With five models, three engines, three all-wheel-drive systems, a dedicated off-road variant, and a host of options, Jeep Cherokee buyers can have it their way. That variety and an improved version of an already fine infotainment system give the Cherokee a score of 7 out of 10 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The model lineup consists of Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk models. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the Latitude, Latitude Plus, and the front-wheel-drive version of the Limited. The rest of the models get the 3.2-liter V-6 as standard. The new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is optional on all but the Latitude.
When buyers choose four-wheel drive, they get the base Active Drive I system in all but the Trailhawk model and they can upgrade to Active Drive II in all but the Latitude. The Trailhawk comes with Active Drive Lock. Active Drive II simulates low-range gearing, while Active Drive Lock has a two-speed transfer case with real low-range gearing, plus a mechanical locking rear differential that is electronically actuated.
The Latitude’s standard equipment consists of automatic LED headlights, fog lights, roof rails, 17-inch steel wheels, eight cargo-area tiedowns, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, power accessories, air conditioning, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. It gets an updated infotainment system with a center touchscreen that grows from 5.0 to 7.0 inches this year. Other infotainment features include a USB port, an auxiliary jack, two 12-volt outlets, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system.
The Latitude Plus adds alloy wheels, cloth and vinyl upholstery, power eight-way driver’s seat and power four-way front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, keyless ignition, satellite radio, and additional USB ports.
The Limited trim level adds a power liftgate, memory for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors, 18-inch wheels, a windshield wiper deicer, blind-spot monitors, a 7.0-inch information display in the instrument panel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch center touchscreen, remote starting, rear cross-path detection, and a universal garage door opener.
The Overland is even swankier, with a hands-free power liftgate, 19-inch wheels, a rear tonneau cover, perforated nappa leather seats that are heated and cooled, navigation, five years of real-time traffic, and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system that puts out 506 watts of power.
The Trailhawk is equipped for off-roading, with an off-road suspension, taller and knobbier 17-inch tires, and a rear fascia skid plate. Otherwise, it is mostly equipped like the Latitude Plus, though it also adds the 7.0-inch instrument panel screen, the 8.4-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and blind-spot monitors.
Options include higher-end equipment for lower-end models, plus several notable option packages. The Heavy Duty Protection package adds skid plates for the fuel tank, front suspension, transmission and underbody, plus a full-size spare.
A SafetyTec Group comes with blind-spot monitors, rear cross-path detection, and rear park assist. A Technology Group adds forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking. A Trailer Tow Group comes with heavy-duty engine cooling for the 3.2- and 2.0-liter engines, an auxiliary transmission oil cooler, a Class III hitch receiver, 4- and 7-pin wiring harnesses, and a full-size spare tire.
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