While there are several worthy midsize SUVs on today’s market, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has raised the bar. It’s a multipurpose vehicle that can perform virtually any task. Not only is the Grand Cherokee an incredibly skilled off-road machine, but it also has the potential to deliver an electrifying performance on the street. Of course, this SUV has always excelled as a comfortable family hauler.
While the new 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $31,945, expect to pay more than $85,000 for the supercharged Trackhawk model.
Several engines are available for the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, most buyers choose the standard Pentastar V6 engine. Jeep rates it to develop a capable 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission helps ensure a smooth power delivery. While acceleration with the base V6 engine isn’t quick, you’ll have no issues merging with traffic on the interstate. To enjoy a stronger punch of the line, opt for the Hemi V8 engine. The 5.7-liter engine pushes out 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. If you desire class-leading fuel economy, check out the hardworking EcoDiesel engine. It develops 240 horsepower and a useful 420 pound-feet of torque. Both the 5.7-liter Hemi engine and the EcoDiesel engine have the ability to tow up to 7,400 pounds.
To experience serious performance, take a look at the Grand Cherokee SRT. Jeep tuned its engine to develop a staggering 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The extra power enables the SRT trim to rocket to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. You can also look forward to experiencing more aggressive handling. Performance goodies, such as an adaptive sports-tuned suspension and a specialized AWD system, help the Cherokee SRT to inspire complete confidence on winding roads. Atop the performance ladder sits the supercharged Trackhawk trim, which produces an eye-popping 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. A blistering zero to 60 of 3.5 time puts it among the fastest SUVs ever.
Expect the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee to deliver good comfort on the road. Even models equipped with a stiffer sports-tuned suspension offer a smooth ride. When it comes time to take your adventure off the beaten path, look no further than the ultra-rugged Trailhawk trim. It’s specifically engineered to handle the toughest of terrain. An air suspension gives you the maximum ground clearance. Some of the other off-road goodies include a selectable traction control system, underbody protection, and a low-range Quadra-Trac II 4WD system.
While some versions of the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee return good fuel economy, others are especially thirsty. The base V6 engine delivers a good combination of power and efficiency. Anticipate getting an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Jeep’s recommended use of regular unleaded gas is another benefit. If you desire even more fuel savings, go for the EcoDiesel engine. It will return a splendid 21 mpg in town and 28 mpg on the open road.
Unfortunately, the V8-powered models will guzzle fuel at a faster rate. Opting for the 5.7-liter engine lowers fuel economy to 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. If you choose the high-powered SRT and Trackhawk trims, expect efficiency to really plummet. While the Grand Cherokee SRT returns a combined 15 mpg, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk only delivers a combined 13 mpg. Even worse, you must fork out extra money for premium gas.
Safety and Entertainment Features
There are several advanced safety technologies available for the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rain Brake Support comes standard throughout the lineup. By keeping your brake calipers dry during wet weather, this feature helps you to maintain the optimum stopping power. Standard blind-spot monitoring makes the task of changing lanes a lot more secure. Some of the other available driver-assist technologies include adaptive cruise control, full-speed automatic braking, and lane-keep assist. Unlike some of its key competitors, the Grand Cherokee can be equipped with an automated parking system.
There are some standout features inside the new Grand Cherokee. Jeep’s top-rated Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is hard to beat. Drivers love the interface’s simple menu structure and quick response times. While a 7.0-inch touchscreen comes standard, upgraded versions feature a larger 8.0-inch screen with navigation. High-end features, like ventilated front seats, are available as well. Music lovers should sample the stunning Harman Kardon sound system, which includes a total of 19 speakers and a rear-mounted subwoofer.
How It Stacks Up Against the Competition
2019 Toyota 4Runner
Both of these SUVs deliver an impressive off-road performance. However, the Toyota 4Runner isn’t nearly as fun to drive on the street. While the Grand Cherokee handles with confidence on paved roads, the Toyota 4Runner drives more like a truck. A smoother ride also makes the Grand Cherokee a more rewarding daily-driver.
2019 GMC Acadia
The 2019 GMC Acadia is a big SUV that can match the Grand Cherokee’s outstanding passenger comfort. However, it’s far less amusing to drive. You also can’t take the Acadia on a hardcore off-road adventure.
2019 Ford Explorer
The 2019 Ford Explorer is another strong competitor. While the Explorer hits the right mark in several categories, it loses to the Grand Cherokee in a few key aspects. You’ll find the Grand Cherokee’s interior to be a bit nicer. Drivers can also take advantage of the Grand Cherokee’s higher towing capacity, which surpasses the Explorer’s towing capacity by 2,400 pounds.
Comfortable and Spacious
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee will have no trouble accommodating a family of five. There’s plenty of space to go around. Car reviewers also give the Grand Cherokee top marks for its well-padded seats. Sound-deadening materials help keep the cabin quiet even at highway speeds.
Extremely Fun to Drive
The high-horsepower SRT and Trackhawk models are an absolute blast to drive. As soon as you stomp on the accelerator, expect to experience an immediate adrenaline rush. Although the Grand Cherokee may be a heavy vehicle, it still handles well enough to excite driving enthusiasts.
Ready to Go Off-Roading
Whether you’re looking to explore the Rocky Mountains or looking to take a challenging drive through the swamp, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk won’t leave you disappointed. While the Trailhawk trim is great for serious off-roading, the other trims can also be equipped with a rugged 4WD system.
This SUV deserves a great deal of credit for its well-designed interior features. Like the highly rated Uconnect interface, the climate control system is incredibly functional and easy to use.
Some Safety Technologies Are a Bit Sensitive
While the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers some helpful safety features, some of them are a bit too sensitive. Like the adaptive cruise control system, the blind-spot monitor tends to overreact to traffic.