2017 Jeep Cherokee

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Jeep Cherokee highlights

Customer rating


  • Potent V6 engine option
  • Comfortable and composed ride
  • Capable off-road conditions with select trims


  • Standard engine lacks excitement
  • Cargo space falls behind competitors
  • Some interior elements feel dated

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 22 combined

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Get more from this versatile SUV

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee introduces minor but significant updates over previous model years, including standard xenon headlights on all but the base Sport trim. Additionally, the Overland trim, introduced in mid-2016, enters its first full year, offering premium features and styling.

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What is new for the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

  • The Cherokee is available in a new trim called the Trailhawk L Plus.
  • Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment this year.
  • Sunroof(s) features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Latitude trim now comes with Remote Start as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Jeep Cherokee

1. Trailhawk trim is great off-road 

If you're an off-road enthusiast, the Trailhawk trim is one to watch out for. Equipped with Jeep’s Active Drive II system, it's ready to tackle rough terrain on the way to the campsite. Its unique off-road features — such as tow hooks and underbody skid plates — and increased ground clearance make it a great choice for adventurous drives. 

2. Practical four-cylinder engine 

The standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine is a practical option if you're looking for balanced performance that'll help you go longer between trips to the gas station. You'll get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.

While it may not pack the punch of the optional V6, it offers a more thrifty ride, suitable for city driving and regular commutes. 

3. Versatile V6 

The available 3.2L V6 engine in the Cherokee provides a powerful driving experience with 271 horsepower. With the available tow package, this means it can haul an estimated 4,500 lbs with the V6 when properly equipped.

Its performance elevates the Cherokee from a daily driver to a capable all-rounder. 

4. Room to stretch out 

The Cherokee's cabin is designed with comfort and practicality in mind. Generous legroom for passengers and a flexible cargo area, make it a practical choice for families and those requiring extra space. Up front, you'll be able to stretch out into 41.1 inches of legroom, while backseat passengers get almost as much at 40.3 inches. With all the seats in place, you'll get 24.6 cu-ft of cargo space, which is plenty for shopping bags, groceries, or sports kit. 

5. New Overland trim 

All Cherokee trims provide a comfortable and stable ride, suitable for long journeys and varied road conditions. The Overland trim adds a layer of luxury, featuring premium materials, advanced technology, and additional features. Look for the rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and power liftgate to make life a little easier. You'll also appreciate the sound-deadening windshield for a peaceful driving experience. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee is a small SUV that offers plenty of options and trim lines. The interior is surprisingly roomy and can hold 4 adults comfortably. The handling is great in rain or dry, and it's very easy to drive.

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

Altitude 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • 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"

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Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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