The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't offer many significant changes for the model year as it's an outgoing generation. That said, the world's most-awarded SUV is no chump as the 2021 Grand Cherokee adds new packages on select trims, has numerous power plants to choose from, including several V8 options, and other aesthetic touches that take the model to new heights.
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Engine TypeBuyers interested in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee have up to 10 different trims to choose from: Laredo E, Laredo X, Limited, 80th Anniversary Edition, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. Jeep also offers two different drivetrains, either front-wheel-drive or 4x4, with the Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk trims exclusively 4x4. Irrespective of drivetrain, the standard engine beneath the hood (with the exception of performance SRT and high-tier Trailhawk and Trackhawk trims) is a classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the 3.6-liter V6 under its hood the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts an impressive 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that can be had on any Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4x4 drivetrain, with the exception of the SRT and Trackhawk trims. The SRT trim is in turn powered by a hefty 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, but it’s the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that sits atop the food chain with its 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8 that yields an impressive 707 horsepower.
4x4 Jeep SystemsJeep offers buyers many different off-road 4x4 systems when it comes to the Grand Cherokee model, with features and perks dependent on the trim level. The Quadra-Trac I 4WD system (designed for all-weather capability and including the Selec-Terrain System) is standard on the Laredo E, Laredo X, 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 features a “Trail Rated Tough” badge. Quadra-Trac Active on Demand 4WD is the standard 4x4 system on the Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk trims. It functions as a full-time 4x4 system that rapidly adapts to any change in road conditions.
Exterior FeaturesStandard features on the 2021 Grand Cherokee include: 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, while other high-tier trims offer more generous 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.
Interior FeaturesThe interior of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranges from entry-level ruggedness to top-tier luxury, soft-touch materials, leather armrests, refined upper door panels and more. Additionally, there’s 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 upholstery is standard on the Laredo E trim, with more resilient and luxurious materials available on the rest of the lineup. Optional upgrade features include heated and ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel. Select trims also allow buyers to add their own personal touches with the availability of red seat belts and other wood and leather accents.
EntertainmentThe lineup standard for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 7-inch touchscreen display with the acclaimed Uconnect infotainment system, including 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 E , Laredo X, Upland, and Altitude trims, while the higher-tier Grand Cherokee trims come with a nine-speaker audio system, including a hefty 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 for those who want a sound system that packs a punch. Select trims can also upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen display complete with Uconnect with navigation. Other impressive add-ons include a rear-seat video system, a rear-seat dual screen Blu-ray/DVD player, and a Blu-ray compatible dual screen video system.
Safety Features and WarrantyAcclaimed for its safety and reliability, the 2021 Grand Cherokee offers more than 70 active 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, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.