Still Grand, Just Shorter: The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4X4


2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 front 3/4 view

A few years ago, automakers were arguing that SUVs that didn't have a third row of seating were a lot harder to sell. It was easier to tell someone who never needed that third row to simply fold it down than it was to make a case for a five-seat SUV. Times, tastes and demands change, and it would appear Jeep believes there's room for both types of SUV---two-row and three-row.


2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 rear 3/4 view

In November, I reviewed the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. That's the three-row version of the new Grand Cherokee. This is the Grand Cherokee---the two-row.


In most three-row SUVs, save the truly huge ones (Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, Ford Expedition Max, Lincoln Navigator Long Wheelbase, Grand Wagoneer), there's a compromise involved in a third row, either in terms of legroom for the wayback or in terms of cargo space. The Grand Cherokee L skirts that problem with a seven-inch stretch of the wheelbase and a total of 15 extra inches of length. And it's more than just a stretch, as the L is 2.2 inches wider than the Grand Cherokee. Which right-sizes room for people and things for both vehicles rather than cramming a third row into the Grand Cherokee.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 hood up

Grand Cherokees come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, but our tester is a loaded top-of-the line Summit Reserve 4X4. That's an optional ($3,295) 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 357 horsepower and 390 pounds per foot of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sixty miles an hour from a standing start happens in about seven seconds. And yes, there's a fuel economy penalty to be paid for that power---the EPA average is 14 city/22 highway. The power comes on smooth, matching the ride and the handling of the vehicle itself. The new Grand Cherokee is a very pleasant machine to drive.


2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 liftgate open

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 cargo area

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 interior

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 rear seat

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 rear seat entertainment

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 front seats

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 front seat detail

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 instrument panel

While Jeep Grand Cherokee prices start just above $40,000, the Summit Reserve 4X4 is a healthy jump at $59,365. And the optional equipment on our tester takes it to another level beyond that.


2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 center console

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 McIntosh speaker in door

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 speaker on dashboard

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 McIntosh audio display

Those options? $395 for the Sliver Zynith paint, $4,000 for the Summit Reserve Group (front passenger interactive display, 21-inch machine face/painted aluminum wheels, Palermo leather seats, a 19-inch McIntosh high-performance audio system with a 950-watt amplifier and active noise control, ventilated rear seats, a deluxe headliner and Palermo leather door trim), $1,995 for the Advanced Protect Group IV (head-up display, NightVision with pedestrian and animal detection and a rear-view auto-dimming digital display mirror), $1,995 for the Rear Seat Video Group I (seatback video screens and Amazon Fire TV), $245 for the Luxury Tech Group V (wireless charging pad and manual second-row window shades)---and, as mentioned before, $3,295 for the Hemi V8.


With $1,795 destination, the as-tested price of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4X4 is $73,085, or about 33 grand more than a base 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4X4 front view

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4X4 passenger side view

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4X4 driver side view

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4X4 rear view

That may seem like quite a price difference, but Jeep has an interesting selling proposition---it can do basic SUVs with superior off-road capability and it also does convincing luxury. Having driven top-of-the-line examples of the Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee L and the Grand Wagoneer (which does not bear a "Jeep" badge), I can say that these are vehicles that can, with a straight face, be cross-shopped against established luxury brands.

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