2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 Review – Since the fifth generation Jeep Cherokee went on sale in 2013, it has been a great success in the Compact SUV class. You could get a Honda CR-V If you want more load space, or maybe choose a Toyota RAV4 for your focus on fuel efficiency, but the Cherokee Jeep has never been bad at any of that. A lot of upgrades for model year 2019 help the Cherokee to be even more complete.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 Review
However, when the paved roads end, none of the competitions can go down the road like the Jeep. With that in mind, I took a road trip to Zion National Park to allow the Cherokee 2019 to flex their Trail rating skills and also see how it is made up over long distances.
Although the Cherokee is a car-based crossover SUV, the off-road preparation of this Trailhawk model makes it feel more like a heavy pickup truck in the winding curves of the road, of course, no one is buying a rugged Cherokee for A dynamic driving sport. The Cherokee Trailhawk works well for driving from a to B with a well-weighted direction and safe braking, but exaggerated body movements are parity for the course in this Trailhawk setting.
The Cherokee is powered by a new 2.0-liter I4 turbocharged engine for 2019, with 270 horsepower, 295 pounds-foot torque and a nine-speed automatic transmission. From one stop, this motor/transmission combo makes the 4.260 pound Trailhawk move at speed with a reasonable alert status, but on the road, the nine-speed velocity responds slowly when you put your foot on the floor. That makes the passage of the highway slow, but the transmission is fine if you make a change of gear or drive around the city.
With a long road trip from Zion to my credit, after 976 miles of roads mostly, I ended up with an average of 26.5 miles per gallon. That’s pretty good considering that Cherokee Trailhawk is qualified by the EPA for 20 mpg in town and 26 mpg on the road.
You can also equip the Trailhawk with a 3.2-liter V6 that produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb/ft of torque. Despite less torque, the V6 is rated to tow 4,500 lbs; 500 more than the four-cylinder model. Fuel economy is slightly affected, with the V6 rated for 18/24 mpg in city/highway, but the six cylinders only require medium-grade gasoline, while the 2.0 T is premium. As a result, EPA says its annual fuel cost could be $2.200 compared to the $2.250 of the four-cylinder Trailhawk.
Cherokees that are not Trailhawk can be purchased with front wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine with natural aspiration of 2.4 liters, with 180 horsepower, 170 lb/ft of torque and 22/31 mpg in city/highway. The Cherokee base starts at $24.545, but my Trailhawk Elite 4×4 nearly loaded costs $43.620, including $1.495 for the destination.
Worth traveling off the road
Twenty minutes south of Zion National Park along the Smithsonian Butte Back Country Scenic Byway, “Crybaby Hill ” As the locals call it, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to try the Jeep Cherokee’s all-terrain chops. Aside from the rock crawl, I was able to experience the hill-descending control that inspires confidence in Trailhawk, the tracking ratio 56:1 and 8.7 inches away from the ground. The Firecracker Red Trailhawk feels in its element raising dust amidst the extraordinary views of Utah.
The Jeep suspension facilitates the work of the paved roads of Crybaby Hill, while the direction gives me a slight sense of what the dirt is saying to the front wheels. Turn off the throttle to release all the power that the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has to offer and the four-wheel drive simply connects and launches it to the next off-road challenge, but it’s also very easy to modulate when it’s Crawling rocks or negotiating complicated passes. On surfaces similar to washing tables, body movements are kept under control, but some rattles begin to emanate from behind the board. However, as dull as they are, the Cherokee is still presented as a well-built machine and for any place.
Galvanized on the outside, luxurious inside
The Trailhawk has a more aggressive appearance and a march height of one inch higher than other Cherokees. The red tow hooks protrude like a pair of cherries on the front fascia, and the butcher’s face works well with the refined design of the Cherokee 2019. I can see how last year’s model tried to differentiate itself from other compact SUV’s, but I never found it attractive. The most conventional-looking headlamps in the model 2019 lend themselves to a more attractive look.
There are fewer changes inside the Cherokee, but why mess with something good? The Jeep cabin is quite luxurious, it never leaves me with pain after six hours of walking behind the wheel. My road trip is never boring, either, thanks to the enveloping and complete Alpine audio system of 506 watts of great capacity.
With clear paths ahead welcoming me with open arms, I can sink a little further into the Nappa’s heated (and chilled) leather seats of the Cherokee and enjoy the quiet SUV cabin. Mounted on a set of all-terrain tires, the most worthless Cherokee model offers a quiet cabin complemented with a smooth ride.
I also expect an entertainment interface for the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen that I find easy to use, either through native menus, Apple’s play or Android Auto. Other technological features of my Trailhawk include integrated navigation, as well as HD and satellite radio. The Cherokee is also available with a healthy set of driver assist functions, including collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control mentioned above, automatic high lights, sensor wipers Rain, lane maintenance assistance, automated parallel parking, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert and rear parking sensors with automatic braking.
If you were in the market for the only compact SUV that can really fight off the road, then I would make sure to opt for each performance enhancement while balancing that ability with the comfort of every creature.
The black wheels of my tester, which help the red paint jump a little more, cost $655 and are worth it. The same applies to the $2.995 Elite package of my example, which, among other items, adds a heated steering wheel, an automatic attenuation mirror, a foot-activated liftgate gate, electric driver and passenger seats, leather upholstery and remote boot. $1.095 is a small price payable by the Cherokee Technology group that adds the driver assistance features mentioned above.
In addition to all the optional extras from my tester, I would stick with that hot Firecracker Red paint, and I would deliver another $115 for the engine block heater in case I wanted to travel to Alaska. I would also pay $795 for the tow package and $1.095 for rock rails, so the total of my doors was $45.625.