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Jeep Cherokee

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Arguably the first mainstream SUV, the Jeep Cherokee was a runaway hit with buyers the moment it arrived in showrooms in 1984. Combining available four-wheel drive and room for a family in a compact, easy-to-maneuver package, the Cherokee offered a variety of trim levels — some with all the creature comforts of a passenger car. The Jeep Cherokee not only helped launch a class of vehicles, its arrival pretty much signaled the beginning of the end for the station wagon as the family vehicle of choice.

Production of first-generation models ended after a long run in 2001, and the current-generation Cherokee didn’t appear until the 2014 model year, after a decade-plus hiatus. Now, with similar dimensions wrapped in a more modern package, the formula hasn’t changed much.

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Off Road Shoppers

Off-Road vehicles include four-wheel-drive SUVs and pickup trucks with the extra feature of a dual-range transfer case or dedicated crawl mode for extreme off-road driving. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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3 Generations

Cherokee - 3 Generations

2014–2019 Cherokee

Redesigned in 2014
2014–2019 Cherokee Generation, 2019 Jeep Cherokee model shown Showing the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Find out if this car is the best match for you

Similar in size to the original, the second-generation Cherokee took on a more futuristic, if controversial, look compared with the boxy, utilitarian first-generation model, while retaining better off-road capability than many small SUVs. Powertrain choices include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.2-liter V-6, along with a new 270-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine introduced as part of a 2019 update that also included more conventional styling. All engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that isn't particularly refined. Several four-wheel-drive systems are available. Virtues include a quiet interior, Chrysler’s excellent Uconnect multimedia system, and decent towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds.

  • MSRP Range $24,195–$37,775
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 110 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-25
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Notable Features in 2019
  • Five-seat compact/mid-size SUV
  • New front-end styling
  • New turbocharged 2.0-liter engine option
  • Cargo volume increased slightly
  • 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available
  • Many safety and convenience options added
  • MSRP Range $24,395–$37,340
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 221 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
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Notable Features in 2018
  • 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
  • MSRP Range $23,695–$37,695
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 261 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
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Notable Features in 2017
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Front-wheel drive or choice of three 4x4 systems
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Forward collision warning available
  • Current List Price $13,857–$26,501
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 166 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
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Notable Features in 2016
  • 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
  • Current List Price $12,891–$26,879
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 223 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-26
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Notable Features in 2015
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology now available
  • Automatic braking now available
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission standard
  • FWD or choice of three 4x4 systems
  • Seats five
  • Current List Price $3,619–$31,679
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 248 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
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Notable Features in 2014
  • New model replaces Liberty
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or three 4x4 systems
  • Off-road capability
  • Seats five

2002–2013 Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee was not produced from 2002–2013

1984–2001 Cherokee

Redesigned in 1984
Showing the 2001 Jeep Cherokee Find out if this car is the best match for you

With available four-wheel drive and unibody construction for car-like handling, the first Cherokee set the stage for a generation of family-friendly SUVs to come. Jeep saw little reason to tinker with its winning formula, so the first-generation Cherokee changed little over the course of its long run. Two- and four-door versions were offered, along with four- and six-cylinder powertrains, manual and automatic transmissions, and trim levels that ranged from utilitarian to near-luxury. While ride and handling might seem crude compared with more modern designs, first-generation Cherokees remain popular with Jeep enthusiasts — and they’re quite capable off-road when properly equipped.

  • Current List Price $16–$10,464
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 41 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-20
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Read About the 2001 Model 2001 Cherokee Articles
  • Current List Price $107–$11,091
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 43 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-22
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  • Current List Price $58–$10,214
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 51 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-23
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  • Current List Price $28–$10,376
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 21 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-23
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Read About the 1998 Model 1998 Cherokee Articles
  • Current List Price $509–$6,165
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 13 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-20
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Read About the 1997 Model 1997 Cherokee Articles
  • Current List Price $77–$8,793
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 11 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-21
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Read About the 1995 Model 1995 Cherokee Articles
  • Current List Price $344–$4,672
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 9 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
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  • Current List Price $1,345–$5,493
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 9 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
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  • Current List Price $961–$6,893
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 4 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
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