Jeep Cherokee

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Jeep Cherokee


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:
  • Towing
  • Off road
  • Small families

  • MSRP range$27,210–$36,285
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 21–25
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2021:
  • 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

2002–13 Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee was not produced from 2002–2013.

  • MSRP range$17,910–$25,600
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style SUV

  • MSRP range$14,745–$22,076
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style SUV