After five years of nothing more than minor cosmetic and interior upgrades, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets a much-needed refresh. Not only is the crossover more attractive and stylish than ever, but it also boasts a powerful new engine, an updated cabin, and the same off-road prowess that's made it a top buy for decades. For a versatile, reliable, and adventurous compadre, put the 2019 Jeep Cherokee on your shortlist.
Jeep offers the 2019 Cherokee in six trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Trailhawk, Trailhawk Elite, Limited, and Overland. The entry-level Latitude offers plenty of exterior features including automatic LED headlamps with turn-off time delay, LED fog lights, LED taillamps, chrome and body-colored accents, heated exterior mirrors, and solar glass. The Latitude Plus adds 17-inch carbon aluminum wheels. The Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite are off-road machines, but they still boast some superb exterior specs. Each includes 17-inch polished aluminum wheels, off-road wheel flares, dual chrome-tipped exhaust, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals, while the Elite adds on a power liftgate. The Limited offers 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, exterior mirrors with memory, and door sill scuff pads. The fully loaded Overland rounds out the lineup with 19-inch aluminum wheels, an underbody aerodynamic treatment, acoustic windshield, and exclusive styling cues.
Perhaps the most exciting addition to the 2019 Cherokee is its all-new, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Available on all trims except for the Latitude, this engine pumps out 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If the upgrade to the new engine isn't in the budget, the Cherokee still has two engines carrying over from last year. The standard engine on the Latitude and Latitude Plus is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that yields 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, while the other four trims get a 3.2-liter V-6 that's good for 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. Front wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are standard. Four-wheel drive is optional.
When you're up for an adventure, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee has your back. The Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland all come with Jeep Active Drive I, which allows four different 4x4 drive modes. The Trailhawk and Trailhawk Elite upgrade to Jeep Active Drive II and Selec-Speed Crawl Control. Both of these hop into action on the toughest terrain automatically, allowing you to focus on driving. Off the lot, the Cherokee can pull 2,000 pounds, but when properly equipped, it can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
The spacious 2019 Cherokee offers seating for up to five people, while also including as much as 55 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded. This year, the Cherokee also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration, a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touch-screen display, SiriusXM radio, the Uconnect infotainment system, and an available nine-speaker sound system with subwoofer.
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee earns a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Highlights include standard specs such as blind-spot and cross-path detection, electronic stability control, and multistage air bags, as well as optional features like lane departure warning, full-speed collision warning, and crash mitigation.