|Midsize SUV; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $2,600*|
1991 Jeep Cherokee Sport 2-door wagon
1991 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood 4-door wagon
1993 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4-door wagon
1992 Jeep Cherokee interior
1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport interior
Cherokees offer a lot of temptations, serving as an excellent alternative for those who cannot afford a Grand Cherokee or Explorer. Next to something like the latest Chevrolet Blazer, though, they do seem a step behind in civility.
Launched in 1984, Cherokee was the first compact sport-utility vehicle to offer a 5-door body style. Powered at first by anemic 4-cylinder and V6 engines, Cherokees got a big boost in 1987 with the optional 4.0-liter inline six. Cherokees came with rear-wheel drive, part-time Command-Trac 4-wheel drive, or Selec-Trac full-time 4WD. Four-wheel antilock braking had become an option in 1989 on vehicles with a 6-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, and Selec-Trac. ABS worked in both 2WD and 4WD. For 1990, Cherokees came in base and plush Limited trim.
A 4-door Sport Cherokee joined the 2-door Sport, and a new Briarwood replaced the Wagoneer Limited, retaining woodgrain bodyside graphics. Four-cylinder horsepower rose from 121 to 130. All but the base model came with the 6-cylinder engine, which gained 13 horsepower.
Cherokees showed little change.
A new upscale Grand Cherokee arrived for 1993, dropping this regular Cherokee line down a notch. Jeep dropped its top-line Cherokees to highlight the difference.
New safety features included side door-guard beams and a center high-mounted stoplamp.
A driver-side airbag arrived in 1995, and the base SE model gained reclining front bucket seats. Three models went on sale: SE, Sport, and Country (the latter 4-door only). Four-cylinder Cherokees became available later in the season with a 3-speed automatic transmission.
The 4-cylinder dropped five horsepower, to 125, and was no longer available with the 3-speed automatic transmission. Cherokee would be redesigned for 1997.