The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a new trim level — the Limited X — that slots nicely into the middle ground of the Grand Cherokee lineup. It offers some of the go-fast looks of the SRT and Trackhawk models without that go-fast V-8 power. You get a V-6 along with a performance hood, 20-inch wheels and a ton of black, dark gray or body-color accents.
The Limited X’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is good for 295 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. It won’t blow you away, but it’s enough to keep the big SUV moving. As with every Grand Cherokee, the Limited X is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it does a solid job of delivering that power to the rear wheels or all four wheels.
Ride quality in the Limited X is bank-vault solid, with a suspension tuned toward being able to take you off-road and a true four-wheel-drive system. That off-road ability unfortunately means that the Grand Cherokee Limited X’s handling suffers from a fair amount of body roll. The rear-wheel-drive platform limits understeer, but this version of the Grand Cherokee will never be confused with a track-day special.
The interior is classic FCA, which means a combination of the good, the bad … and the plastic.
- The good: Comfortable seats and nice leather team up with the excellent Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch screen.
- The bad: A cramped backseat limits comfort and a raked windshield hurts forward visibility.
- As for the plastic: While higher-trim Grand Cherokees get a leather-wrapped dash, here you get an ocean of black plastic.
If you’re looking for a solid SUV and want to prioritize things such as towing or off-road prowess over fuel economy or the most up-to-date tech, then the Grand Cherokee might be for you. Check out the video above for more details.
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