Chrysler Introduced the Jeep Cherokee in 1984 as one of the first compact SUVs on the market. While competitors redesigned its lineup to include various amenities and more appealing looks, this vehicle stayed true to the basic and original ready-for-rugged-terrain focus. Despite its lack in some areas, it still draws in enthusiasts with its power, size, and reliability.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed manual, three-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Cherokee SE, Jeep Cherokee Sport, Jeep Cherokee Classic, Jeep Cherokee Limited
The 1998 Jeep Cherokee introduces numerous changes and additions, beginning with new models, Classic and Limited, which replaced the Country model. New color choices also were added to the available palette: Chili Pepper Red, Emerald Green, and Deep Amethyst.
The 1998 Jeep Cherokee is a boxy SUV that's available in both two- and four-door body styles with very few decorative frills. Plain steel wheels, tinted glass, and a flat black grille are typical for the base model. Standard features include 15-inch wheels and intermittent windshield wipers across all trims. Every model except the Limited gets tinted glass as standard, while alloy wheels are standard on Classic and Limited.
The 1998 Jeep Cherokee doesn't offer too much space. A spare tire cuts into the cargo area, and a backseat begins with a narrow entryway. It provides 35 inches of legroom, which may result in a cramped ride for an adult.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Jeep Cherokee doesn't get the best manual transmission, and the noise created by the engine increases as the driver increases speed. But its sturdiness and the four-wheel drive’s ability to shift give it power and impressive off-road performance. The ride leaves something to be desired on pavement. The SE is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that's able to crank out 125 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the other models come with a four-liter six-cylinder that can generate 190 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. Only the Classic and the Limited are married with a four-speed automatic; meanwhile, the other models are teamed with a five-speed manual.
The 1998 Jeep Cherokee received a recent overhaul of the interior that resulted in the addition dual-side airbags, increasing the Cherokee’s safety rating. Power front disc brakes come standard, but the option is available for a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS).
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Cherokee: 18/20 mpg city/highway
- Reasonable gas mileage
- Price tag under $20,000
You Won't Like
- No legroom in the backseat
- Rear seat folds but does not split
- Constricted entry to rear seats
A simple and powerful off-road toy.
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