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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

By David Undercoffler | May 23, 2019

Summary

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a mid-sized SUV and the fourth generation of Jeep’s Grand Cherokee line. It features a powerful engine lineup, a selection of luxury interior options, and excellent off-road capabilities. Though it is priced competitively with SUVs like the Ford Edge, Toyota 4Runner, and Nissan Murano, the Grand Cherokee is considered by many to belong in the same echelon as higher-end midsized SUVs like the Land Rover Discovery, Volvo XC60, and BMW X5.

With spacious 5-person seating, modern interior options, and best-in-class off-road performance, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is engineered for drivers in search of an affordably-priced SUV that optimizes handling, space usage, and interior comfort.

For the 2019 line, the Grand Cherokee comes with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist. The 2019 lineup features a wide selection of different models, including the all-new Limited X trim, which features an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen navigation radio, a vented hood, and graphite crystal trim. Other new features include new 20-inch wheels on the Summit and Overland trim models. There are five engine options on the Grand Cherokee, the most common being the 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The most powerful is the 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine in the Trackhawk. The base model is the Laredo, while the most feature-loaded is the Trackhawk. All 2019 Grand Cherokee models feature an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Other attractive options on the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee include advanced four-wheel drive (4WD), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and ventilated front seats on select trims.

Exterior

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a strong-but-not-bulky, elegant exterior. In keeping with its off-road character, the Grand Cherokee boasts an impressive 8.6 inches of ground clearance, with only the SRT and Trackhawk models sitting lower (8.3 and 8.1 inches respectively).

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Though the Grand Cherokee sports a considerable clearance, most drivers find it easy to enter, making it a good choice for families of all shapes and sizes. Some models feature more extravagant exterior finishes than others. Most notable is the Trackhawk model, which stands out with the word “supercharged” printed across its front doors, plus quad tailpipes, red tow hooks, 18-inch off-road wheels, and an anti-glare hood decal.

The Grand Cherokee Limited X features a ventilated performance hood which it shares with the SRT model. Some reviewers report that the liftgate is slightly difficult to reach at full extension; however, users can opt for a power-operated liftgate to solve this issue.

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Interior Quality and Comfort

The 10-model 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee spans the better half of the comfort spectrum, with base models offering standard comfort options that are great for the price and higher-end models boasting extra comfort perks that compete with today’s best luxury SUVs. All 2019 Grand Cherokees have two-row, 5-passenger seating. This layout offers 36.3 cubic feet for storage room behind the back row of seats, which fold down with a single-action release to expand to 68.3 cubic feet of room.

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The base Laredo model features manually-adjusted cloth front seats and dual-zone climate control. Stepping up only one model upgrades the driver to a power-operated seat. Most higher-end models feature leather interiors with ventilated and heated front seats. Higher-end models can also come with a heated steering wheel. Interior material packages include Premium Cloth, Capri Leather Trim, Natura Plus Leather Trim With Ventilated Front, Laguna Leather With Ventilated Front, Nappa Plus Leather Trim With Ventilated Front, and Perforated Laguna Leather With Ventilated Front. Across all models, Grand Cherokee’s infotainment system is responsive and intuitive, though the manual buttons than supplement the touchscreen are a bit redundant.

Utility and Practicality

Engineered for performance in addition to comfort, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee sports a host of design features optimized for utility. 36.3 cubic feet of storage room expands to a generous 68.3 cubic feet with the rear row of seats down. A powered, hands-free liftgate is an option, which makes loading and unloading that much easier. The Grand Cherokee has an impressive 7,400-pound tow rating for the more powerful V-8 or diesel engine models and a 6200-pound tow rating with the gas-fed V-6.

Technology and Infotainment

Up front on the dash, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a reliable and intuitive infotainment system powered by the well-reviewed Uconnect. The base Laredo model is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, while higher-end models feature an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Rear-seat entertainment and in-vehicle Wi-Fi are also available options. Users can wirelessly connect to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, use integrated Voice Command, and listen to optional Sirius XM radio. An optional 506-watt Harman/Kardon audio system with 19 speakers is a marked step-up from the 6-speaker standard system. The front media hub features two USB ports, additional auxiliary ports, and 12-volt charging ports on all models. Navigation powered by Uconnect is available on higher-end models.

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Safety and Driving Assistance

The rear-wheel drive 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee models received three out of five stars in the NHTSA’s rollover tests. The four-wheel drive models received four out of five stars. 2019 Grand Cherokee models performed well on the IIHS’s series of crash tests, earning “Good” scores across the board. The only category in which the Grand Cherokee received a “Moderate” score was headlight performance. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee owes much of its safety performance to its state-of-the-art safety features, including blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic, alert parking sensors, and a back-up camera, all of which are standard on all models. The Jeep Active Safety package — optional on Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk models — further augments safety. This package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and parking assist features. All of these features are standard on the top-of-the-line Summit model.

Driving Experience

Engineered for off-road performance and optimized for comfort, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee brings drivers best-in-class handling with hues of luxury. The Grand Cherokee features five different engines. Most models contain the 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, while some have the 3.0-liter diesel V6. The Grand Cherokee SRT contains a 6.4-liter V8 engine that packs 475 horsepower can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The most powerful and final engine is the 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine on the Trackhawk model. V6 Grand Cherokee engines The V6 engines have rear-wheel drive (2WD) standard and 4-wheel drive (4WD) optional. All V8 models are 4WD. All 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

With good handling and secure feel, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a capable off-road vehicle. High-performance Trackhawk and SRT models feature a Bilstein Adaptive Suspension system to absorb shock and a rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential to evenly distribute power to the wheels. The Trailhawk also features skid plates, tow hooks, and an anti-glare decal for increased performance in any condition. For optimized grip, the Jeep Quadra-Trac Active On-Demand 4x4 System on SRT and Trackhawk utilize a full-time active transfer case for excellent traction on any terrain. Some drivers report a rather bumpy ride on pockmarked pavement in models without air suspension. Some users also report that Grand Cherokee’s brake pedal feels spongy, though all models feature capable brake systems. ABS and Driveline Traction control are standard on all models, with anti-lock and Brembo performance brakes available on select trims. Steering is precise yet substantial; the Jeep isn’t particularly sensitive, but it drives straight. Visibility is adequate across all models, with the Trailhawk’s anti-glare decal adding extra brightness control during sunny driving.

Uconnect gives drivers the ability to see real-time performance metrics, including power and torque ratings, fluid and pressure gauges, and more, all from the Grand Cherokee's center screen.

Fuel Efficiency

Compared to other SUVs in its class, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is relatively fuel efficient. The real-wheel drive Laredo gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The four-wheel drive base model gets 18/25 mpg. Estimates place models with V8 engines around 11-14 mpg in the city and 17-22 mpg on the highway. Models equipped with the turbodiesel engine can get up to 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, some of the best fuel economy of any midsize SUV on the market.

Price

Most reviewers consider all models in the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee to be good new car deals given their features, performance, and competition. The base model Grand Cherokee Laredo with 2WD starts at just under $33,200 including destination. Slightly higher up the ladder, other trims start around the $40,000 mark and can easily jump several thousand dollars depending on the options added. The Trailhawk, a popular off-road model, starts a $45,500, and the Summit starts over $50,000. SRT models start at $69,650, while top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee Trackhawk models can run anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000, depending on included options. Though expensive for a Jeep, this price point is still considerably lower than a comparable Porsche Cayenne. Less-than-luxury competitors like the Subaru Outback and the Ford Edge are cheaper than comparable Grand Cherokee models, but Jeeps are equipped with a standard V6 engine vs. a 4-cylinder engine on the Ford and Subaru.

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