December 1, 2021

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2022 Honda Pilot vs. 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Comparison

The 2022 Honda Pilot and the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L offer plenty of 3-row space for families. Here’s how they compare.

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Honda Pilot Starting Price: $39,060 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Seats up to eight; standard V6 engine; strong resale value.

Below Average: Only one powertrain; design is beginning to age.

Consensus: The 2022 Honda Pilot carries on as a roomy and comfortable 3-row SUV from a trusted brand and has been a segment favorite through three generations. For 2022, it adds a new entry-level model to replace the dropped EX and LX trims.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Starting Price: $35,000 (est.) | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Ritzy interior; excellent safety suite; V6 or V8 engines; 7,200-pound towing capacity.

Below Average: The V8’s fuel economy; third-row seat is just OK; less cargo space than some competitors.

Consensus: The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L stretches the Grand Cherokee to make room for the model’s first-ever third-row seat. The all-new design also brings a tech-loaded new interior and upscale finishes along with pricing to match.

Honda Pilot vs Grand Cherokee L: Stretching Out

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot seats seven or eight in its three rows, with second-row captain’s chairs restricted to the top trims. Passenger accommodations are roomy, and cargo space ranges from 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row to 82.1 to 83.9 cubic feet with all seats folded.

A 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque pairs exclusively with a 9-speed automatic. Smooth and sufficiently powerful, the V6 tows up to 5,000 pounds with AWD. Fuel economy is good with EPA combined estimates of 23 mpg (FWD) and 22 mpg (AWD).

The Pilot is capable and comfortable but not particularly sporty, although handling is secure in part thanks to the AWD system’s torque-vectoring technology. Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control are standard.

The 2022 Pilot comes in EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition trims. The front-wheel-drive 2022 Pilot EX-L boasts features that include leather seating, power moonroof, hands-free power liftgate, 8-inch Display Audio system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and LED headlamps.

Since the base EX and LX trims have been dropped (for now), the nearly $40,000 EX-L is the entry point. But Honda is promising a new lower-priced base model that will come later. At the top of the range, the Black Edition comes in either black or white pearlescent paint to go with black wheels and exterior trim.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep added third-row seating to the Grand Cherokee for 2021. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is 15.1 inches longer than the standard model and rides on a 7-inch-longer wheelbase. It’s still smaller than the Jeep Wagoneer.

The upscale cabin seats six, or seven with the optional second-row bench. The second row is roomy, the third is passable. Cargo space is 17.2 cubic feet behind the third row, expanding to 84.6 with all seats folded.

Standard power comes from Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 293 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed automatic and rear- or all-wheel drive. A 5.7-liter V8 with 357 horsepower is optional only on the top-spec model and increases towing capacity from 6,200 to 7,200 pounds. EPA combined fuel economy is 21 mpg for the V6 and 17 mpg for the V8.

The Grand Cherokee L offers three different 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems. The available Quadra-lift air suspension can raise the ride height up to 4.2 inches (for a max of 10.2 inches of ground clearance), and an off-road package includes an electronic limited-slip differential and skidplates.

Grand Cherokee L comes in Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trim levels. A 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, and the central touchscreen has an 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Leather is on all but the base model. Heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and power liftgate are optional on the Laredo and standard elsewhere.

Standard driver assists include adaptive cruise control (with lane-centering for the Summit), forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning.

Similarities

Exterior size; standard V6 engines; available all-wheel drive.

2022 Honda Pilot Advantages

Good resale values; lower price; comfortable and upscale.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Advantages

Greater towing capacity; off-road capability; ultra-luxe interior; optional V8.

Which One Is Right for Me?

The 2022 Honda Pilot is highly regarded for its comfort, dependability, and solid resale value. All models are well-equipped with plenty of driver and safety assists.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is for those seeking a more upscale passenger environment or those who plan to tow a heavy trailer.

Ready to buy a Honda Pilot or Jeep Grand Cherokee L? Shop for one on sale now near you.

2022 Honda Pilot 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 293 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 9-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (20 city/27 hwy) 21 mpg (19 city/26 hwy)
Also Available AWD 5.7-liter V8; AWD
Specs
Basic warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 8 7
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 121.7 inches
Overall Length 196.5 inches 204.9 inches
Width 78.6 inches 77.3 inches
Height 70.6 inches 71.5 inches
Turning Diameter 39.4 feet 38.3 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, 2nd Row 40.2 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, 3rd Row 38.9 inches 37.3 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd Rov 38.4 inches 39.4 inches
Legroom, 3rd Row 31.9 inches 30.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 62.0 inches 59.2 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row 62.0 inches 58.0 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd Row 57.6 inches 51.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 152.9 cubic feet 159.1 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 83.9 cubic feet 84.6 cubic feet