If you put a Jeep in a nice suit what do you get? A 2022 Grand Cherokee Two Row Summit Reserve 4X4!
I'm not a SUV kind of a guy. I don't hanker to get off-road. It just isn't my thing. I suspect that the vast majority of classy 4X4 owners probably agree with me, at least about going off-road. But I know that the Jeep folks make every single 4X4 as good as it can be in the rough stuff. One reason I think most owners will not go 'wheelin' is that the Grand Cherokee is just too darn good-looking to risk scratching or mucking it up.
Let's face it, pretty is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of a Jeep. Rugged, utilitarian, and ready to take you anywhere in any weather, that's what a 4X4 used to be. But there are only so many potential buyers for that rough and ready SUV. Hence the modern SUV - pretty.
I'll be up front with you, many years ago I worked for American Motors when Chrysler bought it. American Motors built the best Jeep their funds could provide but their funds were limited. In my opinion Chrysler (now Stellantis) saved Jeep.
That gets us to the 2022 Grand Cherokee, a really nice SUV. The test version had the optional 5.7-liter V8 Hemi engine rated at 357-hp, mated to an 8-speed automatic delivering power through a 2-speed transfer case. I never engaged 4WD but it was there at the touch of a button if needed.
There is all kinds of drive modes and ride height, I used two - Auto or Sport for the drive mode, and often the lowest ride height. In Auto mode the ride was softer, and the transmission upshifted sooner. In Sport I felt the ride was just right, and the transmission held each gear just little longer. You can choose between Rock, Sand/Mud, Snow, Auto, or Sport. Four-wheel-drive low is set electronically by a little switch.
|Photo courtesy of Stellantis|
As the name suggests (Two Row) this is a 5-passenger version. In my opinion third row seats are just for the wee ones anyway. There is 33.7 cubic feet of storage behind the second row, and 70.8 with the second row folded out of the way.
I didn't get the Grand Cherokee out on the highway so I can't attest to its EPA fuel economy figures of 22-mpg highway and 14-mpg city. Acceleration is quick, probably in the high 6s or low 7s to 60 mph. Not too shabby for a 5,045 lb. vehicle.
With the 5.7 V8 you can tow up to 7,200 lbs. which should take care of most of your weekend needs.
|The cup holder was a perfect place to stow our pumpkin plant for the ride home.|
But what impressed me the most was how nice the Grand Cherokee was inside. Jeep isn't alone in upping their game but when you think back to Jeeps of old this was one is a nice, inviting, comfy place to spend some time. The front seats were heated, cooled, and had a massage feature that could be tailored to your needs. I particularly liked the 'waterfall' setting - ah so soothing.
|Even the rear seat is comfy and well-equipped.|
|Rear seat climate controls|
|Video screens for the kiddos|
Oh yeah I can't forget the sound system, a McIntosh system. If you know great sound systems you know McIntosh is very, very good. And I do like my tunes when I'm on the road.
You can get a Grand Cherokee for $40,720 with 2WD and a V6, and it will be nice. Or you can get one like the test version for $73,275. I know, I hear you asking "how did it go up that much?" Add in a quantum leap of niceness and it does add up. But let's face it, it is a Jeep.