The 2019 Jeep Cherokee strengthens Jeep SUV lineup as a unique proposition in the compact SUV class. While segment top models such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue along with almost every rival in this class focus on utilities around the city, the Cherokee sticks to the Jeep root with the Trailhawk model that is capable on off-road terrain. This is good news, and the Cherokee Trailhawk is comfortable on the terrain that will send the competition running for the soft comfort of smooth asphalt. What’s more, the Cherokee offers a V6 engine that can tow up to 4,500 pounds, a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes it feel fresher and rugged Jeep good looks. So 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 a good option.
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a compact crossover SUV offered in five trim levels: the base Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, off-road-focused Trailhawk and the top-of-the-line Overland.
Under the hood, every 2019 Jeep Cherokee come standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder good for 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. You can skip it entirely and pick between the 3.2-liter V6 or even better, the new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Although the power output is nearly identical, the turbo 4-cylinder has a distinct advantage in torque, offering up 295 lb-ft versus the 239 lb-ft of the V6. However, the V6 can tow up to 4,500 pounds, or 500 more than the turbocharged. All engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that fairly smooth, but often slow to respond, it’s better with the turbocharged and V6 engines. The Latitude, Limited and Overland can be equipped with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the Trailhawk comes standard with all-wheel drive. In track testing, the V6-powered 2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland AWD went from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Jeep says that the turbocharged-4 will hold a 0.5-second advantage over the V6.
180 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/31 mpg (FWD), 21/29 mpg (AWD)
271 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
239 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 20/29 mpg (FWD), 19/27 mpg (AWD), 18/24 mpg (Trailhawk)
turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
270 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 23/31 mpg (FWD), 21/29 mpg (AWD), 20/26 mpg (Trailhawk)
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starts at about $25,900 for the Latitude FWD (include surprisingly high $1,195 destination charge). The Latitude Plus starts at $27,700 and the Limited at $31,600. The Trailhawk cost about $34,500, while the Overland starts at about $37,500.