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2019 Jeep Cherokee

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 5/18/2018 ERIC STAFFORD, JOSEPH CAPPARELLA

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Unlike most compact crossovers, the Cherokee is actually capable off the beaten path. While the majority will be limited to family excursions and work-week traffic, the Cherokee has the Jeep brand name and a handsome exterior as selling points. Its optional powertrains are highlighted by a V-6 that can tow up to 4500 pounds and a new turbocharged four-cylinder that improves fuel efficiency. The Cherokee also has an impressive ride, despite mediocre performance. Too bad every model suffers from subpar fuel economy and limited cargo space. Those who want the most rugged, most recognizable ute will appreciate this Jeep.

What’s New for 2019?

Jeep single-handedly increased the appeal of the Cherokee by redesigning its polarizing front end. But its mid-cycle refreshments are more than meet the eye, with a new engine, updated infotainment, and interior enhancements that include increased cargo volume. The refreshed exterior includes new wheel designs, capless fuel filling, and a restyled rear end with a lighter-weight liftgate. The new turbo 2.0-liter inline-four is now the top engine, with more torque than the V-6 version. While its EPA ratings are higher, too, it can’t tow as much as the V-6 can. Inside, the improvements include better materials and extra cargo space behind the rear seats. The infotainment system finally features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; both are standard, along with a new 7.0-inch touchscreen. A new Trailhawk Elite trim adds exterior and interior upgrades versus the standard ‘Hawk-for more money, of course.

What Was New for 2018?

The 2018 Cherokee was light on updates, but the lineup was reshuffled with upgraded standard features. The Latitude became the base trim. Every model received standard 17-inch wheels, roof rails, and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights. Latitude models also became available with an all-new Tech Connect package. Along with a distinguished exterior and enhanced interior features, this package utilizes Amazon Alexa voice-recognition software for vehicle functions such as remote stop/start. A new Latitude Plus trim boasts an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system and a premium interior with leather surfaces and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Cherokee Trailhawk and Limited trims now have standard blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The Trailhawk added standard dual-zone automatic climate control; all Limited models got a power liftgate.

What Was New for 2017?

Other than a few minor equipment differences, the Cherokee’s only noteworthy change for 2017 was the addition of standard high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights for all trim levels except the base Sport model.

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Trims and Options We’d Choose

While lower Cherokee trims such as the Latitude and Latitude Plus start below $30,000, they quickly approach or exceed that mark when equipped with a more powerful engine and all-wheel drive. Since we prefer both as well as options that improve the Jeep’s capability and livability, we’d choose the Trailhawk model. Starting at $34,765, it gets the stout V-6 as standard. An advanced all-wheel-drive system that features a locking rear differential is included, too. Other standard features are:

• 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

• Full-size spare tire, red tow hooks, and matte-black hood decal

• Off-road suspension with increased ride height

• 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires

The Trailhawk also has Jeep Wave, the company’s new complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage. Those who want the torquier turbo four-cylinder will be charged $500. We’d save that money for the Trailer Tow package ($795) and the Cold Weather package ($795). This combination unlocks the Jeep’s maximum tow capacity and adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and remote start. This setup totals $36,355.

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