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.
- MSRP range$27,210–$36,285
- Consumer rating
- Combined mpg 21–25
- Body style SUV
- 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