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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a comfortable ride both on- and off-road, plenty of passenger space, and an intuitive infotainment system. However, it ranks in the middle of the midsize SUV class because of its numb steering and below-average cargo capacity.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional off-road prowess
  • Potent engine lineup
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious, upscale cabin
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Small cargo area

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2019 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 71 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Grand Cherokee is a good used midsize SUV, especially for families interested in off-roading. You can equip this Jeep with one of several four-wheel-drive systems, and its Trailhawk trim is built for tackling rugged trails. The Grand Cherokee also makes a good daily driver. It offers a comfortable ride and boasts a robust engine lineup that includes potent V8s and a thrifty turbodiesel. It also has a wealth of available safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

If cargo space is a priority, though, you may want to consider more spacious rivals like the 2019 Toyota 4Runner and 2019 Dodge Durango.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 71 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much is the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Based on listings for the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the average list price is $29,127. Prices range from $29,127 to $81,252 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost to Own?

The 2019 Grand Cherokee’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $31,720, or $6,344 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What's the Difference?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee gained standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert but is otherwise unchanged from the 2018 model.

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The Grand Cherokee was last redesigned for 2011. Here are the key changes over the last few model years:

  • 2016: increased horsepower and fuel efficiency with base V6 engine; updated steering and suspension systems
  • 2017: gained standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors; Trailhawk trim debuted
  • 2018: added standard 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto; Trackhawk trim introduced
  • 2019: blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became available

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Grand Cherokee, 2017 Grand Cherokee, and 2018 Grand Cherokee reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee at this time.

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Which Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in eight main trims: Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. Several limited-edition trims are also available, including Upland, Altitude, Limited X, and High Altitude.

There are four different four-wheel-drive systems available. These include the Quadra-Trac I full-time single-speed four-wheel-drive system, the Quadra-Trac II active system with a two-speed transfer case and hill-descent control, the Quadra-Drive II system with electronic limited-slip differential, and the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand system that features five drive modes: Auto, Track, Sport, Snow, and Tow.

The base Laredo trim is a good pick for most shoppers. It comes with a solid V6 engine and an ample number of features. Step up to the Laredo E if you want a more fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6 engine or a stronger V8; both are available with this trim. The Laredo E trim also adds more comfort and technology features. If you're serious about off-roading, consider the Limited trim with the Quadra-Trac II system or the Trailhawk trim, which comes with several trail-ready features.

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo: The base Laredo trim comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, cloth seats, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and alloy wheels. Also standard is the Uconnect 4 infotainment system, which includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, voice controls, and six speakers. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Jeep's Quadra Trac I four-wheel-drive system is available.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited: The Limited trim adds leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start, a power liftgate, satellite radio, navigation, two additional USB ports, and an 8.4-inch touch screen. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine, a 5.7-liter V8, and Jeep's Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system are available.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk: The adventure-ready Trailhawk trim comes with the Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system, five traction control settings, a Quadra-Life adjustable air suspension, skid plates, larger off-road wheels and tires, and a limited-slip differential. This trim also includes a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, combination leather and suede upholstery, and ventilated front seats. A 5.7-liter V8 and Jeep's Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system are available.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: The SRT trim features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine, a Quadra-Trac Active On Demand all-wheel-drive system, various performance modes, a sport-tuned suspension, and larger alloy wheels.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: The top-of-the-line Trackhawk trim builds off the SRT, adding Nappa leather and suede seats, a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine with launch control, Brembo brakes, and a Bilstein adaptive suspension.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Grand Cherokee?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the rear-wheel-drive 2019 Grand Cherokee an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover evaluation. Models with four-wheel drive earned a five-star overall rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Grand Cherokee the highest rating of Good in four crashworthiness tests, the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test, and the lowest rating of Poor in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Depending on trim level and options, this Jeep's headlights earned Acceptable or Poor ratings for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2019 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is one of the few midsize SUVs with similar off-road capability to the Grand Cherokee. It also has a higher predicted reliability rating, an additional 21 cubic feet of overall cargo space, and seating for up to seven people. Overall, however, the Grand Cherokee is the superior vehicle. It offers better fuel economy, a more comfortable ride, nicer cabin materials, and a larger touch screen. The Jeep also comes standard with advanced smartphone integration technology, which is optional in the Toyota.

Which Is Better: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2019 Dodge Durango?

The 2019 Dodge Durango is the Grand Cherokee’s corporate cousin, and the two SUVs are fairly similar. Both feature the same base V6 engine and several of the same V8 offerings, and each has a high-performance SRT model. The Durango benefits from additional cargo room and third-row seating, but the Grand Cherokee offers a better predicted reliability rating, superior off-road capabilities, and a wider array of engines, including a diesel engine option and an insanely powerful 707-horsepower V8. Unless you need the extra space, go for the Durango.

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2019 Grand Cherokee Performance

How Does the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Drive?

There are several engine options for the 2019 Grand Cherokee. The base V6 provides suitable power and should satisfy most shoppers. There's also an efficient and capable turbodiesel engine, as well as several V8 engines to choose from, including the 707-horsepower supercharged V8 in the top-of-the-line Trackhawk. All models are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Grand Cherokee has minimal steering feedback but provides a fairly comfortable ride on paved roads. Off road is where this Jeep truly stands out, though, with several adventure-ready features available. These include four different four-wheel-drive systems, a limited-slip differential, skid plates, and a Selec3-Terrain system with Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock modes.

  • Base engine: 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 240-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
    • 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
    • 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V8
    • 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the standard V6 engine, this Jeep's EPA estimates are about average for the segment. Keep in mind, however, that class rivals with better fuel economy come standard with four-cylinder engines. Grand Cherokee models with the turbodiesel engine get the best gas mileage in the lineup, while V8 models get the worst.

  • V6, RWD: 19/26 mpg city/highway
  • V6, 4WD: 18/25 mpg
  • Turbodiesel, 4WD: 21/28 mpg
  • 5.7-liter V8, 4WD: 14/22 mpg
  • 6.4-liter V8, 4WD: 13/19 mpg
  • Supercharged 6.2-liter V8, 4WD: 11/17 mpg
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

The Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 Grand Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Grand Cherokee Seat?

The 2019 Grand Cherokee seats five people in two rows, while most midsize SUVs offer seating for up to seven or eight people via a third row. However, this Jeep has plenty of adult-friendly seating space in both rows.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • Nappa leather and suede upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2019 Grand Cherokee has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use. The lower anchors are too deep in the seats and difficult to maneuver your hands around, while the upper tether anchors can be confused for other hardware.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features

The Grand Cherokee’s Uconnect infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. Its touch screen features straightforward menus, and there are also physical buttons and knobs for controlling audio and climate functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, voice controls, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.4-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, two extra USB ports, navigation, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: remote start and a panoramic sunroof

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Dimensions

Jeep Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

The Grand Cherokee has 36.3 cubic of cargo room behind the second row and 68.3 cubic feet with the second row folded down. These numbers are low for the midsize SUV class. Many competitors offer more storage room, including the two-row 2019 Honda Passport and the three-row 2019 Toyota Highlander.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 10 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,513 to 5,434 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,500 to 6,800 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Built?

Jeep built the 2019 Grand Cherokee in Michigan.

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