2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Reviews EditorTravis Langness has worked in the automotive industry since 2011. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- Plush interior with plentiful luxury and technology
- Enough off-road ability to conquer practically any trail
- Available V8 engines offer substantial power
- Impressive tow ratings for the class
- Firm ride quality may disappoint, even with air suspension
- Underwhelming acceleration with base V6
- Modest quality of cabin materials can be hard to justify
- No significant changes for 2019
- Part of the fourth Grand Cherokee generation introduced for 2011
The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León never found the mythical fountain of youth. But he would have been impressed with the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Although it's part of the current generation that debuted way back in 2011, this year's Grand Cherokee is still one of the better picks for a five-passenger midsize SUV.
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Grand Cherokee Limited
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A big reason is model diversity. It is available in seven trim levels and offers a myriad of options available at each trim level. You want a basic but still relatively well-equipped version of the Grand Cherokee for a reasonable price? Jeep's got you covered. Or how about a fully loaded luxury family hauler? No problem there either.
As expected, the Grand Cherokee is also one of the best off-roading SUVs around. You can equip it with one of the off-road suspension packages or just upgrade to the Trailhawk version. If on-road performance is your thing, Jeep has the brutish SRT and 707-horsepower Trackhawk variants on tap.
What connects all these varying Grand Cherokee models is impressive interior quality and solid foundation of utility. So whether you're looking to go off the beaten path, burn up all four tires on a drag strip, or just take the kids to school in comfort, there's probably a Jeep Grand Cherokee for you.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.4 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit (3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
The standard V6 in the Grand Cherokee isn't very exciting. In our testing, 0-60 mph took 8.0 seconds, which is slow for a five-passenger midsize SUV. We'd suggest getting the optional V8. The brakes, however, are strong. In Edmunds testing, a stop from 60 mph took 124 feet — a reasonably short distance for a rig this size.
A downside is the Grand Cherokee's significant weight, which affects acceleration, handling and overall drivability. Another negative is the steering, which feels disconnected from the road. This combo makes the Grand Cherokee overly heavy and lethargic to pilot around turns. For off-roading, though, the GC does well thanks to several available off-road-ready options.
The Grand Cherokee provides an isolated feel in the cabin. The V6 is nicely muted most of the time. At full throttle, there's a bit of a rumble from under the hood that is neither annoying nor particularly satisfying. Otherwise, it's quiet to the point that it's almost serene. The seats are very supportive and the air conditioning works quickly. The heated and ventilated seats, however, aren't very effective.
Our test vehicle came equipped with the optional air suspension. We weren't impressed. It provides a somewhat floaty ride quality on the highway and struggles to soak up smaller pavement ripples, allowing significant vibration to enter the cabin. Big bumps are absorbed to a point, but hit one midcorner and the JGC loses its handling composure. The standard suspension might be a better choice.
The Grand Cherokee has plenty of interior space with generous headroom and legroom in all four major seating positions. It also has a commanding driving position, good visibility and relatively simple controls. Despite that high seating position, everything is within the driver's reach thanks to an impressive range of seat and steering-wheel adjustability.
The Uconnect infotainment interface is a bit dated, but it's still easy to use thanks to large, grippy knobs for the stereo and fan speed. So the only real shortcomings are the thick windshield pillars that partially obscure your view through turns.
While the Grand Cherokee is certainly utilitarian in nature, its 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats isn't class-leading. It trails behind smaller vehicles such as the Honda CR-V. This smaller space is mostly due to the full-size spare under the rear floor. On the flip side, hey, there's a full-size spare! That's something you'll want if you go off-road or tow — two things the Grand Cherokee does very well.
Small-item storage is limited to a small center console, can-size cupholders in both the front and rear seats, and slim door pockets. The rear car-seat anchors are well-marked and easy to find, and there's a good amount of space for most child seats. The standard V6 in our Summit model can tow up to 6,200 pounds, and the optional V8s have an increased maximum tow rating of 7,200 pounds.
The Grand Cherokee Uconnect interface features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. There are plenty of charging options for front and rear passengers. The voice controls are pretty apt at understanding commands, from setting a nav destination to changing climate settings. Audio quality from the optional 19-speaker Harman Kardon system is good, if a bit bass-heavy.
The operation of some of the advanced driving aids is lackluster. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning are both a little too sensitive for our tastes, for example.
Which Grand Cherokee does Edmunds recommend?
While we'd like to recommend that everyone get the fire-breathing 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, we realize it's not very practical. So instead we'd opt for the off-road-oriented Trailhawk. A big part of the Grand Cherokee's appeal is its off-road ability, and the Trailhawk puts it all together in one well-equipped version. Of the three available engines, the V8 provides the best mix of power and affordability.
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee models
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk. Most Grand Cherokees are available with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), the Trailhawk is 4WD only and the SRT and the Trackhawk get specialized all-wheel-drive systems.
Standard feature highlights for the base Laredo include a 3.6-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a six-speaker sound system.
If you're looking for more creature comforts, then check out the Limited trim level. On Limited and above, you can go with the standard V6 or you can opt for the optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 (240 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque) or a 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp, 390 lb-ft). The Limited builds on the Laredo's standard equipment with 18-inch wheels, remote start, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, a power liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and driver-seat memory settings.
The off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim level is our choice for the Grand Cherokee. On top of the Limited trim, it adds unique exterior styling flourishes, different 18-inch wheels with off-road tires, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing (Quadra-Trac II), and an electronic rear differential that works with a terrain-selectable traction control system (Quadra-Drive II).
The Trailhawk also has an adjustable air suspension (Quadra-Lift) with increased suspension travel and other Trailhawk-specific tuning, hill ascent and descent control, underbody skid plates, and an upgraded instrument cluster display with exclusive off-road features and a few extra features from the Limited's options list.
Next in the Grand Cherokee lineup is the Overland. It forgoes some of the Trailhawk's specific off-road upgrades but is otherwise similarly equipped.
One of the most luxurious Grand Cherokees is the Summit trim. It includes the Overland's standard equipment, plus polished 20-inch wheels, a self-parking system, additional noise-reducing window glass, active noise-canceling technology, a suite of advanced safety features, upgraded leather upholstery, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
A bit out of the standard structure is the high-horsepower SRT trim level. It is broadly equipped like the Summit trim level with a few distinctions. Unique standard equipment includes a 6.4-liter V8 (475 hp, 470 lb-ft), a specialized all-wheel-drive system (tuned more for high-performance driving than off-road use), 20-inch wheels with performance tires, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, sport-tuned steering and brakes, a sport body kit, a limited-slip rear differential and selectable performance modes.
Even further down the high-performance rabbit hole, there's the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Trackhawk gets most of the SRT's standard equipment plus the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (707 hp, 645 lb-ft), an upgraded eight-speed transmission, an upgraded adaptive suspension and Brembo brakes, more aggressive-looking bodywork, and lightweight 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires. The Trackhawk also receives some unique interior design cues and upgraded upholstery to set it apart from the group.
Many of the higher trims' standard convenience and luxury-oriented features are offered on lesser models as options or through packages. Quite a few aesthetic upgrades are available as well, depending on trim level.
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4 out of 5 stars
Replaced Mercedes GLE 350
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Let me start by saying the Grand Cherokee is about half the price on a 3 year lease than the MB I turned in. I got tired of the high payments but the GLE 350 was a great vehicle. I bought the JGC Limited. I like everything about it except the gas mileage and the ride is a bit stiff on rough pavement. The Limited trim is perfect for me. I live in NE Ohio and the winters can be … challenging. Here are the pluses: 1. Very comfortable interior - comfortable seats with ample leg and head room in both the front and back. 2. Climate controll works great. 3. The infotainment system is very intuitive. 4. Nice stereo. 5. So far everything seems to work well. 6. Surprisingly quick pickup. 7. On smooth pavement this thing is silky smooth and quiet. Now the negatives: 1. The ride on rough pavement is, well, rough. The roads here in NE Ohio are absolutely horrible and the JGC feels every bump. Bad ones can be somewhat jarring. 2. Maybe it's the way I drive but the gas mileage in the city was surprisingly poor. Overall: I'm pleased with it. I test drove the Honda Passport but didn't like the hesitation in the motor. Hard to explain but it had a strange feel to it. The Toyota 4 Runner is just old looking. My advice is if you like the Grand Cherokee negotiate hard. You can get that price way down.
5 out of 5 stars
So Far so good
Limited 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I had my Jeep for 2 weeks now, traded in a 2011 Honda Odyssey for it. Took it on a 400 mile round trip to PA, it rode smooth & had great acceleration. I have a limited with Luxury pkg & safety group. Love the dual sunroof, & vented seats. On edmunds apps though the pictures of the interior is the 2018. The 2019 8.4 uconnect screen is actually different then the 2018, it’s more flat on … the dash, where the 2018 is more recessed. That’s really the only difference though. Overall so far very satisfied with my Jeep.
4 out of 5 stars
5.7L V8 Limited
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Had to take it to the dealer to replace the a thermostat and another part which always kept the fan running. Overall the acceleration is good for a vehicle over 2 1/2 tons. A lot of low end power. Some plastic parts in the interior but overall the quality it good. Lots of room in the front and back seats. Cargo space is definitely more than any reasonable person will need. The steering … isn't very firm and even on its highest setting isn't great. Ride can be rough at times. A good amount of body roll. But is surprisingly quick, with decent power. Uconnect system has some flaws like weather alerts can distract you while driving. Sound system is good. Shifting is quick but strangely will transmission brake when going down hills and whatnot. Everything else I didn't mention is good because I don't even notice it causing a problem.
5 out of 5 stars
First 1,000 miles and towing a 3,000 lb RV Camper
Overland 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I just switched to a Jeep, my first Jeep in 16 years. What an improvement! I have been doing Mercedes for the past 16 years (Got a great at work discount as Mercedes was a client) My Overland is detailed out nicely. We needed to pull a new RV Trailer we purchased, so I gave up my 2017 Mercedes E-Class (Though I looked at the Mercedes GLE) . Around town I have no issues hitting the … speed limit of 75 on the Interstate by my house. I am in Colorado and in a couple of trips up the Eisenhower tunnel and Vail Pass, I had no issues staying at or above the speed limit with my V6. I picked up the RV in the mountains and drove back over two 11,000 foot passes with only a little hesitate towards the top. Over the rest of I70, I had no issue going 65+ miles an hour. It trailered like a breeze. Never even knew it was there and the stabilizing features worked well. Overall I like the infotainment option much better that the 2019 Mercedes options. Mercedes was behind there, though the new MBUX system (2020 models) seems nice. So far after 1,000 + miles, I have not given up a luxury ride to the Mercedes and I have managed to save thousands over the Benz GLE. I was looking at a 2019 Mercedes GLE (Not the 2020 that is out now) and was getting $10k off of the Benz sticker as the model had a significant upgrade in 2020 model but that was still $9,000 more than I paid for my Overland, and frankly the Overland was nicer riding. (Benz turbo 6 was nice and it was rated at 7500 lb towing) And the Overland came with all of the safety features the Benz did not come with at that price. With the 2019 GLE and Overland having the same core frame and underlying driving tech (this Overland was designed when Mercedes owned Jeep over a decade ago) you have a pretty good matchup, and I think you should pick the Jeep even if the pricing was the same. Get a Jeep and enjoy the ride, the nicely fitted cabin and really simple to use infotainment (Uconnect) , and enjoy the savings off of the Germans. Updated after 35k miles and 18 months. Having driven to Florida from Colorado twice and California, the Jeep is awesome for long distance trips. Since I did the first review I plated the bottom with Jeeps steel. I have been on multiple 5-8 rated trails with no issue and one 9 rated trail- yes with a mostly stock Grand Cherokee. I surprised other Jeeps and vehicles that I had zero issue. The air ride and increase is great for getting over big rocks. Great on and off road!
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 19 City / 26 Hwy / 21 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.6 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
- V6 cylinder
- Horsepower: 295 hp @ 6400 rpm
- Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
- Length: 189.8 in. / Height: 68.1 in.
- Overall Width with Mirrors: 84.8 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 76.5 in.
- Curb Weight: 4545 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 36.3 cu.ft.
Our experts like the Grand Cherokee models:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Warns you about vehicles that are in your blind spots.
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Detects objects (or cars that have stopped short) in your path and applies emergency braking.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Warns you when you're drifting out of your lane and prompts you to correct your heading.
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover3 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover20.4%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview
The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered in the following submodels: Grand Cherokee SUV, Grand Cherokee SRT, Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Available styles include Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Altitude 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Limited X 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Laredo E 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Upland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), High Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Laredo E 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Summit 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Laredo 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Trackhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A), Upland 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Summit 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Limited X 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), High Altitude 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SRT 4dr SUV 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A), and Overland 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A). Pre-owned Jeep Grand Cherokee models are available with a 3.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 295 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is priced between $23,990 and$42,998 with odometer readings between 10477 and95298 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is priced between $24,590 and$36,998 with odometer readings between 14122 and77874 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude is priced between $28,311 and$40,998 with odometer readings between 7399 and98098 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E is priced between $24,998 and$33,590 with odometer readings between 12432 and107138 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is priced between $28,499 and$46,068 with odometer readings between 3215 and110231 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is priced between $29,998 and$44,998 with odometer readings between 12444 and105201 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is priced between $35,990 and$49,999 with odometer readings between 15553 and71977 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude is priced between $36,495 and$49,998 with odometer readings between 14374 and84433 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland is priced between $27,299 and$36,998 with odometer readings between 10941 and94878 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X is priced between $34,590 and$44,998 with odometer readings between 8152 and56055 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.