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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks in the top half of the midsize SUV class. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable daily cruiser, an off-road adventurer, or a high-performance monster, this Jeep has something for you. However, most rivals offer more cargo room.

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is ranked:

Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good SUV?

The Grand Cherokee is a good vehicle. This 2-row midsize SUV has a lineup of strong engines (including a thrifty diesel) and an attractive interior that features an intuitive infotainment system. This Jeep shines both off the road and on it, offering serene highway handling and a bevy of options for adventuring off the beaten path. However, a few critics remark that this hefty vehicle shows its weight around turns, and most rivals have more cargo space.

Should I Buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an appealing midsize SUV. It has a comfortable, well-built cabin and a variety of trims with a little something for everyone. The base Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is a fine daily driver, while the Limited trim steps up the luxury and comfort features. The Trailhawk, as the name suggests, is ready to tackle trails, and the SRT and Trackhawk bring on the sporty performance upgrades. A fuel-efficient diesel-powered engine is also available. The Grand Cherokee is a better all-around off-roader (and on-roader) than the Toyota 4Runner, and it costs tens of thousands of dollars less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Should I Buy a New or Used Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Jeep redesigned the Grand Cherokee for the 2011 model year. Since then, this vehicle has seen a few major updates. A 2014 refresh brought exterior and interior styling upgrades, a new diesel engine option, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 SUV received retuned steering and suspension, a reduction in weight across the lineup (minus the SRT trims), and a slight bump in horsepower and fuel economy with the base engine. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors became standard in all 2017 Grand Cherokee SUVs, while 2018 models gained a standard 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The high-performance Trackhawk also launched for that model year.

For 2019, Jeep makes blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert standard features. They were available in older models, so you might find a similarly equipped used model for less money.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 63 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Jeep Grand Cherokee in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 63 automotive sources. This Jeep Grand Cherokee review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2011 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost?

Jeep has not released official pricing for the 2019 Grand Cherokee as of this writing. However, the similar 2018 model starts at $30,895, which is about average for the class, and goes as high as about $86,000 for the top-of-the-line Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Jeep offers several other Grand Cherokee trim levels, including the Limited (for around $38,500), Summit (around $51,000), and SRT (about $67,700).

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Jeep dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Jeep deals page.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner?

The Toyota 4Runner rivals the Grand Cherokee’s off-road prowess. Available with goodies such as Multi-Terrain select, crawl control, a locking rear differential, and Fox shock absorbers, the 4Runner is another great choice for exploring the road less traveled. Additionally, the 4Runner has more cargo space than the Grand Cherokee, as well as available third-row seating. However, the Jeep is the better daily driver. Its ride is smoother on the pavement, and its cabin is more comfortable. The Jeep is also more affordable, at least in lower trims.

Which Is Better: Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango?

The Dodge Durango is a good midsize SUV. Like its Jeep counterpart, the Dodge offers brawny V8 engine options and a performance-tuned SRT model. The two even have the same base engine, with the same horsepower and fuel economy estimates. There are a few key differences, however. The Durango has an available third row and a lot more cargo space, while the Grand Cherokee has more off-road capability and a diesel engine option. The Jeep also offers a 707-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 – something not available in the Dodge. Conversely, the Dodge has a higher towing capacity, with the Durango SRT able to tow up to 8,700 pounds. These are both good vehicles, so choosing between them comes down to your personal preference.

Grand Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the Grand Cherokee Seat?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats up to five people on standard cloth upholstery. It is one of the few vehicles in its class not to offer third-row seating. Leather upholstery, Nappa leather and suede upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

All seats are comfortable, and the back row is spacious enough to hold two average-sized adults in comfort. The upgraded leather is especially plush.

Grand Cherokee and Car Seats

For securing child car seats, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an additional upper tether anchor. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats and can be tough to maneuver around.

Grand Cherokee Interior Quality

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a handsome, well-built cabin. Opulence increases as you move up in trims, gaining amenities such as a noise cancellation system and wood accents. It’s an upmarket cabin for the class, though a few rivals, such as the Buick Enclave, have even nicer interiors.

Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

This Jeep offers 36.3 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats. Folding down the rear seats opens up 68.3 cubic feet. Neither number is impressive for the class. In fact, almost every other midsize SUV has more total cargo space, including the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Mazda CX-9. However, many competitors are 3-row SUVs, while the Grand Cherokee is a 2-row SUV.

Grand Cherokee Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Grand Cherokee features the Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. A nine-speaker Alpine stereo, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two additional USB ports, a navigation system, a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system are available. While features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are becoming more and more common, it’s still nice to see them as standard equipment.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? 

The Uconnect infotainment system is held in high regard. It’s easy to use and more responsive than the systems of many competitors. You can customize which buttons you want onscreen, and there are redundant knobs for controlling audio and climate settings.

Grand Cherokee Performance

Grand Cherokee Engine: A Powertrain for Everyone

Jeep offers an array of powerful engines for the 2019 Grand Cherokee. A 3.6-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is standard. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is also available. It has a little less horsepower (240) than the V6 but a lot more torque (420 pound-feet) and better fuel estimates. Several V8s are available as well, including a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, a 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 (in the SRT), and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (in the Trackhawk) making a monstrous 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with each engine.

The base engine delivers satisfactory acceleration and enough power for easy highway cruising. The V8s only improve on that. Powered by the 6.2-liter V8, the Trackhawk has scorching acceleration, racing from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. All these engines, including the diesel, are more than capable for daily driving, and the V8s boost towing capacity.

Grand Cherokee Mileage: Grand, OK, and Not-So-Grand

The base Jeep Grand Cherokee with rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (18/25 mpg with four-wheel drive). A few rivals earn higher estimates, but they also feature four-cylinder engines as opposed to the Grand Cherokee’s standard V6. For the V8 engines, fuel economy estimates range from 11-14 mpg in the city and 17-22 mpg on the highway. With the turbodiesel engine, this SUV gets up to 22/30 mpg, which is excellent compared to rivals.

Grand Cherokee Ride and Handling: Adept On-Road and Off

The Grand Cherokee provides a relatively smooth ride on the highway, and occupants remain comfortable over dips and cracks in the road. However, a few reviewers comment that this big vehicle feels sluggish going through turns and doesn't offer much in the way of steering feedback. Like its Jeep siblings, the Grand Cherokee excels off pavement, cruising over rough terrain. Several off-road features are available, including a locking rear differential, multiple four-wheel-drive systems, upgraded anti-lock and Brembo performance brakes, and an adaptive air suspension. An available Selec-Terrain system lets you choose between five modes – Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock – for navigating difficult terrain.

Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity:

Grand Cherokee Reliability

Is the Grand Cherokee Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Grand Cherokee does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Grand Cherokee Warranty

The 2019 Grand Cherokee comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Grand Cherokee Safety

Grand Cherokee Crash Test Results

The rear-wheel-drive version of the 2019 Grand Cherokee received three-out-of-five-stars in rollover crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee earned four stars. As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Grand Cherokee Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the Grand Cherokee include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. A few other safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, parallel and perpendicular park assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive headlights, are available.

Which Jeep Grand Cherokee Model Is Right for Me?

Jeep offers the 2019 Grand Cherokee in seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. Engines range from the base 3.6-liter V6 to the Trackhawk's supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard in most trims, though four-wheel drive is available for a couple thousand dollars (pricing varies depending on the trim). A few of the more performance-oriented models, such as the Trailhawk and SRT, have standard four-wheel drive. We’ve listed a few of the more popular trims below.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

As of this writing, Jeep has not released official pricing for the 2019 Grand Cherokee, but based on 2018 prices, we expect the Laredo trim to retail for around $30,900. Standard equipment includes a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with two USB ports, Bluetooth, voice controls, a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen. Four-wheel drive is available for around $2,300.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited has a window sticker price of around $38,500. This trim steps up the comfort levels, adding heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 115-volt power outlet, a power liftgate, two more USB ports, an upgraded 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, and satellite radio. There are two other engine options available: a 3.0-liter turbodiesel (with 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque) and a 5.7-liter V8 (360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque). Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and hill descent control is available for around $2,000.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

With an estimated MSRP of $43,600, the Trailhawk is the trim for adventurers. In addition to the standard Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system, the Trailhawk comes with five traction control settings, a limited-slip differential, larger off-road wheels and tires, skid plates, and the Quadra-Lift adjustable air suspension. The interior features much of the same equipment as the Limited but adds leather and suede upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and an active noise cancellation system.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

With a window sticker price of around $67,700, the SRT is approximately double the price of the base Grand Cherokee. It features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine with a blistering 475 horsepower, as well as a specialized all-wheel-drive system (Quadra-Trac Active on Demand). You’ll also find a variety of athletic enhancements, including performance-tuned brakes, even larger alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and several performance modes.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

With a retail price of around $86,200, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk takes the SRT’s performance enhancements to the next level. This sporty SUV features a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine making the kind of power you rarely find in a sports car – a jaw-dropping 707 horsepower. Capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, this spirited performer also has a Bilstein adaptive suspension and high-performance Brembo brakes. It has a few interior niceties as well, including Nappa leather and suede seats and a navigation system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Jeep dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Jeep deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an impressive lineup of powerful engines, a handsome and spacious cabin, and trim levels equipped to meet a variety of needs, from cruising with family to adventuring off the beaten path to burning rubber on an open road. It’s a good blend of comfort and utility, though those in need of more cargo space or third-row seating should look elsewhere. For everyone else, the Grand Cherokee is midsize SUV worth considering.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

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