The Jeep Grand Cherokee might be a number of issues to lots of people. An option-free $30,000 mannequin is properly outfitted, decently succesful and fairly darn good-looking. On the opposite facet of the coin, there’s the $90,000 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — an unimaginable efficiency SUV with 707 supercharged horsepower on faucet. Trailhawk fashions supply tremendous off-road functionality. And the high-zoot Summit trim is one luxurious sport-ute.

However proper in the course of the Grand Cherokee lineup, you may discover the Restricted X. At round $50,000, it is an SUV that is succesful, modern and opulent, with out breaking the financial institution. Moreover, it proves that, even years into this present technology, the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to be a mighty compelling possibility for SUV customers.

Planted energy

The Grand Cherokee’s commonplace three.6-liter Pentastar V6 makes 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which seems like a lot from behind the wheel of my Restricted X 4×4 tester. Whereas V8-powered Grand Cherokees are definitely extra enjoyable and supply extra towing functionality, the V6 is basically all most patrons will want.

For a sturdy off-roader, the Grand Cherokee provides a powerful trip that feels extra car-like than SUV. The delicate suspension additionally expertly manages the Grand Cherokee’s four,700 kilos, permitting the car to really feel planted even when driving a bit shortly. The Jeep’s correct steering has a comparatively fast ratio and a pleasant heft, which additionally contributes to the assured, planted on-road manners.

That stated, the throttle might stand to be tuned rather less aggressively. I actually should watch out with preliminary tip-in to keep away from jerky begins. As soon as underway, although, the eight-speed computerized transmission helps translate the V6’s clean energy with silky shifts. When it comes time to cease, the brakes are simple to modulate, halting the Jeep easily and securely.

The V6 additionally returns respectable gasoline economic system: the EPA charges rear-wheel-drive fashions at 19 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 26 mpg freeway. Quadra-Trac II full-time four-wheel drive decreases gasoline economic system to 18/25 metropolis/freeway mpg. That is nonetheless lots higher than the 14/22 metropolis/freeway mpg you’d get from the 5.7-liter V8 Grand Cherokee that comes solely with four-wheel drive.

The cabin is simply as good-looking as the outside.

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Age is however a mind-set

The present, fourth-generation Grand Cherokee has been on sale since 2010. Even its 2013 refresh was a very long time in the past. Regardless of Father Time, nonetheless, the Grand Cherokee nonetheless seems fashionable. That is factor, as Jeep will most likely eke out a pair extra mannequin years earlier than the Grand Cherokee will get an entire redesign.

Whereas the bottom Grand Cherokee is good-looking, my Restricted X’s darkish 20-inch wheels and stylized hood make the SUV a little bit extra fetching. Inside, it is is an identical story. The enticing, quiet cabin options usually good supplies, snug seats and loads of room for 5 occupants.

Nevertheless, with 36.three cubic toes of house behind the second row and 68.three cubic toes on supply when the again seats are folded, cargo capability is not as sturdy because the competitors. The Toyota 4Runner provides 47.2 cubic toes behind its second row and as much as 89.7 cubic toes with the again seats folded. The brand new Honda Passport provides much more room than the 4Runner.

The present Jeep Grand Cherokee is outdated, however not in relation to tech.

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A strong suite of tech additionally helps the Grand Cherokee conceal its age. The bottom, $31,945 (plus $1,495 for vacation spot) Grand Cherokee Laredo options commonplace Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 7-inch touchscreen. At $49,880 as examined, my Restricted X 4×4 mannequin ups its touchscreen measurement to eight.four inches and provides embedded navigation, in addition to satellite tv for pc radio, in-vehicle Wi-Fi and a 506-watt, nine-speaker stereo. Working with all these tech options is super-intuitive, too, because of Jeep’s easy-to-use Uconnect interface. It is one of many higher infotainment programs in the marketplace at present.

Customary driver-assistance options embrace blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. My tester is supplied with full-speed adaptive cruise management with lane departure warning and automatic parallel parking.

The three.6-liter V6 brings simply sufficient energy and effectivity to the desk.

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How I would spec it

With an influence liftgate, leather-based upholstery, heated entrance seats, a heated steering wheel and a driver’s seat with reminiscence presets, the mid-spec Restricted X 4×4 trim provides a number of Jeep for not some huge cash, so it is a good place to begin at $47,590. The $1,495 Superior Lively Security Group package deal provides the superior driver-assistance programs in addition to rain-sensing wipers, so I would go for that.

The security group package deal additionally requires you add the $795 upgraded, 506-watt stereo, which is okay by me as a result of it is a good-sounding system that sounds nearly as good because the Harman Kardon premium audio supplied in dearer Grand Cherokee trims.

The one possibility I want my tester had is the $2,095 dual-pane panoramic sunroof. Including that characteristic pushes the entire worth of my best, moderately spec’d Grand Cherokee to $51,975. If you’d like luxurious SUV options like air suspension, ventilated entrance seats and heated rear seats, you may should step as much as the Grand Cherokee’s luxury-oriented Summit trim at $56,785.

Cargo house lags behind the competitors, however there’s nonetheless a lot of room again there.

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A secure wager

The Jeep Grand Cherokee vary provides one thing for everybody. At its base finish, it is a sensible and well-appointed hauler. Transfer up the ladder, and luxurious and efficiency choices enchantment to a big selection of patrons.

The 2019 Grand Cherokee won’t be the brand new child on the block, however it nonetheless has what it takes to be extraordinarily aggressive within the ever-popular SUV house.

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