Consumer Reports Find 2019 Jeep Cherokee Below Par For The Segment

After nearly five years in the market, Jeep unveiled the facelifted fifth-gen Cherokee at the beginning of the year.

The SUV has a few visual updates on the outside and, more importantly, a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with 270 hp (274 PS / 201 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque, which sounds promising on paper.

Nevertheless, in the real world, the mill failed to impress Consumer Reports, which called it underpowered. Also, the 9-speed automatic gearbox isn’t smooth and responsive, the handling feels sluggish and the ride is stiff.

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Things don’t look promising off the beaten path, either, as despite benefiting from a system that alters the all-wheel drive system’s behavior depending on the surface, the latest Cherokee won’t do any serious rock-climbing.

It’s not all bad news, as the vehicle has a nicely put together cabin that gives it an upmarket vibe. The front seats are comfortable, the rear seats have an upright posture that should be appreciated by most users, the infotainment is intuitive and boot space is on the good side.

All in all, then, the revamped Cherokee has some nice features, but also a lot of negatives, as you can see in the review that follows.


  • Paul

    I certainly don’t like their findings and CR being what they are, I still have to say this: The trend at Jeep continues as far as quality and things are concerned. It disappoints me too as there are several Jeep products I like and would consider buying.

    • ME

      Trust me, for the amount of weight and gearing, this vehicle has I found mine to be very smooth and responsive. FCA has even update the software on the 9 speed to bring it beyond that of its competitors. For curiosity, I test drove the current generation RAV4 which CR bows down to and found that to be awful in respect to grip, handling, etc. CR is not what they used to be.

      • Anton Yuri Calderon

        I agree, CR sucks it.

      • brn

        Not what it used to be? Back in the 80’s CR gave the Mazda B-series a much higher rating than the Ranger. Aside from the badges, they were the same vehicle.

      • Paul

        Thanks for the input. Nice to know.

  • Anton Yuri Calderon

    Id never trust CR for automotive advice.. or any other advice for that matter.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I don’t want to put an umbrella over EVERY product under a certain brand, but it seems to me that FCA products: have really great design and nice interiors, BUT have reliability issues out the wazoo and horrendous transmissions.

    It’s a shame too, because I really like the new Ram 1500 and the new Jeeps that have been coming out but I just can’t seem to find myself to want to put up with the headaches of having to service it in case something breaks.

  • Emoto

    CR is a joke.

  • SteersUright

    American cars…

    • Bo Hanan

      And this report is not new information.

    • brn

      This particular American car is pretty Italian.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Jeeps have always been cheap and unreliable to me. I like the wrangler and the gladiator but it irks me to see so many cherokees and compass on the road despite being unremarkable products.

    • Thunderbolt

      They were rentals that you saw, nobody buys that crap.

      • MarketAndChurch

        The Compass and Cherokee are the fifth and sixth best selling small suv’s in the US, ahead of the Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson, and Mazda CX-5.

        • EL CHAPO

          Most americans are proud and arrogantly stupid. So that’s why they will buy these Jeep products.

          • brn

            It’s sad that you believe that about so many people.

          • EL CHAPO

            it’s factual.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          You do realize they have one of the highest fleet ratios in the segment, right?

          Not impressive.

  • brn

    but plenty have above average durability.

  • don j.

    this is typical of this rag always anti Chrysler , anti jeep and anti fca..

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      So is pretty much the rest of the world.

      Until their reliability and quality is on par with even average products, they deserve every bit of criticism.

  • Ron

    CR needs to stick to reviewing toasters. Anyone who buys a car based on anything they say is a gullible fool.

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