By Jennifer Geiger on Mon Jun 10 05:16:21 GMT-06:00 2013
When Jeep debuted its new Cherokee last winter, the design of the midsize SUV was met with more jeers than cheers. The Cherokee's price tag, however, should win it some points. When the vehicle goes on sale in the fall, it'll start at $23,990, including a $995 destination fee.
Powering the SUV are a pair of new powertrains: a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 and the segment's first nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but three four-wheel-drive systems are offered. Chrysler expects the Cherokee's four-cylinder to deliver fuel economy of 31 mpg highway. Two-wheel-drive versions of the V-6-powered Liberty, the vehicle it replaces, are EPA-rated at 16/22 mpg city/highway.
Jeep says that the new Cherokee starts below the Liberty (2012 models started at $24,320, including destination) and offers much more convenience and safety features. Available technology features include a wireless charging pad for portable devices, a reconfigurable 7-inch screen in the instrument panel, an 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system and a self-parking system.
It's also priced competitively compared with major players in the class such as the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox ($25,085) and Ford Edge ($28,595). All prices include destination.
Trim level pricing is below. Base models come standard with a Uconnect 5.0-inch touch-screen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, cloth seats with driver and front passenger manual height adjuster, 60/40-split rear seat that reclines and has an armrest, power windows with driver one-touch down, sliding sun visors with illuminated mirrors, cargo management system, 10 airbags, LED taillamps and daytime running lamps, halogen projector headlamps, hill start assist, cruise control, air conditioning with rear vents, remote keyless entry, power remote open fuel door and 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires. Stay tuned for a trim-level breakdown.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer