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MSRP: $22,995 - $30,595
Invoice: $22,646 - $29,593
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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Jeep Cherokee Review

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee ranks 13 out of 24 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jeep Cherokee, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers like the Jeep Cherokee’s strong optional V6 engine, extensive off-road capabilities and premium interior, but they find its on-road handling dull.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee comes with a four-cylinder engine that reviewers think offers satisfactory power in most situations. However, they are much more impressed with the optional V6 engine, which they say delivers considerably more power and livelier acceleration. According to most automotive journalists, the standard nine-speed automatic transmission produces seamless shifts. The base 2015 Cherokee earns an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is on par with many rivals’ estimates. Reviewers agree the Cherokee has a comfortable, quiet ride, but they say it feels ponderous through turns and isn’t as sporty as some competitors. Though most find its steering to be accurate, they note that steering feedback is light. The Jeep Cherokee can be equipped with one of three four-wheel drive options. For top-notch off-road performance, reviewers say that, aside from the Jeep Wrangler, the Cherokee Trailhawk is one of the best options in the class.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee’s cabin is handsome and features upscale materials, reviewers write. The standard cloth and optional leather upholstery earn praise for being high-quality and attractive. Standard features in the 2015 Cherokee include a six-speaker stereo with a 5-inch touch-screen display, a USB port, an SD card reader and Bluetooth. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, push-button start, remote start, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, active park assist and blind spot monitoring are available. Test drivers agree that the Cherokee’s optional infotainment system is quick to respond and has straightforward menus. They also like that there are redundant physical buttons for adjusting audio and climate settings. The Jeep Cherokee has 54.9 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is below average for the class.

  • "The 2015 Jeep Cherokee offers more off-road capability than most people will expect from a crossover, but the bigger story is that it's civilized and comfortable enough to drive to work every day. It's worth a look if you're shopping for a small SUV." -- Edmunds
  • “Offering a low-range and three different 4-wheel-drive systems that give it uncanny rock crawling ability for a small crossover SUV, the Jeep Cherokee also offers creature comforts that put it at the head of the class. Jeep tops it off with an available V6 engine and a class-exclusive a 9-speed automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For its follow-up to the Liberty SUV, Jeep has dusted off its storied Cherokee nameplate to create a thoroughly modern and radically-styled midsize crossover. While some purists likely won't approve of the polarizing look, the Cherokee nonetheless impresses with an industry-first nine-speed automatic, loads of safety features and three available four-wheel-drive systems." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is as trail ready as its predecessors, but it's way more relevant to the overwhelming majority of buyers who think of their SUV as a car. The Cherokee brings the same level of product execution that the Grand Cherokee possesses but into a smaller segment." -- Car and Driver (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, and reviewers like its powerful turbocharged engine. They agree that the Forester has agile handling and a pleasant ride. The Forester also has more cargo space than the Cherokee and earns better fuel economy estimates.

Reviewers say the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most athletic SUVs in the class. Models equipped with an optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine are a blast to drive, they add. Test drivers also like the Mazda CX-5’s upscale cabin.

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Details: 2015 Jeep Cherokee

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission are standard, while a 3.2-liter V6 engine and a choice of three four-wheel drive systems are optional. The Jeep Cherokee is available in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. The Cherokee was reintroduced as an all-new model for 2014, and sees few changes for the 2015 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/18/14

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