February 7th, 2023 by

The 2023 Grand Cherokee is a multifaceted SUV situated at the intersection of machismo and elegance. While the base model Grand continues to offer a package that’s altogether mainstream—meaning, not very fancy—the midrange and high-end trims are packed with luxury features and upscale materials that make it a clear upmarket player. Despite this upward mobility, the Grand Cherokee retains its trail-busting off-road capability—it is a Jeep, after all. Three different powertrains are offered, including V-6 and V-8 engines and a plug-in-hybrid system called 4xe. The Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV. It’s as happy with suburban family life as it is trudging through the woods, and it offers plenty space for passengers and cargo inside its roomy cabin. But if your family includes more than a couple of kids, you may find the three-row Grand Cherokee L (reviewed separately) more accommodating.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Like the last-generation Grand Cherokee, the new one is powered by either a 293-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 or a 357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Jeep also offers its plug-in-hybrid 4xe powertrain, which consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four and an electric traction motor delivering a combined 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid’s motor is juiced by a 14.0-kWh battery pack. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the base V-6, but all-wheel drive is standard on Grand Cherokees with the V-8 or plug-in-hybrid powertrain. Several different all-wheel-drive systems are available, including an electronically locking limited-slip differential. A Trailhawk model with more robust off-road equipment and greater capability features an adjustable air suspension that provides up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance and a disconnecting sway bar that allows greater wheel articulation for tackling difficult terrain. During our initial test drive, we were impressed with the Grand Cherokee’s composed, smooth ride and found both the V-6 and V-8 engines to be plenty perky. At our test track, our V-6–powered Summit test vehicle managed a respectable 7.4-second run to 60 mph.

Source: https://www.caranddriver.com/jeep/grand-cherokee

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