Jeep has refreshed the Cherokee, giving it a face-lift, additional creature comforts, and a turbocharged engine option. But despite those improvements, it’s still a mediocre model -- with little to like -- in a popular and competitive segment.
It still suffers from an uncooperative transmission, a stiff ride, and mundane handling. And the optional engine doesn’t help this SUV much, as it feels lethargic and sounds more like a piece of farm equipment.
Jeep added more creature comforts, and it jettisoned the headlight design that was controversial among Cherokee purists. But overall, this freshened version is a clear example of a vehicle that looks great on paper but doesn't do so well on the road.