Over the past 40-plus years, the rugged Jeep Cherokee has evolved to become more livable in the urban jungle in which it’s likely to spend most of its time. The look is now sleeker and the interior materials significantly more upscale than in the boxy versions of oldOur test model came fitted with the optional 3.2-liter V6 engine that gives it the capability to tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is impressive for a compact crossover SUV. We’ve also driven the Cherokee with the available 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and think its greater power output and better fuel economy make it an attractive choice.
On pavement, the Jeep Cherokee’s ride is quiet and the handling respectable. Three all-wheel-drive systems are offered, but the version on the Trailhawk model gives this little crossover more serious capabilities off road and in ugly driving conditions.
This latest Jeep Cherokee represents the evolution of a legendary nameplate, ready to carry its rugged reputation into the future.
- Off-road capability and tow rating beat competitors.
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration is standard.
- Smallish cargo area
- Base four-cylinder is a little anemic.
- More capable than your average crossover SUV
- Base Price: $34,595
- As Tested: $42,715
- 23/31 (2.0L turbo I4/automatic)
- 19/27 (3.2L V6/automatic)