The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is not only a chic family vehicle but one that is made to take on any kind of terrain. Many drivers may never use this capability, but the thought of being able to still evoke a certain romanticism with its brand image. And once inside, the Grand Cherokee L proves itself as an outstanding choice in mid-size SUVs with comfort, space and plenty of perks included. The pricier models can be pretty lavish in interior finishes and cost, yet the base version comes at an affordable rate with loads of features. Those who prefer a smaller size have the 2-row Grand Cherokee as an option which shares similar mechanisms and specs but will cost even less.
What’s New for 2023?
The three-row Grand Cherokee L receives few changes for 2023, but the Limited and Overland models come standard with in-dash navigation, and the Jeep’s optional premium stereo systems are now available as standalone options. Limited models come with Alpine audio, while Summit and Overland trims come with the McIntosh audio system with 19 speakers.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Grand Cherokee L is available with the choice of a 290-hp V-6 or a 357-hp V-8 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic and either rear- or all-wheel drive. Those in need of serious towing capabilities should opt for the V-8, which can tow up to 7200 pounds as compared to 6200 for the V-6. After test driving both, we have found that the V-8 provides more linear power delivery and is accompanied by a pleasing rumble. At our track, it managed a 0—60 time of 6.2 seconds; the slower V-6 took 8 seconds. Ride comfort and handling are good overall, with competent steering and a firm brake pedal. To ensure offroad prowess, Jeep offers three all-wheel drive systems, plus an optional air suspension that can be adjusted for added ground clearance.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The rear-wheel-drive V-6 model is estimated to deliver 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg in the highway; adding all-wheel drive drops both by one mpg. These numbers are in line with rivals such as the Kia Telluride and the Chevrolet Traverse. For more information about fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website. The V-8 model is rated for 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
Cargo, interior, and comfort
Base Laredo Grand Cherokee L models provide the basics, while Summit and Overland trims feature even more amenities such as quilted leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, advanced digital displays and optional second-row bench seating for seven passengers. If you don’t require a third row of seats, the two-row Grand Cherokee merits a closer look – our team has reviewed it separately. For extra luxury Jeep also offers options like massaging front seats and other high-end touches on upper trims.
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