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2022 GMC Acadia Vs. 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What Is The Best Midsize SUV To Lease?

The midsize SUV class is filled with many options. When it comes to finding the right midsize SUVs that offer something for everyone, you can never go wrong with either the 2022 GMC Acadia or the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. These American SUVs are fully loaded with excellent passenger and cargo space, a swath of comfortable and safety features and robust powertrains to take the whole family anywhere.

As exceptional as these two SUVs are, you only have to lease one. So which of these SUVs offers the best deal for you? Should you lease the Grand Cherokee because it’s a “Jeep,” or is leasing the GMC Acadia going to offer a better and more valuable deal?

The Basis

The three-row midsize SUV, Acadia, sits above the Terrain and below the bigger Yukon in the 2022 GMC lineup. The Acadia is part of the second generation that debuted in 2017. However, this midsize SUV got a significant redesign in 2020.

For 2022, GMC has dropped the Acadia’s previous base model, SL trim, with its terrible 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 193 horsepower. The 2022 Acadia comes in four trim levels, with loads of available options. The new entry-level is the well-equipped SLE trim with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6 available engine. Acadia also has two new (18- and 20-inch sizes) wheel designs and more advanced standard driver-assist features (automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist). The formerly optional GMC Pro Safety Plus package is standard, while a Light Stone Metallic paint color is now part of the available exterior colors.

After years of giving us outdated models, the Grand Cherokee is back into the 2022 Jeep lineup, bearing a full redesign. This Jeep’s midsize SUV is quite different from the Grand Cherokee L that marked the beginning of Grand Cherokee’s fifth-generation last year. Unlike the L’s three rows of seats, the all-new 2022 Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV.

For the 2022 model year, the fully redesigned Cherokee has a smaller dimension than the outgoing Grand Cherokee L. This means that it has less passenger space and less cargo room. The all-new Grand Cherokee affords an optional 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Powertrain And Transmission

If you prioritize more power and excellent torque, leasing the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers you a better option as it gets slightly more power, five hp, than the Acadia. The all-new Grand Cherokee’s torque of 260 lb-ft is slightly better than that of the 258 ft-lb of Acadia.

While the Acadia feels more agile and throttles quickly, thanks to the standard nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power through an FWD or available AWD, the Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to RWD and available AWD.

The 2022 Acadia’s new entry-level is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that coughs out 228 horsepower and 258 ft-lb of torque. There’s also an optional powertrain, a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 271 ft-lb.

In contrast, the all-new Grand Cherokee offers three powertrain choices. The base model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Higher up is a more powerful 5.7-liter V8 that gives out 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Finally, you have the lineup’s first plug-in hybrid, Grand Cherokee 4xe, that combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and an electric motor to push out 375 hp.

Handling And Performance

While both midsize crossover SUVs feel composed, are easy to maneuver in parking lots, and afford pleasant ride quality as road imperfections easily get soaked up, it’s the 2022 Grand Cherokee that offers a more refined performance.

This Jeep has nimble handling, sharp and responsive steering, and relaxing ride quality. Even when the pavement ends, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee still keeps going, gliding over potholes and absorbing bumps without creating any discomfort.

Fuel Economy

Without bringing the plug-in hybrid powertrain to the picture, if you want a more efficient option, you should consider leasing the 2022 GMC Acadia. The new Acadia clearly outshines the all-new Grand Chevrolet.

With the base turbo-four and FWD, the 2022 Acadia is expected to earn an EPA estimated rating of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway and 22/27 mpg city/highway with AWD. Moving to the available V6, the numbers drop to 19/27 mpg for FWD and 19/26 mpg city/highway for AWD.

The 2022 Grand Cherokee, with the V6 engine, gets 18-19 mpg in the city and 25-26 mpg on the highway. Opting to the V8 sees the rating drop to 14/22 mpg city/highway.


One of the clear advantages of SUVs over another SUV lies in the interior. On the inside, both SUVs afford a well-built and comfortable cabin with nice materials. However, the all-new Grand Cherokee gives more upscale vibes. For infotainment, while the 2022 Grand Cherokee affords an 8.4-inch touch screen, the Acadia settles with an intuitive 8-inch touch screen.

While the pricier all-new Grand Cherokee offers a more stylish and highly equipped cabin, the Acadia offers more passenger and cargo space. The Grand Cherokee is a two-row midsize SUV that seats five, while the Acadia is a three-row SUV seating six to seven people and offering more head and legroom and bigger cargo space than the new Grand Cherokee.


With a starting MSRP of $34,800 against that of the 2022 Grand Cherokee at $37,390, the all-new Grand Cherokee costs more than the 2022 Acadia.

While the 2022 Acadia may not be a well-rounded option, nor is the 2022 Grand Cherokee the finest option in the class, they deliver impressive qualities. To lease any of these family SUVs at unbeatable lease rates, contact VIP Auto Lease Of Long Island 164 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021 516-487-2886 https://www.vipautoli.com/.

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