The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee: An Overview and Comparison

The Jeep Grand Cherokee, since its inception in the early 1990s, stands as a testament to Jeep's construction of robust vehicles designed to deliver superior performance for a variety of driving styles and applications. From its ideal usage as a family vehicle to its unsurpassed off-road performance, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offered drivers the capacity and capability of its wildly successful predecessor, the Jeep Cherokee, but with addition interior comfort and convenience features. Spawned from the Jeep Cherokee XJ, the Grand Cherokee began humbly as the "XJC", or "Concept 1". Ultimately, the slightly larger and more luxurious Grand Cherokee was released as the "ZJ", and replaced the full-sized Jeep Wagoneer (the iconic SJ).

In the decades since, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has grown to resemble the ideal balance between comfort, utility, and performance, with the most recent generation boasting the highest model loyalty in the midsize SUV segment for the third consecutive year, according to HIS Markit. Additionally, the latest iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts a top-ten spot on Autobytel's "Top 10 Safest SUVs" list, ensuring drivers not only experience the performance and utility offered while driving this legendary vehicle, but peace of mind as well. Serving as an inseparable attribute of the Jeep brand for decades, the Grand Cherokee continues to inspire drivers nationwide with innovative design, a keen attention to detail, and the iconic Jeep performance recognized worldwide.

Power and Performance

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee marks an automotive industry first with performance capabilities never before seen in a production SUV. Of the twelve models available for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee model year, two stand apart as uniquely tuned to deliver unprecedented performance: the SRT® and Trackhawk®. Featuring a 6.4-liter HEMI® SRT V8 engine and Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 engine, respectively, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT® exerts an impressive 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet, while the Trackhawk® produces a monstrous 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque! However, while these top trim levels offer unparalleled performance, lower and mid-range trim levels provide drivers with a surprising degree of performance capabilities. The Upland trim, for example, features the tried-and-true iconic 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine and accompanying eight-speed transmission--producing 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. Further amending the performance of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and equipped as standard on the Upland trim, the exceptional Selec-Terrain® system and Quadra-Trac I® 4WD system allow for effortless navigation of perilous road conditions, off-road trails, or inclement weather.


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Interior and Technology

Imbued with advanced and innovative technologies, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides drivers with an intuitive and powerful infotainment system optimized for maximal convenience through the seamless integration of smartphone-compatible software. Equipped with a seven-inch touch screen display on the Upland trim, accompanied by the advanced Uconnect® 4 system, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ support in addition to features such as integrated voice command with Bluetooth® and navigation capabilities. In addition to the technology packed within the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, stylish and comfortable heated and power-adjustable bucket seats further enhance the driving experience. With available leather-wrapped and leather-trimmed features, extensive cargo solutions and a variety of optional and standard features such as ambient lighting, a large sunroof, and bold color options such as the ski gray leather with indigo piping, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is as striking in its style as it is dominating in its performance and innovative in its design.

Safety and Design

The Jeep Grand Cherokee shares a unique construction with its brother, the Jeep Cherokee: a "uniframe" body style. While typically referred to as a unibody, which offers strength comparable to that of a "body on frame" construction without the additional weight, Jeep designers still utilize welded frame rails as part of the unibody construction. This unique construction is a large factor in the Grand Cherokee's exceptional safety-by essentially creating a high-strength cage around the driver and passengers, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is built with safety in mind at every step. Further amended with over seventy standard and available safety and security features, the Jeep Grand Cherokee ensures your utmost confidence as you cruise or commute in style and safety.

Trim Levels

With twelve available models, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers drivers the ability to select their preferred balance between luxury, performance, and off-road capability. The available trims are:

  • Laredo
  • Laredo E
  • Upland
  • Altitude
  • Limited
  • Sterling Edition
  • Trailhawk®
  • Overland
  • High Altitude
  • Summit
  • SRT®
  • Trackhawk®
Ranging from $30,695 to $103,000, the Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a wide range of options for drivers in any price range. Perhaps best exemplifying the range of models available, the Upland trim offers drivers with a variety of style enhancements in addition to interior convenience additions. Features such as gloss black exterior accents, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, black Lenox cloth seats with blue accent stitching, and the available Uconnect® 4C NAV with an accompanying 8.4-inch touchscreen all reveal Jeep's commitment to providing drivers with the utmost quality and capability without sacrificing affordability.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

When seeking a new midsized SUV, competitors such as the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander will likely appear as vehicles worth consideration. However, upon further comparison, the Jeep Grand Cherokee reveals itself as the superior option through its exemplary performance and attentive design. The Ford Explorer's 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet, while the Toyota Highlander exerts 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. When compared to the iconic 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6's 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, the Jeep Grand Cherokee surges past the Highlander and edges out the Explorer. When outfitted with the top-trim engines, however, the Ford Explorer's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 exerts an impressive 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet, while the Highlander's Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 produces a cumulative 306 horsepower. Neither of these vehicles come remotely close to matching the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk®'s mammoth 707 horsepower, revealing the array of performance options available within the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Furthermore, the interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's Upland trim outstrips the Highlander and Explorer--neither of which offer heated seats as standard. Additionally, the Upland trim offers parking assistance, keyless ignition, superior cargo space with 36.6 cubic feet (as opposed to the Highlander's measly 13.8 cubic feet and the Explorer's marginally better 21 cubic feet), and a greater range of 443 city miles or 615 highway miles. Without a question, the meticulous craftsmanship of the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee reveals itself when compared with the competition, as the Grand Cherokee's superior performance, interior design, technological integration, and available options in the form of both option groups and trim levels result in a Jeep Grand Cherokee for every budget, driving style, and intended application--surpassing drivers' expectations and continually expanding the Jeep legacy for which drivers worldwide recognize.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee--Exclusive Inventory at Rydell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

When seeking a new vehicle for taking the family to and from sports practices, daily commuting, or weekend adventuring, the outstanding performance, ergonomic design and legendary Jeep reliability all reveal the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee as a worthy contender for any driver. At Rydell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, our exemplary sales professionals and extensive inventory strives to exceed expectations and satisfy even the most exacting drivers' standards. Stop by Rydell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today to learn more about the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, or give us a call to schedule a test drive today!