2019 Jeep Cherokee Review Sandy

Updating the Jeep Cherokee for a Wider Audience

The Jeep Cherokee has long been the choice for off-road excellence, mainly thanks to the legendary Jeep Cherokee XJ platform. The newest Jeep Cherokee - on the new KL platform rather than the XJ - continues to offer an exciting off-road performance but has given up some of the off-roading abilities to get more comfort while on the pavement.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has modernized the lackluster interior and highway feel that the Cherokee used to suffer from, moving it to fit the standards of what drivers are looking for in a vehicle of this size. While many enthusiasts are sad to see the Cherokee not catering to its core audience, it does a great job of drawing in new customers without completely losing its identity.

There are many trims of the new Jeep Cherokee, making sure yours will be able to have all of the features that you are looking for. The trim options include the Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Trailhawk, Limited, High Altitude, Overland, and Trailhawk Elite.

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The Power and Capability You'd Expect

There are three engines to choose from when you are looking at a new Jeep Cherokee. The first is a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine that makes 180 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This is the engine that you will find as standard on some of the lower-tier trims.

The next engine option is a classic: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that makes up to 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. The abilities of the most impressive trims are made possible by this dependable engine. No matter if you are looking to have your Cherokee as a daily driver or as your weekend escape, this engine will keep you entertained the entire time.

The last engine is new to the lineup: a 2.0-liter Turbocharged inline four-cylinder. This new contender makes up to 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, giving it the numbers that would make any driver consider equipping it. This engine doesn't come standard on any of the trim levels but is offered as an option on most.

Every Jeep Cherokee comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission and can be either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. As you would expect from a Jeep model, you can choose between some of the most capable 4x4 systems on the market.

Which 4x4 System Should You Choose?

That mostly depends on the level of off-roading you will partake in. Jeep Active Drive I engages and disengages the rear axle when appropriate. This is a good balance if you are only going to occasionally make it off the highway by giving better fuel economy while still allowing for extra traction.

Jeep Active Drive II adds the ability to switch between high and low-ratio four-wheel drive for a more engaging off-road experience and the ability to get through harsher terrain like mud, snow, and sand.

The last is jeep Active Drive Lock which comes with Jeep Selec-Terrain Traction Management System with Rock Mode. Jeep Active Drive Lock has a mechanical rear axle lock to keep the rear wheels from moving for those of you planning to spend a lot of time away from the main roads.

A More Modern Interior

The performance aspects aren't the only places that seek to make every driver happy, the interior follows suit. Some of you might have a thought in your mind about the not-so-spacious interior of the previous generations of the Cherokee, the most recent will change that thought. It offers up to 128 cubic feet of passenger space and up to 54.9 cubic feet of cargo space. What's even better is that this is the most advanced and innovative Jeep Cherokee to date.

If you are a driver who enjoys having the easiest access to all of your most essential apps, then look no further than one of the Uconnect infotainment systems. No matter if you choose the base Uconnect 4 with seven-inch screen or if you upgrade to the UConnect 4 with a larger, 8.4-inch screen or the UConnect 4C NAV with the larger screen, you will always be able to find what you need through a responsive and intuitive system.

You will find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with Bluetooth, Siri, and more. You can even include some of the most advanced safety systems to help keep you and your passengers feeling safe throughout your entire drive.

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A Small Cost for Modernization

Swapping over to a different platform has been a point of contention for any drivers, but it has drawn in many more by allowing for a more comfortable driving experience on highways. With all of the trim options we are sure that you and your family will be able to find a trim of this crossover SUV that will keep you all happy. This isn't a model to skip while you are looking for the next vehicle you want in your driveway.

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