2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
- 80th Anniversary Edition package for Limited trim level
- Part of the fourth Grand Cherokee generation introduced for 2011
Pros & Cons
- Plush interior with plentiful luxury and technology
- Enough off-road ability to conquer practically any trail
- Available V8 engines offer substantial power
- Impressive tow ratings for the class
- Firm ride quality may disappoint, even with air suspension
- Underwhelming acceleration with base V6
- Modest quality of cabin materials can be hard to justify
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers one of the most diverse lineups around for a midsize SUV. There's a wide array of trim levels suited for on- and off-road performance. From the basic Laredo to the go-nearly-anywhere Trailhawk to the insane 707-horsepower Trackhawk, the Grand Cherokee should have your needs covered. Luxury and tech options are plentiful, and its towing power, especially when equipped with the optional 5.7-liter V8, is impressive for the class.
But also know that the Grand Cherokee has gone 10 years without a major redesign. Jeep has done an admirable job of keeping its stalwart SUV modern and fairly competitive, but there are some obvious flaws, including a cramped interior, subpar comfort and lethargic handling. Rivals such as the Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport have significantly more modern and spacious interiors, even if they can't match the Grand Cherokee's expansive mix of models. You can read more about our take on the Grand Cherokee in our Expert Rating below.
Our verdict7.4 / 10
How does it drive?7.0
A downside is the Grand Cherokee's significant weight, which affects acceleration, handling and overall drivability. Another negative is the steering, which feels disconnected from the road. This combo makes the Grand Cherokee overly heavy and lethargic to pilot around turns. For off-roading, though, the GC does well thanks to several available off-road-ready options.
How comfortable is it?7.0
Our test vehicle came equipped with the optional air suspension. We weren't impressed. It provides a somewhat floaty ride quality on the highway and struggles to soak up smaller pavement ripples, allowing significant vibration to enter the cabin. Big bumps are absorbed to a point, but hit one midcorner and the JGC loses its handling composure. The standard suspension might be a better choice.
How’s the interior?8.0
The Uconnect infotainment interface is a bit dated, but it's still easy to use thanks to large, grippy knobs for the stereo and fan speed. So the only real shortcomings are the thick windshield pillars that partially obscure your view through turns.
How’s the tech?7.5
The operation of some of the advanced driving aids is lackluster. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning, for example, are both a little too sensitive for our tastes.
How’s the storage?7.5
Small-item storage is limited to a small center console, can-size cupholders in both the front and rear seats, and slim door pockets. The rear car-seat anchors are well marked and easy to find, and there's a good amount of space for most child seats. A properly equipped Grand Cherokee with the V8 has a maximum tow rating of 7,200 pounds.
How economical is it?7.5
Is it a good value?7.5
Which Grand Cherokee does Edmunds recommend?
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee models
The five-passenger 2021 Grand Cherokee is available in seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk. Most Grand Cherokees are available with either rear- or four-wheel drive, with the exception of the SRT and the Trailhawk. Those trims come standard with performance-oriented all-wheel-drive systems. All Grand Cherokees have an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine lineup includes:
- A standard 3.6-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 260 lb-ft)
- An optional 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp, 390 lb-ft) for Trailhawk, Overland and Summit
- A 6.4-liter V8 (470 hp, 475 lb-ft) standard on the SRT
- A supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (707 hp, 645 lb-ft) standard on the Trackhawk
Starts you off with features such as:
- 18-inch wheels
- Rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
- Keyless ignition and entry
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Six-speaker audio system
- Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
- Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
Dresses up the Laredo by adding:
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
- 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Auto-dimming mirrors
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- Leather upholstery
- Power liftgate
- Power-adjustable front seats with driver memory settings
Adds off-road capability and extra features, such as:
- Unique 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
- Electronically controlled limited-slip differential
- Underbody skid plates
- Heavy-duty engine cooling
- Off-road-tuned air suspension
- Enhanced 4WD system
- Upgraded audio system
- All-terrain drive modes
- Special leather and simulated suede seating surfaces
- Ventilated front seats
- Heated rear seats
Adds luxury touches with:
- 20-inch wheels
- Xenon headlights
- Upgraded leather seating
- Power-adjustable steering column
- Combination wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel
Maxes out luxury with:
- 19-speaker audio system
- Chrome exterior trim
- Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Jeep and the car in front)
- Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
- Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
- Upgraded leather seating surfaces
- Parallel parking assist (aids the driver in parallel parking situations)
Has the 470-hp V8 plus enhancements for on-road performance such as:
- Special 20-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires
- High-performance braking system
- Sport-tuned adaptive suspension
- Sport front seats
One-ups the SRT with the 707-hp V8 plus:
- 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels
- Black exterior trim
- Ultra high-performance braking system
- Sport exhaust with quad exhaust tips
- Ultra high-performance suspension
- Heavy-duty eight-speed transmission
Note that many of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to other trims through option packages.
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Features & Specs
|Trackhawk 4dr SUV 4WD|
6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A
|MPG||11 city / 17 hwy|
|Transmission||8-speed shiftable automatic|
|Horsepower||707 hp @ 6000 rpm|
Our experts’ favorite Grand Cherokee safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Warns you about vehicles in your blind spots.
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Detects objects, or cars that have stopped short, in your path and applies emergency braking.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Warns you when you're drifting out of your lane and prompts you to correct your heading.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
|Side Impact Test|
|Roof Strength Test|
|Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint|
|IIHS Small Overlap Front Test||Not Tested|
|Moderate Overlap Front Test|
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. the competition
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Toyota 4Runner
Calling the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee "old rivals" would be accurate in more ways than one. Both have been off-road rivals for over 10 years. However, it's been about 10 years since either of them had a meaningful redesign. The Jeep offers more powerful engines, but the Toyota does have the edge in rock-crawling capability.
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Honda Passport
Choosing between the Passport and the Grand Cherokee comes down to a few quick questions. Do you value comfort, fuel economy and passenger space and not really need all-wheel drive for the occasional dirt road? Then the Passport will not disappoint. But if towing and serious off-roading are in your future, the Jeep is the way to go. Read Edmunds long-term road test of the Honda Passport to find out more.
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Outback
We like the Outback for its easygoing road manners, fuel efficiency and spacious cargo area. Fresh off a redesign, it also offers a more modern feel overall than the aging Jeep. The Grand Cherokee has considerably more off-road capability than the Outback, but the Subaru offers more capability than the average crossover SUV.
Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee a good car?
What's new in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee:
- 80th Anniversary Edition package for Limited trim level
- Part of the fourth Grand Cherokee generation introduced for 2011
Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee reliable?
Is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
The least-expensive 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $87,650.
Other versions include:
- Trackhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $87,650
What are the different models of Jeep Grand Cherokee?
More about the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Overview
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is offered in the following styles: Trackhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A).
What do people think of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
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Our Review Process
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