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2018 Jeep Cherokee

$24,395 — $37,340 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
22-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Jeep Cherokee exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

by 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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
233 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Loving my new Jeep!

by MommaSkuby from Burbank, IL on November 12, 2018

I?m impressed with the Cherokee. I?ve never owned a Jeep but always liked the style. Drives beautifully, features are great. I feel safe and comfortable. Read full review

(5.0)

Very nice car love the ride, interior and exterior

by Bill from Columbia Il on November 3, 2018

Car is what we were looking for in size. Had a ford, this compared in room and was above in quality. Very well engineered. Wife drives it daily and she is happy with it. Perfect. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker