2019 Jeep Cherokee First Look | Edmunds

2019 Jeep Cherokee First Look

Jeep's Compact Crossover Gets a New Look and More Capability


When the Jeep Cherokee was redesigned in 2014, it had looks that were controversial to say the least. The grille and headlights were the most hotly debated design cues, and for 2019, the folks at Jeep have addressed those issues. The Jeep Cherokee gets a midcycle refresh for 2019, with a flatter front grille, new headlights, new taillights, and some updates beneath the surface, too.

Under the hood, the Cherokee retains the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and you can still get the optional V6 as well. But now there's a second optional engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque). This option is designed to bring more performance and fuel efficiency to the compact crossover. The standard 2.4-liter engine has been updated a bit, with a few lighter components, but power is down, ever so slightly, from 184 hp and 171 lb-ft to 180 hp and 170 lb-ft. The optional V6 retains its power rating of 271 hp and 239 lb-ft as well as its class-leading 4,500-pound tow rating. All three engines are mated to the same nine-speed automatic transmission that has received new software for 2019, which Jeep says will improve drivability. We weren't fans of the nine-speed in our long-term test of a 2014 Cherokee, and we're looking forward to any improvements.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

On the inside of the 2019 Cherokee, there is now a redesigned center console; additional space in the rear cargo area thanks to redesigned interior panels; and some newly available interior color schemes. Several new materials have also come into play in the dashboard construction, including some piano-black accents. Out back, the Cherokee gets a new, lighter tailgate that is available with a power-lift option, which includes the ability to swipe your foot under the rear bumper (provided the key is in your pocket) to open or close the tailgate hands-free. The Cherokee also receives the latest Uconnect technology, with crisp, new graphics and one of our favorite user interfaces out there.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

The Cherokee is one of the few vehicles in its class with a truly capable off-road system, the Trailhawk trim level, and in our experience, it's one of the most comfortable compact crossovers on the road, even if it isn't the most dynamic. Jeep refers to the Cherokee as midsize, which is probably a bit more accurate, but if you're shopping for crossovers, you'll want to compare it with vehicles such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4. The new Cherokee will be on sale in the first quarter of 2018, so expect to see it in showrooms soon.

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