Roasts On the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Didn’t Stop People From Buying It

Critics weren’t very impressed by the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. The 2019 Cherokee ranked in the lower half of the compact SUV class because of its sheepish engine and lack of agility. On top of this, the Cherokee earned poor predicted reliability ratings. Low marks didn’t stop people from buying this 2019 model, though. 

2019 Jeep Cherokee problems

A 2019 Jeep Cherokee on display at an auto show
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The Jeep lineup is no stranger to complaints. Complaints are to be expected on any popular vehicle, but the ones associated with the Cherokee are hard to ignore. Consumer Reports gave the 2019 Cherokee its lowest possible predicted reliability score. Reviewers at U.S. News also noted that the Cherokee fell behind many of its competitors regarding projected dependability.

Based on information from, the most common issues owners have reported concern the 2019 Cherokee’s engine, which could suddenly shut down. The engine trouble is likely to occur around the 6,000-mile mark. The owner reported issues also contributed to the nine NHTSA recalls on this Jeep.

The first three recalls on the 2019 Cherokee relate to its engine, automatic transmission, and service brakes. There was another transmission-related recall. Others pertain to the SUV’s front wiring, instrument panel, seats, airbags, and steering. 

Why else reviewers weren’t impressed

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk | Jeep

As we mentioned earlier, the most significant critiques reviewers had for the 2019 Cherokee concerned its performance. While many acknowledged that the Cherokee is comfortable for everyday driving, its engine is weak. Some also said that its transmission only makes matters worse. 

“Unfortunately, the nine-speed auto’s sluggish shifting continues to be a problem. It’s reluctant to downshift, especially on hills, and although Sport mode rectifies this to some extent, there are always issues picking a gear. Pairing it with the new turbo-4 doesn’t help things, either. When acceleration is demanded, it kicks down at least one gear too many, resulting in a violent punch in the back as short gearing and lots of boost arrive simultaneously. The V6’s smooth character seems to fit the nine-speed the best, but really, an entirely different transmission is the answer.”

Autoblog (2019)

Still, the Cherokee remains a popular choice 


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Despite the many criticisms, many shoppers still flocked toward the 2019 Cherokee. According to data from PR Newswire, Jeep sold 191,397 in the US. This figure makes the Cherokee one of the top-selling vehicles of 2019. However, it’s also important to note that sales for the Cherokee were down by 20 percent from 2018. 

The Cherokee’s assortment of offerings makes it one of the more intriguing options in the class. It’s a capable off-roader and comfortable enough for daily driving. Furthermore, the 2019 Cherokee presents desirable tech, including a standard 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are some alarming complaints about the 2019 Cherokee. But when you think about how many people bought the model, the troubles aren’t as significant. We don’t necessarily recommend the model, but if you have your heart set on a used Cherokee, consider the reliability factor .