The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is a mid-size crossover SUV which was reintroduced in 2013. The Cherokee comes in eight available models: Sport, Sport Altitude, Latitude, 75th Anniversary, Limited, High Altitude, Trailhawk, and Overland. With a 106″ wheelbase, it is shorter than the original Cherokee. It is available for set-up with three four-wheel drive systems.
Price ranges from MSRP with the Sport at $23,495 and the high-end Overland at $34,695. It has the option of a 2.4-liter or 3.2-liter engine, both with a 9-speed automatic transmission option. The base vehicle weight is 3,655 lbs. and has a capacity rating of 5,050 lbs. Ground clearance is 5.7″ and varies with approach angle. The body is 73.2″ wide, 65.7″ tall, and 182″ long.
The Cherokee comes with a variety of optional features. Some unique features include the cold weather package with an engine block, heated seats, heated mirror, heated steering wheel, and remote start. Other unique features are available in the comfort group with automatic dimming mirrors, keyless entry, and power lift gate. Even more unique features can be seen in the 40/60 split second-row seats and the fold flat passenger seat. Another unique feature of the Jeep Cherokee is the dual pane sunroof.
Safety features of the Jeep Cherokee include side-curtain and side-thorax airbags, lane departure warning, cruise control, park assist, blind spot monitoring, collision warning, rear cross-path detection, and 9-1-1 call button. Some of these features are standard on all models while others can be added in packages.
The Jeep Cherokee boasts many performance features, including independent suspension, high-strength steel frame, speed-sensitive power steering, auto adjusting shocks, and up to 4,500 pounds of towing capability. Features expand beyond capability to entertainment with the available U-Connect navigation system, auxiliary media port, and Alpine sound system.
Fuel efficiency for the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is rated at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, which beats nearly all compact SUVs in its class. The Cherokee also holds more appeal in its class via the interior design, U-Connect system, and price. In comparison to its competition, the Cherokee has many winning and desirable features.
Some pros and cons of the Jeep Cherokee begin with the 2.4-liter engine. It has been rated with high fuel efficiency but is lacking in power. Others pros of the Cherokee are the excellent safety features, its stylish interior, the spacious cabin, its compact size, sleek exterior, spare tire options, available exterior colors, choice of terrain modes, choice of engines, and manual or automatic transmissions.
Most of the cons of the Cherokee are labeled as too many optional features. Most of the aforementioned unique features require package upgrades, which come at a cost. The base features leave out many of the appealing features that draw buyers initially, proving costly for some buyers. Another con is the size of the fuel tank. With a tank of 15.8 gallons, refueling is required more often than is with its competition.