The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has arrived in the United States for a base price of $31,684 for the lowest Laredo E trim and goes all the way to $54,842 for the top of the line Summit trim, which gets all the bells and whistles in terms of interior, exterior, and safety features. The Grand Cherokee still retains its 3.6L V6 motor mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission, which puts out a respectable 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Along with the eight trim options present for the Grand Cherokee, there is also the SRT and Trackhawk versions on offer, both of which are quite quick for a mid-size SUV. The Trackhawk version, which comes for an MSRP of $87,650, gets one of the most powerful motors ever to be fitted to a production SUV. This 707 hp V8 supercharged motor has been setting many racetracks around the world on fire too. With that said, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is here to compete with the likes of 2021 Kia Telluride, 2021 GMC Acadia, and 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, all of which quite compelling options in the mid-size SUV segment.
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Pricing And Features
Engine And Performance
Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide
"The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers one of the most diverse lineups around for a midsize SUV."-Edmunds.com
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets one of the biggest lineups for any cars that are sold in the United States, which is an 8 trim lineup. All the trims come with a 3.6L V6 motor mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. However, you can also opt for the more powerful 5.7L V8 motor with the Limited, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit trims, all of which come for an MSRP of $42,025, $48,756, $51,274, and $54,842, respectively.
Though the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't see any major changes from the outgoing 2020 model, it still retains all the interior, exterior, and safety features like leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable seats, UConnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, optional panoramic sunroof, optional automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, and many more too. Along with that, the Trackhawk version of the 2021 Grand Cherokee, which is offered for an MSRP of $87,650 also comes with an even more thrilling 707 hp V8 motor coupled with all the bells and whistles in terms of features too.
7.3/10 Pricing and Features
9.0/10 Engine and Performance
7.5/10 Fuel Economy
8.0/10 Final Verdict
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Pricing and Features
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee line-up comprises 8 trims: Laredo E, Laredo X, Limited, 80th Anniversary, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit. With a long list of trim levels on offer, Jeep makes sure that the new 2021 Grand Cherokee has something on offer for its wide array of clientele. The Trailhawk features 4WD as standard - every other trim is 2WD, with 4WD being an option. Apart from that, the Grand Cherokee still retains all the mechanical and interior features list of the outgoing 2020 model. However, a three-row L trim is said to make its debit in 2021 for a base MSRP of close to $40,000.
When it comes to optional accessories and features, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with 5-optional colors for an additional $245, a black tubular sidestep for $700, a powered sunroof for $1,295, and a host of optional packages like ProTech II, Premium Lighting Group, Security and Convenience Group, and Exterior Bright Accents Group for an MSRP of $875, $995, $2,000, and $325, respectively. All versions use the V6 engine by default, but the V8 can be equipped on 4WD versions (from the Limited trim and above) for $3,395, although this upgrade does increase to $3,895 on the range-topping Summit trim.
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
8 Way power Driver seat with 4-way power lumbar adjustment
Universal Remote Transmitter
Uconnect 4C with 8.4-inch touchscreen
Heated Capri leather driver and front passenger seats
Distinctive Limited X Badging
Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
Dual-Pane Panoramic sunroof
Rear Backup Camera with Park Assist
Interior Air Filteration
Heated Steering Wheel
Heated Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Heated Multifunctional power exterior chrome mirrors
Granite Crystal Exterior Accents
Black and Metal Grille
Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System
Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch Touchscreen
20 inch Gloss Black Wheels with All-Terrain Tires
18 inch polished aluminum wheels
20-inch low gloss granite crystal wheels
20 inch polished/tech gray aluminum wheel
Gloss Black Exterior Finishes
Black Interior with Liquid Titanium finishes and heritage seats
Trailhawk Leather/Suede Seats
Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps with Signature LED Daytime running lamps
Desert Sky accent on badging
Heated front seats
Red Tow Hooks
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Black Tow Hooks
Nappa leather-trimmed interior with real wood and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
Black Interior with Blue accent stitching and black premium cloth seats
Nine Speaker Alpine Audio System with active noise cancellation
The Jeep Cherokee range begins with the Laredo E at an MSRP of $31,684. With minimal changes, the next two trims are the Laredo X at $35,280 and the Limited at $37,245. Next is the 80th Anniversary at $39,109, the Trailhawk at $41,979, the Overland at $43,084, the High Altitude at $45,601, and the Summit at $48,742. Except for all the 8 standard trims, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is also offered in more poised SRT & Trackhawk trim levels, which are aimed towards customers who crave more performance from the SUV.
The Limited trim of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which comes for an MSRP of $37,245 for the RWD version and $39,122 for the 4WD version seems to be the most value for money package of the lot since it comes with all the necessary interior, exterior, and safety features like post-collision safety system, automatic headlights, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, and many more as standard. Along with that, you can also opt for the more powerful 5.7L V8 motor which produces 360 hp. In comparison, both the Atlas and Acadia are priced significantly higher than the Grand Cherokee, especially when looking at the features that come as standard.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which comes for an MSRP of $87,915, is a beast with its famous 6.2L supercharged Hemi motor that outputs 707 hp and 645lb-ft torque. All the trims get an 8-speed automatic transmission and an optional 4WD system for an additional $2,000.
As standard, the new Grand Cherokee feels very well balanced. On the freeways, Jeep feels quite composed and confident. Even when the going gets tougher, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee feels right at home. The 2021 Grand Cherokee can also tackle those long sweeping corners with ease, even though not with a sedan like grace. The body roll and understeer are in control as well. With a massive braking setup on offer, the car could shed speed with no issues. All of these make the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee one of the more dynamically sorted offerings of the mid-size SUV segment.
Fuel efficiency is not the strongest aspect of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2021 Grand Cherokee gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the base V6 engine, with no significant difference between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. The V8-equipped models get around 11-14 mpg in the city and 17-22 mpg on the highway.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2021 Kia Telluride
2021 GMC Acadia
2021 Volkswagen Atlas
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)
With a fuel tank capacity of 24.6 gallons on offer, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee managed to extract 467.4 miles in city conditions and 639.6 miles on the highways. However, the combined range on offer is 516.6 miles, which is the highest of the mid-size segment. Though the grand Cherokee is not the most fuel-efficient SUV of the lot, the tank capacity on offer is the best in the segment.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a slightly lower MPG if we compare it with the rivals. However, to make up for the low fuel efficiency, the 24.6-gallon tank will make sure that the Grand Cherokee offers best in class range. The 2021 GMC Acadia and the 2021 Kia Telluride are the most fuel-efficient ones in the segment, offering a combined gas mileage of 23 MPG. The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas also gave out a slightly better-combined mileage of 22 MPG.
"The Grand Cherokee has plenty of interior space with generous headroom and legroom in all four major seating positions."-Edmunds.com
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with an all-black interior along with an optional Frost Beige combination for some of the trims like Limited and Overland, both of which come for an MSRP of $37,245 and $43,084. Many of the higher trim levels like Summit and High Altitude gets impressive features like a panoramic sunroof, UConnect infotainment system, leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheel, and many more. Optional interior packages like Interior Appearance Group by Mopar and Interior Bright Accents Group by Mopar is also available for an additional $275 and $325, respectively.
The overall interior of the Grand Cherokee is adequately spacious. Though the headroom and shoulder room are not the best of the segment, which is lead by 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and 2021 Kia Telluride, the 2021 Grand Cherokee turned out to be in the same ballpark too. However, you get the best in class trunk capacity of 36.3 cubic feet with the Grand Cherokee. The foldable rear seats also allow this mid-size SUV to fold them flat and enhance the trunk capacity to 68.3 cubic feet.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2021 Kia Telluride
2021 GMC Acadia
2021 Volkswagen Atlas
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)
Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)
Cargo Capacity with all seats upright (ft.3)
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets an optional UConnect 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system with many features as standard like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All models also have twin USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM with a one-year radio subscription, and an auxiliary input jack, while higher trims introduce HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, and SiriusXM Traffic Plus. The all-new Grand Cherokee L would come with a larger 10.1-inch infotainment system too. However, all the Grand Cherokee's come with the 5-inch infotainment display as standard, which is not the most intuitive offering for the mid-size SUV segment.
Some of the interior and infotainment features on offer with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee are:
"Of Jeep's many SUV offerings, none so effortlessly blends the brand's off-road ethos with refinement and luxury quite like the Grand Cherokee."-Caranddriver.com
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a classic boxy and rugged look to it that is entirely in tune with its on- and off-road abilities. The Chunky tires and seven-slot grille are classic Jeep traits, as are the pronounced wheel arches. The boxy design of the Grand Cherokee looks way better than the other SUVs. The higher Trackhawk trim, which comes at an MSRP of $87,915, gets even more exterior options like eight different shades to choose from, an additional 245 section BSW 20-inch tires for $895, and a blacked-out roof for $2,100.
The lower trims like Limited and Laredo, both of which comes for an MSRP of $37,245 and $32,045, comes with many optional features and exterior packages like 20-inch polished alloy wheels for $1,995, black tubular side steps for $700, and 20-inch 265 section BSW tires too, all of which makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee one of the most elegant and butchy mid-size SUV of the segment.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2021 Kia Telluride
2021 GMC Acadia
2021 Volkswagen Atlas
Curb Weight (lbs)
Ground Clearance (inches)
The road presence of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is impressive. All models share a 114.7-inch wheelbase. The height works out to 69.3 inches, the length is 189.8 inches, and the Grand Cherokee is 76.5 inches wide too. The Grand Cherokee is the best in terms of ground clearance as well, which certainly enhances its off-road capabilities. The Volkswagen Atlas has the widest wheelbase followed by Grand Cherokee. However, the Cherokee is one of the heftiest vehicles in the segment with a curb weight of 5,004 lbs.
Some of the exterior features of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee are:
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee features an optional ProTech I package that provides Blind-spot monitoring, Rear cross-traffic protection, and a Rear parking camera with parking assist. The ProTech II provides Forward collision mitigation, Active brake assist, and Lane departure warning. The Advance Protech II provides additional safety with Adaptive cruise control, Perpendicular parking assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Besides all of this, there are 7 airbags for your safety inside the cabin. Hence, if you are planning to get the 2021 Grand Cherokee, do opt for all the optional safety packages and features, since the moniker losses out on many as standard.
The Kia Telluride is one of the few midsize SUVs that can go toe-to-toe with the Grand Cherokee on a demanding off-road course. The 2021 Telluride comes in at a lower price tag of $31,990, undercutting the Grand Cherokee by close to $400.The Telluride also gets more standard interior and safety features as standard, along with better gas mileage. Though the 2021 Telluride is not as quick as the Grand Cherokee, it still is quite a capable performer, both on-roads as well as off-road.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 GMC Acadia
The 2021 GMC Acadia also ticks all the right boxes for a capable family SUV due to its spacious interior, impressive gas mileage, and rugged exterior styling. However, the Acadia feels quite lethargic due to the naturally aspirated 4-pot motor on offer, which is also the least powerful SUV of the segment. Coming in at an MSRP of $33,600, it is also pricier than the Grand Cherokee.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas turned out to be one of the best offerings of the competitive mid-size SUV segment due to its excellent interior space coupled with adequate performance on offer from its turbocharged 4-pot motor. Due to its smaller engine capacity and much lower curb weight, the 2021 Atlas is more fuel-efficient too. Coming in at a base price of $31,555, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas manages to undercut the Grand Cherokee in the pricing as well, making it more value for money than Jeep.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Final Verdict
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee impressed us with its rugged style and impeccable performance but lags when it comes to safety and fuel economy. While the Grand Cherokee was once a class leader, its age is starting to show as well. It's still sturdy and very off-road-capable, but we recommend upgrading from the standard V6 engine to one of the available V8 powertrains for a bit more gusto if you are moving forward with the decision of purchasing the Grand Cherokee. If not, we would recommend you to wait for the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which would arrive in the United States later this year for a base price of close to $40,000.
How did the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee fare in the NHTSA and IIHS crash tests?
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee received an overall rating of 5-star in the NHTSA crash test. However, in the IIHS crash test, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee received a good rating in most of the subsections barring the small overlap front and headlights section, both of which got a poor rating.