2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Features & Specs
2021 Hyundai Palisade
10.9 inches
Max ground clearance
7.9 inches
121.7 inches
114.2 inches
Max horsepower
Four-wheel drive
Not available

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Hyundai Palisade

Whether you're just starting your search for the right full-size SUV or zeroing in on what you want, you've probably noticed just how many options there are. Here at Pearson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we want you to get behind the wheel of a new full-size SUV without any buyer's remorse. That's why we've taken two of the class's top competitors and put them in a side-by-side comparison. The Grand Cherokee L has made waves in the full-size SUV class in its first model year with three rows of opulent seating, two powerful engine options, and highly advanced technology. Meanwhile, the Palisade attempts to keep up with its three rows, four trim levels, and only one engine option. Please continue reading below to see two of the leading full-size SUVs in a head-to-head comparison.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Power & Handling

As we mentioned above, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L comes with two available engines. Standard equipment is a 3.6L V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while full-time four-wheel drive is optional. The second available engine is a 5.7L V8 that kicks out 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. All Grand Cherokee L models equipped with the V8 come standard with four-wheel drive. Both engines are linked to the sturdy TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. In addition, drivers can opt for one of three four-wheel-drive systems for the Grand Cherokee L. Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II, with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. Four-wheel drive variants of the Grand Cherokee L come with Selec-Terrain Traction Management with Auto, Sport, Snow, and Sand/Mud modes. The Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II systems add Rock mode to the Selec-Terrain rotary dial.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Power & Handling

The Hyundai Palisade tries to keep up with its Jeep counterpart with just one engine option. All Palisade models come with a 3.8L V6 engine that kicks out 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional for all Palisade models, while standard on the top-level Calligraphy trim. Like the Grand Cherokee L, when drivers opt for the all-wheel-drive system, they also get a traction management system. Hyundai's traction management system includes Eco, Smart, Snow, Comfort, and Sport modes.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Features & Design

The Grand Cherokee L comes standard with room for six.Across the entire lineup, drivers can opt for a second-row bench, adding space for up to seven passengers. Kicking off the lineup is the Laredo trim. This entry-level trim features not-so entry-level features like keyless entry/ignition, LED exterior lighting, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, Nappa leather-trimmed seating, tip and slide second-row seats, a 10.25-inch digital driver infotainment cluster with five configurable tiles, paddle shifters, wireless Apple/Android integration, and Amazon Alexa virtual assistant. The mid-level trims feature heated/ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, remote start, a panoramic sunroof, and more. Finally, the top-shelf Summit Reserve features quilted Palermo leather seating, McIntosh audio with 19 speakers, distinctive 21-inch alloy wheels, and more. For safety, the Grand Cherokee L comes with a high-strength steel frame, all-around airbag coverage, and over 100 standard and available driver aids.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Features & Design

The Hyundai Palisade offers four different trim levels and comes standard with seven seats, while eight seats are available. Standard features that are included in the base-level Palisade SE include LED exterior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, sliding second-row seats, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple and Android integration, and paddle shifters. The two mid-level trims add a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, second-row captain's chairs, heated front seats, 8-way power front seats, keyless entry/ignition, and roof rails. Finally, the top-level Calligraphy trim offers premium Nappa leather upholstery, a microfiber headliner, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, a head-up display, a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, quilted leather door panels, and more.


Now that you've taken an in-depth look at both of these competitive SUVs, it should be clear that the Palisade simply cannot keep up with the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. If you want to put a Grand Cherokee L in your driveway in the Richmond, Virginia area, Pearson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is the place to be! We have an extensive list of Grand Cherokee L models waiting for you to choose from. So come on down and experience the first-ever three-row Jeep! We look forward to seeing you!

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