2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Specs and Reviews

Pros: Luxurious interior with cutting-edge technology; go-anywhere capability; refined on-road driving; strong towing; 4xe plug-in hybrid

Cons: Less interior space than many competitors; no eight-passenger version; very heavy; mediocre V6 and thirsty V8 engines

No other midsize SUV offers the same variety of options and capabilities as the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Because of the Grand Cherokee L, it is available with two or three rows. In Overland and Summit trim levels, it can be a genuine luxury SUV, or a go-anywhere, trail-tackling monster (that’s a plug-in hybrid, no less) in Trailhawk guise. The other trim levels are essentially in the middle, with generally positive effects. Its stunning interior, packed with well-executed technology, can be enjoyed regardless of version.

What’s new for 2023?

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will only be available with the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain for 2023. For both the Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L, the Limited and Overland now come standard with the 10.1-inch touchscreen, while the Alpine (Limited) and McIntosh (Overland and Summit) sound systems become standalone options on their respective trim levels.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit dash
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit infotainment
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit instrument panel

What are the Grand Cherokee interior and in-car technology like?

The standard Grand Cherokee is offered with an attractively styled but low-feature interior heavy on gloss black accents and smooth surfaces. A heated steering wheel and heated seats are available from the base model on up (with a package, of course) and high trim levels slather on enough leather and niceties to make the Grand Cherokee a credible luxury vehicle. The Tupelo interior in the Summit Reserve is borderline decadent.

Depending on how you choose to equip it, the Grand Cherokee ranges from conventionally techy to gadget geek’s dream land. The base Grand Cherokee includes the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay paired to a six-speaker audio system, which can be upgraded to a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and either an Alpine or top-flight McIntosh audio system. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB A and USB Type-C and HDMI inputs for personal devices.

A Grand Cherokee L model loaded up with the Summit Reserve and rear-seat entertainment packages will offer more USB ports than most owners could possibly utilize at once (feel free to prove us wrong). A 10.25-inch passenger-side infotainment screen option offers entertainment and comfort options for front-row passengers without tempting the driver with distraction.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit

How big is the Grand Cherokee?

The Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV available in either two-row (above left) or three-row Grand Cherokee L (above right) body styles. The L adds 10 inches of overall length, much of which is dedicated to that third row. Its comparably sized to other three-row crossover SUV’s (the Grand Cherokee is technically a crossover as it has a unibody chassis), but its rear-wheel-drive powertrain raises the floor and therefore reduces third-row space relative a Kia Telluride or Honda Pilot. It is comparable to the similarly rear-wheel-drive Ford Explorer.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit rear seats
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit cargo area

What are the Grand Cherokee fuel economy and performance specs?

Although there may be some high-performance SRT offerings in the future, for now, the 2023 Grand Cherokee is available with V6, V8 and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The standard 3.6-liter V6 produces 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, with various four-wheel-drive systems available (see below). Fuel economy estimates weren’t available at the time of this writing for every 2023 Grand Cherokee, but those that were available were basically the same as those of 2022, which we’ll share here. Basically, the Grand Cherokee V6 delivers average fuel economy for the segment at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined for a four-wheel-drive two-row model. Rear-wheel drive is basically the same, while the three-row Grand Cherokee L loses 1 mpg combined regardless of drivetrain.

The 5.7-liter V8 is optional only on the Overland and Summit, and is four-wheel drive only. It produces 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. It can also tow a maximum of 7,200 pounds versus 6,200 for the V6 – both are excellent for a midsize SUV. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is not excellent. It comes in at 14 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined for both body styles.

The 4xe plug-in hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with an electric motor, eight-speed automatic and standard four-wheel drive. Total system output is 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can tow a maximum of 6,000 pounds, which is still more than the Kia Tellurides of the world. Last year, the 4xe was estimated to go 26 miles on electricity alone and was rated at 56 miles-per-gallon-combined. Should you drive without recharging, the 4xe gets 23 mpg combined.

Being the go-to American brand for 4x4s, Jeep offers three named 4WD systems for the Grand Cherokee, though two of them are mechanically very similar. The one offered on Laredo and Limited is a single-speed unit (Quadra-Trac I) that behaves much like mainstream all-wheel-drive systems, distributing torque to the front and rear axles as dictated by conditions. A more traditional four-wheel-drive system (Quadra-Trac II) with a two-speed transfer case and therefore a Low mode for rock crawling, is found in the Trailhawk as standard and as an option on Summit and Overland. An electronic limited-slip differential is added to it in the Trailhawk and Summit, and is an added option on the Overland. Jeep markets this version as Quadra-Drive II.

What’s the Grand Cherokee like to drive?

With so many different variations, saying how a Grand Cherokee drives is very complicated. A base V6 Laredo is going to be pretty different from a V8-powered Summit with air suspension, which are both going to be awfully different from a Trailhawk 4xe. In general, though, expect the Grand Cherokee to drive like a more robust and refined vehicle than, say, a Kia Telluride or Honda Pilot. Although geared up for off-roading, those capabilities really don’t hamper it in the same way they do the more rugged Toyota 4Runner – even the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (above left), with its knobbier tires, remains perfectly civilized despite a bit more noise and some extra wallowing through corners. This civility is increased further in any Grand Cherokee when you opt for the height-adjustable air suspension, shown at full lift in the above photos (Summit Reserve shown above right).

Power from the standard V6 is comparable to various two- and three-row midsize crossovers, meaning it’s perfectly adequate. The available Hemi V8, by contrast, sounds the part and pulls like a freight train on a highway. Of course, you’ll also need a freight train of gas to keep it running. The 4xe is therefore our pick of the litter as it offers the smooth, effortless pull of an electric motor and a turbocharged engine – not to mention more power and torque than the V8. It weighs a lot more, though, but at least that weight is down low, which lowers the center of gravity and enhances that robust, refined feeling mentioned earlier.

Should you be keen on venturing off-road, the Trailhawk is the way to go. It comes standard with height-adjustable suspension, which can raise it higher off the ground than a Wrangler Rubicon. It also gets the top-shelf Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system that includes a locking limited-slip differential, all-terrain tires, and crucially, a disconnecting front sway bar that radically increases wheel articulation. For 2023, the Trailhawk is only available as a two-row 4xe, however. Should you not want that (for instance, you want a three-row Grand Cherokee L), any other four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee will be more capable off the beaten path than a Telluride, Pilot, etc. due to its low-range-capable transfer case and excellent clearances.