2016 Jeep Cherokee

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Jeep Cherokee. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Daring front-end styling
  • Available 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Self-parking feature
  • Collision-mitigation feature

The Bad

  • Forgettable rear-end styling
  • Interior doesn't seem midsize
  • Modest cargo volume
  • Transmission performance with four-cylinder

Notable Features of the 2016 Jeep Cherokee

  • Front-wheel drive or choice of three 4x4 systems
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Seats five
  • Stop-start technology with V-6
  • Adaptive cruise control available

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Cherokee compact SUV is offered with four-cylinder or V-6 power and front-wheel drive or a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems. All models have a nine-speed automatic transmission. With true off-road capability, the Cherokee arguably competes with SUVs such as the Nissan Xterra and Toyota 4Runner in addition to crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback.
New for 2016
The 3.2-liter V-6 is a new option for the base Sport model and is expected to be available in late 2015. The available Uconnect multimedia system with the 8.4-inch touch-screen adds Siri EyesFree voice recognition for iPhones, drag and drop capability to customize the screen and a do-not-disturb feature for incoming calls and text messages.
Significant Standard Features

  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Seats five
  • Uconnect system with 5-inch touch-screen 
  • 60/40-split folding backseat with fore-aft adjustment
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6
  • Front-wheel drive or three available four-wheel-drive systems
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology on V-6 models
  • Off-road-capable Trailhawk model
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen
  • Automated parking system
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning with autonomous braking
  • Lan...
Vehicle Overview

The Cherokee compact SUV is offered with four-cylinder or V-6 power and front-wheel drive or a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems. All models have a nine-speed automatic transmission. With true off-road capability, the Cherokee arguably competes with SUVs such as the Nissan Xterra and Toyota 4Runner in addition to crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback.
New for 2016
The 3.2-liter V-6 is a new option for the base Sport model and is expected to be available in late 2015. The available Uconnect multimedia system with the 8.4-inch touch-screen adds Siri EyesFree voice recognition for iPhones, drag and drop capability to customize the screen and a do-not-disturb feature for incoming calls and text messages.
Significant Standard Features

  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Seats five
  • Uconnect system with 5-inch touch-screen 
  • 60/40-split folding backseat with fore-aft adjustment
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6
  • Front-wheel drive or three available four-wheel-drive systems
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology on V-6 models
  • Off-road-capable Trailhawk model
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen
  • Automated parking system
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning with autonomous braking
  • Lane-keeping assist

Latest 2016 Cherokee Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great value

by Cherokee owner from Cleveland ohio on October 21, 2018

Great value only issue is the RPMS sensor went out after 2 years and dealer experience has been to come in fill it up couple months of times and then they again need to test it before they can order ... Read full review

(5.0)

Just purchased

by Travelinggranny from Branson MO on October 16, 2018

This car replaced a different SUV. While we've only had it less than a week, we have been greatly surprised at the way it handles the curves where we live and the comfort on our already long journey ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Jeep
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cherokee received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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