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Eric's Autos: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

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The next-available 4WD system -- Quadra Trac II -- adds the two-speed transfer case and low-range gearing, which greatly increases the available mechanical leverage at low speeds.

Quadra Drive II is mechanically similar but differs in having a 4WD high range that engages automatically (without the driver needing to activate it).

For more engine, there's the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8, making 357 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque.

On The Road

What the GC L offers is the full-size luxury SUV experience, which can be experienced at a price point well below that of luxury-badged models such as the Genesis GV80 and Land Rover Range Rover that are also smaller (standard GC size) and two-rows only -- or, as in the case of the Benz GLE, two rows usually.

This Jeep's main competitor may prove to be the newest Jeep model, the even bigger Wagoneer. That one also comes standard with a 392-horsepower version of the GC L's available Hemi V8. An even stronger (and larger) version is also available in the Grand Wagoneer.

 

But these are also priced well above the price of the GC L, which nonetheless offers much of the same ultra-premium gear, such as multi-mode massaging seats as well as ruggedness/capability that's hard to find in another SUV for a comparable price.

At The Curb

Size matters -- literally.

The GC L is big enough to accommodate a third row that's adult-usable without becoming so big as to be too big for people who'd like the extra seats but not if it means graduating to something really big, like the Wagoneer. That one is 214.7 inches long versus 204.9 inches for the GC L (and 193.5 inches for the two-row GC).

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