A little late to the party on this one, but I was nonetheless fortunate to spend a week with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve. I am going to go through and get straight to the point on what features are the best and which sit in the worst column on this Jeep machine.
Best: It is a Huge Grand Cherokee
Possilbly the best thing that a Grand Cherokee L has going for it, is just that it is a Grand Cherokee. Just L-arger.
Scrap whatever you believe a Grand Cherokee interior to be in your mind. The interior of the Grand Cherokee L is definitely one of its shining features. Full digital gauge cluster, huge navigation/infotainment display, and surrounded by luxury. (however, that faux wood can go)
Best: V6 Has The Power to Move It (Still Go for the V8)
The Grand Cherokee L I tested was powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine which puts out 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It was more than capable of hauling this extra-large Grand Cherokee around and definitely gets the positive call out, but I like V8s and would definitely opt for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 if it was my money.
Best: Smooth Transmission
The Grand Cherokee L comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is smooth as silk. You won’t feel it when it shifts unless you turn down the great McIntosh audio system to listen for exhaust changes when the gears change.
Worst: Feel the Weight on the Brakes
While the V6 was more than up to the task and the transmission was super smooth, I did feel the weight of the vehicle. I test vehicles often, small, large, very large in this case, and I could just feel myself stopping a few feet farther than I would have liked when slowing down.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve starts at a smidge over $67,000 before you even add any options to it.