standard safety features – advanced multistage front airbag system with supplemental airbags all around the cabin, stability and traction control systems, an enhanced accident response system, and a LATCH-ready child seat anchor system. Depending on the trim, consumers will also have the following available – ParkView rear backup camera, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, parallel and perpendicular park assist with stop, full-speed forward collision warning plus, lane-departure warning plus, blind spot and cross path detection, enhanced accident response system.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.