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The Cherokee is too unrefined to be a contender among small SUVs. The best version is the 3.2-liter V6 in Limited trim. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is slow, and its 22 mpg overall is lousy for the class. The nine-speed automatic is not very responsive or refined. Handling is competent but short on agility, and the ride is jittery. The rear seat is roomy, and controls are intuitive with the 8.4-inch Uconnect system. Limited trims can be fitted with high-end amenities. The Trailhawk is capable off-road, and the V6's 4,500-pound towing capacity is impressive. Recent updates included stop-start on the V6, Siri Eyes Free, and the ability to customize the touch screen. Reliability has been below average.

Road Test

The Cherokee finally gives Jeep a small SUV for those who want the brand's trail cred but don't want to pay Grand Cherokee prices. And while it does offer a lot of workhorse capability for this class, it fails to get a lot of the day-to-day basics ri...

Highs

  • Feels solid and quiet
  • Uconnect 8.4 touch-screen infotainment system is one of the best we've seen

Lows

  • The nine-speed transmission is good for bragging rights but not smooth shifts
  • The four-cylinder engine is woefully underpowered and not very fuel efficient

Best Version to Get

If you get a Cherokee, go for a Limited (for the leather seats) with the V6 and the big Uconnect 8.4 touch screen. That puts you right around $32,000 with all-wheel drive. It's too bad that adding blind-spot monitoring requires a $2,155 package on top of that. No matter what Cherokee you get...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 3 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (184 hp)
  • 3.2-liter V6 (271 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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