2019 Jeep Cherokee Improves its Safety Score
The results for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are in. The latest version of the crossover SUV shares most of its bones with last years model, illustrating how minor updates to a vehicle’s structure can improve performance in crash tests. The results earned the Cherokee earned a “Good” rating in each of the crash tests.
For crash avoidance and mitigation, the model also received a “Superior” ranking. With those scores, the 2019 Cherokee was on its way to a Top Safety Pick. The Cherokee’s headlights earned a “Marginal” rating overall.
Passive safety measures helped improve and maintain the occupant space in the tough driver-side front small-overlap crash test. The 2019 model keeps the driver and passengers far safer in the event of such an impact. The insurance-funded safety body noted the 2019 Cherokee features modified A-pillars, front door hinge pillars, and door stills that contribute to the extra protection in frontal collisions. Crash test dummies showed a low risk of any significant injuries in a frontal-overlap test of this severity. Aside from the structural improvements, the 2019 model also ushered in a moderate redesign of the exterior. It also received a new engine option, updated infotainment system, revised transmission, and suspension tuning.
PERFORMANCE & SAFETY:
The Cherokee comes standard with a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. A new 270-horsepower 2.0-Liter turbo four-cylinder engine provides more power for much better acceleration and its stop-start technology makes it the most fuel-efficient engine of the bunch. The Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds when equipped with the available 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6.
Every Cherokee has a rearview camera and parking sensors. Available advanced safety technology includes forward collision warning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, parallel and perpendicular park assist, automatic high beams, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
All Cherokees equipped with four-wheel drive come standard with the Selec-Terrain system, which allows choosing from five terrain settings for various road conditions. The Jeep Active Drive I is similar to an all-wheel-drive system and automatically engages when road conditions worsen. The Jeep Active Drive II adds a Low mode for light off-roading and towing. The Jeep Active Drive Lock is for serious off-roading. It features a mechanical rear-axle lock and adds Rock mode to the Selec-Terrain system (only found in Trailhawk models).
The Cherokee seats five in two rows of comfortable, supportive cloth seats. The front row has plenty of space. The rear seats have sufficient legroom, but rear-seat headroom is limited in models with the available sunroof.
The Cherokee has a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors on each rear outboard seat. The middle seat has an upper tether and one lower anchor with the ability to borrow a lower anchor from an adjoining seat and both the lower anchors and upper tethers are easy to find, but the upper tethers can be confused with other hardware. There are plenty of soft-touch surfaces in the Cherokee, and while it has a few hard plastics, they don’t affect its overall appeal.
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