2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Jeep Grand Cherokee highlights

Customer rating


  • Off-road ability remains incredible without affecting on-road driving
  • V8 engine offers good all-round performance and towing ability


  • Cabin looks and feels dated
  • Base V6 engine feels a bit overwhelmed at times

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 19 highway, 15 combined

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2021 Grand Cherokee stays competitive against newer rivals

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around for a decade but remains competitive, and relevant, even among newer rivals. The lineup's breadth has always impressed, and for this model's final year, Jeep has added an 80th Anniversary Edition package to the Limited trim. The lineup consists of the Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit, with a pair of high-performance models offered in SRT and Trackhawk form. Most 2021 Grand Cherokee models are powered by the base 295-hp 3.6-liter V6 or optional 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. Those engines drive the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, though four-wheel drive is an option. It's impossible to ignore the madness that Jeep offers with its SRT models. The standard SRT uses a 6.2-liter V8 with a healthy-sounding 470 hp, but even its output pales in comparison to the 707-hp V8 nestled under the Trackhawk model's hood. They're typically priced very attractively against similarly powerful high-performance SUVs.

Most 2021 Grand Cherokees are more mainstream in their appeal, and the familiar trim levels all offer a good level of standard equipment. The Limited trim is the sweet spot in the value-to-equipment formula, but if you want an off-the-shelf off-road-equipped model, Jeep obliges with the impressive Trailhawk trim. It can get you almost anywhere, with only a few compromises in road comfort. This talented all-rounder is obviously showing its age, but the 2021 Grand Cherokee is easy to recommend even in the final year of this model's life.

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What is new for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

  • The Grand Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the 80th Anniversary, Freedom, and Laredo X.
  • The Altitude, Laredo, North Edition, Trackhawk, and Upland trims have been discontinued for 2021.
  • Grand Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Run Flat Tires as standard equipment this year.
  • The SRT trim now comes with Tow Hitch and Running Boards as standard equipment.
  • The Summit trim now comes with Adjustable Suspension, Automated Parking, and Running Boards as standard equipment.
  • The High Altitude trim now comes with Running Boards as standard equipment.
  • The Overland trim now comes with Running Boards as standard equipment.
  • The Laredo E trim now comes with Power Seat(s), Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Android Auto, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1. Wide range of engine options

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Engine | CarMax

It's great to have multiple engine options when buying a vehicle, and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides that flexibility. A 295-horsepower, 3.6L V6 engine comes standard on most trims; a 475-horsepower, 6.4L V8 engine is standard on the SRT trim, and the high-performance turbocharged 707-horsepower, 6.2L V8 is standard on the trim-topping Trackhawk. If you prefer, you can shop for a model with the available 360-horsepower, 5.7L V8 on the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit trims.

2. Off-road capability

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Exterior | CarMax

With the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you'll get a vehicle that's ready for off-road adventures. Four-wheel drive—designed to improve traction on rough terrain—is available on all trims, and standard on the Trackhawk. All trims are configured for ideal maneuverability to conquer a range of obstacles and weather conditions. The Trailhawk trim is specially designed for off-road driving, with the Quadra-Drive® II suspension system that allows you to switch between sand, mud, snow, rock, and auto modes. The system is designed to adjust to the terrain, and it can increase ground clearance up to 10.8 inches.

3. Lots of tech features

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a practical and convenient vehicle that can provide a comfortable and entertaining ride for all your passengers. This well-equipped SUV comes standard with an infotainment system that's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be accessed through a seven-inch touchscreen. Navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity, and integrated voice command are also standard. Plus, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with useful driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and rear park assist.

4. Ample room for passengers and storage

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Backseats | CarMax

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an abundance of room for passengers as well as cargo. There's 36.3 cubic feet of room for cargo behind the rear seats; when you fold them down, the cargo volume extends to 63 cubic feet. That means you can easily fit a couple of large suitcases or sporting equipment, as well as lots of groceries. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee can seat five passengers comfortably, with a total passenger volume of 105 cubic feet, 40.3 cubic feet of front legroom, and 38.6 cubic feet of legroom in the back.

5. Impressive interior features

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Front seats | CarMax

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts an upscale interior, with quality materials and lots of convenience features. The cabin is lined with soft-touch materials and leather details on the dashboard, armrests, and upper door panels. A six-speaker audio system and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system are also part of the 2021 Grand Cherokee's standard equipment. Features such as Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and USB ports enhance the riding experience.

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One of the Jeep Wrangler's key selling points is its exceptional off-roading ability, making it ideal for road trips and camping on uneven terrain. Acceleration is brisk and there's plenty of room inside—essential for a rugged adventure vehicle. 2017-present Wranglers offer 41.2 inches of legroom in the front and 35.7 inches in the back, making this SUV great for anyone along for the ride. The standard 3.6L V6 engine—with the option of turbocharging—ensures there's plenty of power under the hood.

Other standard features of the 2017-present Jeep Wrangler include:

  • Rollover protection system

  • Traction control

  • Easy-to-use infotainment system

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Jeep Grand Cherokee an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Grand Cherokee 32nd out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee features and specs

Limited X 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Alpine Sound System
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.3"/R 38.6"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39.2"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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More about the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat

  • Bright White Clearcoat

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat

  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat

  • Green Metallic Clearcoat (Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk)

  • Sangria Metallic Clearcoat (All trims except Laredo)

  • Slate Blue Pearlcoat (All trims except Laredo)

  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat

  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat

  • Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat

Interior details

  • 36.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats; 68.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down

  • Maximum seating capacity of five

  • Infotainment system with touchscreen

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration

  • Power reclining driver seat, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, front bucket seats, and chrome interior accents

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