Mid-sized 3-row SUVs are today’s family cars of choice. Two of the leading contenders are the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the 2022 Kia Telluride. Which is better?
- The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L was new in 2021 and likely won’t change for 2022.
- The Kia Telluride gets some light refreshes for 2022, including a revised badge and grille.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Base Price: Mid–$30,000s / Read our 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Review
What we like: Good looking; lux interior on higher trims; lots of safety tech; standard second-row captain’s chairs; standard wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Optional V8 engine.
What we would change: Dated engines; pricey upper trims; no souped-up models.
Overview: The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a midsize 3-row SUV that was all-new for 2021. It’s longer than the standard Jeep Grand Cherokee and is the first Jeep in over a decade with three rows of seats. Jeep calls the Grand Cherokee L a full-size SUV, but its dimensions are more in line with bigger midsize 3-row crossovers.
What’s new for 2022: We don’t expect any changes for the 2022 model year.
Features and technology: The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is available in four trim levels; Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit. The base V6 engine is standard on every trim, with the V8 being optional in the top two trims. We don’t expect any changes to this for 2022.
The base Grand Cherokee L Laredo comes standard with automatic headlights, LED reflector headlights with integrated daytime running lamps, LED taillights, heated, power-adjustable mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster with customizable menus, “tip and slide” second-row captain’s chairs (a second-row bench is optional), paddle shifters, and type A and type C USB ports (12 total).
Climb the trim ladders for more options, and you get to the top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee L Summit. It’s available with the Advance ProTech Group II package (head-up display, night vision, interior rear monitoring camera, auto-dimming digital display mirror), Lux Tech Group IV (wireless charging, second-row sunshades), and the ultra-luxurious Summit Reserve Package (hand-wrapped Palermo leather seats, leather-wrapped armrest and door trim, open-pore Waxed Walnut wood trim, suede pillars and headliner, ventilated 1st- and 2nd-row seats, memory, and massage front seats, McIntosh 19-speaker premium audio, 21-inch wheels) and a whole lot more.
The standard infotainment system on the Grand Cherokee L is a Uconnect 5 system with a 10.1-inch display housing an 8.4-inch touchscreen. It features an aux jack, USB integration, Bluetooth, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, Amazon Alexa, and SiriusXM.
This Jeep is very generous with standard safety tech, but it hasn’t yet been crash-tested by NHTSA. Standard features on every trim include active lane management, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, advanced brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, full-speed collision warning with active braking and pedestrian detection, LaneSense lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, ParkSense rear parking sensors, and a backup camera.
What does the future hold: The Jeep Grand Cherokee L was all-new in 2021, so we don’t expect a lot of changes for 2022 or 2023. See 2022 Grand Cherokee models for sale near you
2022 Kia Telluride
Base Price: $23,790 / Choose the right trim for your 2022 Kia Telluride
What we like: Roomy and upscale cabin; available self-leveling suspension; standard safety and driver-assist systems are ample; 4-wheel lock on all-wheel drive.
What we would change: Add an engine choice.
Overview: The Telluride debuted in 2019 as the biggest and boldest SUV to date from Kia. This 3-row family crossover wasted no time pitting itself against established rivals like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Toyota Highlander. And by many counts, the Telluride comes out on top. The 2022 Kia Telluride has seating for eight passengers (or seven when fitted with second-row captain’s seats), is filled with technology, comes standard with a full suite of active safety and driver-assistance features, and does it all at a price below that of its rivals. Throw in a standard V6, brawny yet handsome looks, one of the most spacious cabins in its class, and an unbeatable warranty that covers 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain, and it’s little wonder Kia dealers have trouble keeping the Telluride in stock. The Kia Telluride also was named one of the Best New Cars for 2020. Whether it serves as a family SUV that offers a lot of great-looking metal for the money or as an amenity-laden road-tripper that could pass for a luxury SUV inside, the 2022 Kia Telluride is one of the most recommendable midsize crossovers around.
What’s new for 2022: The Kia Telluride gets more driver assistance features for 2022 as standard. It also gets a larger standard infotainment display with more functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a revised and updated grille with Kia’s new badge.
Features and technology: The 2021 Kia Telluride is available in four grades: LX, S, EX, and SX. AWD is an option on all levels.
LX is the first of four 2022 Telluride trims, starting with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,790, plus a destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive is another $2,000, or $1,900 in the highest SX trim.
An SX Prestige package for this range-topping model with all-wheel drive pushes the tally to $46,890. It’s still possible to add another $2,500 or so for a rear-seat entertainment system, premium paint, and side steps. Putting this in context, the 2022 Telluride is seriously competitive.
You get all this plus an impressive amount of active safety and driver-assistance features, including lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. On the EX and SX models, you get Highway Driving Assist to recognize speed limits and adjust speed appropriately.
What does the future hold: The Telluride is in its third year of production. There may be more trim changes and updates to come. See the 2022 Kia Telluride models for sale near you
Grand Cherokee L vs. Telluride: Strengths Comparison
Jeep Grand Cherokee L Benefits: Luxury top-line trims; V8 engine
Kia Telluride Benefits: Lots of safety and technology in a good-looking and capable package.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. 2022 Kia Telluride: Which Is Better?
For our money, we’d opt for the Telluride in this comparison. While the Grand Cherokee L is pretty lux at the top, it’s also costly. It also doesn’t come with that stellar 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.
|Popular Powertrains||Jeep Grand Cherokee L||2022 Kia Telluride|
|Engine||3.6-liter V6||3.8-liter V6|
|Horsepower||293 hp @ 6,400 rpm||291 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 5,200|
|Transmission||8-spd automatic||8-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (19 city/26 hwy)||23 mpg (20 city/26 hwy)|
|Also Available||5.7L V8; AWD||AWD|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||n/a||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||7||8|
|Wheelbase||121.7 inches||114.2 inches|
|Overall Length||204.9 inches||196.9 inches|
|Width||77.3 inches||78.3 inches|
|Height||71.5 inches||68.9 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.3 feet||38.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.8 inches||40.9 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd row||39.9 inches||40.2 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd row||37.3 inches||38.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.3 inches||41.4 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd row||39.4 inches||42.4 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd row||30.3 inches||31.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||59.2 inches||61.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd row||58.0 inches||61.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd Row||51.9 inches||55.3 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||159.1 cubic feet||178.1 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||84.6 cubic feet||87.0 cubic feet|