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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.

Good Fit For
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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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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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

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 $23,995–$37,775
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 66 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-25
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Read About the 2019 Model 2019 Cherokee Articles
  • MSRP Range $24,395–$37,340
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 199 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) 258 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 $14,157–$26,733
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 150 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 $13,566–$26,022
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 214 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-26
  • Body Styles:

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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 $11,124–$24,252
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 236 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
  • Body Styles:

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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

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 $553–$9,265
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 39 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-20
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Read About the 2001 Model 2001 Cherokee Articles
  • Current List Price $848–$9,988
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-22
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  • Current List Price $774–$8,582
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 51 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-23
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  • Current List Price $671–$8,675
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-23
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Read About the 1998 Model 1998 Cherokee Articles
  • Current List Price $989–$7,761
  • 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 $24–$10,024
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 17 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
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  • Current List Price $14–$5,466
  • 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 $65–$7,449
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 8 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
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  • Current List Price $334–$8,674
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 9 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $7,950–$7,950
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 4 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
  • Body Styles:

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