2021 Jeep Cherokee

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Key specs

Base trim shown.


The good:

  • Turbo four-cylinder and available V-6
  • Uconnect touchscreens
  • Ride comfort
  • Seat comfort
  • Trailhawk's off-road capability
  • Child-seat accommodation

The bad:

  • Transmission hesitation
  • Weak base engine
  • Modest cargo volume
  • V-6 gas mileage

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

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Our 2021 Jeep Cherokee trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • More standard safety features
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Choice of three engines
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity

2021 Jeep Cherokee Review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Jeep Cherokee?

The Jeep Cherokee compact SUV comes with four-cylinder or V-6 power, along with front-wheel drive or a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems. All versions use a nine-speed automatic transmission and seat up to five. While certain Cherokee models have more off-road capability than the norm in their class, most versions compete with on-road-focused small SUVs like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

What’s New on the 2021 Jeep Cherokee?

Newly standard active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. Rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated side mirrors are also standard. 

There’s a new Latitude Lux trim level with Nappa leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start and a windshield-wiper deicer. An 80th Anniversary Edition based on the Lux trim features a panoramic moonroof, 19-inch wheels with a granite-crystal finish, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system and special badging and trim. 

What Features in the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split rear seat
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity

Available features include:

  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Sliding rear seat
  • Alpine premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability

Should I Buy the 2021 Jeep Cherokee?

If you’re looking for a five-seat SUV with true off-road capability, the Jeep Cherokee should be at the top of your shopping list. The Trailhawk model has an appetite for rocky roads and mud-splattered adventure. Seating is comfortable in the front and back, though many rivals offer more cargo space. The Uconnect multimedia system is also one of the best on the market; it’s simple to use and takes only a few moments to master. That said, we’d recommend skipping the base four-cylinder engine; it’s underwhelming and overshadowed by the more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder and V-6 engines.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Most reliable car I’ve ever owned

This car met all of my needs and the Salseman David was genuinely amazing! He was thorough in explanations kind and really took what i wanted into account


Good value for the price!

This Jeep has worked just fine since I bought it. The only shortcoming I can see right now is it’s lack of a heads up display. It rides very good, which is a pleasant surprise considering it’s the Trailhawk model. I’m very happy with my purchase.



This suv was better than expected! Smooth ride,with all the bells and whistles without paying a fortune. I would recommend this vehicle, to anyone Gas mileage is impressive

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep
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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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