|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2019 Jeep Cherokee
|Latitude||2.0L Turbo I-4||4x4||9A||6.7 sec||15.2 sec @ 90 mph||21/29/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|Limited||2.0L Turbo I-4||4x4||9A||7.5 sec||15.8 sec @ 87.1 mph||21/29/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Overland V6||3.2L V6||4x4||9A||7.2 sec||15.5 sec @ 90 mph||19/27/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Trailhawk||2.0L Turbo I-4||4x4||9A||7.6 sec||16.0 sec @ 85.9 mph||20/26/20.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
2017 Jeep Cherokee
|Overland V6||3.2L V6||4x4||9A||7.5 sec||15.8 sec @ 88 mph||18/26/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Jeep Cherokee
|Latitude V6||3.2L V6||4x4||9A||6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 89.9 mph||19/26/24.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
2014 Jeep Cherokee
|Limited||2.4L I-4||4x4||9A||9.5 sec||17.2 sec @ 80.5 mph||22/31/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Limited V6||3.2L V6||4x4||9A||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 90 mph||19/27/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Trailhawk V6||3.2L V6||4x4||9A||7.2 sec||15.7 sec @ 90 mph||18/25/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Trailhawk V6||3.2L V6||4x4||9A||7.6 sec||15.9 sec @ 87.8 mph||18/25/19.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
2001 Jeep Cherokee
|Sport I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 83 mph||14/18/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
1999 Jeep Cherokee
|Sport I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||9.4 sec||17.0 sec @ 78.3 mph||14/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1997 Jeep Cherokee
|Sport I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||8.2 sec||16.3 sec @ 84.5 mph||13/18/17.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||9.1 sec||16.9 sec @ 80.1 mph||13/18/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||10.2 sec||17.6 sec @ 78.6 mph||13/18/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1996 Jeep Cherokee
|Sport I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||8.3 sec||16.4 sec @ 82.4 mph||14/18/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1990 Jeep Cherokee
|Laredo I-6||4.0L I-6||4x4||4A||10.5 sec||17.7 sec @ 76 mph||15/19/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
1977 AMC Jeep Cherokee
|Chief||4.2L I-6||4x4||3A||18.4 sec||21.2 sec @ 63.5 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
1975 AMC Jeep Cherokee
|S 2-door||5.9L V8||4x4||3A||13.8 sec||18.36 sec @ 71.54 mph||----/----/13 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Jeep Cherokee
Thankfully the Jeep Liberty line is over and the Cherokee is back in business. This is not just a perfect return to form but it is solid proof that the Cherokee is still one of the best compact SUVs available in the market today. This is the SUV for anyone looking for something that offers power on or off the road.
That’s right – where other small crossover SUVs are great off the road but see sudden drops in performance when back on concrete, the Jeep Cherokee is capable of chugging out top quality performance no matter where its driven.
Without further ado here is a quick look at the important specs of the Cherokee.
Specs of the Jeep Cherokee:
- Engine: 2.4L Inline-4 (3.2L V6 for the higher trims)
- Power: 184Hp / 171 ft-lbs
- Transmission: Class Exclusive 9 speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Forward Wheel Drive (Four Wheel Drive optional)
- Curb Weight: 4044 lbs
- Seating: 5
- MPG: 22mpg City / 31mpg Highway
- MSRP: Starting at $23,000
Right from the get-go you’ll notice that the biggest difference is the 2.4L inline-4 engine which guarantees a little bit more power when compared to its SUV comrades. The exclusive 9-speed transmission is also a big innovation and is designed to give the best performance for all terrain driving conditions.
Driving the Jeep Cherokee
All of the trims but the Trailhawk feature FWD (the Trailhawk features 4WD). 4WD is still optional for others. With the built-in inline-4 engine the Cherokee works fine driving around the city and on the highway but it’s the 4WD that will put a smile on anyone looking for off-road power.
Traction Control alters driving conditions for snow, mud, rock, and sport settings while an auto setting does it for you – it becomes useful when you are trekking off-road through multiple terrains.
Both the 4-cylinder and the V6 engine offer top of the line acceleration and with improved suspensions, the Cherokee has a smoother performance when compared to other contemporaries in the market right now. It’s a smooth ride even when on the rockiest of terrain.
Interior of the Jeep Cherokee
Stepping inside the seats come in either Nappa leather or high grade cloth. Seats are both ventilated and heated to ensure optimal comfort. They even come with memory features and power adjustment systems.
The dashboard is both elegant and innovative in design. The convenient trapezoidal, vertical stack of the main features makes it convenient to reach for, minimizing time off the steering wheel. You also get camera-assistance for backing up and the large touch screen interface is a little better than in most SUVs.
If there was anything to wish for it would be additional interior space. The seats are adjustable, allowing for more leg room, but the overall space and size of the Cherokee could have benefitted from a just a little bit more extending.
Ditching the traditional headlights design is a little controversial for some but many are starting to warm up to the new look. The grills in front offer a nice touch of machismo without deviating too far from the traditional Jeep look.
The back side resembles that of a Jeep Grand Cherokee and if you go for the Trailhawk model you are getting boosted height, appealing front tow hooks, and an overall aggressive look that screams masculine.
Pricing the Jeep Cherokee
The base model of the Cherokee, the Cherokee Sport, starts at around $23,000. This is for the standard FWD. The next tier, the Cherokee Lattitude, starts off at $24,500 while the Cherokee Limited starts at $28,000.
To get the 4WD version of these models you can expect to pay an additional $1,000-$2,000. Adding a V6 engine to replace the standard 4-cylinder will also cost an additional $1,500 on average.
The Trailhawk, which is 4WD by default, comes in at around $29,500.
Considering that the Cherokee’s contemporaries, the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V, do not feature the same powerful V6 engine that the Cherokee does (albeit optional on lower trims), it easily stands out as the most powerful of the bunch but within the same price range.
This means you are getting more for your money when you ride in the Jeep Cherokee. The 2015 cut is a welcome comeback and for the price that it asks, you’d be surprised at how much the brand is willing to give you.
The Jeep Liberty series was a joke to anyone loyal to the brand and ditching that for the return of the new Cherokee was a move welcomed by all. But it’s more than just a nice trip down nostalgia because the 2015 Jeep Cherokee is more than just an off-road powerhouse – it is built for comfort and efficiency even when on the highway.
If you wanted a compact SUV that could deliver the needed adrenaline for adventure without giving up the standards of on-road driving then the Jeep Cherokee is the winning choice.
For more information about Jeep Cherokee, visit the official Jeep website.
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