2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The last model year in an outgoing generation, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee carries over from 2020 without many changes. New to the Grand Cherokee line is a three-row variant — the Grand Cherokee L — which experts indicate is the inspiration for the upcoming Grand Cherokee generation. There’s also a new Sun and Sound Package available on the Limited trim that adds a nine-speaker audio system and a dual-pane sunroof.
6.2-L Supercharged V8
Avail. Engine Type
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup consists of 10 trims — Laredo E, Laredo X, Limited, 80th Anniversary Edition, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk — and two drivetrains – 4×2 and 4×4. Only the Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk trims come standard with a 4×4 drivetrain. There is only one standard engine for all trims, irrespective of drivetrain, with the exception of the high-tier, performance-oriented SRT and Trackhawk trims. Under the hood of the majority of the lineup, buyers will find the classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that when paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission is capable of generating 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology and electric start-stop (ESS) work in tandem to optimize performance and conserve fuel economy. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine capable of generating 360 horsepower is the perfect candidate for those seeking more power and is available as an optional upgrade on all 4×4 drivetrains (except the SRT and Trackhawk trims). High-tier trims such as the Grand Cherokee SRT are powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 under the hood offering a whopping 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. It is the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that reigns supreme thanks to its 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine that’s capable of generating an absurdly powerful 707 horsepower with the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds.
Driving and Handling
Jeep offers numerous off-road 4×4 systems when it comes to the Grand Cherokee, depending on the trim in the lineup. These 4×4 systems are only available on 4×4 drivetrains, which is perfect because every trim in the 2021 Grand Cherokee lineup has 4×4 availability. The Quadra-Trac I 4WD system (designed for all-weather capability and including the Selec-Terrain System) is standard on the Laredo, Laredo E, and Altitude trims. High-tier trims such as the Grand Cherokee Limited, Limited X, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit are all designed with a two-speed transfer case to detect and correct tire slippage, while the Selec-Terrain Traction Control System lets drivers choose driving modes for driving in snow, sand, mud or rock. There’s also the Quadra-Trac II System for greater off-road capability thanks to its low range. The Trailhawk comes with Quadra-Trac II as well in addition to an electronic rear limited-slip differential for optimal off-road traction and capability. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is “Trail Rated Tough.” Quadra-Trac Active on Demand 4WD is the standard 4×4 system on the Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk trims. It functions as a full-time 4×4 system that readily adapts no matter the driving conditions.
Buyers interested in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee can enjoy standard features such as automatic on/off headlights, premium fog lamps, deep tint sunscreen glass to keep the cabin cool, heated outside mirrors, a tinted and acoustic windshield to reduce glare and noise while cruising, black claddings, and ParkSense rear park assist with stop. LED fog lamps are standard on the Altitude and Summit trims. High-tier trims offer high-tier features such as bi-xenon HID headlamps, platinum side roof rails, a rain-sensitive windshield wiper, tow hooks, a roof rack, rock rails, a power liftgate, and even an optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof. Select trims offer individual touches, such as the “Trail Rated” badge on the appropriate trims, or a blacked-out hood decal.
The interior of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee runs the gamut from entry-level ruggedness to top-tier luxury, soft-touch materials, leather armrests, refined upper door panels and more. There’s also a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, luxury floor mats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Cloth upholster is standard on the Laredo E trim, with more supple and luxurious materials available on the rest of the lineup. Other optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel. Select trims also allow butters to add their own personal touches with the availability of red seat belts and other wood and leather accents.
The lineup standard for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 7-inch touchscreen display with the user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system. It includes Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities, as well as integrated hands-free voice-command with Bluetooth. A six-speaker audio system is standard on the Laredo, Laredo E, Upland, and Altitude trims, while the higher-tier Grand Cherokee trims enjoy a nine-speaker amplified system complete with a subwoofer. A 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is standard on the Grand Cherokee Summit and is an available upgrade on the Overland, High Altitude, SRT, and Trackhawk trims as well. Select trims also have the ability to upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen display complete with Uconnect 4C navigation. Other significant add-ons include a rear-seat video system, a rear-seat dual screen Blu-ray/DVD player, and a Blu-ray compatible deal screen video system.
Safety Features and Warranty
Lauded for its safety and reliability, the 2021 Grand Cherokee offers more than 70 advanced safety features. Advanced multistage airbags, a driver inflatable knee-bolster bag, supplemental side-curtain front, and rear airbags, supplemental seat-mounted airbags, and supplemental side-curtain airbags are all standard across the Grand Cherokee lineup. Other modern safety features available include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-path detection, and more. An innovative safety feature is the Enhanced Accident Response System, responsible for unlocking the doors, cutting off engine fuel, turning on the interior lights, and flashing the hazard lights if the vehicle is in a collision.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.