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    Jeep Grand Cherokee L

    The first Grand Cherokee redesign in a decade kicks off with a new three-row version, dubbed the “L.” It bridges the gap in price, size, and content between mainstream three-row SUVs and luxury models, such as the Acura MDX. We found it roomy, comfortable, and well appointed, but it’s held back by middling acceleration, long braking distances, and subpar fuel economy.
    Jeep Grand Cherokee L Road Test

    The first Grand Cherokee redesign in a decade kicks off with a new three-row version, dubbed the “L.” It bridges the gap in price, size, and content between mainstream three-row SUVs and luxury models, such as the Acura MDX. We found it roomy, comfortable, and well appointed, but it’s held back by middling acceleration, long braking distances, and subpar fuel economy.

    There are more compelling choices in the midsized three-row SUV segment, such as the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander, with considerably higher road-test scores.

    The Jeep’s base 290-horsepower V6 is willing enough during regular driving, aided by a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that downshifts appropriately and unobtrusively on long, steep downhills to help slow the vehicle. But the engine feels strained when pushed hard, and it sounds thrashy at higher revs. The GC-L is one of the slowest SUVs in the class, needing 8.8 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph—top rivals are in the low 7s. The 19 mpg overall on regular fuel it managed in our testing is also far from stellar, but towing capacity is strong, at 6,200 pounds with the V6. High-end versions come with a 5.7-liter V8 that can tow 7,200 pounds.

    Best Version to Get
    The Grand Cherokee L spans a wide range of price points and equipment levels. Four-wheel-drive (rear-wheel drive comes standard) is a must if it snows where you live, or if you plan to traverse any off-road trails. At the very least we would consider the second-tier Altitude trim for the leather se...
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