JEEP® Grand Cherokee Vs. Grand Cherokee L Comparison

Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L

Get ready for a head-to-head SUV battle - we'll be comparing the Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L on this page. One is an all-new name, and the other you've known for decades. While we love what the Grand Cherokee L brings to the table, the new Grand Cherokee is equally attractive.

To help make your decision a confident one, we've stacked these two SUV siblings against each other across the categories that drive your consideration. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee has earned the most awards during its lifetime out of any SUV nameplate, and you can't go wrong with any form it takes.

So, will the new Jeep® Grand Cherokee L be your winner? Will the updated 2022 Grand Cherokee fit your bill? Let's dive into it.


Grand Cherokee
Starting Price, base: $37,390 MSRP2
Engine: 3.6 Liter V6 @ 293-hp
5.7 Liter 8-cylinder @ 360-hp
0-60: 6.2 seconds
MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy
Seats:5
Length: 193.5"
Width 77.5"
1st row headroom: 39.9"
1st row legroom:  41.3"
2nd row headroom: 39.4"
2nd row legroom: 38.2"
Fuel tank size:23 gal
Truck capacity:37.7 cu. ft.
Interior benefits:
  • U-Connect System with 8.4-inch display
  • 2 LCD monitors
  • 6 speaker sound system
  • Voice Command System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • GPS with navigation
  • 10.25 inch interactive screen
  • 10.1 inch rear seat entertainment display with Amazon Fire TV
 
Shop Model: New Jeep Grand Cherokee For Sale

Grand Cherokee L
Starting Price, base:  $38,890 MSRP2
Engine: 3.6 Liter V6 @ 290-hp
5.7 Liter 8-cylinder @ 357-hp
0-60: 7.5 seconds
MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy
Seats:6
Length: 204.9"
Width 77.9"
1st row headroom: 39.8"
1st row legroom: 41.3"
2nd row headroom: 39.9"
2nd row legroom: 39.4"
Fuel tank size:23 gal
Truck capacity:17.2 cu. ft.
Interior benefits:
  • 2 LCD Monitors
  • U-Connect System with 8.4-inch display
  • 6 speaker sound system
  • Voice Command System
  • GPS with navigation
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Real-time traffic display
  • Streaming audio
Shop Model: New Jeep Grand Cherokee L For Sale

Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L: Size Comparison

The first area of differentiation between these two SUVs is their size, particularly the interior layout. Merely looking at a side-by-side picture will reveal that the Grand Cherokee L is bigger, and a look at the interior will reveal why that's the case. The simple answer is that a new Jeep® Grand Cherokee for sale has two rows of seating for five occupants, and the Grand Cherokee L comes in as a three-row SUV with seats for six occupants.

The Grand Cherokee L is also the first three-row Jeep® vehicle. While the Grand Cherokee is a beloved and familiar name, it brings new exterior looks, interior design and materials, features, performance, and more, which all align with what you'd find on the Grand Cherokee L. The Grand Cherokee has also grown for 2022, lengthened, widened, and made taller by several inches.

Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L: Dimensions in Detail

Starting the Jeep® Grand Cherokee vs. Jeep® Grand Cherokee L dimensions battle, the 2022 Grand Cherokee L measures 204.9 inches long, and the 2022 Grand Cherokee comes in at 193.5 inches long. The width is similar, as the Grand Cherokee measures 77.5 inches, and the Grand Cherokee L measures 77.9 inches. On the inside, the Grand Cherokee wins the front headroom battle with 39.9 inches vs. 39.8 inches, while the front legroom is identical at 41.3 inches.

Second-row passengers will find slightly more headroom on the Grand Cherokee L (39.9 vs. 39.4 inches) and a full 1.2 inches more legroom, too.

Cargo Space & Clearance

While the trunk size of a Grand Cherokee is technically larger than the Grand Cherokee L (17.2 cubic feet vs. 37.7 cubic feet of capacity), folding down the third-row seats expands it to 46.9 cubic feet. Folding down the second-row seats opens it up to 84.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the Grand Cherokee offers up to 70.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second row folded.

The Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L ground clearance comparison shows a maximum of 11.3 inches for the Grand Cherokee and up to 10.9 inches for the Grand Cherokee L.

Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L: Specs Comparison

Engine choices in the Jeep® Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L comparison are nearly identical, as both come with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine and have an available 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Power, though, is somewhat different. For the Grand Cherokee L, the 3.6-liter V-6 makes 290 horsepower, while in the Grand Cherokee, it makes 293 horsepower. Likewise, the 5.7-liter V-8 makes 357 horsepower in the Grand Cherokee L, and 360 horsepower in the Grand Cherokee.

Both SUVs offer hardcore 4x4 options, and both can tow up to 7,200 pounds if properly equipped. Fuel efficiency for the 2022 Grand Cherokee has not yet been EPA-rated, but on the Grand Cherokee L, it comes in at up to an EPA-estimate 19 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy.1 The Grand Cherokee, though, has a hybrid option coming soon; the Grand Cherokee L (for now) does not.

Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L: The Performance Battle

Also similarly positioned, the Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L off-road performance battle is nearly a tie. Both are available with the advanced Quadra-Lift Suspension system, yet it raises the Grand Cherokee 0.4 inches higher than it does to the Grand Cherokee L. Similar 4x4 systems push both through the worst terrain, and available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management optimizes them both to great effect.

However, the Grand Cherokee offers a sway bar disconnect feature for maximum off-road articulation, while the Grand Cherokee L does not. Both will serve you well off-road, but the smaller and lighter Grand Cherokee is the clear winner when comparing on-road performance. It does 0-60 mph in around 6.2 seconds, while the Grand Cherokee L does it in about 7.5 seconds. For Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L performance levels, the Grand Cherokee offers slightly enhanced virtues in comparison.

Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L: Pricing

The last comparison is for price. Our Jeep® lease specials can level the playing field, but the Grand Cherokee L comes with a slightly higher price.

For base models, a 2022 Grand Cherokee L Laredo 4x2 has a starting price of $39,185 MSRP2, while the 2022 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 can be yours for a starting price of $37,785 MSRP.2 This disparity is similar across all shared trim levels.

Find Your Winner at South Shore CDJR

The simple answer to the Grand Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee L dilemma is, in fact, a question: "How much room do you need?" Both SUVs share a lot in common, from their design to their features, and the biggest point of differentiation is the third row and increased capacities that the Grand Cherokee L offers. That comes with a slightly higher price, yet we think it's worth it for those who need more room. Whichever your winner is, stop by and explore it in person today.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the Grand Cherokee L bigger than the Grand Cherokee?

Yes. The Grand Cherokee L is a larger vehicle than the Grand Cherokee in almost every measurement. It's longer, taller, wider, and weighs more. As well, it's the first Jeep® SUV to offer a third row of seating. Second-row passengers also get increased head and legroom compared to the Grand Cherokee, and the maximum cargo capacity is as much as 13.6 cubic feet more expansive on the Grand Cherokee L.

Is the Grand Cherokee L replacing the Grand Cherokee?

No, the Grand Cherokee L is not replacing the Grand Cherokee. Instead, it will act as the larger sibling, bringing a third row of seating to the table. Trims are shared between them, letting you add increased cargo and passenger capacity to beloved models like the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4. As well, powertrains, design, and many features are shared between the two.

Are the Dodge Durango and Grand Cherokee L the same?

No. The two can seem similar, as they're both three-row SUVs, but they're different vehicles through and through. The Grand Cherokee L is longer and wider than the Dodge Durango, has a higher maximum towing capacity, more passenger volume, different features, interior design, and performance capabilities. Jeep® brand 4x4 systems are also distinct to the Grand Cherokee L, and further off-road-ready touches give it a unique spirit compared to the Dodge Durango.


1EPA estimated hwy and city mpg with 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

2MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

Grand Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee L - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)