2019 Jeep Cherokee

Jeep has refreshed the Cherokee, giving it a face-lift, additional creature comforts, and a new turbocharged engine option. But despite those improvements, it’s still a mediocre model—with little to like—in a popular and competitive segment.

The Jeep’s new, more fuel-efficient engine delivered swift acceleration on our track but felt hesitant everywhere else, punctuated by a notable delay in stop-and-go traffic. A less expensive, more refined V6 engine is available. The nine-speed automatic transmission isn’t smooth or responsive, and the engine noise is loud and coarse.

The Cherokee lumbers through turns, just as the previous version did. The ride is calm on smooth roads, but now bumps are felt more severely by passengers than before.

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The Cherokee is among the roomiest compact SUVs, with a generous backseat. Its cargo room is typical for the segment.

The controls are easy to use, with clear buttons and knobs for most climate and audio functions. The Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system is a rare bright spot, particularly when the Cherokee is equipped with the optional 8.4-inch screen. But when drivers power off the radio, they lose access to many other system functions because the screen goes dark.

Jeep forces shoppers who want advanced safety features, such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, to buy more expensive trims and add an option package.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee review

HIGHS: Space, controls, braking
LOWS: Sluggish initial acceleration, uncooperative transmission, ride, agility, engine noise
POWERTRAIN: 270-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine; 9-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 23 mpg on regular fuel
PRICE AS TESTED: $37,655

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.