2019 Jeep Cherokee
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is the latest edition of a true SUV pioneering name. In fact, it was the boxy 4-door 1984 XJ Cherokee that started the trend of SUVs becoming a family staple.
But when the current gen KL Cherokee arrived for 2014, there was an uproar among Jeep purists who saw their full-framed mountain goat transformed into a car-based crossover, complete with softer lines and polarizing styling.
Well, while Jeep already has proven the latest Cherokee has off-road chops, the 2019 refresh attempts to rectify other issues.
For one thing, the split, squinty front lamps are gone. Now, the LED daytime running lamps are blended into a single headlight unit. The 7-slot grille now also looks more traditional, with even more tweaks to the liftgate and the rear end.
Under the new aluminum hood are 3 engine options: a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter I-4, a 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6, and the all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 270-horses.
GARICK ZIKAN: “So here we are in the driver’s seat of the new Jeep Cherokee. We’ve had the chance to try the new 2-liter inline turbo and the V6. They both produce about the same horsepower, but the turbo has 56 more pound feet of torque. Both engines work well here… but you really notice that extra thrust you get from the turbo”.
JOHN DAVIS: The new turbo engine led to refinements in the 9-speed automatic transmission. Shifts come quickly and smoothly. The electronic power steering also stayed on point during our drive through the California countryside.
Inside, more new touches, like piano black and satin chrome accents, and a new generation UConnect system with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto now standard.
So the 2019 Jeep Cherokee evolves even further. Rolling into dealers now, with prices starting under $24,000.
Engine: 2.0 liter / 2.4 liter / 3.2 liter
Horsepower: 270 / 180 / 271
Price: Starting under $24,000