2019 Jeep Cherokee
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more standard styling this year and includes an effective turbo-4 engine. It maintains its off-road prowess, specifically in the Trailhawk model, and it’s comfy on pavement too. Interior room is a problem even though interior products are not. Crash-test results are less than outstanding, though Jeep makes lots of active safety features readily available.
The Cherokee made its debut for the 2014 model year and it is updated for 2019 with new styling, a new engine, an upgraded infotainment system, and modified transmission and suspension tuning. In addition to Trailhawk, Jeep offers the Cherokee in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland trims.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Design
The Cherokee’s make overs eliminate the oddball six-eyed appearance of the previous model and bring the lighting together where it’s supposed to be. The headlights are now LEDs with integrated daytime running lights, and fog lights are located below. The front end is just different enough from the Grand Cherokee to look distinct, but the household resemblance is apparent. The rest of the body is rather generic, however.
Inside, the Cherokee is appealing and functional but does not have the space of competitors. The interior color choices are called after unique locations, and Jeep upgraded the infotainment system with faster processors, a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen on base models, and basic Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The rear seat moves on and back up to 6 inches, but moving it completely back cuts into an already little freight area. Jeep carved out a little extra space back there by widening the cargo hold, but at 54.9 cubic feet with the rear seats down, it’s at least 15 cubic feet smaller than roomier competitors. The Cherokee also isn’t really as large as some competitors, so residents will not have as much elbow room.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Engine
Under the hood, Jeep included a new 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that makes 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It’s the fastest Cherokee and quicker than the 271-hp 3.2-liter V-6. The base engine is a rather weak 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. All 3 are mated to a 9-speed automated that is less problematic this year. The V-6 can tow approximately 4,500 pounds and the new turbo-4 can pull 4,000 pounds. New suspension tuning makes the Cherokee slightly smoother on the road, and the handling stays regulated however far from stylish.
With 3 all-wheel-drive systems, no competitor uses the off-road prowess of the Cherokee. That’s particularly true in the Trailhawk model that adds knobbier tires, extra ground clearance, improved method and departure angles, and skid plates. All AWD Cherokees also have a Selec-Terrain system to deal with hard surface areas. Jeep offers 2 kinds of low-range tailoring to manage climbing up and hill descent tasks also.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Safety
While crash-test scores are less than ideal, Jeep offers numerous active safety features. The features list is long, too, with things like nappa leather, a heated guiding wheel, ventilated front seats, and a configurable LED gauge screen.