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|7,200||Towing Capacity (lbs)||4,000|
|84.6||Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||79.0|
As minivans fade into the past of American culture, premium three-row SUVs are rapidly taking their place. Family travel doesn't have to just accommodate driving the kids to soccer practice and dance lessons; now, the family can go off-road together and enjoy a picnic on a backcountry trail just for fun, or take the road less traveled because you want to know where it leads. If you're looking for an SUV with a classy appeal that can still take on a rugged mountain road, you may want to compare the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs 2022 GMC Acadia. Each of these SUVs offers generous convenience features, off-road variants, and towing capability.
Both Jeep and GMC make these three-row SUVs large enough to accommodate up to seven passengers or six passengers in greater comfort with their optional second-row captain's chairs. Cargo capacity in each SUV is fairly generous, though here again, Jeep has better capacity in all three seat configurations. Starting in the rear cargo area, the Grand Cherokee L has 17.2 cubic feet of space compared to the Acadia's much smaller 12.8 cubic feet. As the seats are folded, cargo space expands further, reaching up to 84.6 cubic feet in the Jeep, compared to the GMC's 79 cubic feet total. Legroom is similarly favored toward the Grand Cherokee L - if relegated to the third row, passengers will still have 30.3 inches available compared to the Acadia's smaller 29.7 inches.
Several trims are available for each SUV, with both brands delivering numerous options to customize within each lineup. The 2022 Grand Cherokee L has six trims to choose from, starting with the Laredo and then moving up to Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve. The Grand Cherokee L comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and the option to choose from three 4x4 systems is available. In contrast, the 2022 Acadia comes in four available trims: SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. Each trim comes standard with front-wheel drive and has the option to add all-wheel drive if desired. Which SUV will be right for you and your family? Let's compare these models to see which one holds more value for the money.
When it comes to capability in an SUV, nothing replaces the power of a good engine. Behind every vehicle with towing and off-roading capability is an engine that can handle heavy loads and has the torque to manage tricky terrain. In this arena, few SUVs can stand up to the power of a Jeep. Even as a three-row SUV, the 2022 Grand Cherokee L wears the Jeep branding and is armed with a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that makes 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. At this baseline, Jeep makes the Grand Cherokee L powerful enough to move a vehicle full of people and cargo and can tow up to 6,200 pounds.
The available 5.7-liter V8 engine for the 2022 Grand Cherokee L takes the capability up a notch with a stout 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, excellent for off-roading and towing alike. Equipping this engine allows up to 7,200 pounds of towing capacity. Add to that engine power one of the three available 4x4 systems, and the Grand Cherokee L can manage almost any terrain you may want to tackle.
In comparison, the 2022 Acadia comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 230 hp and simply cannot keep pace with the Grand Cherokee L. Despite this year's change in towing capacity for the base engine, the Acadia can still only tow 3,500 pounds with this base engine. Buyers who bump up to the Acadia's more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine can increase the towing capability to 4,000 pounds with its 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.
Unfortunately, even this engine does not capture the same off-road prowess as the Grand Cherokee L, as the Acadia only offers available all-wheel drive for better traction and handling. Jeep offers its off-road-oriented Overland trim with the legendary Trail Rated badge, delivering class-leading ground clearance, excellent articulation, traction, and maneuverability, as well as being able to ford deep water. The off-road AT4 trim available for the 2022 Acadia simply can't compare to Jeep's Trail Rated badge, despite having features like all-terrain tires and hill descent control to go along with the standard all-wheel drive.
Technology and convenience go hand-in-hand when it comes to features buyers expect out of modern vehicles, and both the 2022 Grand Cherokee L and 2022 Acadia have plenty of attributes that make time on the road more comfortable. Jeep now offers its Uconnect 5 infotainment system as standard for all trims of the Grand Cherokee L, loaded into a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center stack. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa capability, and SiriusXM all come standard. With Uconnect 5, buyers enjoy the remote service available for users to start or lock and unlock the vehicle, set driving limits for specified drivers, locate your vehicle, or get emergency help.
GMC gives the Acadia infotainment system a smaller eight-inch screen, although it is also loaded with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. OnStar capability allows buyers to opt for WiFi service and emergency assistance, though Amazon Alexa capability and SiriusXM are not standard. Aside from the more inclusive infotainment features compared to the Acadia, the 2022 Grand Cherokee L provides over-the-air updates to software, which means buyers won't have to visit a service center for updating systems, a feature not available on the Acadia.
Convenience features like tri-zone climate control and proximity entry and keyless ignition are standard for both models, though Jeep gives the Grand Cherokee L a standard powered driver's seat, an amenity that isn't found on the Acadia's entry-level trim. Other features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a powered liftgate are all available in upper trims for both SUVs, though many of these features are available in lower trims in the Grand Cherokee L. As a matter of interest, both SUVs have electronic shifters, which save space in the center console. But while the Grand Cherokee L has a user-friendly dial, the Acadia has an awkward sliding lever that may take more time to adjust to using. And for those who really enjoy creature comforts, only the Grand Cherokee L has massaging front seats.
Just about every new vehicle on the road today incorporates some type of driver-assist safety feature into its trim levels, and the 2022 Grand Cherokee L and 2022 Acadia are both considered premium SUVs with generous features. Driver-assist safety is inclusive for each SUV, though it may not surprise buyers to learn that the Grand Cherokee L provides more impressive tech to protect its passengers. Standard safety features like full-speed forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection from Jeep far outweighs automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian detection from GMC. Both SUVs have lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring, but only the Grand Cherokee L has rear parking sensors with automatic braking.
Adaptive cruise control is another standard feature from Jeep, a feature that isn't available until upper trims in the Acadia. Even in upper trims, available safety features like Active Driving Assist, Intersection Collision Assist, and a night vision camera system are all found in the Grand Cherokee L but aren't anywhere to be found in the lineup for the Acadia. You do have access to a Surround Vision 360-degree camera system and enhanced auto emergency braking from GMC, but in the category of driver-assist tech, the 2022 Grand Cherokee L takes a running lead for its inclusive and smart technology.
As a matter of additional convenience, Jeep gives Grand Cherokee L buyers the option to have a parking assist feature in the uppermost trims, again not found on the Acadia. Though the Acadia does have a few outstanding safety features, the 2022 Grand Cherokee L offers better technology to prevent and mitigate accidents than both the standard and available driver-assist safety found on any trim of the Acadia.