For 2019, Jeep has updated the Cherokee's suspension with different springs, dampers, and roll bars, further elevating a ride that was already smooth. Both the V6 and turbo-four offer brisk acceleration, while the nine-speed automatic has been re-tuned for drivability over fuel economy, improving its performance, as well.
Three 4WD systems – Active Drive I, Active Drive II, and Active Drive Lock, in ascending order – offer everything from increased traction to true off-road capability. The Trailhawk model is the trim of choice for off-roaders with its improved approach, breakover, and departure angles, along with taller tires, skid plates, and tow hooks.
On the flip side, even commuters will find the base engine to be only adequate, while re-tuning the nine-speed transmission – which has been problematic in the past – may adversely affect fuel economy, which isn't one of the Cherokee's strong points to begin with. Moreover, the transmission lacks paddle shifters, handling is uncommunicative though competent, the top-performing turbo-four requires premium fuel, and its safety scores are near the bottom of the class despite available advanced active features.