When people buy a three-row SUV, do they really want an SUV? Today’s popular models span a wide spectrum, from the entirely car-like Toyota Highlander to the old-school Toyota 4Runner. Today, we’re looking at two new models that aim to land somewhere in the middle: the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the Nissan Pathfinder.
The Grand Cherokee L, introduced in 2021, is an extended-length version of the long-popular Jeep Grand Cherokee. For the first time, it introduced a third-row seat and extra cargo space — while also being part of the model’s first redesign in a decade. The Grand Cherokee has long balanced on-road luxury with off-road capability. The latest Pathfinder, redesigned last year, is a front-wheel-drive-based crossover. Nissan had dropped any off-road pretense back in 2013, but the latest model is styled to look tougher and more luxurious. It also adds further off-road driving modes, while this year brought a heavier-duty Rock Creek Edition. For this review, we tested the Pathfinder and Grand Cherokee L so we could compare them across eight categories and then name an overall winner. Keep reading to learn which one we chose and which one is better for you.