The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more conventional styling this year and adds an effective turbo-4 engine. It maintains its off-road expertise, particularly in the Trailhawk model, and it’s comfortable on pavement too. Interior room is a concern although interior products are not. Crash-test outcomes are less than stellar, though Jeep makes plenty of active security features available.
The Cherokee made its debut for the 2014 model year and it is upgraded for 2019 with new styling, a new engine, an updated 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 get rid of 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 integrated daytime running lights, and fog lights are located below. The front end is just different enough from the Grand Cherokee to look unique, but the family similarity is obvious. The rest of the body is rather generic, however.
Inside, the Cherokee is attractive and functional but lacks the area of competitors. The interior color choices are named after unique places, and Jeep updated the infotainment system with faster processors, a bigger 7.0-inch touchscreen on base models, and basic Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The rear seat moves forward and back up to 6 inches, but moving it totally back cuts into an already little freight area. Jeep carved out a little extra space back there by expanding the cargo hold, however at 54.9 cubic feet with the rear seats down, it’s at least 15 cubic feet smaller sized than roomier competitors. The Cherokee likewise isn’t really as broad as some competitors, so residents will not have as much breathing space.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Engine
Under the hood, Jeep included a new 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that makes 270 horse power 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 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 a little smoother on the road, and the handling remains regulated but far from stylish.
With 3 all-wheel-drive systems, no competitor uses the off-road prowess of the Cherokee. That’s especially real in the Trailhawk model that adds knobbier tires, additional ground clearance, enhanced technique and departure angles, and skid plates. All AWD Cherokees likewise have a Selec-Terrain system to deal with difficult surfaces. Jeep uses 2 types of low-range gearing to handle climbing up and hill descent responsibilities too.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Safety
While crash-test scores are less than perfect, Jeep uses lots of active security 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.