2018 Jeep Cherokee

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$24,395–$37,340 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Refined ride
  • V-6 power
  • Steering feel
  • Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system
  • Roomy cabin
  • Sliding, reclining rear seat

The Bad

  • Sometimes-clunky nine-speed transmission
  • Transmission slow to kick down
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Blurry backup camera image
  • Navigation system's map graphics

Notable Features of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

  • New Latitude Plus trim level available
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Three four-wheel-drive systems available
  • Automatic emergency braking available

2018 Jeep Cherokee First Drive

Brian Wong

Just one week after the updated 2019 Jeep Cherokee made its debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show, I got the chance to get behind the wheel to see how those changes translate to the road.

Related: Jeep Puts Best Face Forward With 2019 Cherokee Redesign

Our preview has a more detailed rundown of the 2019 Cherokee's changes, which are comprehensive. The exterior styling has been reworked to make the Cherokee appear more conventionally Jeep-esque, similar to the Compass and Grand Cherokee. There is also updated technology, improved cabin materials and a brand-new optional engine.

The changes are nice, but what held the previous model back in my mind was value. It was just too expensive to compete with like-sized and -featured competitors. Along with a chance to get behind the wheel, Jeep also announced pricing for the Cherokee's five trim levels (Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk).

Engine Upgrade

The Cherokee's most exciting addition is under the hood. Joining the two carryover engines from last year is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (out of the Alfa Romeo Giulia) that makes 270 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. The other two engines are a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 171 pounds-feet of torque and a 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 making 239 pounds-feet of torque. All three engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep has greatly expanded the Cherokee's engine availability for 2019: The 2.4-liter ... Read More


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

EXCELLENT IN ALL WAYS

by BREEBREE from AKRON, OHIO on August 24, 2018

THIS CAR IS ABSOLUTELY THE TOP OF THE LINE FOR ME. IT IS NOT TO BIG OR TO SMALL. IT IS JUST RIGHT AND I LOVEEE ALL OF THE GADGETS ON THE PANEL. NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS LEARN HOW TO USE THEM THE VIDEOS ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very well equiped SUV

by gcroftis from Kelowna British Columbia on August 23, 2018

I was surprised how much pep it had, the interior is well designed and the equipment great. I love the U Connect system with bluetooth etc. Easy to park with the all around viewing on the screen and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jeep

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.
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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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