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Base MSRP price range:
$22,995 - $30,095
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Car Type: Small sport-utility vehicles
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Jeep Cherokee Overview

This small SUV could be a contender, but the Dart-based Cherokee is too underdeveloped and unrefined. If you have your heart set on one, get the 3.2-liter V6 in Limited trim. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is slow and gets lousy fuel economy for the class, just 22 mpg overall. The nine-speed automatic is neither refined nor responsive. Handling is competent but lacks agility and the ride is jittery. At least the Cherokee is quiet, with a comfortable backseat and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. Choosing the Limited opens the option book to many high-end features. The Trailhawk version is very capable off-road, and the V6 can tow an impressive 4,500 pounds.

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