Newcomers to our top five most-read reviews since last week include the 2018 Ford Expedition and the returning 2019 Jeep Cherokee — the latter of which Cars.com has just a bit of a history with. Four years ago, we bought a then-all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee as a second vehicle for our long-term test fleet, and like so many long-term relationships, we were better off when it ended and vowed to never subject ourselves to that again. And while Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder didn’t exactly have a change of heart, he was far sweeter on the refreshed 2019 Cherokee than he might’ve imagined.
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Wiesenfelder admired its comfortable ride, agile handling, quiet cabin and confident braking, as well as its cabin upgrades and more broadly appealing exterior styling. That janky nine-speed automatic transmission, however, is still a problem.
“If we seem overly harsh about the Cherokee’s transmission, it’s for the same reason you’re hard on an honor student who does something really stupid: It’s otherwise really, really good,” Wiesenfelder states in his review. “I believe that someday this transmission will be abandoned, and industry folk who are currently mum will talk openly about it as a known problem that couldn’t be replaced quickly enough.”
While it may not exactly have found its way back into our hearts, the Jeep Cherokee did find its way back into our most popular expert reviews this week, checking in at No. 5. Here’s the list:
1. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Review: Lighter, Stronger, User-Friendlier and More Comfortable, But Not Cheaper
2. 2018 Ford Mustang Review: Anything You Want, for a Price
3. 2018 Mercedes-Benz e400 Coupe Review: It’s Time for Some Me-Time
4. 2018 Ford Expedition Review: A Massive Improvement
5. 2019 Jeep Cherokee Review: The Edge of Greatness
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