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Jeep has made some interesting tradeoffs between years in terms of engine options. Both vehicles offer a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder block but the 2018 model provides 184 horses with its version while the 2019 model drops power down to 180 horses. More strength is supplied by a 3.2 liter V6 generating 271 horsepower in both SUVs. For 2019, though, there’s also the option of compact power from a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder motor producing 270 horsepower.
You won’t find any radical departures between these two SUVs. Both SUVs introduce themselves with the same unique upper front grille segmented into seven black portals that remind one piano key. Below, the lower grille has been altered slightly with the overall shape taking on a more regular rectangular profile. Bracing the upper grille, the eagle-eye headlights retain their basic look while being brought to a slightly sharpening point on their inner corners. The side profile will look familiar in both vehicles but the rear window on the coming 2019 Cherokee has expanded out around the edges of the SUV. This subtle change also extends to the taillights with their top lines seeping into the rear window. Meanwhile, the 2018 Cherokee displays a more traditional look with the taillights separated from the window by a compact strip of trim. Inside, the two SUVs hold very similar appearances with the 2019 center console possessing a slightly more angular outline than its predecessor.
Although the 2018 Jeep Cherokee supplies generous amenities, the march of progress ensures a few advances for the coming 2019 model. Both vehicles offer the option of an 8.4-inch touchscreen embedded in the center console but the 2018 Cherokee equips its introductory models with a 5-inch screen while the 2019 successor goes with a 7-inch screen. Touchscreen users can also expect Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features in all 2019 models. Also, the 2019 Cherokee makes opening the already expansive tailgate a bit easier with a touchless automatic opener.
With the 2018 Jeep Cherokee already enjoying a superb reputation, there wasn’t much need to make big changes. The 2019 Cherokee sticks with the things that work but includes a few updates buyers would expect from year to year. The results are a good deal either way. To see all the subtle differences and similarities between these siblings, stop by our dealership today.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.