2019 Jeep Cherokee
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee features a front-fascia redesign that’s less slanted than the previous model years. The changes not only affect exterior styling, but there are also additional tech and safety features, and there’s even a newly-introduced engine option – a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine – that makes the 2019 Jeep Cherokee one of the strongest SUV offerings available.
Avail. Engine Type
For 2019 the Jeep Cherokee offers buyers five different trims – Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Limited and Overland – and comes in two drivetrains. Buyers can opt for either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. A 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine comes standard on the Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude and Limited trims and generates 180 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The Cherokee Overland, Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite trims all feature a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 24-valve engine capable of generating 239 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The new engine introduction by the brand is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that generates 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque for those that seek that extra power. The new inline-four engine is available as an optional upgrade on all trims but the Limited trim. Industry experts believe that the new inline-four engine will likely replace the existing Tigershark engine. Mated to all engine is the same nine-speed transmission.
Driving and Handling
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee doesn’t skimp on off-road capability. The Active Drive I system is a full-time 4×4 system that sends torque to all four wheels when driving conditions require it. Active Drive I comes standard on the Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited and Overland trims. The Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite trims feature Jeep’s Active Drive II system. The Active Drive II system includes everything Active I offers with an additional neutral mode and a low range for added capability. Active Drive Lock 4×4 is included as well and it features a mechanical rear axle lock and exclusive Rock mode for the Selec-Terrain Traction Management system. Towing capabilities vary depending on the engine, with the Tigershark engine rated up to 2000 pounds, the V6 engine up to 4500 pounds, and the all-new turbocharged inline-four rated up to 4000 pounds.
The exterior design features a refreshed front fascia that’s consistent on all trims. Standard features of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee include fog lamps, LED daytime running headlamps, high beams, solar control glass, heated exterior mirrors and automatic on/off headlamps. The CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof is an available upgrade on all trims except the Latitude base-tier trim. As part of the high-tier trims, the Limited and Overland trims feature exterior heated mirrors with memory and turn signals. On the Cherokee Limited and Overland trims, buyers can enjoy automatic high beam headlight control as an optional upgrade.
Standard features across all trims includes: an overhead console, an active noise-control system (unavailable on the base Latitude trims) rear seat heat ducts, a floor console, a day/night rearview mirror, manual six-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats, and 60/40 folding split recline seats. Higher-tier trims such as the Limited and Overland trims offer exclusive features such as a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, memory settings for the driver seat/radio/exterior mirror, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob is standard on the Cherokee Latitude Plus, Limited and Overland trims. The only trim to feature Jeep’s power eight-way driver seat is the Cherokee Latitude Plus trim.
All trims of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee come standard with the latest Uconnect 4 infotainment system, including integrated Bluetooth voice command, and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities. Standard on the Cherokee Latitude, Latitude Plus and Altitude trims is a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen display, while an 8.4-inch touchscreen display is standard on the Trailhawk, Trailhawk Elite and Limited trims. As the top-tier available, the Cherokee Overland not only features the 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen display, it also comes with navigation. Speaking of navigation, the feature is available as an optional upgrade on the Trailhawk, Trailhawk Elite and Limited trims. When it comes to sound systems, buyers can count on a powerful six-speaker system on the Cherokee Latitude, Latitude Plus and Limited trims. Audiophiles looking for a little more can opt for the Cherokee Overland with its nine-amplified speaker system with HD radio. The same nine-amplified speaker system is available as an optional upgrade on the Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Standard safety features of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee include stability and traction control systems, an advanced multistage front airbag system with additional airbags dispersed throughout the cabin, an enhanced accident response system, and a ParkView rear backup camera. The higher-end trims enjoy several advanced safety features such as a remote start system, LaneSense lane departure warning system, keyless passive entry, full-speed collision warning with crash mitigation, and a blind spot and rear cross path detection system.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000, respectively whichever comes first. The Jeep Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $25,740 (plus destination fee).