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2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L 4xe: Review, Specs & Price – Jeep Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid, which joins Wrangler’s 4xe adventure vehicle in the growing list of Jeep electrified vehicles. Grand Cherokee 4xe is expensive, but it offers an enticing combination of luxury, power, and capability. The Trailhawk trim will only be available for 2023 on this Grand Cherokee.
We get warm and fuzzy when we hear the 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L 4xe referred to as “the most fuel-efficient Jeep of all time”. This is a great win for everyone and we want to go through Whole Foods giving high fives to every farmer-to-fork lover until our hands turn red. While the EPA estimated 56 MPGe of the 4xe, and the 26 miles range on electric only is good enough for a Grand Cherokee’s model, the plug-in hybrid option costs more.
Jeep has made a lot of effort to lower the gasoline consumption in its incredibly luxurious SUV. Grand Cherokee is a real treat to drive. The Grand Cherokee is a confident vehicle with a strong brake pedal and linear steering. It also has a smooth ride. The Grand Cherokee’s luxurious interior and four-wheel drive system are similar to those of a Kia Telluride that has graduated from off-road boot camp. The Grand Cherokee 4xe, unlike its plug-in hybrid sibling the Wrangler4xe, is quiet and subdued at high speeds. The inline-four emits a gruff 46 decibels at idle.
The 270-hp 2.0-liter turbo and two electric engines bring the output total to 375 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet. This combination is powerful enough for passengers to ask “Is this a 4-cylinder?” This is really the highest compliment that a 4-cylinder engine can receive. When we accelerated hard, the electric motor and gas engine argued over who was in charge.
We noticed the Wrangler powertrain’s rough transitions from gas to electric, but they got lost in the general noise of the Wrangler. The powertrain’s abrupt changes and hesitation are more noticeable in the Grand Cherokee.
The powertrain eventually suffered from a serious problem, and the system became silent. We were, therefore, unable to provide a fuel economy figure for the vehicle as tested or even its 75-mph highway results.
Before the failure of the hybrid system, we were able to perform instrumented tests and determined that the Grand Cherokee 4xe was the fastest version. The 4xe reaches 60 mph within 5.3 seconds. It reaches 100 mph after 13.9 seconds. This is right when it has reached a quarter mile. This is 0.3 seconds faster to reach 60 mph, and 1.3 seconds sooner to get to 100 mph than the V-8 model that was discontinued. The 4xe has a maximum lugging capacity of 6000 pounds, which is only 200 less than that of the V-6 model and 1,200 less than that of the V-8.
Grand Cherokee 4xe begins at $61,660. This is about $16,830 higher than the Laredo base model with four-wheel drive. However, the 4xe is only available in Limited, Trailhawk Overland Summit Reserve, and Summit Reserve trims. It does not offer Laredo. When comparing like trims the difference between the V-6 and 4×4 variants is anywhere from $8685 to $10,010, although the $7500 tax credit for PHEVs can offset this.
The price of our Overland testing rig was $77,525 Two of the biggest contributors to this bill were optional packages. Luxury Tech Group IV (2155 dollars) includes Nappa-leather seats, wireless charging for devices, and back seat window shades. Advanced Protech Group III (2235 dollars) included a head-up display with night vision and other driver assistance features.
The higher trim model had a 10.3″ interactive screen for the front passenger. While waiting for our takeout, we hooked up Valve’s Steam Deck portable gaming PC using an HDMI cable. Even though playing SnowRunner on a parking lot covered in the snow sounds funny and ironic, the screen was incredibly dim.
The battery of the 4xe can be charged in 2.5 hours with a 240-volt charger. If you plug into an ordinary wall outlet, it could take up to 15 hours depending on your home’s socket. To avoid the cost of gas, it seems overpriced to pay for a Grand Cherokee 4xe.
Jeep has a serious attitude towards electrified offroading. Grand Cherokee 4xe is the only SUV to offer the Trailhawk trim. This makes the plug-in SUV, the most powerful and expensive member of the Grand Cherokee line.
Plug-in hybrid powertrains deliver performance comparable to that of the Grand Cherokee V8 engine, while also achieving a vastly improved fuel efficiency. The plug-in powertrain is best for drivers who are able to recharge often. However, it can still be quite economical even when battery life runs out. Grand Cherokee 4xe has a higher level of refinement than the Wrangler 4xe and is nearly as capable off-road.
The Interior feels luxurious, which is to be expected given the high price. The Grand Cherokee 4xe comes at a high price. The 4xe is a Grand Cherokee that’s worth owning, despite its price.
Why is the Trailhawk a 4-wheel-drive trim only? Jeep is a brand built on combining SUV comfort with trail-ready toughness. The Trailhawk trim is a perfect example of this.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe Trailhawk, with its all-terrain wheels, electronically-controlled limited-slip diff, low-range transmission, and modes that are matched to the trail, is among the best off-roaders short of a Wrangler. The Grand Cherokee 4xe Trailhawk can cross up to two feet of water and boasts a 35.7-degree approach angle that is the best in its class.
Grand Cherokee 4xe is able to tackle the majority of terrain with only electric power. This makes it a truly unique experience. Jeep has installed charging stations at trailheads to encourage hybridized offroading.
The 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L 4xe is packed with safety features. Standard tech features include adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot monitors are also included. Jeep’s system for lane-keeping assist is less advanced than those of its competitors but still does the job.
The upper trims offer a night vision system, a 360-degree Surround View Camera, and highway driver assistance as options or standard features. The 10.1-inch touchscreen is standard on all Grand Cherokee 4xe models. This system features Wi-Fi, USB ports on both rows, satellite audio, as well as wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Standard is a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Optional features include a head-up display and wireless phone charging.
Jeep has built on its Wrangler 4-xe powertrain with the Grand Cherokee. The 2.0-liter turbo four combines with two electric motors to produce 375 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque. An eight-speed transmission shifts the vehicle, and this Grand Cherokee is equipped with all-wheel-drive as standard, unlike its gas-powered cousins.
The 4xe engine is more intuitive and refined here than it was in the Wrangler. Grand Cherokee 4xe is a mighty off-the-line vehicle thanks to its electric torque. The battery pack can provide enough power for up to 25 miles in all-electric mode. The EPA rates the Grand Cherokee 4xe at 56 mpg combined. The rating is only valid when the battery has been charged. When the battery is depleted, Grand Cherokee only returns 23 combined mpg.