The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more standard styling this year and includes an effective turbo-4 engine. It maintains its off-road expertise, especially in the Trailhawk model, and it’s comfy on pavement too. Interior room is a concern even though interior products are not. Crash-test results are less than excellent, though Jeep makes plenty 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 do away with the oddball six-eyed look of the previous model and bring the lighting together where it’s expected to be. The headlights are now LEDs with incorporated daytime running lights, and fog lights are located listed below. The front end is simply different enough from the Grand Cherokee to look unique, however the family resemblance is apparent. The remainder of the body is rather generic, however.
Inside, the Cherokee is attractive and functional but does not have the area of competitors. The interior color options are called after exotic places, and Jeep updated the infotainment system with faster processors, a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen on base models, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The rear seat moves forward and back up to six inches, however moving it completely back cuts into an already small cargo location. Jeep took a little extra area back there by broadening the freight hold, but at 54.9 cubic feet with the rear seats down, it’s at least 15 cubic feet smaller sized than roomier rivals. The Cherokee likewise isn’t as large as some rivals, so residents will not have as much breathing space.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Engine
Under the hood, Jeep added 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 automatic that is less bothersome this year. The V-6 can tow up to 4,500 pounds and the new turbo-4 can pull 4,000 pounds. New suspension tuning makes the Cherokee somewhat smoother on the roadway, and the handling remains regulated but far from stylish.
With three all-wheel-drive systems, no rival offers the off-road prowess of the Cherokee. That’s specifically true in the Trailhawk model that adds knobbier tires, additional ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, and skid plates. All AWD Cherokees likewise have a Selec-Terrain system to deal with tough surfaces. Jeep offers two types of low-range tailoring to handle climbing and hill descent responsibilities as well.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Safety
While crash-test ratings are less than ideal, Jeep offers numerous active safety features. The features list is long, too, with things like nappa leather, a heated steering wheel, aerated front seats, and a configurable LED gauge screen.