Our first brief test drive in the freshened 2019 Jeep Cherokee with the 2.0 turbocharged four cylinder engine and second-generation 9-speed automatic transmission. Full driving impressions.

Photo gallery and text: testdriven.tv/2018/07/test-drive-2019-jeep-cherokee-trailhawk-2-0t/

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    • Leo Torres
      Leo Torres

      Would you recommend 2.0 Turbocharge or V6? More so for light trails horrible roads down here in NOLA

      about 20 days ago
    • Rob Bamford
      Rob Bamford

      My 2014 Cherokee has been a huge disappointment. Read the consumer reviews and google around before buying. The zf9 is a mess. Shimmys into second, hard clunk shifts, pulling from stops in 3rd instead of 1st. A bunch of dealer visits for TSBs and recalls. The pan sunroof leaks badly from all sides and dealership can’t figure it out. Leaks through the headliner onto your knees. Headliner has been stained so many times. Last week my electric e-brake wouldn’t release because its computer fried from water running down the interior body panels from the leaky sunroof. There was no way to release the electronic binders, and when the dealership did with a diagnostic override, they re-applied when you put it in park and it wouldn’t release again. That was a $1450.00 dealership service plus a $95 tow on a special wrecker that could lift the bound rear tires off the ground and dolly the fronts. My Wrangler wasn’t much better. Both were bought brand new. I like the idea of the Jeep brand, but I have visceral gut response to the thought of ever owning another Jeep.

      about 2 months ago
    • Liam Ross
      Liam Ross

      Why does he continually call it a midsize SUV ??It's not. It's a compact SUV. Smaller overall size and interior capacity than the CRV, Rouge, Forester and new 2019 Rav4. A midsize SUV / Crossover would put it in competition with the Edge Murano, Grand Cherokee and possibly the Outback depending on how you score it. Great package but with somewhat limited cargo hold and less than stellar mechanical reliability.

      about 5 months ago
    • Buddy N
      Buddy N

      Legend has it my Jeep Cherokee is still in the shop.

      about 7 months ago
    • jedironin380

      Sam, quick question: For a daily-driver with good 4x4 capability and 3,000lb+ towing ability, do you think this Trailhawk or the ZR2 you tested would be better? (Not counting the ESS, I'll just turn it off) I think carrying "stuff" would be easier and more secure with the TH, but obviously the ZR2 can carry a bit more. I'm looking for 1 vehicle to "do it all pretty well." I don't want a full-size truck.

      about 9 months ago
    • Edysin Simon
      Edysin Simon

      Maybe...I the next gen of this model all the "bugs' will finally be engineered out.

      about 10 months ago
    • Brandon Pollard
      Brandon Pollard

      I think that the auto stop/start being optional is enough some ppl like stop/start the company is trying to save your gas tank, just turn it off like you would sport or eco mode.. makes you feel techy and in control

      about 10 months ago
    • JeremyTD

      Sorry, but I liked this Jeep before the refresh. I know I’m in the minority but it’s obvious this is slapped on as a “fix” compared to the styling of the Grand Cherokee and Compass.

      about 10 months ago
    • mrjomaled
      mrjomaled In reply to JeremyTD

      I totally agree...I have a 2017 and the front end looks much better, sharp nosed and quite agressive....the new one just sorts of blends in with the rest, but I think that was the point of the redesign.....to make it blend in more

      about 2 months ago
    • canonlybeme4life

      Great Review. I think the exterior styling updates will spark more first time Jeep buyers. I am glad to hear that the ZF9speed seems to have finally been sorted. I just hope that FCA has reworked the crash structure since the 14-18 did pretty poorly in the IIHS offset crash. The Compass which is basically the same underneath just aced its most recent IIHS test.

      about 10 months ago
    • Rudy Koch
      Rudy Koch

      I totally agree it drives me somewhat crazy and makes no sense at all. Most of the time it turns right back on again because the stop is so short or the AC gets warm. Searching around, the 2019 is a little different then the others, seems you can't unplug that sensor wire under the seat because I can't find it. I don't really want to unplug the hood open/closed sensor because I use the remote start in extreme heat or cold. Unbuckling the seat belt just isn't as easy as pushing the 'A' button. The only option I found that will disable it and you won't have to think about it is a $130-$150 box that I see and I just can't justify it at this time. If anybody thinks I am wrong on anything please let me know as I am still researching and the info is scarce.

      about 10 months ago
    • Gerard Arciga
      Gerard Arciga

      The exterior design looks like shit!

      about 10 months ago
    • Gerard Arciga
      Gerard Arciga

      Waste of money!

      about 10 months ago
    • FlackerMan

      The auto start stop would be fine it if just remembered the previous setting when you started the car, or the default was off.

      about 10 months ago

      Love the new blonde hair so cute

      about 10 months ago
    • Elliott Manning
      Elliott Manning

      Your I’d Buy It List is going to be real small this year if stop/start is preventing an otherwise great car from joining.

      about 10 months ago
    • TestDrivenTV
      TestDrivenTV In reply to Elliott Manning


      about 10 months ago
    • jimmym35x

      Too bad this motor wasn't available for an SRT or the concept GLH version of the Dodge Dart.

      about 10 months ago
    • Viren vs
      Viren vs

      I still don't trust that transmission.

      about 10 months ago
    • shift intohigh
      shift intohigh

      👍 everything* has stop start. You can turn it off.

      about 10 months ago
    • jedironin380
      jedironin380 In reply to shift intohigh

      Not in the Chevys. It's ON and that is it.

      about 9 months ago
    • Farmer Gold
      Farmer Gold

      When are you going to test drive the new wrangler

      about 10 months ago
    • Mike Zeke
      Mike Zeke

      decent looks, sweet wheels

      about 10 months ago
    • T Sav
      T Sav

      My vehicle has auto start stop, I simply turn it off after I buckle the seat belts, has become second nature, never have to think about. Can't beat the features of the Trail Hawk for the price. Thanks.

      about 10 months ago
    • TheMate01

      This start stop needs to be gone from everything

      about 10 months ago
    • John Blackmouth
      John Blackmouth

      What makes this a no buy is the inability to tweak it. Can’t raise the suspension, can’t put bigger tires etc.

      about 10 months ago
    • mrjomaled
      mrjomaled In reply to John Blackmouth

      Hi, John, yes you can do a 1-3 inch lift, there are various shops that manufacture good quality lift kits and you can even replace the struts and coils with a Dobinsons lift kit. If you do have that, plus a pinch weld modification in the wheel wells, you can use up to 32 inch tires like a 255 or 265/70 on the original wheels. Check out MFC Offroad. Now, voiding the warranty when you do the lift mod, that's another story altogether!

      about 2 months ago
    • Darren

      You should be able to permanently turn off start stop . Think advanced tuning computer . I think it’s dangerous pulled by out in traffic

      about 10 months ago
    • Darren
      Darren In reply to Darren

      Mowcowbell can you recommend a few that will work ?

      about 10 months ago
    • Mowcowbell
      Mowcowbell In reply to Darren

      You can buy a third party ODBII device that will 'remember' the last setting of the Start/Stop button.

      about 10 months ago