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Editor's Overview

With a new nose and hatch, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee finally looks like a member of the same family as the Jeep Compass and Grand Cherokee. Under the hood you'll find a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that's just as powerful as the V6 but with better torque. And inside, there are upgrades to appearance, storage and materials, and there's still an off-road-ready Trailhawk model prepped to take on rugged trails that make the Cherokee's competitors look the other way.

You'll Like The 2019 Jeep Cherokee If...

If your weekend plans could range from simple grocery shopping and movie watching, all the way up to camping in the back country to that little place by the lake that's just hard enough to drive to that you know you'll be the only one there, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a rock-solid choice.

You May Not Like The 2019 Jeep Cherokee If...

If off-roading isn't your jam, and you'd rather have peppy performance, solid fuel economy and class-leading cargo space, you might be better served with a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue or any number of other competitors.

What's New

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee benefits from a thorough refresh. Updates include a restyled front end that brings the Cherokee closer to the Compass and Grand Cherokee design aesthetic, an updated interior with nicer materials and a bit more cargo space, and a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

Interior Features

Simple but classy, the 2019 Cherokee benefits from a handful of interior upgrades. The subtle dash redesign includes larger air vents, more soft-touch materials, and a bit more storage room as well. The standard infotainment system gets an upgrade to a 7-inch screen that now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The front seats are comfortable enough, but the driving position takes a hit thanks to a steering wheel that neither tilts high enough nor telescopes enough. Rear-seat passengers get decent leg- and headroom, and the seatbacks recline a tiny bit as well. Surprisingly, Jeep found an additional three cubic feet of cargo space, although the resulting 25.8 cubic feet still trails many competitors.

Exterior Features

Gone at last are the odd 3-level headlights that have drawn curious looks since the Cherokee debuted in 2014. Instead there's a new nose, with new LED headlights sandwiched into a slim enclosure that looks much more similar to the Compass and Grand Cherokee. In back, the license plate moves from the bumper to the tailgate, there are reshaped taillights, and the overall appearance is tidier. The 2019 Cherokee is a solidly handsome compact SUV, even if it's not a beauty queen like the Mazda CX-5. We especially like the rugged looks of the Trailhawk, with its beefy tires, black-out hood, and red tow hooks projecting from its lower-profile bumper.

Driving Impressions

As a city-dwelling competitor to the Honda CR-V and others, the Cherokee has its shortcomings. It's heavy, which means fuel economy generally lags competitors. The weight also means that even with the available V6 engine it never feels quick; as for the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, just skip over that. The Cherokee comes more alive with the new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder thanks to its better torque delivery. All three engines come connected to a 9-speed automatic that occasionally lags downshifts and upshifts, but at least it's much smoother than it was when the current Cherokee debuted in 2014. With the extra weight -- we're talking hundreds more than an equivalently equipped CR-V -- comes poor fuel economy. However, ride and handling are spot-on, and even though the Cherokee isn't quick, neither are its competitors. Once you head off-road though, the Cherokee really shines. The Cherokee Trailhawk with its Active Drive Lock all-wheel-drive system is the most rugged choice, but even standard Cherokee models with Active Drive II and its low-range offer capability that most others can't match. Throw in the available 4,500 pounds of towing capacity with the V6, and the case for the 2019 Cherokee gets clearer.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude with front-wheel drive starts at about $25,900, including the surprisingly high $1,195 destination charge. But you'll probably skip it, and the $27,700 Latitude Plus in favor of the Limited, which starts at $31,600. A Trailhawk will put you back about $34,500, while the luxurious Overland starts at about $37,500. All-wheel drive adds about $1,500 to the price of the Cherokee, and the V6 adds about $1,750 to the bottom line, with the new turbo adding $500 over that. Jeep gets a little wonky with its drivetrain options; for example, for AWD on a Limited you must get the V6. Still, the prices are largely in line for the compact-SUV segment, which includes the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 and many others. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others paid in your area, and note that the Cherokee generally has lower resale value than many of its competitors.

Notable Equipment

The base-model 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 17-inch steel wheels. The 7-inch Uconnect 4 screen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Bluetooth, three USB ports, and the display for the rearview camera. Along with hill-start assist and start/stop, the base Latitude also comes with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection standard; those last are usually upgrades at this price level. There's also standard air conditioning, the 6-way manually adjustable seats covered in durable cloth, a black-and-white digital info display between the gauges, and keyless entry. If you get all-wheel drive (AWD), Jeep's Selec-Terrain traction-management system is part of the package.

Notable Options

The most obvious options are related to the drivetrain. The base 4-cylinder can (and should) be skipped in favor of either the V6 or, even better, the new turbocharged 4-cylinder. Various AWD systems are also available, with the Jeep Active Drive Lock reserved for Trailhawk models. Other options come as you climb the trim ladder. Limited models get a larger Uconnect screen, leather upholstery and power driver and passenger seats. The luxurious Overland comes standard with the 3.2-liter V6, plus navigation, an upgraded audio system, and generally nicer interior trim. The trail-rated Trailhawk model adds under-body skidplates, a more aggressive AWD system, upgraded suspension, and other enhancements to make it more capable off road.

Favorite Features

2.0-LITER TURBO

It seems like every automaker is introducing a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder these days, and Jeep is no exception. The same basic engine that Jeep recently debuted in the all-new Wrangler, the new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder offers up just as much horsepower as the V6, but more torque, giving the Cherokee decent acceleration at last.

TRAILHAWK

This is a Jeep after all, and there are reputations to be upheld. The Trailhawk increases the ride height, offers the most sophisticated all-wheel drive system, and includes things like a rock-crawl mode and bright red tow hooks. It's not just appearances though, as the Trailhawk really does acquit itself surprisingly well over the rough stuff.

Under the Hood

The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder manages 180 horsepower, but it has a lot of Cherokee to haul around, and it strains under any but the lightest throttle. Instead, skip it entirely and pick between the 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6, or even better, the 270-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that's new this year. While the horsepower numbers are nearly identical, the new turbo-4 has a distinct advantage in torque, offering up 295 lb-ft versus the 239 lb-ft of the V6. However, the V6 can tow 4,500 pounds, 500 more than the turbocharged 4-cylinder. All engines come connected to a 9-speed automatic that's reasonably smooth, but often slow to respond; it's better with the V6 and turbocharged engines. All-wheel drive is also available with all three engines, depending on which model you choose.

2.4-liter inline-4

180 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg (FWD), 21/29 mpg (AWD)

3.2-liter V6

271 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

239 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (FWD), 19/27 mpg (AWD), 18/26 mpg (Active Drive II), 18/24 mpg (Trailhawk)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

270 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm

295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000-4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg (FWD), 21/29 mpg (AWD), 20/27 mpg (Active Drive II), 20/26 mpg (Trailhawk)

Editors' Notes

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee solidifies the Jeep crossover SUV as a unique proposition in the compact-SUV class. While segment leaders like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue -- along with virtually every other player in the class -- have concentrated on around-town utility, the Cherokee stays true to its Jeep roots with a Trailhawk model that is surprisingly capable off-road. It's a good trick, and the Cherokee Trailhawk is comfortable on terrain that would send its competition running for the soft comfort of smooth asphalt. Yet it's not a one-trick pony, offering a V6 engine that can tow up to 4,500 pounds, a new turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes the Cherokee feel almost peppy, and, at last, rugged Jeep good looks. We wish it weighed less, and that there was more cargo space, but if you want a comfortable around-town ride and still want to hit rough terrain in your compact-crossover SUV, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is in a class of one.

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backup camera that enables us to see behind us and in our blind spots.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude

This vehicle has an engine that shuts off when you completely have the break down and restarts as soon as you take your foot off the break to help save gas at places like stop lights and stop signs. It bothered me at first but I quickly got used to it. There is an option to completely turn that feature off where it will stay running the entire time. It has great gas mileage and works well for a family of 3. We fit a car seat in the back seat easily. The trunk is very spacious and even more when you lay the passenger seats down. There are multiple headlight features and with lights that turn on when you make a right or left turn so you are able to see the road more during the turn. We use a lot of the storage for iPass, sunglasses, car insurance and more. There are also cup holders in the front and back and on each door. Having two charger ports and an auxiliary port works nice for our family. There is no CD player but you can sink your phone to work with the car so you can listen to music, use navigation, talk hands free, listen to audiobooks, and more. We have had no vehicle issues yet with the entire car. We did have to bring the Jeep in for a recall but it was quickly checked and our vehicle wasn't affected. The back of camera is extremely helpful with a clear view and an indicator when you are too close to an object while backing up. Overall a wonderful car!

- Ashley B

Diane's Jeep Cherokee review.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

The car is very comfortable. It is very easy to go long distances. In fact it is to good because we aren't inclined to stop as often as we should. We recently bought a new one and this one has the auto lift trunk. That is so handy, we didn't realize how much easier it is to get in and out of the back. The panel in the front is very clear. haven't figured out how to run all the buttons yet, the back up camera has saved us a lot, like backing out of a parking space at Walmart, it looks both ways for you. The lane signal is a life saver also. I don't look in the rear view mirror as much anymore, I just watch for the light to go off. It came in handy when we were in a terrible rain storm. We couldn't see in front of us let alone see behind us, but the light showed us when we could get over without getting run over. Love the heated seats, we don't use them to get warm, we use them for our sore backs after walking a lot. The lumbar seat is great for that too except it is only on the drivers side. I guess the engine is great according to my husband! I would recommend it to anyone.

- Diane H

Cruising in style and comfort

2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited

At the moment my vehicle has had no problems. Performance is great; gas mileage is wonderful, I get approximately 23 miles per gallon of city driving. Typically it costs about 35-40 dollars to fill up and it lasts me about a week and a half. Typically 257 miles during that time frame. It was wonderful driving in the snow this past year with four wheel drive, does great is sport mode, and the other modes available. Thus far having it for a little over a year, it has proven to be extremely reliable. From a standpoint of comfort; leather seating is heated as is the steering wheel for those cold snowy days. Automatic start is a must have now as I absolutely love getting into a warm and cozy car in the winter and a cool car in the summer. Touch screen is very convenient and I love the ease of connecting my iPhone to car play for hands free use. Voice to text/call is done with just a push of a button in the steering wheel. There is plenty of room for myself, my son, and my 75 lb husky!

- Danielle C

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