Jeep has expanded its network into various countries with the help of parent company Fiat Chrysler Automotive Group. Jeep is also expanding its portfolio to attract more customers and to give the best options to potential customers. Jeep Cherokee is a Compact SUV which is quite popular worldwide. Jeep also has another Compact SUV called the Jeep Compass and a full-sized SUV Jeep Wrangler as well. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful SUV in the US, with a horsepower rating higher than even the Lamborghini Urus.
Jeep Cherokee has got a mid-cycle refresh for the year 2019. The car got better technical specifications has also has been equipped with a new engine. There are a few shortcomings which make it less appealing to the customers, but those are balanced out by the new additions and the advantages. For a price range of between $23,000 for the lower variant and $33,000 for the top variant, the Compass comes across as quite an affordable offering.
What do we like about the car?
Jeep Cherokee gets better in terms of technology, primarily the infotainment system. The infotainment system is user-friendly and all the features find their purpose in the car. They are not complex giving a hard time to the passengers or the driver. Jeep cars are also known for their excellent off-road capabilities, and the Cherokee is no different. It also has excellent off-road capabilities, with a few trim options specially dedicated to off-roading (like ‘Trailhawk’). The car also offers the nicest cabin in the segment. The cabin is first class. It uses top quality materials with soft touches for added comfort and luxury.
What do we not like about the car?
Jeep Cherokee got a refreshed design and a new engine too, however, both have failed to impress the potential customers as well as the critics. The meager base engine lacks power and performance. The fuel economy of the car is also below par.
SUVs are supposed to have good cargo space. On the contrary, the Cherokee has a below average storage capacity. These shortcomings are noticed by the potential buyers and the critics which pushes it down on the list of good compact SUVs.
What is new for 2019?
The infotainment system has now been upgraded. Jeep Cherokee infotainment system features a 7-inch screen for the infotainment system. The infotainment system also supports smartphone integration. It can now be connected to Android phones via Android Auto and Apple phones via Apple CarPlay. The exterior styling has also been upgraded. It looks sportier and more athletic. The revised engine has however not made a great impact. The car now has an option for a 2.0-liter engine.
Features and Specifications
Jeep Cherokee is a crossover SUV with 2 rows of seating (no 3rd-row option). These 2 rows can accommodate 5 passengers, 2 in the front and 3 in the back, in total comfort. The legroom and the headroom are sufficient for adults.
The fuel economy of the car is unimpressive. On the city roads, it can give an average of 18 to 23 mpg, and on the highways, this figure reaches between 24 to 31 mpg. There are two options available in the drivetrains. You can choose from an All-wheel-drive and a front-wheel-drive option. Jeep Cherokee gets a newly optional 2.0-liter engine. This engine is rated at 180 hp to 271 hp depending on the trim you have selected.
For the same price as the Jeep Cherokee, you can buy a Honda CR-V or a Mazda CX5, both of which have a better performance and better on-road behavior. They are proper soft-roaders, while the Cherokee is still an SUV. If you like to take the occasional dirt road, then the Jeep is a great option for you.