Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Pros: Impressive off-road capabilities when properly equipped; better on-road handling and composure than other Jeeps; broad range of optional equipment and high-tech features; decent acceleration from turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; disappointing fuel economy; other compact SUVs have better cargo volume

CG Says: The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is refreshed with revised styling and new LED headlights. There is also a newly available 270-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with idle start/stop. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality are newly standard. Cherokee is a compact crossover SUV that is slightly larger than Jeep’s Compass, which in turn, is larger than the subcompact Jeep Renegade. Three engines are offered: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower, a 271-hp 3.2-liter V6, and the previously mentioned 270-hp turbo 2.0-liter four. All engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are available. Available features include heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, hands-free power liftgate, forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. For most of its trim levels, the Cherokee’s closest competitors are the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5. The exception is the off-road-ready Cherokee Trailhawk model, which has few direct rivals in the compact-SUV class. The only other vehicles in its class that come close to–or match–its level of off-road equipment are the other compact Jeeps, namely the Compass, and, for buyers interested in extreme off-roading, the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Latitude: $25,440
4WD Latitude: $26,940
Latitude Plus: $27,940
4WD Latitude Plus: $29,440
Altitude: $28,635
4WD Altitude: $30,435
Limited: $31,820
4WD Limited: $35,065
4WD Trailhawk: $34,765
Overland: $37,720
4WD Overland: $39,220
4WD Trailhawk Elite: $37,760

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-31

Optional Engine
3.2-liter V6
Horsepower
271
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
270
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-31