2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Jeep Cherokee

2018 Jeep Cherokee

Pros: Impressive off-road capabilities when properly equipped; better on-road handling and composure than other Jeeps; broad range of optional equipment and high-tech features; standard 9-speed automatic transmission

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; radical front-end styling is off-putting to Jeep traditionalists; other compact SUVs have better cargo volume

CG Says: For 2018, Jeep Cherokee shuffles in model lineup. The Sport and Altitude trims have been dropped. Latitude is now the base model and there is a new Latitude Plus model. Trailhawk and Limited gain standard equipment. Cherokee is a compact crossover SUV that is slightly larger than Jeep’s Compass, which in turn, is larger than the subcompact Jeep Renegade. Two engines are offered: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower and a 271-hp 3.2-liter V6. Both engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are available. Available features include heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. For most of its trim levels, the Cherokee’s closest competitors are the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5. The exception is the range-topping, off-road-ready Cherokee Trailhawk model, which has few direct rivals in the compact-SUV class. The only other vehicles in its class that come close to–or match–its level of off-road equipment are the other compact Jeeps, namely the Compass, and, for buyers interested in extreme off-roading, the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Latitude: $25,490
4WD Latitude: $26,990
Latitude w/Tech Connect Pkg: $27,285
4WD Latitude w/Tech Connect Pkg: $28,785
Latitude Plus: $27,390
4WD Latitude Plus: $28,890
Limited: $30,890
4WD Limited: $32,390
4WD Trailhawk: $32,090
Overland: $35,190
4WD Overland: $38,435

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-30

Optional Engine
3.2-liter V6
Horsepower
271
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-29

2016 Jeep® Cherokee Overland
2018 Jeep Cherokee Overland
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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