Jeep Cherokee: Distinctive Styling with the Heart and Soul of a Jeep

The Cherokee seats up to five adults and features all the latest automotive technologies including color 7-inch reconfigurable TFT instrument cluster, Uconnect 8.4-inch color touchscreen media center, new parallel/perpendicular park assist, fold-flat front passenger seat and 60/40-split folding second row seating, Jeep cargo management system and all-new CommandView panoramic sunroof and Sky Slider roof. Enhancements include heated and ventilated leather seats up front, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, GPS navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio with Traffic and Travel Link features, remote start, and premium audio system with subwoofer.

While my time with the Cherokee Limited did not allow for any serious off-roading adventures, I am fully confident in the automaker applying its Jeep Trail Rated hardware and seal of approval including the Selec-Terrain traction control system and Active Drive Lock technology. There is also hill start assist, hill descent control, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, and electronic roll mitigation.

Pricing for the 2017 Jeep Cherokee begins at $23,695 with this loaded tester arriving at $43k and change. Fuel economy for the Cherokee Limited 4×4 with V-6 is 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. A safety and technology package added to the bottom line on this tester and it included blind spot monitor with cross path detection, full speed collision warning with crash mitigation, adaptive cruise control with stop and go traffic assistance, advanced brake assist, and lane sense lane departure warning.

I have been pleasantly surprised with this new-generation Cherokee and feel it has done a more than capable job of replacing the Liberty. I am happy to see it back in the Jeep lineup where it rightfully belongs.


About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.