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Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Acura MDX

Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Acura MDX

If you’re searching for SUV that can handle your adventures and daily routine, there are only two models to look at: The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the 2022 Acura MDX.

But what would happen if we compared the two vehicles to see which one shines the brightest? Ira Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) has got you covered with this quick comparison.

If you live near Saco, Portland, or Scarborough, Maine, keep reading to see how you could drive off in the winning model.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L on road

Two Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles

Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Acura MDX: Pulsing Performance

At the heart of every model is its engine. Let’s compare the models and their most-impressive engine options:

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Acura MDX


5.7 HEMI® V8

3.0L V6


357 horsepower

355 horsepower


390 lb-ft

354 lb-ft

Towing Capacity

7,200 pounds

5,000 pounds

The Jeep Grand Cherokee provides higher outputs than its Acura competitor. When driving the Cherokee L, you’ll receive nearly 2,200 more pounds added to your towing capacity.

This extra poundage can be the difference between adding on an extra camper, jet-ski, 4-wheeler, and more.

Besides this, a major difference between these two models is how they handle their engine power. Using the model’s Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, the Jeep model offers selectable driving modes that improve handling and traction when traveling on rough terrains. The Grand Cherokee L even adds a mode specifically for muddy/sandy roadways for when you’re blazing your own path.

Additionally, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L also features a class-exclusive Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension with electronic adaptive damping. The Summit trim pairs this system with its 10.9 inches of ground clearance to take on uneven off-road paths like rocky inclines, deep puddles, snowy hills, and more.

The Acura models offer driving modes. However, there are no off-road selections. Therefore, this model should stay on more traditional roadways.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L Interior Technology

Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Acura MDX: In-Cabin Comforts

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the Acura MDX offer optional third-row seating, allowing seven passengers at a time. Here is a list of other interior features the two models have in common:

  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Available 16-way seats with massaging features
  • Third-row seats with 50/50 split
  • Heated front seats
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration

Both models also come with their respective applications meant to give drivers direct access to their vehicles from their smartphones. However, with Jeep’s Uconnect® 5 and the Jeep Connect app, you’ll have more services than ever to help you be in control long after you park. Here are just some functions you can look forward to:

  • SOS system: In case of an emergency, use the app’s SOS button to connect to an agent who can then send emergency assistance to your vehicle’s exact location. If your vehicle detects that it’s been in a serious collision, it can send an automatic SOS.
  • Remote-Start: Use your Jeep Connect app, Alexa, or Google Assistant to start or stop the engine or lock or unlock the door.
  • Drive alerts: Receive live updates from loved ones as they travel. From your phone, you can set boundary limits, monitor driving speed, and locate where they are in their journey.
  • TomTom® Traffic & Travel Services: Plan ahead with this system which provides constant travel information throughout your drive. Stay in the know about current road conditions, weather updates, and parking information.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L in motion

Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Acura MDX: Safety Systems

There’s a reason why the Jeep Grand Cherokee L has been recognized as offering the most standard and available safety and security features in its class. With over 110 safety features to choose from, here are our favorite available features that think one step ahead:

  • Intersection Collision Assist: This available feature can help detect other vehicles on the road. In the case of a possible collision, the system will provide audible and visual alerts.
  • Night Vision camera: Thermographic technology and infrared sensors scan for pedestrians and animals up to 100 yards ahead. See their positions outlined in the instrument cluster in front of you.
  • Active Driving Assist: You now have a backup you can count on with hands-on-wheel and eyes-on-road automated driving. Available Active Driving Assist uses lane centering with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go to help keep you on the right path.

Jeep introduces new safety features that are inspired by common collisions and accidents so that your vehicle knows how to react in any given situation. The Acura MDX does offer available driver-assistance safety features. However, these systems aren’t anything we haven’t seen already.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Acura MDX: Which Will You Choose?

Based on this comparison, it’s easy to tell which model you should make room for in your driveway. If you’d like to elevate your ride with high-grade performance, and features, we recommend the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

To schedule your test drive, reach out to Ira CDJR today. Next time you’re near Saco, Portland, or Scarborough, ME, our sales team would love to give you a tour of our models.

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