The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee definitely competes in the mid-size SUV class. By offering a solid lineup of 7 trim levels, 5 Special Editions and 2 sport versions, there is a model for everyone. The current generation of Grand Cherokee has been around since 2011. Make no mistake, it remains relevant with innovative high tech features, best-in-class class off-road ability and, in the Summit trim, true premium luxury.
Impressive Standard Options
The base model Laredo comes very well equipped. Let’s just start with the 3.6-liter V6 295 horsepower engine. It gives a surprising 260 pound-feet of torque with its 8-speed automatic transmission. Standard options like the stylish 17-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, and keyless ignition and entry are just the start. Dual-zone automatic climate control keeps everyone comfortable without a doubt. Entertainment-wise, the large 7-inch control panel touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and the cinematic six-speaker sound system is next-level for “standard”. Jeep really has put its stamp in the mid-size SUV class because honestly, things only get better from there.
We Put The Summit Luxury Model To The Test
Now, we tested the luxury Summit trim package outfitted with Laguna leather, adjustable power seating with heating and cooling. Comes in quite handy if you live in either hot or cold climates. Our model had the optional 5.7-liter HEMI engine with its 8-speed transmission and Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive. A $3,795 upgrade, the larger HEMI engine delivers an additional 70 horsepower and 100 pounds of torque to improve performance and towing capability.
Standard high-tech features in the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit were robust. Included are options like blind spot monitors, full speed emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, parking assist for both parallel and perpendicular spots. The Summit model also features Jeep’s Quadra-Lift Air Suspension. Our model also had the dual-screen rear seat entertainment and premium Signature Leather package. All in, our test model had a final sticker price of $67,720. While this may be a pricey setup for a mid-size SUV, for as little as $31,945, you can get into a Grand Cherokee Laredo. There is no doubt that with 7 trim level options, five “Special Edition” models, and 2 sport versions, Jeep makes it possible to find the perfect Grand Cherokee for you.
Jeep’s Quadra-Lift Is A Smart Innovation
The overall drive experience in the Summit was great. The Quadra-Lift suspension lowers the vehicle’s height to make entry much easier. Then automatically re-adjusts to an aerodynamic ride height perfect for cruising. Plus, if needed, you can raise the Grand Cherokee a couple more inches for additional ground clearance. SMART!
Noise Dampening Is Luxury-Level
Cabin noise level is on par with the best luxury sedans. Jeep’s noise dampening glass, active sound canceling and extensive insulation isolate passengers from the world around them. Add in the 19 speaker sound system, and you have a true concert hall quality sound experience for your favorite music. Though road ripples and jars are well isolated, this is still a 4-wheel drive SUV and will never be as smooth as a luxury sedan.
Towing & Fuel Economy
The optional V8 engine increased the towing capacity of the Grand Cherokee from 6200 pounds with the V6 to an impressive 7200. That will certainly tow most of our toys to the lake, in-laws or mountains without a doubt. An added plus is with the towing package, Jeep includes a full-size spare along with the 7 and 4 pin connectors, a class IV hitch, upgraded cooling, and trailer sway control.
Fuel economy with the V8 does suffer however, as it’s rated to 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway on Summit model. Over our week-long road test, we averaged about 20 mpg. However, the standard V6 Laredo rates a bit better at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
But Does the 4-Wheel Drive Measure Up?
Many argue that a Jeep isn’t a “real Jeep” if it isn’t 4-wheel drive. The Grand Cherokee is not only 4-wheel drive, but it’s also Trail Rated in several trim levels. Jeep’s Trail Rated badge is more than a decoration on the fender. Jeep said, “Trail Rated represents the confidence to take on most any challenge. It’s our commitment to creating endless opportunities for you to discover your limits, and push right past them.”
The Summit 4-wheel drive is Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II system. It’s an electronically controlled, two-speed on-demand transfer case that distributes power where it is needed, when needed. The Summit also comes standard with all-season tires, but IF you are going very far off-road, you may want to change out for all-terrain tires.
Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a leader in the SUV market for decades. It was a true game-changer when it first appeared as the Cherokee back in 1984.
How Does 707 Horsepower Sound?
If you’ve ever said, “I’d buy an SUV IF it was fast!”, well your day has come! Jeep has two speed-demon options in the sportier lineup! The SRT version sports 475 thundering horsepower from its 6.2-liter HEMI engine. But if that still isn’t enough to get you up in the morning, the stunningly powerful Trackhawk edition is just for you! Running the same 6.4-liter, 707 horsepower, supercharged V8 as the iconic Hellcat, there isn’t a road big enough for this monster Grand Cherokee. Running errands will never be the same!
We have reviewed another SUV options from Jeep, like the Wrangler Unlimited and you can find that information on our site.
The best way to evaluate a Grand Cherokee is with a test drive. You can find a local dealer and all of the Grand Cherokee options and pricing here.