There are no mechanical changes to Jeep’s iconic off-roader for the 2023 model year, though the Trailhawk trim is now only available in the plug-in hybrid 4xe. There are improved audio systems on certain models, but otherwise, it’s business as usual for the hugely diverse 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee WL range.
Choosing Your Jeep Grand Cherokee
This is a complex process, with a variety of engine and drivetrain choices, seating configurations and trims. The 4xe range is a five-model collection of AWD-only hybrids, with one standalone trim and four others dovetailing with the six-model standard range.
The cheapest Grand Cherokee is the 2WD five-seater Laredo Grand Cherokee, costing $40,795 (all prices include destination). At the other end of the scale, an AWD seven-seater Summit Reserve will set you back $73,945 when combined with the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine exclusively available on this model.
In between are four trims powered by the smaller 3.6-liter V6 gas engine; AWD is a $2,000 option on all bar the flagship Summit Reserve, where it’s standard. Adding three-row seating costs a further $2,000 on all normally aspirated Grand Cherokee trims, but you can’t have a 4xe with seven seats.
Speaking of the plug-in hybrid 4xe range, it launched last year with five trims and is sold solely with all-wheel drive. The Trailhawk model is now exclusive to the hybrid, having been dropped from the standard range. Other trims are comparable to gas-powered Grands, typically bringing superior electronics and seating. Grand Cherokee 4xe Prices weren’t confirmed at the time of writing.
The Grand Cherokee's base 3.6-liter V6 gas engine produces 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque, using the eight-speed automatic transmission fitted as standard to every Grand Cherokee model. RWD is standard on all gas models bar Summit Reserve, with AWD a $2,000 option. Fuel economy stands at an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined in five-seater RWD models, dropping to 18/25/21 mpg in seven-seat L AWD guise.
Unsurprisingly, the larger 5.7-liter V8 returns a paltry 14/22/17 mpg, though it does generate 357 hp and 390 lb-ft. If fuel economy is your bag, the 4xe’s two-liter turbo gas engine raises 375 hp and 470 lb-ft in tandem with plug-in hybrid technology and a 17 kWh battery.
It uses a dedicated version of the Grand’s eight-speed automatic transmission, and all 4xe models are 4x4s, capable of traveling 25 miles on electric power alone. They can be recharged in two hours with an available upgraded charging system, which requires a 240V power outlet to be professionally installed.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|3.6 V6||290 hp||257 lb-ft||19/26/22mpg|
|5.7 V8||357 hp||390 lb-ft||14/22/17mpg|
|2.0 PHEV||375 hp||470 lb-ft||56 MPGe combined|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the Grand Cherokee in a five-seater guise stands at 46.9 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 84.6 cu ft once they’re dropped. In seven-seat models, load space dwindles to 17.2 cu ft.
Even the base Laredo trim comes with a suite of safety aids including forward-collision warning with active braking and lane management, blind-spot monitoring plus rear cross-path detection, eight airbags, and adaptive cruise with stop-and-go capabilities. Trailhawk models further benefit from a five-setting traction management system, but only Summit and above receive traffic sign recognition or a drowsy driver monitoring system.
The stock six-speaker stereo in Laredo models feels rather basic, especially as it doesn’t even include satellite radio. At least wireless smartphone mirroring is delivered through the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. Every other model has satellite radio and TomTom navigation, while Trailhawk buyers enjoy a nine-speaker Alpine sound system with a 506-watt amp and subwoofer.
The latter is an option on Limited but standard on Overland alongside HD radio, while Summit models (and some lesser 4xe trims) receive a larger 10.1-inch navigation screen. Summit Reserve is the first to sport a 17-channel amplifier, delivering 950 watts of power through 19 custom-designed speakers.
There are clear signs of cost-cutting in Laredo models, with eight-way power on the cloth driver’s seat but only manual passenger seat adjustment. The cabin has three-zone air conditioning, push-button start, voice control and a suite of LED lighting, plus smartphone mirroring through the 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The main package on the Laredo is the Luxury Tech Group I. It costs $1,400 and includes heated front seats and steering wheel, rain-sensitive wipers, a power liftgate, remote start, and a wireless charging pad. Given the basic specs on Laredo, we’d strongly recommend adding this package.
From its leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats to third-row USB ports, Altitude models are significantly more comfortable than Laredo. Other upgrades include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and wireless charging pad, a remote start system and selectable tire-fill alerts.
There are no packages on this model.
Modest upgrades on Limited models include memory for the driver’s seat, eight-way power adjustment for the front passenger, and heating elements for second-row occupants. Satellite radio and six premium speakers are included, while satin chrome accents improve the interior ambience. This is also the first Grand with tire pressure monitoring as standard. ** As the first trim available in 4xe guise, hybrids additionally receive memory mirrors and a power liftgate, Capri leather seating plus a panoramic two-pane glass roof. **
The Luxury Tech Group II might cost $2,295, but it includes 15 upgrades. Among these are ventilated front seats and Capri leather, a surround-view camera system and auto-dimming digital display mirror, intersection collision assist, and a dedicated off-road camera.
Available exclusively in 4xe guise, Trailhawk models offer 10.9 inches of ground clearance, blue tow hooks and wheel accents, a rear electronic limited-slip differential, and a dedicated off-road camera. A trailer-hitch zoom also comes as standard, as does an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Audiophiles will welcome the nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and technophiles will appreciate the 10.1-inch touchscreen.
The Luxury Tech Group III adds eight upgrades including wireless device charging and a hands-free power liftgate, rain-sensitive wipers, and a digital display mirror. The Advanced ProTech Group II’s features range from night vision and a surround-view camera system to intersection collision assistance and park assist at both ends of the car. **
Costing almost $10,000 more than Limited models, the Overland’s cabin is bathed in light from a standard-fit dual-pane panoramic sunroof, while automatic temperature control keeps things suitably cool. Liquid chrome interior accents also brighten the cabin, while other notable upgrades from Trailhawk include front and rear park assist, LED daytime running lights and passive keyless entry. ** 4xe models further receive Nappa leather and a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen. **
The $2,155 Luxury Tech Group IV bundles in over a dozen features, including four-zone A/C and 12-way power adjustment and back massaging for both front seats, Nappa leather and second-row window shades. For $2,235, you could add the Advanced ProTech Group III’s safety aids – a head-up display and night vision, surround view and off-road cameras, intersection collision assist, and a back-up camera washer.
Summit is the first gas-powered Grand to incorporate a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with a dedicated off-road camera also fitted. Nappa leather seats offer 12-way adjustment for the driver and back massaging for both front seat occupants, plus memory for the front passenger. Safety is improved with an intersection collision-assist system and surround-view cameras, alongside Level 2 highway automated driving and traffic sign recognition.
The Advanced ProTech Group IV includes a head-up display, night vision, and an auto-dimming digital display mirror. The Luxury Tech Group V is reduced to manual window shades and wireless device charging, though it does cost just $275.
As you settle into Palermo leather-trimmed bucket seats, it’s obvious that you’re in a flagship model. The rear seats are ventilated, while the front passenger enjoys their own touchscreen interactive display. A 19-speaker sound system is standard, and this is the only Grand to have hill descent control as standard.
Options remain as on Summit.
Buying a Grand Cherokee and then skimping on specs seems rather self-defeating, so we’d recommend the good-value Limited trim, before bundling in the Luxury Tech Group II for extra comfort and refinement.