Motor1 Senior Editor Jake Holmes takes Jeep’s new Cherokee for a spin to see if it can compete with the crowded segment.
For more Jeep Cherokee: www.motor1.com/jeep/cherokee/
As-tested price: $39,845

As much as we enthusiasts love the rough-and-tumble Wrangler and super-powerful Trackhawk, there’s no denying the importance of the Cherokee to the Jeep brand. A compact crossover that competes in the huge, competitive class dominated by names like RAV4 and CR-V, it’s an important vehicle for consumers.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has been redesigned to try to fix what ailed the outgoing model, which was first introduced back in 2013. To whit, it wore an unconventional and not at all Jeep-like face, it was on the portly side, and its cargo room stats weren’t up to par. So Jeep engineers and designers worked to fix all that in a bid to make the Cherokee even more of a hit with customers. The new crossover looks more like other Jeeps, it’s got more room in its cargo area, and it went on a diet.

This Cherokee also is equipped with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which delivers more torque than the optional V6. And it’s loaded to the hilt with convenience and safety features, like a panoramic sunroof, cooled front seats, lane-keep assist, and even self-parking. With all those changes and features, is the 2019 Jeep Cherokee at the top of the compact crossover heap? Find out in the latest episode of Why Buy?

SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-Liter I4
Output: 270 Horsepower / 295 Pound-Feet
Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic
Drive Type: All-Wheel Drive
Weight: 4,000 Pounds
Fuel Economy: 21 City / 29 Highway / 24 MPG Combined
Seating Capacity: 5
Towing: 2,000 Pounds
Cargo Capacity: 27.6 / 54.7 Cubic Feet
Base Price: $23,995

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Host: Jake Holmes
Video Producer: James Bradbury

Comments

    • John Paps
      John Paps

      The transmission is trash !!!

      about 29 days ago
    • Robbie O
      Robbie O In reply to John Paps

      You own one? Mine was rough at first but it settled into total smoothness after a few thousand miles.

      about 5 days ago
    • DJAZTHETAFREQ
      DJAZTHETAFREQ

      Puff piece. The turbo engine sounds like a rock polisher between 2 and 3 grand and the steering and body roll are still light-years a ay from Germans. It has good 4wd and is cheap. That is why to buy. Good standard features. If they fix engine and handling it could be a winner.b

      about 1 month ago
    • DJAZTHETAFREQ
      DJAZTHETAFREQ In reply to DJAZTHETAFREQ

      +Mike Jones I found the v6 to be very heavy and make the car feel wallowy. The turbo 4 was my only interest in the Cherokee. I do not doubt people buy Cherokee's, and love them. I also don't doubt you can get incentives (though they had no interest in making me a deal on an overland, only the limited) but that is because FCA needs to move product at a loss. I don't see it as hyperbole, the Cherokee would be an almost perfect choice if the engine was more refined and the steering had a better ratio. That's all I have to say and think most Cherokee's are road queens btw...

      about 1 month ago
    • Mike Jones
      Mike Jones In reply to DJAZTHETAFREQ

      +DJAZTHETAFREQ First off all the Jeep comes with three engine options, so just get the V6. You act as if the 2.0 turbo (which is only $400 more than the V6) is the only option here. Considering that most competitors inline 4's don't even give you that level of HP. Then you complain about it's Sound. Look you may not personally like it's note but the majority of people have no issues. Also Jeep has always had steep discounts and this is brought up all the time to those who complain that an Overland is pricey. You can get one for $36,000 easy.


      Regarding the Audi and it's road mannerisms. As I mentioned earlier you shouldn't even be looking at a Jeep at this point if your criteria is meet with a Q5. You can talk all day about marketing you fully understand that a Jeep is a Jeep. Meaning the KL is comprised heavy of Jeep DNA. Jeep appeals to a certain crowd and FCA knows this and the sales numbers support this as well. Yes FCA has taken the Trailhawk and stripped it bare for there economy line models.


      Think of it this way. You just made a rather strong argument against this trend in today's crossovers attempting to be everything at once. 75% of our population are buying SUV's with over engineered Offroad capabilities that they will never utilize. You can't have it both ways, either you sacrifice driving dynamics for more rugged offroad capabilities or you focus more on the conditions that the majority of your buyers will be driving on.


      Have fun taking your Audi through light off road usage cause we all know you will never do it. So why does it have a locking Rear Differential since it was an after thought for MARKETING purposes. Your Quattro system is more than you need. Also you have to remember Audi, Mercedes and specifically BMW being the KING of Money pits after warranty is over. as long as I am leasing under my company name I don't care about Audi and Merc's long term reliability/upkeep cost since it's not an issue. If people were more practical they would save there money and spend it on vehicles with features they actually use and benefit from daily, hence why you bought the Audi. If you drive on the road the Audi is smoother, more nimble and handles better. Most people I know already assume this when shopping.


      Simply put, my disagreement with your position is based on the Hyperbole nature of it. If I ask you to be reasonable and objective in comparing the engine to the majority of under powered crappy jap engines used in most mid size crossovers. Is this not a fair point to bring up? I except that you personally don't like what they offer but compared to the competition, the Jeep has more power and better off road capability.

      about 1 month ago
    • DJAZTHETAFREQ
      DJAZTHETAFREQ In reply to DJAZTHETAFREQ

      +Mike Jones Mr. Jones I do indeed think before I "speak" or in this case..write. The engine we are discussing is the 2.0 l turbo which indeed sounds horrible between 2 and 4k. This is important to everyone who would have to commute with this vehicle or drive it up a dirt road. And I question your veracity as Jeep is targeting The CRV and Rav4 with the limited and the Q5 and X3 with the overland. This is their marketing not mine. The Cherokee has a lot of value and a good off-road AWD system. The trailhawk is a legitimate off-road vehicle. But the overland and the limited models are unfortunately not competitive with their class. Btw..I bought a Q5 for 42k...and the overland costs 43k. So these are directly comparable. The Q5 has Quattro with an automatically locking center diff (off-road mode) and 8 inches of ground clearance. It makes 40 less hp and similar toque to the 2.0 t in the Jeep. It has very similar equipment almost identical. I defy anyone to choose the Jeep for $43k after driving both on any terrain.

      about 1 month ago
    • Mike Jones
      Mike Jones In reply to DJAZTHETAFREQ

      No offense but your reasoning here is severely flawed. The German Rivals are a different class of car. This is a 4x4 Crossover with the name JEEP. Meaning it's more evenly geared and focused for offroad/on road. Where as the German's use a platform that was tailored for 70% Road mannerisms with only a small portion or afterthought for offroad usage. Why would they need to fix the engine. There is a reason why the V6 Pentastar is used in many of there SUV/Trucks. It's a tried and proven engine with a good even HP/Torque output. With the Pentastar you get full instant linear torque from 1200-4000 RPM unlike many other competitor's where the high levels of Torque only kick in with high RPM's.
      Based on your criteria it seems you want a Sporty SUV. Since you hold the German's in such a high regard while refusing to keep up to date in the automotive industry it's of no surprise that you aren't aware of what the competition packs. The ALFA Stelvio Quadrifoglio suv came out of nowhere and put, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes in there place. It's the best handling, performing and 0-60 sport SUV in the market. The Platform, engine etc...was designed by Ferrari's top engineers. $85,000 SUV of course.


      You have misjudged this Crossover.

      about 1 month ago
    • Yinng Sunga
      Yinng Sunga

      Disappointed in the angle of the back seats when folded down. In my 2014 they are nearly as flat and level as my dining room table. In the 2019 all my gear, groceries, dog, will roll down the hill towards the back liftgate.

      about 2 months ago
    • Clacla8888
      Clacla8888

      Voir Detroit et mourir.

      about 3 months ago
    • Dragon Wen
      Dragon Wen

      amazing review.thumb up and perfect 10

      about 5 months ago
    • Rj Rivera
      Rj Rivera

      Bought this 2019 trailhawk from Jeep dealer with only 6miles on it and now at 438 miles already had to take back for transmission replacement :/ starting to regret buying this Jeep if more issues arise

      about 5 months ago
    • Paul J
      Paul J In reply to Rj Rivera

      Sorry to hear about your bad luck but it's new and under warranty hopefully it get's resolved. Bare in mind there are tens of thousands of us with ZERO issues with our Jeep. I have had my 2016 Trail Hawk FOR 3.5 years and 89,000K and transmission, drive-train etc..are problem free.

      about 1 month ago
    • NeedSomeTech
      NeedSomeTech

      I just purchased the Jeep Cherokee Limited a week ago and I am really enjoying the vehicle. I would recommend.

      about 6 months ago
    • Kevin Breen
      Kevin Breen

      Just bought a 2019 lattitude Plus,V6. So far I love it,excellent ride and comfort.Overall improvement from the 2014 trailhawk and 2015 lattitude we owned.The trans in much improved.

      about 6 months ago
    • Adriana Lopez-Velarde
      Adriana Lopez-Velarde In reply to Kevin Breen

      Kevin Breen Thank you!

      about 2 months ago
    • Kevin Breen
      Kevin Breen In reply to Kevin Breen

      +Adriana Lopez-Velarde none,its my 3rd one since 2014 .I had leased 2.This is improved and has just over 5000 miles. Love driving it.Good luck!

      about 2 months ago
    • Adriana Lopez-Velarde
      Adriana Lopez-Velarde In reply to Kevin Breen

      I'm looking into the latitude plus as well! How have these past months gone so far? Have you had any problems with it? TIA

      about 2 months ago
    • Kevin Breen
      Kevin Breen In reply to Kevin Breen

      Enjoy Kina!+Kina Robert

      about 4 months ago
    • Kina Robert
      Kina Robert In reply to Kevin Breen

      just bought a 2019 altitude plus today my first jeep purchase and Im super excited for it

      about 4 months ago
    • Sas Quatch
      Sas Quatch

      We are trading in a 6 mo old CRV for a new Trailhawk - even though the CRV is much higher rated. Why? Because of what most car reviewers just don't seem to understand; The Jeep is the only one in this category with actual 4x4 capability. It even has a locking rear differential. The body is stiffer and more stout. The 2 liter turbo has 295 ft lbs of torque and tow 4,000 lbs. The CRV can tow 1,500 and is utterly worthless off pavement. Reviewers also complain about the storage space in the Jeep compared to things like the CRV but usually fail to point out the full sized spare tire in the Jeep that consumes much of that space. If you really want more space, you can remove the spare and carry a can of fixaflat like I do in my new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which doesn't even come with a spare tire. (We are trading that in for a Jeep as well) Apples to Apples comparisons are really not possible with the Cherokee because there simply isn't any other choices if you want a bit of off road capability.

      about 6 months ago
    • Greg Scalamogna
      Greg Scalamogna

      Yes the towing capacity is great, which translates into lower fuel economy.

      about 6 months ago
    • Evad Enri
      Evad Enri

      Jeep is junk. High priced Chrysler junk, and this model is a direct derivative of the modern day, non selling "Dart".
      And what a fine car the Shart is hunh?
      Stop dreaming people, owning this model won't bring you closer to being an Unlimited or a Cherokee owner... This turd here started off as the Liberty's replacement, and it's poor fuel mileage and whack mechanical issues - makes it a winner at being a loser. Period

      about 7 months ago
    • james lewis
      james lewis In reply to Evad Enri

      Evad Enri shut up

      about 26 days ago
    • Sheth Jones
      Sheth Jones

      This is best in class mileage for 2l turbo powered small suvs. Why wasn't this mentioned? You can't compare this to a crv in terms of mileage. It has 270hp!

      about 7 months ago
    • Alex Kin
      Alex Kin In reply to Sheth Jones

      CRV is 1.5 turbo CVT bullshit

      about 5 months ago
    • Frank Burns
      Frank Burns

      You have to at least give a passing acknowledgement of its off-road worthiness, which is far better than any of its competitors. It's no Wrangler, by any stretch, but it ain't no CRV either.

      about 7 months ago
    • Alan Sieja
      Alan Sieja

      Abandoned city with dilapidated homes and buildings. Gotta be Detroit. Forgot what it was like living there.

      about 8 months ago
    • MultiSkyman1
      MultiSkyman1 In reply to Alan Sieja

      Noticed that too.

      about 3 months ago
    • Paintedawg
      Paintedawg

      I prefer the 2014-2018 look. Makes it look more distinct from everything else.

      about 8 months ago
    • arnoni11
      arnoni11 In reply to Paintedawg

      i beg to differ. 14-18 look horrid. the new design makes it alot better. im glad. i waited for the 19

      about 2 months ago
    • Almas Nas
      Almas Nas In reply to Paintedawg

      Could not agree more , thank God i have bought the limited 2018 before the look changed to retarded mode

      about 6 months ago
    • wisdaniel
      wisdaniel

      When you criticize the Jeeps fuel economy, you should also state that better fuel economy usually translates to a weaker engine. Try to pull 4000 pounds (which this jeep can), with a Honda CRV.

      about 9 months ago
    • Travis Johnson
      Travis Johnson In reply to wisdaniel

      The factory tow set up gives 4k pull in the 2.0L. If it comes from the factory. Add it after and you get 2K

      about 2 months ago
    • arnoni11
      arnoni11 In reply to wisdaniel

      +Travis Johnson the regular 2.0L will tow 2k.

      about 2 months ago
    • Travis Johnson
      Travis Johnson In reply to wisdaniel

      Factory tow setup will give you 4000 in the 2.0 or 4500 in the V6

      about 2 months ago
    • Linda German Shepherd
      Linda German Shepherd In reply to wisdaniel

      Cherokee is just 2000 pounds , you can try grand Cherokee

      about 4 months ago
    • Yanni Looking good
      Yanni Looking good In reply to wisdaniel

      Tbh fuel economy is similar for most models in the category, in real terms the difference between the top in the category and a mid table one is only couple dollars per month.

      about 6 months ago
    • ahmed rami omar
      ahmed rami omar

      Wish ghey bring the old look back the one from 98

      about 9 months ago
    • CapeAnnImages
      CapeAnnImages

      My wife and I just went shopping for a new Jeep Latitude Plus. Currently she has the Jeep Compass after downgrading from a Grand Cherokee. She needs more room for transporting her elderly parents and their walkers. This one looks like it would fit the bill. Two design flaws I noticed, the location of the antenna which limits the use of the luggage rack and the location of the fuel cap on the passenger side of the Jeep! Most of the gas stations around here you have to enter from the right and it's awkward to drape the hose over the roof. And probably hit the antenna !!!!!!!!!

      about 9 months ago
    • tom wiesner
      tom wiesner In reply to CapeAnnImages

      Drape the gas hose over your car????? Wtf???
      Pull in on the other side.

      about 2 months ago
    • CapeAnnImages
      CapeAnnImages In reply to CapeAnnImages

      It was a 2002 and was a pig on gas plus the headlight light lens would cloud up after a few years making it expensive to replace. mechanically it was sound. Then we got the Compass in 2011 and after broken in troubles started to show up. It was great on gas but sluggish pulling out onto the highway and in time turned into a rattle trap. The rear visibility was also bad. Brakes were bad also. Lesson learned.

      about 8 months ago
    • Matthew Rowley
      Matthew Rowley In reply to CapeAnnImages

      Why did you downgrade from a Grand Cherokee?

      about 8 months ago
    • Paul Guess
      Paul Guess

      Excellent review. I would add only two things. The rear seat may be moved fore and aft by 3" and the back angle is adjustable. That was not mentioned. Also.... MAJOR.... this jeep may be towed with all four wheels down.... making it the perfect Motorhome TOAD

      about 9 months ago
    • Paul Guess
      Paul Guess In reply to Paul Guess

      That's true.... but NONE of it's competitors may be towed flat... with any option. Have 2K miles on my Overland and love it. Only gripe I have is the panic button on the FOB is too easy to set off... should be recessed in the FOB more... and wish it had a larger fuel tank. Other than that.... spectacular.

      about 7 months ago
    • Gene Luther
      Gene Luther In reply to Paul Guess

      Only flat-towable when equipped with the optional Active Drive II 4WD. Active Drive I equipped 2019 Cherokees are not flat-towable.

      about 7 months ago
    • Gorilla Toyz
      Gorilla Toyz

      I drove the 2019 turbo today... it was pleasantly surprisingly quick compared to the v6, 3.73 gearing helps too...

      about 11 months ago
    • arnoni11
      arnoni11 In reply to Gorilla Toyz

      i would take the v6 over the turbo. both have the same amount of power. you wont fill the TQ less you have the rpms cranked

      about 2 months ago
    • Ankur gulshan ekka
      Ankur gulshan ekka

      Why buy? Jeep Compass

      about 11 months ago
    • Isai Ramirez
      Isai Ramirez

      2018 Jeep Cherokee

      about 11 months ago
    • Craig Brenton
      Craig Brenton

      Cruising the streets of Detroit's east side.

      about 11 months ago
    • Charles צ'ארלס
      Charles צ'ארלס

      These people make the Best Reviews I've ever seen :) Yes, they aren't exciting but they are way more practical & give you the information you need.

      about 11 months ago
    • Blake Swan
      Blake Swan

      The real problem is that 9 speed and they still didn't fix it. This is a fail. Typical FCA junk

      about 11 months ago
    • Robbie O
      Robbie O In reply to Blake Swan

      My transmission works fine.

      about 5 days ago
    • Paul J
      Paul J In reply to Blake Swan

      The 9 speed is a ZF-9 from Germany that HONDA, LandRover etc.. all used as well. ZF is single handily in the top 3 Transmission companies in the world. Now the ZF-9 is not perfect and during it's introduction in 2013 it had many issues most of which have been resolved by FCA in 2016 . The 9 speed in it's mature state is fine not saying it's perfect but neither are many other transmissions. They patented a new 9 speed 2 years ago and it will be introduced in 2020. They fixed the issue with occasional minor lags by removing the dog-clutch on 5th gear and some other improvements in the design.

      about 1 month ago
    • Nic Parker
      Nic Parker

      Who would buy? You can lease brand new BMW for less. RIP crappy USA.

      about 11 months ago
    • Paul J
      Paul J In reply to Nic Parker

      no you can't. BMW X3 or X5 costs more to lease or buy.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kyle Phillips
      Kyle Phillips In reply to Nic Parker

      Definitely a tard comment leasing is always a ripoff. I see bmw broke down on the side of the road as much as ford and there’s a lot less bmw’s on the road then ford.

      about 2 months ago
    • Moustache Ride
      Moustache Ride In reply to Nic Parker

      Libtard Hater Maybe, or maybe not. I definitely wouldn't take financial advice from him/her though!

      about 9 months ago
    • Moustache Ride
      Moustache Ride In reply to Nic Parker

      Leasing? No. BMW? Hell no

      about 9 months ago
    • Ryan Osborne
      Ryan Osborne In reply to Nic Parker

      What moron would do that?

      about 9 months ago
    • J High
      J High

      Is this a 2018 or a 2019 vehicle review?

      about 11 months ago
    • JR007
      JR007 In reply to J High

      It should be "2019"

      about 11 months ago