A refreshed exterior featuring a new front grille, rear end, and wheel designs is one of several upgrades on the 2019 version of Jeep’s Cherokee, along with new interior embellishments. Reviewers have applauded the Cherokee’s comfortable ride on the road, and its abilities off it. Here are some other reasons to consider this U.S.-built small sport utility vehicle with Jeep heritage.
New Turbocharged Engine
Among the new features for the 2019 model is an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Edmunds lauded the new power plant, saying it’s more fuel-efficient than the 3.2-liter V-6 engine offered on the Cherokee’s higher trim levels; it averages up to 29 mpg on the highway with a nine-speed automatic transmission. It also provides 270 horsepower, compared to the 180 horsepower of the base 2.4-liter V-4 and the 271 horsepower of the V-6.
Trailhawk’s Off-Road Ability
Both Edmunds and Car and Driver recommend buying the Trailhawk trim level for its off-road capabilities. With standard advanced all-wheel drive and a V-6 engine that can tow up to 4,500 pounds with the tow package, it’s as comfortable in the countryside as on the highway. The Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 System provides traction individually to each tire. The Trailhawk also boasts wide 17-inch all-terrain tires, higher ground clearance, an anti-glare decal on the hood, locking rear differential, skid plates, and red tow hooks.
Reviewers have praised the Jeep’s Uconnect 4 infotainment system’s ease of use. The base Latitude trim level comes with a six-speaker audio system paired with a 7-inch touch screen. Some higher trim levels feature a nine-speaker system, with three speakers across the dashboard, a subwoofer, a 506-watt amplifier, and an 8.4-inch touch screen. Standard on all but the base Latitude is a one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. All models include voice command via Bluetooth, an audio jack input for mobile devices, and a remote USB port. Now, every Cherokee is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, making it easier to sync your device to the vehicle.
Cherokee features a capless fuel tank, making fill-ups easier and cleaner. The new tire fill notification lets you know when you have filled the tires to the recommended pressure, and a display on the instrument cluster can tell you the air pressure in each tire while you travel.
Both driver and front passenger get six-way adjustable seats. The rear-seat passengers aren’t neglected: they get their own heat ducts, climate-control outlets, reading lamps, and seats that recline, along with 40.3 inches of legroom. On all but the base Latitude, two USB ports are available behind the center console. All trim levels except the Latitude include an active noise-control system.
Among the available options are a dual-pane panoramic sunroof that opens up much of the ceiling and a heated steering wheel, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.
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