2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Review & Road Test

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Review & Road Test


The current fourth-generation Jeep Grand
Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that’s existed since the 2011 model year
without a major redesign. Apparently an all-new Grand Cherokee is in the works
based on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio platform, but in the meantime is there a
good reason to buy this version? Actually yes, starting with its road manners.
I know Jeeps are known for radical off-roading and the Jeep Grand Cherokee
can certainly do that, but in a suburban context ride quality and handling
confidence reflect a premium sensibility. Also, dangerous weaving. That aura of
civility makes the Grand Cherokee a recommendable steed for lengthy
adventures. If asked to scrutinize the drive experience I would note thick
pillars that somewhat inhibit our visibility and steering that’s a little
bit sensitive off-center somewhat inhibiting stability during high-speed
cornering. Nonetheless the Grand Cherokee moves
with unexpected refinement especially considering its age.
For propulsion a 3.6-liter V6 comes standard with either rear or four-wheel
drive. It can tow up to 6,200 pounds and offers punchy enough acceleration for
most drivers needs, though I will note that acceleration from a stop can feel a
little bit jumpy especially with the automatic engine start/stop system
working. That’s how you communicate. There are
other engines we’ll get to momentarily but the primary choices include a
3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, that can tow a hefty 7400 pound max, and a swift 5.7-liter V8 paired
exclusively with four-wheel-drive. Fuel economy peaks with the 3-litre diesel
decreasing inversely as displacement and power figures increase. Regardless of engine, all Grand Cherokees
feature an 8-speed automatic transmission. With all that mechanical
stuff out of the way let’s explore the interior. Stylistically there’s room to
contemporize but the cabin has a soft functional appeal. In front I like
symmetrical armrests. I like how easy it is to get a nice comfy driving position
and passenger space is more than adequate. What I dislike is plastic that
goes squeak when you touch it, not that you’re ever gonna be touching the gauge
cluster and stitching here on the steering wheel that is slowly wearing my
thumbs down to nub’s. Magically appearing in back and I’m treated to reasonable
spaciousness and reclining rear seatbacks. From a visibility standpoint
this super thick c-pillar isn’t great, but who am I foolin’. I’m gonna be looking
at Instagram not out there. A self promotional activity supported by two
USB ports and a three-prong outlet included on most trims. Let’s charge this
baby up. I’ll see you on the Insta. Whether you prefer antiquing or
spelunking the Grand Cherokee’s sizeable cargo area pays dividends. Clear this
high lift over and there’s a roomy if not quite class-leading 36.3-cubic feet. To explore dropping the rear seats unleashes a total of 68.3-cubic
feet, though that task would be easier if their rear seat releases. In the cargo area small items can hide inside tight door bins. An average-size glove box an
overhead sunglass holder and two-tier center console storage, and now let’s
cover the many variants of Grand Cherokee. Strap in. There’s a decently
equipped base Laredo trim, the fancier but still attainable Limited trim, this
sweet Limited EX trim with its aggressive fascias, vented hood, 20-inch
wheels, and black accents. The rugged Trailhawl,
yes sir those are red hook’s, there’s a sporting SRT trim that will run from 0
to 60 and 4.3 seconds, and finally the utterly outrageous Trackhawk, lingering
just a moment, the Trackhawk’s $88,000 starting price is easily justified by
15.75-inch front rotors squeezed by six piston calipers, properly aggressive
styling throughout, and a 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8, making the
Trackhawk a comparative bargain as the most powerful and likely quickest SUV
ever sold. Seriously 707 hp, mm-hmm, back to
reality. Along with roughly $1,500 in destination
charges a base rear-wheel drive Laredo trim has an MSRP around $33,000 and
includes dual zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, seven
airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, smart key access with push button starts,
rear parking sensors, two USB ports and a seven-inch UConnect infotainment
interface. All other trims include an 8.4- inch screen, but regardless of size I
love UConnect’s simple screen layouts, snappy response times and modern
smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Explore higher trims or the option roster for fancy add-ons like a power
liftgate, heated front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping
assist, automatic emergency braking, impressive automatic parking abilities,
and an air suspension that affords up to 10.8-inches of ground
clearance. There’s also a variety of four-wheel
drive systems to consider. Laredo trim offers a basic single speed full-time
four-wheel drive setup, but the available Quadra-Trac II system adds a two-speed
transfer case, hill descent control, and a five-mode traction management system to
the mix for more serious offroading. Quadradrive II incorporates a traction
enhancing electronic limited slip rear differential. Lastly complementing the
quicker steering, adaptive dampers and perfectly tremendous horsepower figures
of the SRT and Trackhawk is a full-time four-wheel drive system that can
electronically send up to 70-percent of the engine’s torque to the rear tires.
Sporty! Where the two-row midsize SUV competitive set is concerned the Nissan
Murano, Ford Edge, and Subaru Outback each offer comparable cargo space and lower
starting prices versus the Grand Cherokee, but also less base horsepower.
Meanwhile the latest generation Toyota 4Runner is more expensive and even older
than the Grand Cherokee, but it has serious off-road skills on its side with
outstanding resale values to match. Then there’s Honda’s new five-passenger
Passport based on the Honda Pilot, which definitely won’t match the Jeeps
off-road prowess but will undoubtedly win sales through its newness, perceived
reliability and those sweet H badges. Ah that’s how people know it’s a Honda. It might be getting old, but refined road
manners, genuine off-road abilities, and a delightfully excessive range of variants
should keep the Grand Cherokee relevant until an all-new model arrives, but Jeep,
I wouldn’t wait too long.

About the Author: Michael Flood

100 Comments

  1. Nice. Hopefully the new model will have better safety scores. Still, it’s a stylish and American SUV that deserves its many buyers!

  2. I usually agree with the opinions in these videos but I worry that the quality will be much lower with a Fiat redesign. I’ve never heard a good thing about Fiat’s reliability and I’m not a fan of their styling. I think Fiat designs are an “acquired taste”.

  3. I think it's a good choice to transport my family a our stuffs. I would prefer it over any japanese SUV. It has many features I like, including rwd for the base model and you also have many trims to choose. I like this jeep

  4. I’m curious why the V6 in the Grand Cherokee doesn’t have the same 305 horsepower as in other FCA offerings. It’s only 10 horsepower but I think it would be a good selling point. Saying a vehicle has 305 horsepower is more impressive than 295 horsepower and people notice stupid stuff like that.

  5. I own a 2018 summit 4×4 diesel. I love it. I will continue to buy GCs as long as they don’t add a 3rd row of seats to them. Look else where if that’s what you want. It doesn’t need it. They are rarely used anyways. If you have more than 3 kids you need a damn bus or mini van.

  6. Can you still spec the Laredo trim with a V8, and can it go off-road ? I remember the last generation Grand Cherokee we rented was great for tackling the Appalachian trails.

  7. I have a 15 and about to grab a 19. Whatever the reviews say Chrysler is the only one on the market with a lifetime warranty m. Worth the buy. If anything went wrong. Good until your cars value isn’t worth repairing.

  8. If I was going for a grand Cherokee, I’d take either of the following trims:

    Limited 4WD with the base 3.6, with two options: the luxury group and technology package.

    Summit 4WD with the base 3.6 with $5K full leather coated interior

    SRT with $5K full leather coated interior, performance brakes, and pano roof.

    Or if im completely nuts, the Trackhawk with full leather coated interior and pano roof.

  9. Id wait for the 2020-then decide if the new model is worth the money-have a 2017 now, very poor gas mileage in 4×4 even with V6

  10. Had the 3.6 v6, it was a giant turd. To the point it was scary to merge on the freeway.
    Buy the hemi 5.7 option.

  11. Some of the best looking cars on the road are 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and brand new Subaru’s. Oh, and Tesla models S and X.

  12. What does the build quality look like? what does the past reputation for long term reliability on this vehicle look like? what does it's resale value after 3 and 5 years look like compared to a 4 Runner for example?

  13. I really love the styling and 4×4 capability but the reliability history is the only thing scaring me, anyone have anything to say about the reliability? I love 4runners too but the used market for them is crazy expensive

  14. You forgot Overland, Summit, Upland, Altitude, High Altitude, Sterling, and Laredo E

    Just sayin…

  15. I'd have to flip a coin between the Yota and the Jeep. Although the "high performance" Jeeps make about as much sense as a pork chop at a kosher wedding.

  16. 19 seconds in and already the basic facts are wrong. The Jeep Grand Cherokee did see a major redesign for the 2014 model year. New front end, new rear end, new power trains, and new interior.

  17. It’s riding isn’t comfortable in the back seats for long journeys, it is quite bumpy, and stiff may be due to its off-roading suspension??? What do you think Micah …

  18. I have the Cherokee, and it's the first automatic I've ever heard of that had an issue stalling. The automatic transmission has such a delay to shift it gives Star Citizen a run in the 'Soon!' department, and the 'entertainment system' lacks some essentials, plus it's not much faster than the transmission shifts.

  19. What are adults doing in the back seat???? Back seats are for kids, unless it's a taxi. Adults need to quit being leeches, get a job and help the economy by buying their own vehicle.

  20. I enjoyed your video, great attitude, you don’t look faking a funny personality like some people on this kind of review video.

  21. Please don’t call the Subaru Outback an SUV, because it isn’t. It’s a motherfucking Station Wagon!

  22. Could someone from owning this car tell me the pros and cons of jeeps grand Cherokes and is jeep the best SUV? Thanks for the reviews

  23. How nice nice nice and effeminate did that have to be.

    It's a jeep not a renault bloody clio.

    Gimme a 2004 model anyday, the one the 2.7L mercedes decent engine, roomy, classy does the job without looking like every other 4 by 4 with stupid alloys that are naff on rough road or farmland.

    These new jeeps are just keeping up wih the jones' and the rest of the blingy crap out there.

  24. Had a 2013 Laredo a couple of years ago. It was wonderful. 33k seems like a great deal for me with all these options. And there’s no need for an update as far as I’m concerned.

  25. Why do you make it sound so bad when it’s won so many awards for luxury, resell value, One of the nicest vehicles in its price range not to mention all the easy to use electronics and practically self driving and self parking features

    That engine is also on the top 10 best engine ever list and has almost 300 hp which is more than half the SUVs out there, and the best touchscreen on the market

  26. I have one, the high altitude and I believe That It has One of the Best Technology concepts out on many automobles — The guy is looking at silly stuff…. i have not even noticed the steering that he points out …after 9k miles ….also he mentions the slow start at the off engine scenario….., but he doesnt talk about the Sport mode which kicks….. its all a HYPE….. Bro critique it all the right way ….dont be biased… typical Fake …… its worth every penny — i am 6’2” and I feeL AWSEOME N THE FRONT SEAT AND back seats ….. I have had mercedes and this 2019 high altitude drives and has it all …… amazing I am a Black belt and i would like get this guy in the MaT……..butt head AMAZING ALL 5 STARS !!! I AM SURPRISED /// RANGE ROVER WATCH OUT

  27. I don’t like how the steering wheel is. It is not chunky near the 10 and 2 position where you grab the steering wheel while driving like most modern cars

  28. I owned and traded a 2015 grand overland, drove for just under 60,000 miles (my 5th jeep and traded for my 6th…rubicon) if you plan on keeping for a while i would highly recommend an extended warranty….all struts went bad $2000 a piece plus labor lol…and a crack in the steering column?? WTH Thank god i had a warranty I think that was a $8k bill lol.l for a car that never saw tough off roading. This body is in need for an update, more modern safety as the passenger crash tests are not so good from what I have seen. On the high side she was comfortable and like any jeep gets you where you need to go. Love jeeps but this was my worst experience out of all of them.

  29. everyone like to compare these to hondas, toyotas, ford etc. many of the higher trim buyers like Overland, High Altitude and Summit are cross shopping these with X5 and GLE.

  30. Plss plsss plssss you can gift for me ever best Jeep Life!!! I love Jeep but I’m honestly with you I not really for me this 2011 Nissan Rogue it’s ok it’s ok not bad so good well I love so badly Jeep !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  31. Jeep should cut some of the Grand Cherokee trims down in the next body style. I would say cut it down to Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, High Altitude, Summit and the SRT versions. Offer Grand Cherokees with only 2-speed transfer cases except for SRT versions. That should make things simple for Jeep buyers

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