The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is the rejuvenated variation of a model that debuted back in 2014. It was a questionable design. Opinions were mixed on the designing– particularly the front fascia– and some considered it a disrespect to the Cherokee name. Still, we such as that variation a lot we spent a complete year with one. It confirmed to be a strong as well as the trustworthy crossover that acquired more than 27,000 miles in just 12 months.
The downside is that it actually feels truck-like in the means it takes care of, which isn’t great. It’s most likely because of the Trailhawk’s all-terrain tires, but the guiding was even vaguer as well as squishier compared to the road-oriented trims I experienced throughout the very first drive event. It’s a hefty car that doesn’t prefer to change direction promptly. The suspension is pretty stiff, as well, so it’s a rough, lively experience. And also you don’t get the same design, nearly unparalleled trail ability, or open-air experience of the 2019 Wrangler.
Gaining back some factors is the interior. The Cherokee, in general, is very quiet, and the UConnect infomercial continues to be amongst the very best in the business (I specifically like its repetitive physical buttons). I also such as how big the sunroof is.
I would advise against the turbo four-cylinder, though. It’s extremely rugged and buzzy. It additionally does not play well with the nine-speed automatic, which tends to stumble over itself attempting to pick the best equipment. The torque behaves, but the V6’s richer sound and smoother power delivery would certainly make it a far better SUV.
Dive inside the Cherokee’s cabin, and you’ll find FCA’s Uconnect 4 infotainment system. The device in our tester didn’t have an onboard navigation, but it did have an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and also Apple CarPlay assimilation. Like its precursors, the most recent variation of Uconnect is easy to use thanks to its responsive touchscreen and also faster way buttons. Most functions, including environment control as well as heated/ventilated seat controls, are located in the touchscreen, however, they’re not hidden within hard-to-find food selections.
Android Auto offers you access to applications like Waze, Spotify, Google Maps, Pandora, as well as Google Play Music. Our tester, however, had a small hiccup with Google Maps, which kept assuming we were in Moab, Utah, before ultimately recognizing that we were in Los Angeles. Instead, we utilized Waze to obtain us around Los Angeles’ gridlocked roadways, and also it worked splendidly, telling us regarding roadway hazards ahead of time and giving quicker alternative routes to our location.
Engine and Performance
The most significant enhancement to the 2019 Cherokee is an offered 2.0-liter turbo-four with 270 hp as well as 295 lb-ft of torque paired to a nine-speed transmission. At the track, our tester struck 60 miles per hour in 7.6 secs as well as finished the quarter mile in 16.0 seconds at 85.9 miles per hour. Associate practice run editor Erick Ayapana suched as that the turbo engine harmonized well with the transmission, which shifted efficiently and also holds revs close to redline prior to moving. Stopping from 60 miles per hour took 139 feet. Ayapana discovered that although the Cherokee dives under difficult stopping, it has excellent body control and pedal really feel.
FCA’s punchy brand-new 2.0-liter turbo-four matches the Cherokee well on and off sidewalk, providing lots of power for passing, merging, and also climbing up qualities. Turbo lag is marginal as well as doesn’t detract from the driving experience. With smooth shifts on all driving problem, the ZF nine-speed automated is much improved over its previous versions. This is a step up over the device in our long-departed long-lasting Cherokee, which had its transmission reflashed three times. The new Cherokee’s transmission could be quicker to react to your inputs, yet the good news is the engine’s torque does not constantly need a downshift when passing slower traffic. EPA gas economic climate ratings are 20/26 mpg city/highway, which readies taking into consideration the 2.0-liter turbo-four’s result, and also the Cherokee’s aesthetic weight of greater than 2 lots. Powertrain noise is very little, also at full throttle.
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Base Prices
( leaving out destination charges).
( Automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive models).
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 Elite: $33,020.
Ford Edge Titanium AWD: $39,015.
GMC Terrain Denali AWD: $39,270.
Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Touring: $36,090.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 L SEL 4Motion: $37,550.