Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee L

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Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - July 1, 2021

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L joins the existing Jeep Grand Cherokee to expand — and confuse — the brand’s lineup of SUVs. In addition to the nameplate, the two models start with similar powertrains and features.

Despite the family resemblance, the two are different models with different aims. Here’s a brief look at key specs and features that set them apart to help you determine which one is worth the money as a shopper.

What the Grand Cherokee L Gets Right

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a new model, while the existing Jeep Grand Cherokee is more than a decade old. The Grand Cherokee is due to migrate to the newer platform in the next year or so, but as things stand, the Grand Cherokee L is much more modern.

That means more modern safety tech, including standard automatic emergency braking. The Grand Cherokee L also benefits from a 10.1-inch infotainment system with smartphone capability, while the Grand Cherokee starts with a five-inch screen.

The biggest difference between the two models is size. The Grand Cherokee L is about 15 inches longer than its little sibling. With all the seats folded, that translates into an extra 16 cubic feet of cargo space. The Grand Cherokee L also comes with a third row, which is reasonably comfortable even for adults.

What the Grand Cherokee Gets Right

As the smaller vehicle, the Grand Cherokee is also cheaper. The Grand Cherokee L asks a premium of over $2,000 to start, and that difference expands in higher trims.

In most ways aside from space, the Grand Cherokee keeps up well with the larger model. It gets a nearly identical powertrain, and it’s highly capable off road. Thanks to its lower weight, it’s slightly more efficient than the Grand Cherokee L.

Although the Grand Cherokee is currently based on an older platform, the upcoming model should get all the same design tweaks and improvements as the Grand Cherokee L. Prices will likely rise, but the Grand Cherokee should remain the cheaper choice.

A Time of Transition

Next year, this choice will get more difficult. Once both cars have been updated, the main differentiating factor will likely be the Grand Cherokee L’s third row and extra cargo space.

For now, however, the Grand Cherokee L is the better buy thanks to its updated design and features. Standard safety tech, updated infotainment, and a comfortable cabin are hard to turn down.

Our Verdict: Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Until next year’s Grand Cherokee lands, we’d recommend stepping up to the Grand Cherokee L. The tech upgrades alone are worth the price, and a little extra space rarely goes amiss. When the new Grand Cherokee lands, we’ll update this comparison to see if the conclusions stand.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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