2019 Jeep Cherokee Review and Comparison in Albuquerque, NM

The Jeep Cherokee: The Latest Evolution of Jeep's Iconic SUV

The Jeep brand remains a pinnacle of the domestic automotive industry - with every model featuring the iconic seven-slot grille style and boasting the legendary off-road performance upon which the Jeep reputation is built, drivers seeking style, capability and versatility from their next SUV will likely find the Jeep lineup uniquely capable of delivering on all fronts. The Jeep Cherokee, since its release in 1974, has defined the SUV segment - quite literally. In its brochure, the 1974 Jeep Cherokee became the first vehicle to use to term "Sport Utility Vehicle" to describe its unique balance between off-road prowess and family-accommodating capacity. Nimble and robust enough to tackle difficult off-road trails while comfortable and spacious enough to tackle long road trips with ease, the Jeep Cherokee, even in its earliest generations, quickly earned its status as a worthy contender within the SUV segment.

The Jeep Cherokee XJ perhaps remains the most well-known Cherokee, due to the millions produced between the early 1980s and early 2000s. After a brief hiatus, the current-generation Jeep Cherokee KL's began production in 2013 - quickly earning a reputation for unprecedented style and comfort within the Jeep lineup. While the former boasted impressive off-road capabilities, their lackluster performance and simplistic design left many drivers and families unimpressed with the XJ's on-road performance. Addressing drivers' complaints, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee provides drivers with smooth on-road handling and a variety of interior features to enhance drivers and passengers' overall experience while riding within the new Cherokee - resulting in an SUV capable of confidently traveling in style and comfort both on and off-road.

Performance and Capabilities

While the current Cherokee is unlikely to crawl over massive boulders like modified versions of its predecessor, the Jeep Cherokee XJ, most drivers are unlikely to embark on backcountry off-roading adventures anyways. Thus, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee focuses more on refining its performance where most drivers spend the majority of their time: on the road. With three engines to select from and four drivetrain options (including three 4x4 systems to choose from), the 2019 Jeep Cherokee only sacrifices a small quantity of its off-road ability, while gaining massive amounts of on-road composure - a worthwhile trade-off.

The three engines available are:

  • 2.4-Liter Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 Four-Cylinder Engine
  • 180 Horsepower
  • 170 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • 3.2-Liter Pentastar® V6
  • 271 Horsepower
  • 239 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine
  • 270 Horsepower
  • 295 Pound-Feet of Torque

Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission for efficient and smooth shifting between gears, regardless of your engine choice the 2019 Jeep Cherokee provides ample quantities of power alongside admirable efficiency.

For drivers who shy away from the front-wheel drive version, three four-wheel drive systems offer impressive capability while traversing rough off-road trails or poor on-road driving conditions such as snow or ice. Jeep® Active Drive I, Jeep® Active Drive II, and Jeep® Active Drive Lock 4x4 systems all offer increasing quantities of capability, with the Jeep® Active Drive Lock system boasting both a mechanical rear axle lock and a driver-selectable Jeep® Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System with Rock mode for an additional degree of confidence and control as you adventure beyond the confines of pavement.

Interior Design

The Jeep Cherokee features a variety of interior styles to select from - including plush materials like Nappa leather and premium vinyl, alongside bold colors like Ski Grey with accent stitching. Ergonomically crafted bucket seats offer drivers the support and comfort they require for long trips and bumpy off-road adventures, while an available CommandView® panoramic sunroof provides passengers with swathes of sunlight for an airy, relaxed interior experience.

Additionally featuring 54.9 cubic feet of interior cargo capacity, accessed by an available powered liftgate and organized by the convenient rear load floor, the Jeep Cherokee carries camping equipment, sports gear and groceries with ease.


Boasting the latest in Jeep infotainment technology, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee comes equipped with one of three advanced Uconnect® systems: Uconnect® 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen, Uconnect® 4 with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, or Uconnect® 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Integrated with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, this advanced infotainment system is fast and intuitive to navigate - both of which cannot be said about an unfortunate majority of competitors' systems. Further refined with available SiriusXM Guardian™, drivers seeking various remote, smartphone-compatible safety and security systems will discover the 2019 Cherokee uniquely equipped.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee: A Worthy Contender

While perhaps lacking in the robust and utilitarian brawn of its predecessors, the most recent iteration of the Jeep Cherokee not only features more powerful and efficient powertrains, but a significantly more refined interior for both enhanced convenience and comfort. Ideal for families, daily commuters and rural drivers alike, the Jeep Cherokee upholds its reputation while stepping into the modern era of automotive design both inside and out.

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