By David Thomas on June 11, 2013
Prices for the all-new Jeep Cherokee were recently released, highlighting its competitive place in the segment when it goes on sale later this summer.
The crossover is similar in size to the Chevrolet Equinox. That makes it larger than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4s of the world, but smaller than midsizers like the Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's priced similarly to the smaller crossovers as well.
Like most new models of any stripe introduced lately, there's a fair amount of standard equipment on base Cherokees. However, base Cherokees will have items like black door handles and side mirrors that could force many to move up a grade.
Find out what each trim level delivers for the price below. All prices include a $995 destination fee.
Basics: The Sport comes with a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, nine-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, height adjustment, power windows with one-touch down for driver, armrest, cruise control, vanity mirrors with lights and those black door handles and side mirrors.
Interior & Tech: A six-speaker stereo is standard along with Chrysler's Uconnect system with a 5-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity, USB input and SD card reader.
Misc: LED running lights in front and taillights in back are also standard. A cargo management system with a tote is an unusual standard item included in base Cherokees.
Options: You need to pay extra for a backup camera, 17-inch alloy wheels and Cold Weather or Trailer-tow packages.
Basics: You get everything from the Sport model plus niceties like body-colored side mirrors and door handles. Roof rails, tinted glass, fog lamps, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a compact spare tire are also lumped into the Latitude grade.
Interior & Tech: A leather-wrapped steering wheel and ambient LED interior lighting liven up the interior.
Misc: The nifty in-seat storage compartment found in other Chrysler vehicles is also included in the Latitude's fold-flat front passenger seat.
Options: More power can be added to the Latitude with the optional 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6. Other options include an upgraded multimedia system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen and a 506-watt nine-speaker stereo with a subwoofer. A panoramic sunroof and the Cold Weather, Comfort/Convenience and Trailer-tow packages also will cost extra.
Basics: The Limited is the high-end version, so standard equipment includes everything from the Latitude plus heated power leather seats, a heated steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlamps and dual-zone climate control.
Interior & Tech: Keyless entry and push-button start, 7-inch digital gauge cluster, 8.4-inch touch-screen stereo with six speakers, a backup camera and remote start are a healthy group of features for this amount of money.
Misc: Puddle lamps, auto-dim rearview mirror, universal garage door opener and even a cargo net are nice to have, too.
Options: The Limited trim's available features are similar to the Latitude's offerings in almost all respects, including the optional 3.2-liter V-6. Navigation can be added to the standard 8.4-inch touch-screen as can the 506-watt nine-speaker stereo with a subwoofer. A panoramic sunroof and Cold Weather, Comfort/Convenience and Trailer-tow packages will still cost extra.
Basics: The Trailhawk is an off-road trim level that adds equipment to the Latitude list, but not the Limited model. Standard items for off-roading enthusiasts include a 4x4 system, off-road wheel flares, red tow hooks, skid plates, off-road suspension, a 1-inch increase in ride height, heavy-duty engine cooling, hill start assist and hill descent control, 17-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets and all-terrain tires.
Interior & Tech: A leather-trimmed cloth interior, 7-inch digital gauge cluster, 8.4-inch touch-screen stereo with six speakers, backup camera and remote start aren't forgotten.
Misc: Because the Trailhawk is for off-roading, Jeep revised the front and rear bumpers to allow for more aggressive approach and departure angles of 29.8 and 32.1 degrees, respectively. Total ground clearance is 8.7 inches.
Options: Extras are the same as the Limited's offerings with the optional 3.2-liter V-6. Navigation can be added to the standard 8.4-inch touch-screen as can the 506-watt nine-speaker stereo with a subwoofer. A panoramic sunroof and Cold Weather, Comfort/Convenience and Trailer-tow packages will still cost extra. The matte black hood decal you've seen in many photos is also an added extra. And if you like to off-road in style, there's a Leather Interior options package.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David