7 Things To Like About The 2019 Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee has been around since 2014, reviving a longtime Jeep name. The 2019 Cherokee is the first significant update available, bringing a new powertrain, a revised look, and adding features and cargo space to better compete in the hot market for the smaller SUVs. Here are seven things about the 2019 Jeep Cherokee that many appreciate.
The new Compact SUV Challenge compares seven rivals, and it was very close, even with the 2019 Cherokee finishing in sixth, but no single SUV is far ahead. The Cherokee offers some sturdiness that is not available in other vehicles. Jeep increased its appeal of the 2019 Cherokee by redesigning its polarizing front end.
Unlike most SUVs and compact crossovers, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is capable of heading off the beaten path. While the majority will be limited to work-week traffic and family excursions, the Cherokee, as a selling point, has the Jeep brand name and an attractive exterior. The optional powertrains are highlighted by a V-6 that tows up to 4,500 pounds and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine which improves the fuel efficiency.
The Cherokee also has an impressive ride. Those who want the most recognizable utility vehicle and the most rugged vehicle will appreciate this Jeep. It has a new engine, updated infotainment, and interior enhancements that include increased cargo volume.
- Choices of Power
Many of the compact SUV shoppers expect to have adequate power, but those who want more, the Cherokee has a pair of choices over the base 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine. There is the new 270-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6. The turbo four puts out more torque at lower rpm. It’s also more efficient, with an EPA combined rating of up to 26 mpg, but it needs a 91-octane premium for its rated power.
The V-6 has 26.1 mpg in the Challenge’s real-world mileage testing ahead of two much less powerful four-cylinder SUVs. The V-6 might be the best value. It’s standard on higher trim levels, and it’s also an option down to the base.
- Ride and Handling Balance
The Cherokee is a comfortable ride and competent with the handling as an SUV. “The Cherokee’s suspension refinement impresses. Tuning is firm, but it doesn’t get flustered or become harsh when you hit a rough patch,” said Challenge judge Mike Hanley, Cars.com reviewer.
- A Classy Interior
The 2019 Cherokee has piano-black finishes and a larger bin at the front of the center console. In the Challenge, it had tied with the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan for top interior quality. Its design was more “near-luxury” than those, with high-quality leather and stitching and the least hard plastic on areas you touch.
- Smart Multimedia Tech
The 2019 Cherokee has a control system that is fast and intuitive and fourth-generation Uconnect multimedia; it’s still one of the best methods available. There are 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreens, and it also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; the touchscreens are even sharper. The 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen is by far one of the popular sizes, because of its ease of use and its customizable row of icons and the power outlets included also include the USB and the latest USB-C ports available, plus a household electrical outlet.
- Quiet Cabin
The Cherokee cabin is tranquil; both in town and on the highway. If you get the turbo 2.0-liter or V-6, their power and conventional gear-step transmissions combine to avoid the buzzy nature of powertrains in rivals with lower-power engines. In some cases, continuously variable automatics.
- Child Seat Comfortability
The Cherokee, on Cars.com’s Car Seat Check, aced it by scoring A’s-across-the-board for fit. There is the ease with the installation of the child safety seats and boosters. That’s a vast improvement over the 2018 Cherokee, which earned only B’s and C’s in its Car Seat Check.
- Made in the USA
The Cherokee’s are built in Belvidere, Ill., and a lot of what goes into it is made in the USA. The 2018 model was No. 1 in Cars.com’s, the most recent American-Made Index, which analyzes where vehicles are assembled, domestic-parts content. The engines and transmissions come from, and many U.S. factory workers their makers directly employ relative to the vehicle sales.
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