That’s a good thing, as an update of a popular model is always risky business for an automaker.

Jeep parent Stellantis has been on a roll with interior quality and materials lately, and the Grand Cherokee is no exception.

The redesign also brings a host of added safety features across the lineup,  which were previously available only on upper trims

The Grand Cherokee gets standard Uconnect 5, the latest version of Stellantis’ excellent infotainment system.

Our test Grand Cherokee was equipped with a smooth and powerful 357-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission;

While not one of the sportiest SUVs to drive, the Grand Cherokee handles well for its size thanks in part to its rear-wheel-drive platform.

Thick A-pillars can interfere with visibility to the front sides, and an obtrusive rearview mirror makes matters worse

In spite of losing 300 pounds and gaining aerodynamic improvements, fuel economy is not a strong suit for the redesigned Grand Cherokee

As nice as accommodations are for front passengers, those in the rear don’t fare as well.

We’re fans of the Uconnect 5 system, but we did notice a few glitches in our test Grand Cherokee.

There was some momentary lag at times, and at one point, we couldn’t get a phone to connect with Apple CarPlay either wirelessly or with a cable.

There was also a speed-limit warning that was annoyingly persistent, chiming far longer than necessary.