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2000 Jeep Cherokee

  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic Utility

    Classic Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/225
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $21,620
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee Limited Utility

    Limited Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/225
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $23,340
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee SE Utility

    SE Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      125/150
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,775
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport Utility

    Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/225
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $19,120
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport Utility

    Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/225
    • ENGINE
      4.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $20,155
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2000 Jeep Cherokee Review

Looks old, but you never buy a Jeep for its looks.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Cherokee first rolled out in 1984 and started the love affair between American consumers and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Today, it offers an old-fashioned and blocky ride, but it remains popular. The 2000 Jeep Cherokee makes a good case study of how great a design can be, even when some of its elements seem outdated.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Cherokee SE, Jeep Cherokee Sport, Jeep Cherokee Classic, Jeep Cherokee Limited

What's New

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee sports the reengineered PowerTech six-cylinder engine linked with a five-speed manual gearbox. This new engine spews less emission while making the ride quicker. The Limited version features chrome accents for its grille, side graphics, surrounds of the headlamps, brow of the rear license plate, and 16-inch rims.

Exterior

The Jeep Cherokee dons the familiar brand styling. The designers might have added some chrome accents, but the vehicle remains easily recognizable on the road. Despite the minor tweaks in the looks department, it still offers the same durable and tough ride that consumers have come to love.

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee comes in two-door and four-door configurations, although consumers find the latter choice more practical. The Sport version gives consumers power locks, power windows, washer and a wiper for the rear glass, and remote keyless entry.

Interior

The Cherokee’s interior looks a bit outdated and does not do well in surveys regarding the ride comfort level. While the Cherokee is hailed among the top SUVs, many find it difficult to perceive how awkward and cramped it can be inside. Competitors have gone through major redesigns, leaving the Cherokee behind.

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee feels pretty cramped, especially for passengers in the back seat. The driver also feels quite uncomfortable no matter the adjustment made to the seat. The driver also does not have a foot rest on the left, a nice convenience that owners miss.

The dashboard still looks blocky and rectilinear but shows good improvement from earlier versions. The main instruments look quite small, but the secondary gauges, such as the oil pressure and ammeter, come well designed. Sport versions have a tilting steering column. The Cherokee Classic features a nicer cloth interior, while the Limited version comes with leather trim. Buyers can load the ride with elements, such as an upgraded entertainment system, air-conditioning, digital clocks, and other gadgets.

The Cherokee never marks the top choice for long cruises. The ride has never promised comfort, but specifically focuses on offroad superiority.

The Cherokee’s spare tire stows upright in the cargo area, eating up a lot of space. Buyers can get an outside carrier from dealers, although this increases the risk of theft.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee features a new four-liter, inline six-cylinder engine that offers more refinement, cleanliness, and quiet. The new power plant gives out 190 horses. It also complies with low-emission requirements. The standard issue engine remains the less-potent, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Either of the engines link to a five-speed manual gearbox or a three-speed automatic transmission.

The Limited four-wheel-drive variant comes equipped with the manufacturer’s Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive system. This remains an option for other models. The other setting for the four-wheel drive is a part-time configuration via the Command-Trac system of the vehicle. These systems help drivers get out of really tough situations where other SUVs might wimp out.

The Cherokee guarantees great performance any time, and it can outpace any other SUV in slalom courses. It also has enough attitude to make a quick getaway when the light turns green.

Safety

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee comes standard with airbags for the driver and front passenger. It also has height-adjustable seat belts for the front cabin occupants.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Cherokee: 20/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • More powerful engine
  • Off-road performance
  • Price

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seat
  • Difficult entry and exit

Sum Up

Looks old, but you never buy a Jeep for its looks.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Nissan Xterra
  • Chevrolet Blazer
  • Honda CR-V

See the New 2015 Cherokee.

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