The Jeep Cherokee was one of the original sport-utility vehicles, a way to get some of the durability and off-road prowess of a Jeep in a vehicle larger than the old Willys (or the new Wrangler). The 2017 Cherokee is smaller than it was in past decades, but it still comes with all the comforts you’d expect from a modern crossover and all the off-roading features you count on Jeep to deliver.
Jeep has nine trim levels on offer for the 2017 Cherokee: Sport, Sport Altitude, Latitude, 75th Anniversary Edition, Trailhawk, Limited, High Altitude, Trailhawk L Plus, and Overland. With just the Sport, you can count on features like a 5-inch touch screen with Uconnect and a nine-speed automatic transmission, and if you go for the Overland trim you get an 8.4-inch touch screen with navigation, premium leather seats, and automatic headlights.
On every model except the Overland, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a 2.4-liter I4 engine which gets 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the efficient nine-speed transmission, it provides 31 mpg* on the highway and 22* in the city. Almost every trim also comes with the opportunity to upgrade to a 3.2-liter V6 engine (standard on the Overland), which offers 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. The mpg drops slightly to 21/29*, but you get better acceleration and a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds in exchange. You can also choose between front-wheel and four-wheel drive.
The 2017 Cherokee has plenty of space for a two-row crossover and plenty of power when you add in the 3.2-liter V6, but if you want to see what the Cherokee can do once you leave the road behind, you should definitely pick one of the Trailhawk trims. The Trailhawk is 4×4 only, and it add things like skid plates to keep the undercarriage safe, tow hooks for pulling the Cherokee or other vehicles out of trouble, and the Selec-Terrain System. Selec-Terrain is standard on all Cherokees, but the Trailhawk adds Crawl Control for added performance on steep slopes.
With the rear seats up, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee has 29.1 cubic feet for cargo, and up to 54.9 cubic feet with the seats folded down. The Cherokee also comes with a comfortable interior no matter which trim level you choose, but if you pick one of the more expensive ones you can expect features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker sound system by Alpine, and a CommandView dual-pane sunroof.
The 2017 Cherokee has all the safety features you’d expect from a modern vehicle, such as eight air bags, an available ParkView rear back-up camera, and available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, which can help you safely park your vehicle by controlling the steering wheel. Other advanced safety features available on the Cherokee include the Blind Spot and Cross-Path Detection system, the LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, and the Full Speed Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation.