2019 Jeep Cherokee review

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Jeep Cherokee highlights

Customer rating


  • Great driving experience with the available V6 and turbocharged engine options
  • Suspension easily smooths rough surfaces
  • User-friendly available 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Trailhawk models are very capable off-road


  • Base engine feels sluggish
  • Less cargo space than some other small crossovers

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 21 combined

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All Jeep Cherokee years

What is new for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee?

  • The Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the Trailhawk Elite and Upland.
  • The Trailhawk L Plus trim has been discontinued for 2019.
  • Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Rear Seat Heaters, Turbo Charged Engine, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alpine Sound System as standard equipment this year.
  • Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The High Altitude trim now comes with Memory Seat(s), Rear View Camera, Blind Spot Monitor, Remote Start, Leatherette Seats, and Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The Latitude Plus trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Parking Sensors, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Memory Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The Altitude trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Power Seat(s), Leatherette & Cloth, Blind Spot Monitor, Smart Key, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2019 Jeep Cherokee trims

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  • 180-hp, 171-lb-ft of torque 2.4L
  • 271-hp, 239-lb-ft of torque 3.2L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera

Latitude Plus:

  • Includes all features available on the Latitude
  • 270-hp, 295-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seats
  • Smart Key
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Satellite Radio Ready


  • Includes all features available on the Latitude Plus
  • Turbo Charged Engine


  • Includes all features available on the Altitude
  • 3.2L


  • Includes all features available on the Upland
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Remote Start
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Memory Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Alpine Sound System


  • Includes all features available on the Limited
  • 107.1 inch wheelbase

Trailhawk Elite:

  • Includes all features available on the Trailhawk
  • A/C Seats


  • Includes all features available on the Trailhawk Elite
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Navigation System

High Altitude:

  • Includes all features available on the Overland
  • 270-hp, 171-lb-ft of torque 2.0L

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

1. V6 among three engine options

If you're shopping for an SUV, you'll want a vehicle that offers solid performance; the Jeep Cherokee delivers. The standard engine on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a 2.4L four-cylinder that makes a respectable 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. If you want more power, shop for a model with the available 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, or the available 3.2L V6 engine that makes 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. With such smooth and assertive power, you won't mind being in the driver's seat for every outing.

2. Ready for adventure

Want a small SUV that can take you and your crew on all your adventures? The Jeep Cherokee is a capable companion. Choose a model with four-wheel drive to get adjustable driving modes for optimal traction on a variety of surfaces, including mud, rock, sand, and snow (available on all trims; standard on the Trailhawk trim). And if you want to tow a trailer to the lake, the Cherokee is up for the challenge. When properly equipped, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee with the 3.2L V6 engine can tow an estimated 4,500 lbs—great capacity for a small-sized crossover SUV.

3. Five well-equipped trims

With five trims to choose from, you're sure to find the 2019 Jeep Cherokee that fits your lifestyle. Even on the base Latitude trim, you'll get height-adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a rearview camera. The Latitude Plus trim adds keyless entry and ignition and a power-adjustable driver's seat, the Limited trim adds leather upholstery and heated front seats, and the Overland trim unlocks driver's seat memory functions and ventilated front seats. Looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure? The off-road-themed Trailhawk trim has an advanced four-wheel-drive system, increased ground clearance, hill ascent and descent control, and more.

4. Spacious interior

For a small SUV, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is surprisingly spacious. That means no more fighting over the copilot seat—wherever your passengers sit, they'll have plenty of legroom to kick back and get comfortable (41.1 inches in the front seats and 40.3 inches in the rear). There's also plenty of headroom throughout the cabin (39.4 inches in the front and 38.5 inches in the back), ensuring a roomy and relaxing ride. And when it's time for a pit stop, the high seats and large door openings make it easy to slip in and out of the SUV.

5. Tons of tech

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is made for outdoor adventure, but you'll be impressed by all the tech features inside. Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ capability are standard on all trims, allowing you to stay connected and rock out to your favorite playlists on the road. A seven-inch touchscreen and six-speaker audio system are standard, but you can shop for a model with the available 8.4-inch Uconnect® infotainment system and nine-speaker audio system for an immersive experience. With two USB ports in the front and two in the back (Latitude Plus trim and higher), everyone can keep their devices charged and ready for action.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Customers love the 2019 Jeep Cherokee for its great handling, fuel efficiency, and wide variety of features.

RepairPal gave the Jeep Cherokee an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Jeep Cherokee 8th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Jeep Cherokee features and specs

Latitude Plus 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.1"/R 40.3"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 38.5"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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