The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup is one of the more complete choices in the segment. Whether you're seeking an off-road-oriented family-hauler or a track monster that will embarrass some sports cars, the Grand Cherokee will happily accommodate. Every Grand Cherokee has an upscale design and an elegant cabin. Pricey trim levels, thirsty V8 engines that are also incredibly expensive, and low crash test scores offset the expansive number of available trims.

Best Value

With a starting price of $33,190 (including destination) for the entry-level Laredo trim that can swell to $88,145 for the range-topping Trackhawk, there's a Grand Cherokee out there for every budget. There are 12 trims in total, and five different powertrains to choose from, so choices are aplomb for the Grand Cherokee's strong points.

The mid-level Limited trim is the most attractive with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The motor is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and, for those that want some excellent off-road capability, the Limited trim also adds the Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system.

Standard features on the trim include: dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-trafficalert, rear parking sensors, remote keyless entry, a Selec-Terrain System, 18-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, heated front seats, an 8.4-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation.

Despite the Limited trim's strong list of standard features, there are a few extra packages we'd tack onto the SUV. Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4
  • Engine:3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 295 hp / 260 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 18 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options: Four-wheel drive ($2,000), Luxury Group II ($3,495, premium nine-speaker audio system, automatic high beam headlights, bi-xenon HID headlights, a sunroof, LED fog lights, heated rear seats, leather-trimmed seats, LED daytime running lights, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, ventilated front seats), Off-Road Adventure II ($2,495, a 230-mm rear axle, all-season all-terrain tires, an electronic limited-slip differential, skid plates, air suspension, Selec-Speed Control, steering-wheel-mounted shift levers, tow hooks, a Class IV tow hitch), Jeep Advanced Active Safety Group ($1,495, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, full-speed forward collision warning, lane departure warning, parallel and perpendicular park assist, rain-sensitive windshield wipers)
  • Base Price:$40,440
  • Best Value Price:$49,925

Performance

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 3.6-liter V6 in the base and mid-level Grand Cherokees are found in many other Fiat Chrysler Automobile products, so it's a time-proven motor. Offering a copious amount of grunt throughout the rev range, the standard V6 is a smooth operator, especially with the eight-speed automatic transmission. If 295 hp doesn't sound like it would be enough, a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8 is also offered. For those that want to get some serious towing done, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine is also available, which produces 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity for the engine is rated at up to 7,400 pounds.

Those seeking true performance should look at the SRT and Trackhawk trims. The SRT trim features a 6.4-liter V8 that generates 475 hp, while the Trackhawk ups the ante with a 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8. While offering blistering performance, especially considering the Grand Cherokee's immense size, fuel economy isn't stellar in either engine. Still, that's a small price to pay for the incredible sound and immense speed.

Style

For an SUV, the Grand Cherokee has a handsome design that many consumers will find attractive. Jeep's iconic seven-slotted grille is prominently placed at the front, and is flanked by two slim headlights. The front end of the Grand Cherokee is muscular, yet conservative. The same can be said for the SUV's rear end, which has stylish lines and smooth curves.

The main draw for the Grand Cherokee is being able to go off-roading in comfort. While few can match the Grand Cherokee at getting dirty, even less can do it while being a comfortable place to be in. Both rows offer passengers with loads of room, while fit-and-finish, especially on higher trims, is excellent. Cargo capacity for the Grand Cherokee is impressive, too.

The Best and Worst Things

Comfort, off-roading prowess, and performance, the Grand Cherokee manages to tick all of these boxes and more, while putting comfort high up on the list, too. That's a tall order to fill, but the SUV manages to pull it off.

As an older vehicle, the Grand Cherokee's safety ratings are well below average for the segment. If performance is what you're after, it's going to cost you a large amount of money.

Right For? Wrong For?

Jeep Grand Cherokee

There's not a lot that perplexes the Grand Cherokee, and depending on your budget, it also manages to be a vehicle that you can take to a drag strip and immediately drop your kids off to school after. With Jeep's go-anywhere and do-anything qualities embedded into the SUV, off-roading is also a high point for the vehicle. For the majority of consumers, the Grand Cherokee's high level of comfort, impressive cargo area, and spacious cabin will impress.

If safety is important, the Grand Cherokee just can't compete with other offerings. While it can be fitted with the latest technology, its subpar crash test ratings leave a lot to be desired, especially for a family-oriented vehicle.

The Bottom Line

With enough trims to choose from to make you dizzy, there's a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee out there for everyone. Whether that means a capable off-roader, a SUV with the performance of a high-end sports car, or a comfortable SUV with a spacious cabin, the Grand Cherokee can do it all. While fuel economy and poor crash test scores are glaring marks against the SUV, the Grand Cherokee's handsome design, upscale feel, and capabilities help the vehicle stand out.