2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Features & Specs
2021 Chevrolet Traverse
Max horsepower
Not available
8.3 inches
Minimum ground clearance
7.5 inches
7,200 pounds
Max towing capacity
5,000 pounds

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Chevrolet Traverse

The full-size SUV class is chock full of fantastic vehicles, and the Chevrolet Traverse is one of them. But there's a new contender in the mix. And although it's in its first model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a force to be reckoned with! Choosing between these two wonderful SUVs can seem like an impossible task, while both offer so many features. But we're here to tell you today that making that decision is possible! Continue reading below to learn more about the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and Chevrolet Traverse in this well-detailed comparative review!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Power & Handling

While shopping for a new Grand Cherokee L, drivers can choose between two engines. The standard engine is a 3.6L V6 that puts out 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque, providing a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds with a trailer tow package. The available 5.7L V8 cranks out 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, raising the towing capacity to 7,200 pounds. Both engines are mated to the robust TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the Grand Cherokee L. However, four of Jeep's most capable 4x4 drivetrains are available. Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II all provide levels of 4x4 capability that simply can't be beaten. With slight variations in the transfer cases and mechanical components, Jeep allows drivers to choose the best 4x4 system to suit their needs, from all-weather driving to rugged off-roading.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Power & Handling

Chevy offers one engine for the 2021 Traverse. It is a 3.6L V6 engine that provides 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque for a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when it is properly equipped. A 9-speed automatic transmission is used to drive the front wheels of the Traverse. While the entry-level trim only comes with front-wheel drive and the top-level trim only comes with all-wheel drive, all-wheel drive is available to all mid-level trims.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Features & Design

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L provides an image with a perfect balance of sophistication and aggression. The commanding road presence is due to the high and wide stance, crisp and narrow LED headlights, and a modern front fascia. This well-balanced look extends down the sides of the car with a sharp A-Line creating an elegant silhouette. Standard exterior features include rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a power liftgate. However, the interior of the Grand Cherokee L is where you'll be most impressed. It comes standard with second-row captain's chairs and a third-row two-seat bench providing room for six. Meanwhile, a second-row three-seat bench is available to fit seven passengers. Standard interior features include an extensive list of standard driver assists, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Higher trim levels feature heated/cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, power-adjustable second-row seats, massaging front seats, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, Nappa or quilted Palermo leather seating, 20 or 22-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free liftgate, a single-pane or panoramic sunroof, and more.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Features & Design

The aggressive look of the Traverse is provided by a forward-pointing grille surrounded by narrow headlight housings with LED daytime running lights and halogen projector headlight bulbs. Around the Traverse's exterior, you'll also find things like dual exhaust outlets, body-color door handles, heated side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. When you step inside the Traverse, you'll find a backup camera, Apple/Android smartphone integration, a 3.5-inch digital driver information display, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, a urethane steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, and cloth upholstery. Higher trim levels of the Traverse offer features like a power sunroof, a power liftgate, heated first and second-row seats, a 4.2-inch digital driver information display, an 8-inch touchscreen, simulated leather upholstery, and more. While the Grand Cherokee L comes standard with things such as automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitoring, and lane-keep assist, these are only optional on higher trim levels.


In its very first model year, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has created incredibly tough competition for vehicles like the Chevy Traverse. And while the competition is close, the Traverse is no match for the engine options and the standard and available features that the Grand Cherokee L has to offer. Here at St. Clair Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have an extensive lineup of Grand Cherokee L models for you to choose from, all of which you can find right here on our website. When you're ready, come on down to the showroom, and a sales professional would love to accompany you on a test drive to make sure you get a full feel for all the remarkable features. We look forward to serving you!

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