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Jeep Cherokee Review | CarMax

When it comes to the crossover SUV market, you have no shortage of options to choose from these days. Still, the Jeep Cherokee is consistently one of our best-selling vehicles in its class—and for good reason. If you've been in the market for a crossover SUV that offers generous features and ample trim options, the Cherokee is worth a look. Explore our Jeep Cherokee review to find out more about the 2014-2018 models.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Nice Standard Features

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The Jeep Cherokee comes with its fair share of standard features, even in its base trim. For example, the 2017 Cherokee includes a touchscreen interface with SD card reader, easy-folding rear seats, keyless entry, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2. Several Trim Options

The 2016- 2017 Jeep Cherokee is available in five trim levels, each ranging greatly in available features and specifications, so you can select the trim that best suits your needs. Looking for something practical? The 2016 Cherokee Latitude package offers premium cloth seats, Parkview® rear back up camera and more. Looking for luxurious features, such as leather upholstery and ventilated front seats? Check out the top-of-the-line 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland trim.

3. Optional V6 Engine

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While the 2017 Cherokee comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, all trims except the base Sport are available with an upgraded 3.2L, V6 engine at 271 hp. All 2014-2018 Cherokees offer an optional V6 engine. This is a great choice for those who want more power behind the wheel!

4. Ample Storage Space

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The 2016 Jeep Cherokee offers up to 49.5 cubic feet of storage space, while the 2017 Cherokee gets up to 54.9 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded flat. This is plenty of room for sports equipment, groceries, and everything in between.

5. Comfortable Seating

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Up to five passengers will sit comfortably, even on longer drives, with the spacious interior and standard features like adjustable driver seat and reclining/adjustable rear seats.

What You Need to Know

Jeep Cherokee Trims

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee comes in five trim levels:

  • Sport - this base trim comes standard with 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, Bluetooth® connectivity, and an SD card reader.
  • Latitude - the Latitude trim adds such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, roof rails, and alloy wheels.
  • Trailhawk - the Trailhawk trim comes with four-wheel drive, tow hooks, a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, and all-terrain tires for enhanced off-roading capabilities.
  • Limited - the Limited trim comes with larger 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats.
  • Overland - this top-of-the-line trim comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, a premium nine-speaker sound system, and power liftgate.

Jeep Cherokee Interior

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The 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee interior is spacious, offering 24.6 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row of seats. Fold down the second row completely and you'll enjoy a maximum of 54.9 cubic feet of storage space (2017-2018 models). Combine this with ample interior seating space and comfort for both drivers and up to five passengers alike, and it's easy to see why the Cherokee is such a popular choice in crossover vehicles.

Jeep Cherokee Colors

The 2016-2017 Jeep Cherokee comes in an array of exterior color options:

  • Billet Metallic
  • Bright White
  • Deep Cherry Red Pearl
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearl (2017)
  • Eco Green Pearlcoat (2016)
  • Firecracker Red (2017)
  • Granite Crystal Metallic
  • Hydro Blue Pearl (2017)
  • Light Brownstone Pearl
  • Recon Green Clearcoat (2017)
  • Rhino Clearcoat (2017)

Jeep Cherokee Engine & Transmission

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee base Sport trim comes standard with a four-cylinder engine at 184 hp and nine-speed automatic transmission. However, all trims except for the base Sport have an optional 3.2L V6 engine at 271 hp and the same nine-speed automatic transmission.

Key Specs and Features

The 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee boasts some impressive specs including:

  • 24.6 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Up to 54.9 cubic feet of storage with rear seats folded down (2017-2018 models)
  • 2.4L engine at 184 hp

Some standard features across 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee model years include:

  • Brake assist
  • Fog lamps
  • Rear 60/40 split-folding and reclining seats
  • Remote keyless/illuminated entry

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Jeep Cherokee Model Years

Comparing Jeep Cherokee model years as you shop? There are a few notable differences between recent model years to consider.

2014 Jeep Cherokee - This was the first model year of the most recent generation of Jeep Cherokee. Trim levels include the Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. Standard equipment on the Sport includes 17-inch wheels, all-season tires, keyless entry, a five-inch touchscreen, and power accessories.

2015 Jeep Cherokee - For the 2015 model year, the Jeep Cherokee receives automatic engine start-stop on some trim levels, as well as a standard rearview camera on the Trailhawk and Latitude trims./p>

2016 Jeep Cherokee - The 2016 Jeep Cherokee sees technology upgrades, including a "Do Not Disturb" option on connected smartphones that automatically sends calls to voicemail and sends auto-replies to text messages while driving.

2017 Jeep Cherokee - The 2017 Jeep Cherokee doesn't see any major changes for this model year, though every trim except the base Sport now has standard xenon headlights.

2018 Jeep Cherokee - For the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, the Sport trim is dropped and a new trim, the Latitude Plus, is introduced.

Jeep Cherokee Average CarMax Prices 1

  • 2014-2017 - Average prices less than $20,000
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $22,500


Overall, the Jeep Cherokee is a great choice for those in the market for a crossover SUV. With plenty of trim levels to choose from, you can find the Cherokee that best suits your needs. And with generous standard features, the Cherokee makes an excellent vehicle for anything from your daily commute to family road trips.

1Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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