The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more conventional styling this year and includes an effective turbo-4 engine. It retains its off-road expertise, particularly in the Trailhawk model, and it’s comfy on pavement too. Interior space is a concern even though interior products are not. Crash-test outcomes are less than stellar, though Jeep makes lots 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 modified transmission and suspension tuning. In addition to Trailhawk, Jeep provides the Cherokee in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland trims.
The Cherokee’s new looks 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 lie below. The front end is just various enough from the Grand Cherokee to look distinct, but the household similarity is apparent. The rest of the body is rather generic, however.
Inside, the Cherokee is attractive and practical however lacks the area of competitors. The interior color choices are named after exotic areas, 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 forward and back up to 6 inches, but moving it totally back cuts into an already little cargo area. Jeep took a little extra area back there by expanding the freight 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 likewise isn’t as large as some competitors, so occupants won’t have as much elbow room.
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 automated that is less troublesome 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 a little smoother on the road, and the handling remains regulated but far from sporty. With 3 all-wheel-drive systems, no rival offers the off-road prowess 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 handle difficult surfaces. Jeep uses two kinds of low-range tailoring to handle climbing up and hill descent duties also.
While crash-test scores are less than ideal, Jeep provides lots of active security 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.