2021 Jeep Cherokee

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182” x 66.2”


Front-wheel drive



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

6 trims

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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 4.9
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Jeep cherokee trailhawk

I have been looking at new Jeeps for awhile was needing a new vehicle was driving a 2005 dodge grand caravan sxt drove it everywhere kid's learned how to drive in it. But I'm a jeep guy have a 1979Jeepcj7 since brand new drive it daily. Seen the jeep cherokee trailhawk at my local dealership talked to them about it took it for a test drive and fell in love with it. Had to take it home. Very comfortable all the buttons are in the right places. Display screen is very simple to navigate easy-to-use app's phone linked right up no need to look at it. Mics are in right places above head everyone I call or calls me has no problem hearing me. Has alot of safety features to get use to but not hard. I have had other cherokee in the past but love this one. If you are interested in a Jeep check out the Cherokee line like I said I'am a Jeep guy test drive and you will see what I mean.


Defective 4x4 system

Defective mechanical issuesPower Transfer Unit for the 4x4 system is known to fail since 2014 models. This item is also found on other Jeep models. When this part fails, the only replacement part available will be used on new vehicles and are not available to replace on vehicles already sold. This part has a nation wide shortage and not available. Why would anyone buy a product, pay it off just to find yourself without a vehicle when something is defective and irreplaceable? Stay away from Jeeps!!!



Great gas mileage an very comfortable car. Love the different gears to shift to for us snow. Very reliable only thing for service oil changes

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Jeep
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
36 months/unlimited distance
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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