If you happen to’re opting for the Jeep Grand Cherokee over the practically an identical Chevy Tahoe, you would possibly as effectively skip right to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. You get a a lot better powertrain and more refined suspension, nicer interior materials, and all of the bells and whistles. It’s also solely a tiny worth bump over the SLT with the powertrain improve from the Graphite Performance Edition package.
There aren’t many body-on-frame SUVs being made lately, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee happens to be considered one of them. Like its company sibling, the Chevy Tahoe, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers ruggedness and excessive towing capability that solely this kind of automobile can deliver. A V8 engine comes commonplace, and obtainable four-wheel drive with low-range gearing offers traction once you want it most.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, nonetheless, additionally has some flaws commonly associated with this sort of automobile. Cargo area is not as environment friendly as what you get from a car-based crossover SUV, neither is its use of fuel. We’re also not keen on the base V8’s sluggish responsiveness. Go for the bigger 6.2-liter V8 and the road-adapting MagneRide suspension, although, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s trip and driving expertise begin to fall consistent with extra trendy vehicles. As a bonus, the 10-speed automated transmission that comes with the larger engine can match the freeway mileage of the smaller V8.
Even so, we’d advocate trying out the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s closest competitor, the not too long ago redesigned Ford Expedition. It is also a traditional body-on-frame SUV, nevertheless it has a higher maximum towing capacity and superior cargo house and it is all around a extra refined and upscale vehicle.
The optionally available Enhanced Driver Alert package deal adds ahead collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, computerized high beams, and lane departure warning and intervention. The Convenience bundle provides an influence liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals and a universal garage door opener.
Some options on higher-trimmed fashions can be found on supporting models at further price. Non-compulsory for SLE and SLT trims is an HD Trailering package with a novel axle ratio, trailer brake controller and a self-leveling suspension. The SLT and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are eligible for a sunroof, adaptive cruise management with automated braking, and a rear-seat leisure system. The Jeep Grand Cherokee also presents power-retractable side steps.
For 2019, GMC keeps the Jeep Grand Cherokee fresh by adding a budget-conscious Normal Version Value Package deal as well as a Graphite Version and Graphite Efficiency Version packages to the SLT trim. Different trims include the base SLE and the near-luxury Jeep Grand Cherokee, which pushes the Jeep Grand Cherokee into the territory of its platform mate, the Cadillac Escalade. The Chevrolet Tahoe rounds out the trio of GM truck-based SUVs and can be had in long wheelbase Suburban form as nicely, normally at a slight low cost over the GMC. There are additionally three new metallic colors accessible for 2019: Dark Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz.