Review: 2019 Jeep Cherokee North – Part 5

So I have come to the end of my week long review of the Jeep Cherokee North. And my conclusion goes something like this. Final fuel economy was 11 L / 100KM which is higher than what I am used to. But still decent seeing as I was on city streets and heavy traffic on the highway during my time with it. Which meant that the 9 speed automatic transmission really could not show off what it is capable of.

The North in its base form goes for $34,416 (the base price for the Cherokee overall is $27,021 for the record) and while it does come with a fair amount of kit, it is missing key safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts and the like. To get those, you have to pony up $895 for the SafetyTec group which includes the following:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring With Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Exterior Mirror With Courtesy Lamp
  • Exterior Mirror With Supplemental Turn Signal
  • Park-Sense Rear Park Assist System
  • Power Heated Mirrors With Turn Signal And Lamp

That brings you to $35,222. And you don’t get autonomous emergency braking. For that, you need to go up to the Limited trim level and pick the technology group which makes the price $37,600. And right there that illustrates the main Achilles heel of the Jeep Cherokee. The price. Many people who cross shop it across competitors like the Honda CR-V Toyota RAV 4 or Mazda CX-5 will see that those vehicles have many these features at a much lower price point. While it is true that the Jeep will do much better off road and it has a V6 option, I am not sure that shoppers will care and may take their business elsewhere as a result. The reasons being is that unless you tow stuff, the V6 is non-factor for many who want four cylinder vehicles for fuel economy purposes. Plus 95% of SUVs never touch dirt which makes the Jeep’s off road capabilities a non-factor. That’s a bit of a shame as this is a nice vehicle and it does merit a look if you’re looking for a vehicle of this size. Perhaps Jeep or more accurately Fiat Chrysler may want to look at this as this vehicle that merits more attention than it currently gets.

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