Maintaining the legacy that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has built over the years is no easy task. However, Jeep has consistently found ways to elevate this prestigious SUV to suit the needs of returning drivers and also lure in new customers looking for exciting ways to experience the Jeep brand. For the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee, there are some small changes that help the model further refine its role in the segment, all while still being the performance-driven SUV that customers have come to expect.
The largest change for the new model year is the off-road Trailhawk trim becoming exclusive to the Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid. However, the standard model still offers the Trail Rated Overland trim. Additionally, the latest Uconnect 5 NAV infotainment system featuring a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen has become a standard feature for the Limited and Overland trims. The Alpine premium nine-speaker audio system is now available as a standalone option on the Limited trim, while the McIntosh 19-speaker audio system is available as a standalone option for the Overland and Summit.
The base two-row 2023 Grand Cherokee is available in a total of six different trims, which include the Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve. You can also choose from a variety of exciting exterior colors that help infuse your personality into the visual style of this versatile SUV. Depending on the trim, you have up to eight different monotone colors to choose from, while the higher-end models let you customize the Grand Cherokee with seven two-tone color schemes to suit your preferences.
The 2023 Grand Cherokee offers three distinct powertrain options. However, not every powertrain is available in every variant. The base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which has been a long-running staple for the Jeep brand for many years. The other options are a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, offered only in the three-row Grand Cherokee L, and a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid, available in the two-row Grand Cherokee 4xe. All three engines offer a great sense of maneuverability and handling for the Grand Cherokee.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 delivers 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission designed to provide drivers with a robust driving experience and smooth gear shifts while being optimized for fuel-efficient travel. But if you need more performance out of your Jeep Grand Cherokee, look no further than the HEMI V8 or 4xe plug-in hybrid.
The HEMI V8 is fine-tuned to deliver 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. This gives you even more horsepower and more low-end torque for off-roading purposes. Like the Pentastar, the HEMI V8 is also designed to give you some great travel benefits as well in the form of towing capacity. With the Pentastar, you can expect to tow up to 6,200 lbs with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but with the HEMI V8, you can expect to tow up to 7,200 lbs. This is great for those who want to travel to remote locations with lots of gear in tow.
Additionally, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with multiple drive modes that can adjust the vehicle's performance depending on where you're driving or the weather. Never let the road conditions dictate how you enjoy traveling from one place to the next, but take command of the road through the available Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. You can choose to adjust the vehicle's performance based on five different drive mode settings. These include Rock, Sand/Mud, Snow, Auto, and Sport. You can stay in complete control over how the vehicle's stability and traction management are handled during your travels.
One of the defining traits of the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee is its versatility both on and off the road. This is due to the Jeep's coveted 4x4 systems enabling the Grand Cherokee to perform in ways other SUVs simply cannot. This includes three distinct 4x4 systems for the four-wheel drive versions of the vehicle, including Quadra-Trac I, Quadra Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II.
The Quadra-Trac I system is always active to provide superior traction regardless of the weather and road conditions. With Quadra-Trac II, you have the addition of a two-speed transfer case to give you the best traction possible when rock crawling or making your way through wet or slippery surfaces. Finally, with Quadra-Drive II, you have an electronic limited-slip rear differential that can shift torque laterally between the rear wheels based on driving conditions.
Combine that with the segment-defining Quadra-Lift air suspension, which provides dynamic ride height changes to optimize ground clearance and aerodynamics as needed, and it becomes obvious why the Grand Cherokee is the SUV of choice for those who want a stylish and luxurious off-road vehicle. This SUV also offers many other noteworthy utility features, such as a front swaybar disconnect for greater articulation while rock climbing. This gives you an SUV that's more than capable of tackling all of nature's little challenges as you make your way through the wilderness far away from paved roads.
One of the most standout aspects of the Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been its unrivaled style. The fifth-generation Grand Cherokee maintains many of the iconic elements that make it stand out from the competition while also improving the vehicle's looks and performance. The 2023 model year offers the latest enhancements with an aerodynamic design and construction that reduces both vibrations and noise.
The refined lines of the Grand Cherokee meld well stylistically with the lowered roof and blacked-out pillars that give you plenty of visibility from within the cabin. Combine that with the seven-slot grille that is available in different designs, including a chrome surround or a full chrome mesh, and you have a very visually distinctive SUV from the exterior alone. Available 17-inch, 20-inch, and 21-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, roof rails, front tow hooks, and more all help with both utility and fuel efficiency.
Inside, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers exquisite interior furnishings, from 16-way power-adjustable seats with memory presets and massage mode to multiple premium upholstery options, including Capri Leather with perforated leather inserts, Nappa Leather, and Palermo Leather. Wood paneling inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and interior ambient lighting also help add luxury appeal to the cabin of the Grand Cherokee. With an available 10.1-inch HD touchscreen, a secondary passenger touchscreen with Fire TV support, and an infotainment suite powered by Uconnect 5, you have access to some of the best vehicular app access, navigation, and profile customization within the segment.
Added features such as Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, Bluetooth wireless support, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mean you have a complete media suite at your fingertips from within the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A Jeep Connect app is available for your smartphone so that you can always stay connected to your Jeep with remote access. Add the fact that you can also bolster the suite with an impressive in-cabin audio experience, and it makes the Grand Cherokee that much richer. This includes an available premium McIntosh surround sound system with 19 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer. Top all of this out with a heads-up display, digital driver information center, and wireless charging pad, and the Grand Cherokee manages to maintain its position in the rarefied air of being in a class of its own.