New Jeep Test Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee near Gurnee IL for Sale in Antioch IL l Chicago area

Test Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee near Gurnee IL

Test Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee near Gurnee IL
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Vehicle Overview

Unlike most of the compact crossovers on the market, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is quite capable off-road. While most buyers will only use it for family errands and workday commutes, the new Cherokee has a stylish look, a smooth ride, and a well-known brand name as strong selling points. If you’re in the market for a rugged, recognizable utility vehicle, we invite you to contact Antioch Jeep to Test Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee near Gurnee IL. Read on to find out what this new vehicle has to offer.

Gurnee IL - 2019 Jeep Cherokee's Overview

Exterior – 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Those who disliked the upside-down front end on the old Cherokee will appreciate 2019’s facelift. As with the other vehicles in the Jeep stable, the new Cherokee is headed up by the trademark seven-slot grille. While the Cherokee lineup includes multiple models, the Trailhawk’s off-road-ready additions and rugged look make it more than worthy of the Jeep name.

The new Cherokee’s design theme is somewhere between the smaller Compass and the larger Grand Cherokee. Updated visual cues include upgraded LED headlights, revamped rear and front bumpers, an all-new aluminum hood, and a lighter, hands-free power liftgate. For 2019, there are five new wheel styles, a capless fuel filler, and a higher approach angle that off-road enthusiasts will love.

Gurnee IL - 2019 Jeep Cherokee's Exterior

Interior – 2019 Jeep Cherokee near Gurnee

While the 2018 model’s interior received an in-depth redesign, the 2019 model has only received minor enhancements. You’ll find piano black and satin chrome accents, lighter tones on the lower door panels, and an updated center console layout; you’ll also find two new interior color options in Dark Sienna and Storm Blue. On the Trailhawk Elite version, you’ll get ventilated and heated leather-trimmed front seating and a heated wheel, along with all the other goodies that come standard on the Trailhawk. The seats are supportive and the controls are easy to use, making the cabin quite comfortable. However, during a Test Drive, some rear seat passengers may find their vision limited by high windowsills and smallish windows.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee tries to address drivers’ previous complaint: cargo area. In the rear, the cargo area is approximately three inches wider than in last year’s model, which increases the rear cargo volume by more than three cubic feet. With the rear seat folded, the Cherokee has 55 cubic feet of cargo area, which is smaller than some of its competitors. However, the reasonable lift-over height makes it easy to load items at the rear of the vehicle.

Gurnee IL - 2019 Jeep Cherokee's Interior

Mechanical / Powertrain – Jeep Cherokee specs near Gurnee IL

The all-new Cherokee has three engine choices, all mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. While the base four isn’t the most powerful in the bunch, the new Jeep may be outfitted with a stout V6 that has a 4500-lb towing capacity. Alternatively, you can go with a turbo inline four with plenty of torque and a 4000-lb tow rating. The turbo four puts out 270hp and 295 lb. ft. of torque, which puts it at the top of the powertrain heap.

For this year, the V6 engine remains unchanged. However, the nine-speed auto transmission has received all-new software. The upgrade was successful; on the Overland trim, the 0-60 time lessened by 0.3 seconds to 7.2. Performance enthusiasts may find the gearbox a bit hesitant on quick downshifts, and while the base engine has been slightly modified to cut weight, power output is the same as in last year’s model. Similarly, the optional base AWD system (Active Drive I) uses a new, lighter-than-before rear drive module. The automaker has recalibrated the available Active Drive II system as well, adding a locking rear differential on Trailhawk models only. Stop by our dealership serving Gurnee Illinois to see it in action.

Gurnee IL - 2019 Jeep Cherokee's Mechanical

Safety – 2019 Jeep Cherokee dealer

Because the 2019 Cherokee hasn’t received full crash testing and its significant upgrades may affect results, we can’t provide much information on the model’s overall safety. While the automaker offers a full line of active safety features, most can only be had on higher trim levels that are equipped with an available package. The lower-tier Latitude edition has a small safety package that includes rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring, and the adaptive cruise control system now works in rush-hour traffic. Test Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee near Gurnee IL and see all these safety features for yourself!

In Closing

The crossover market is quite crowded, and it takes much to make a vehicle stand out from its competitors. However, with its rugged good looks, ample cargo area, and torquey turbo four-cylinder engine, the new Cherokee is up to the task. It takes everything you love about the Cherokee line and makes it even better, if that’s possible. Whether you’re looking for an all-around family hauler, a reliable commuter vehicle, or a ride worthy of a weekend warrior, the all-new Cherokee has you covered. You can contact Antioch Jeep, which is serving Gurnee Illinois, to arrange a Test Drive, or you can stop by the dealership to see the Cherokee in person.

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