The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more traditional styling this year and includes an effective turbo-4 engine. It keeps its off-road prowess, specifically in the Trailhawk model, and it’s comfy on pavement too. Interior space is a concern even though interior materials are not. Crash-test results are less than excellent, though Jeep makes a lot of active security features offered.
The Cherokee made its launching for the 2014 model year and it is upgraded for 2019 with new styling, a new engine, an updated infotainment system, and revised transmission and suspension tuning. In addition to Trailhawk, Jeep uses the Cherokee in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland trims.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Design
The Cherokee’s makeovers do away with 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 incorporated daytime running lights, and fog lights lie below. The front end is simply various enough from the Grand Cherokee to look unique, but the family similarity is apparent. The remainder of the body is rather generic, however.
Inside, the Cherokee is attractive and functional however lacks the area of rivals. The interior color choices are named after exotic areas, and Jeep upgraded the infotainment system with faster processors, a bigger 7.0-inch touchscreen on base models, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The rear seat progresses and back up to 6 inches, but moving it totally back cuts into an already little cargo area. Jeep took 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 than roomier competitors. The Cherokee also 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 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 three are mated to a 9-speed automatic that is less frustrating 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 slightly smoother on the roadway, and the handling remains regulated however far from sporty.
With three all-wheel-drive systems, no rival provides the off-road expertise of the Cherokee. That’s particularly real in the Trailhawk model that adds knobbier tires, additional ground clearance, improved technique and departure angles, and skid plates. All AWD Cherokees likewise have a Selec-Terrain system to deal with tough surfaces. Jeep provides two types of low-range gearing to manage climbing and hill descent responsibilities too.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Safety
While crash-test scores are less than ideal, Jeep uses numerous active safety features. The facilities list is long, too, with things like nappa leather, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a configurable LED gauge screen.