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2019 Jeep Cherokee Interior Review

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Interior: 7.2

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has a quality cabin with mostly soft-touch surfaces and seats that remain comfortable on long trips. However, many competitors provide more cargo space.

  • "Unlike the exterior, the interior remains largely unchanged. That's just fine, as it remains a bright spot despite having less passenger and cargo space than its competitors." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, soft surfaces abound, with the dashtop, door tops, and armrests all being padded, and available two-tone combinations add some contrast." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Instead of trying to fix what wasn't broken, Jeep's interior designers focused most of their efforts on giving the cabin a more premium feel. Hard plastics are still used in a few places, but the areas that did get upgraded materials do improve the overall experience. That's especially true if you spring for the top-level Overland trim." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The Cherokee has standard cloth upholstery on its five seats. You can upgrade to cloth and vinyl upholstery or leather upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel are also available.

Both rows of seats are comfortable and supportive, and the front row has plenty of room for both the driver and passenger. The rear seats have adequate space, but the optional sunroof cuts into rear-seat headroom.

The Cherokee has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on its rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and one lower anchor, and the middle seat has the ability to borrow a lower anchor from an adjoining seat. The setup is easy to use, and it received the top rating of Good+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

  • Front seaters are treated to very good headroom and legroom, and — notably — the driver seat can be raised way up (a boon to shorter folks), and upper-line models offer heat/ventilation, along with driver-seat lumbar adjustment and memory. In back, legroom is fine (and the seat adjusts fore/aft to balance rear legroom and cargo room behind it), but in a vehicle with the dual-pane sunroof, headroom was barely sufficient even for my 5'9 frame." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior hasn't changed much, and that's a good thing. The design is rugged, while offering comfortable seats and headroom for all but the tallest of drivers." -- CNET
  • Rear-seat passengers get decent legroom and headroom, although it doesn't feel quite as generous as the Honda CR-V despite penciling out about the same on paper." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

For 2019, Jeep added a larger standard 7-inch touch screen plus standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Cherokee's Uconnect infotainment system has easy-to-use controls and pinch-to-zoom capability.

Other interior features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port. Available features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, additional USB ports, a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, parallel and perpendicular park assist, automatic high beams, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

  • "There's plenty of tech goodies offered depending on the trim and the infotainment system comes with either a 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen. Both are thankfully Android Auto and Apple CarPlay friendly. There's even an aux plug-in jack, if you still like to roll old school style." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Audio controls are mounted high within easy reach (and include volume and tuning knobs), and both the standard 7-inch and available 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment systems are among the easiest of their kind to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system gets a bit of an upgrade in terms of resolution and graphics, maintaining its spot as one of the best interfaces on the market. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on both the base 7-inch or optional 8.4-inch touchscreen, the latter of which now has pinch-to-zoom capability." -- CNET

Cargo

The 2019 Cherokee's cargo space behind the second row is 25.8 cubic feet, an increase of 3 cubic feet from the 2018 model. Cargo width increased by 3 inches. However, total cargo capacity is essentially unchanged at 54.7 cubic feet. Additional storage space is available via a hidden compartment underneath the cargo floor. Still, some competitors have larger cargo holds.

  • "However, even though the Cherokee gets a bit more cargo space behind the rear seats for this year, up to 25.8 cubic feet from 24.6, it still falls behind competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V." -- CNET
  • Besides improving the looks at the back, Jeep says it allowed them to expand the rear cargo area to 25.8 cubic feet … because moving the license plate space allowed them to pull the latch assembly farther out. It should be noted, though, that the Cherokee still doesn't have as much cargo capacity as the new 27.2-cubic-foot Compass." -- Autoblog
  • There's also a false floor, meaning you can either hide valuables under it for safekeeping, or drop the floor down for taller objects. Still, there's not nearly as much cargo space as in the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4." -- Kelley Blue Book
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