2016 Jeep Cherokee

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Jeep Cherokee highlights

Customer rating


  • Strong V6 engine option
  • Smooth and comfortable ride
  • Off-road capability on select trims


  • Base engine may feel underpowered
  • Competitors offer more cargo space
  • Interior design feels outdated

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 25 highway, 22 combined

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Plenty of space in this versatile SUV

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee brings notable tech enhancements, including Siri® Eyes Free compatibility for models with the available Uconnect® system. This SUV remains a strong contender if you’re looking for a versatile run-around that can also cope when the weather turns. It offers a great mix of urban comfort and off-road capability, particularly with the rugged Trailhawk trim.

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What is new for the 2016 Jeep Cherokee?

  • The Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the 75TH Anniversary Edition, High Altitude, and Overland.
  • Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Panoramic Sunroof, Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, A/C Seat(s), Memory Seat(s), Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Alpine Sound System, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Jeep Cherokee

1. Off-road-ready Trailhawk trim 

The Trailhawk trim stands out for adventurers, featuring Jeep’s Active Drive II system and increased ground clearance. this makes it adept at handling challenging terrain whether that's crawling over rocks or just heading down to the lake. It’s equipped for serious off-roading with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, tow hooks, and underbody skid plates. 

2. Practical four-cylinder 

For economy-focused drivers, the standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine provides balanced performance, especially in front-wheel-drive configurations. It'll get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined in front-wheel drive models.

This drops to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined on Active Drive I models with the four-cylinder engine.

3. Refined V6 engine 

The available 3.2L V6 engine in the 2016 Cherokee offers robust performance with 271 horsepower. This power makes the Cherokee a versatile choice for daily commutes and longer journeys. Look out for the available tow package and you'll be able to pull an estimated 4,500 lbs with the V6, when properly equipped.


4. Plenty of features 

All 2016 Cherokee models feature a comfortable ride, suitable for a variety of road conditions. The addition of Siri® Eyes Free to Uconnect® models enhances driver convenience, allowing for easy voice control. Higher trims like Latitude and Limited add extra luxuries, including premium materials and advanced driver assists — such as blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and more. 

5. Roomy interior 

The Cherokee’s interior is thoughtfully designed, offering comfort and space for all passengers. With a generous cargo area of 24.6 cu-ft that expands to 54.9 cu-ft with the rear seats folded, you get plenty of versatility in this practical SUV. Time to load up with your favorite people and some camping gear for a vacation in the wild. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is a car that is loved by many customers. They like the car because it is reliable, comfortable, and has a sporty design.

RepairPal gave the Jeep Cherokee an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Jeep Cherokee 8th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Jeep Cherokee features and specs

Overland 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Alpine Sound System
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.1"/R 40.3"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 38.5"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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