Top 5 Reviews and Videos of the Week: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Is This Close to Great

2019 Jeep Cherokee

For our latest look at the car reviews you've been reading, let's talk about the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, as reviewed by Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder. Wiesenfelder even nominated it for our "edge of glory" compilation, where we discussed cars that were one flaw away from being truly great.

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In this case, as it was with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee we owned, it's the transmission that holds the 2019 Cherokee back. While the models we tested had a new and powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the extra power couldn't overcome the transmission's issues.

According to Wiesenfelder, "this nine-speed's lag problem is far from cured by the new engine; it's merely less frequent and less noticeable at lower speeds. It's enough better that you can drive normally and not even notice it — until you attempt a passing maneuver at highway speeds and find yourself waiting a staggering 2 to 3 seconds for the Cherokee to accelerate after you floor the pedal."

Read our full Cherokee review to find the rest of Wiesenfelder's thoughts.

Pivoting to video, our spooky scary Halloween car-stume occupies the top spot; we dressed our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas up to look like Frankenstein's monster in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel. In the spot right below that was our look at the upgraded Chevrolet Colorado ZR-2 Bison.

Check out the top five reviews and videos of the week below.

Top 5 Reviews

1. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Review: Plush and Poised, With a Push-Button Problem

2. 2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: Good Things, But in a Small Package

3. 2019 Jeep Cherokee Review: The Edge of Greatness

4. 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Review: Delivering on Its Reputation

5. 2018 Ford EcoSport Review: Appealing on Some Counts, Flawed on Many

Top 5 Videos

1. Our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Gets Monster Makeover for Halloween

2. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Gets Some Extra Armor for Extreme Off-Roading

3. What's the Best Subcompact SUV for 2018?

4. What Makes the 2018 Audi A4 a Winner?

5. 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante

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