2018 Jeep Cherokee
- Refined ride
- V-6 power
- Steering feel
- Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system
- Roomy cabin
- Sliding, reclining rear seat
- Sometimes-clunky nine-speed transmission
- Transmission slow to kick down
- Brake-pedal feel
- Blurry backup camera image
- Navigation system's map graphics
New Latitude Plus trim level available
Five-seat compact SUV
Four-cylinder or V-6 power
Nine-speed automatic transmission
Three four-wheel-drive systems available
Automatic emergency braking available
Just one week after the updated 2019 Jeep Cherokee made its debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show, I got the chance to get behind the wheel to see how those changes translate to the road.
Our preview has a more detailed rundown of the 2019 Cherokee's changes, which are comprehensive. The exterior styling has been reworked to make the Cherokee appear more conventionally Jeep-esque, similar to the Compass and Grand Cherokee. There is also updated technology, improved cabin materials and a brand-new optional engine.
The changes are nice, but what held the previous model back in my mind was value. It was just too expensive to compete with like-sized and -featured competitors. Along with a chance to get behind the wheel, Jeep also announced pricing for the Cherokee's five trim levels (Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk).
The Cherokee's most exciting addition is under the hood. Joining the two carryover engines from last year is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (out of the Alfa Romeo Giulia) that makes 270 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. The other two engines are a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 171 pounds-feet of torque and a 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 making 239 pounds-feet of torque. All three engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep has greatly expanded the Cherokee's engine availability for 2019: The 2.4-liter ... Read More
Loving my new Jeep!
I?m impressed with the Cherokee. I?ve never owned a Jeep but always liked the style. Drives beautifully, features are great. I feel safe and comfortable. Read full review
Very nice car love the ride, interior and exterior
Car is what we were looking for in size. Had a ford, this compared in room and was above in quality. Very well engineered. Wife drives it daily and she is happy with it. Perfect. Read full review
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test RatingsThe 2018 Jeep Cherokee has not been tested.
New Car Program Benefits
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