Buyer's Guide

2016 Jeep Cherokee
Select a Different Model (17 Available): 75th Anniversary Edition 2WD
MPG (EPA) $ 21 CTY /30 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 30/55 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 184@6250
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2016 Jeep Cherokee MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Impressive off-road capability
  • Bold Jeep attitude
  • Available V-6 power

You Won't Like

  • Sub-par crash test results
  • High cost of ownership compared to rivals
  • High cargo deck

New for 2016

The Cherokee receives improvements to the steering column tilt, instrument cluster, and front seats. A Rhino Clear Coat and the Light Brownstone exterior color are also new for the model year.

Vehicle Summary

The Jeep Cherokee slots above the Wrangler, Compass, Patriot, and Renegade in price and size but below the Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee in Jeep's seven model SUV lineup.

Overview

The Cherokee comes standard with a 2.4-liter I-4 engine that produces 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque and delivers an EPA-rated 21/30 mpg city/highway for the front-wheel drive model, 21/28 mpg for the four-wheel-drive model, 21/27 mpg for the four-wheel-drive model with the Active Drive II feature, and 19/25 mpg for the Trailhawk four-wheel-drive model. The optional 3.2-liter V-6 produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque and manages to deliver 21/29 mpg for the front-wheel-drive model, 20/27 mpg for the four-wheel-drive model, and 19/26 mpg for the for the four-wheel-drive model with the Active Drive II feature and for the Trailhawk four-wheel-drive model. Both engines in this four-door SUV are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

If you plan to use your Cherokee for towing, opt for the Trailer-tow Group that consists of a Class III receiver hitch, trailer-tow wiring harness with seven- and four-pin connectors, a full-size spare tire, and an auxiliary transmission oil cooler. If the V-6 engine is equipped, the package will also include heavy-duty engine cooling, 180-amp alternator, and a 3.517 final drive ratio. However, if you prefer technology and convenience features, the Uconnect Access 8.4AN Radio packages includes a 8.4-inch touchscreen display, GPD antenna input, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, text message reader, GPS navigation with 3D city models, HD radio, Sirius XM radio, traffic, travel link, and Uconnect Access Advantage with various radio apps.

Safety

The NHTSA issued a four-star rating (out of five stars) for the Cherokee's overall rating. The SUV received four stars for the frontal and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee received the second lowest rating of Marginal for the small overlap front crash test but received the highest score of Good for the remaining four crash tests conducted: moderate overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. The Cherokee performed well in the front crash prevention test and received the highest rating of Superior by avoiding a low-speed 12 mph collision and reducing the speed of a 25 mph impact by 12 mph. Taking advantage of this potential life-saving safety feature requires the purchase of a Limited or Trailhawk model and the optional Technology Package that consists of advanced Brake Assist, automatic high beams, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with Active Braking, ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with start and stop ability, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers.

What We Think

In a First Test review of the 2016 Jeep Cherokee, on the road we felt the 4,000-plus-pound Cherokee managed its weight well, is quick enough for around town, and the engine makes a decent note. The acceleration is matched by a turbocharged four-cylinder crossover, but the brakes are strong and stopped the Cherokee from 60 mph in 122 feet. The troubled nine-speed automatic has also been significantly improved. However, the high deck makes for loading cargo more difficult than its competitors. We liked the interior styling but questioned the quality of some of the interior components. Most of all we enjoyed that it drove like an SUV, "When everything else is a car on stilts, a crossover that actually drives like an SUV is special to the right kind of person."

In a small crossover Big Test comparison of nine vehicles, the Jeep Cherokee placed last due to its sub-par crash test results, the high cost of ownership, and poor fuel economy. "Were the criteria for Big Test less consumer-oriented and more enthusiast-oriented, odds are this Jeep would be much higher on this list."

Cool Fact

When properly equipped, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee can have up to a 56:1 crawl ratio for optimal low-range traction.

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2016 JEEP CHEROKEE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Tigershark
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (948TE)
Trim
75th Anniversary Edition 2WD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
184@6250
Standard MPG
21/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Safety/Convenience Group

INCLUDES: Cross-Traffic Alert; Door Entry Light; Driver Seat, Reclining 12-Way Power Adjustable; Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Driver with Indicator Lights; Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Passenger with Indicator Lights; Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot And Cross Path Detection; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Camera and Radar; Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ADE] Cold Weather Group; [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$696 $765

Comfort & Sound Group

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, Reclining 12-Way Power Adjustable; Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$268 $295

Cold Weather Group

INCLUDES: Block Heater; Driver Seat, Heated; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Driver; Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Passenger; Passenger Seat, Heated; Remote Engine Starter; Steering Wheel, Heated; Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
$814 $895

Cold Weather Group

INCLUDES: Block Heater; Driver Seat, Heated; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Driver; Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Passenger; Passenger Seat, Heated; Remote Engine Starter; Steering Wheel, Heated; Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
$632 $695

Comfort/Convenience Group

INCLUDES: Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone; Coming Home Device; Driver Seat, Reclining 12-Way Power Adjustable Bucket; Garage Door Opener; Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key); Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down; Premium Air Filter; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Remote Engine Starter; Secondary Ventilation Controls; Smart Card/Key; Theft Deterrent System; Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ACJ] Comfort & Sound Group; [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
$1451 $1595

Trailer Tow Group

INCLUDES: 180 Amp Alternator; 7 and 4 Pin Wiring Harness; Heavy Duty Alternator; Heavy Duty Engine Cooling; Spare Tire, Full-Size; Trailer Towing Prep NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [TBC] Spare Tire, Compact
$723 $795

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Tigershark

Std Std

Engine, 2.4L I4 PZEV M-Air

INCLUDES: Active Grille Shutters; California Emissions; Emission Equipment, PZEV 0; Engine Oil Cooler
N/C N/C

Engine: V6 3.2 Liter Pentastar

INCLUDES: Axle Ratio, 3.251; Chrome/Bright Trim, Exhaust Pipe; Emission Equipment, Fed 6.2; Start/Stop
$1588 $1745

Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (948TE)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Granite Crystal Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Recon Green

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Billet Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Rhino Clear Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Bluetooth®

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

CONTAINED IN: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

GPS Antenna Input

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Power Windows

Std Std

Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav

INCLUDES: 1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service; Apps Control; Audio System, Digital/Satellite Radio; Bluetooth®; Connection To External Entertainment Devices; GPS Antenna Input; Multi-Function Display Screen; Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Telematics; Text To Speech / Speech To Text; Trip Computer; Voice Activating System; Voice Activating System, Uconnect®, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System
$905 $995

Remote Engine Starter

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group; [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Wireless Charging Pad

$182 $200

Secondary Ventilation Controls

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Smart Card/Key

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Telematics

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Trip Computer

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Uconnect®, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Voice Activating System, Uconnect®, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Voice Activating System

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Storage Box

Std Std

180 Amp Alternator

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

Axle Ratio, 3.251

CONTAINED IN: [EHK] Engine: V6 3.2 Liter Pentastar
Grp Grp

Axle Ratio, 3.734

Std Std

Block Heater

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Compass

Std Std

Engine Oil Cooler

CONTAINED IN: [ED8] Engine, 2.4L I4 PZEV M-Air
Grp Grp

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.8 Gallon

Std Std

Heavy Duty Alternator

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

Heavy Duty Engine Cooling

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

Power Supply, Mains

Std Std

Premium Air Filter

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Start/Stop

CONTAINED IN: [EHK] Engine: V6 3.2 Liter Pentastar
Grp Grp

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Active Grille Shutters

CONTAINED IN: [ED8] Engine, 2.4L I4 PZEV M-Air
Grp Grp

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Exhaust Pipe

CONTAINED IN: [EHK] Engine: V6 3.2 Liter Pentastar
Grp Grp

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Tonneau Cover

$114 $125

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Glass Roof

Std Std

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Color High Gloss On Console; Instrument Panel And Shift Lever Knob ; Wood/Woodgrain On Doors

Std Std

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Alloy & leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-color driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Driver with Indicator Lights

CONTAINED IN: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Driver

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Passenger with Indicator Lights

CONTAINED IN: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Cross-Traffic Alert

CONTAINED IN: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot And Cross Path Detection

CONTAINED IN: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Camera and Radar

CONTAINED IN: [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkView Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Black/LT Frost Beige 75th Edition Cloth/Mesh

N/C N/C

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Driver Seat, 12-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Folding Bucket

Std Std

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Driver Seat, Reclining 12-Way Power Adjustable Bucket

CONTAINED IN: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Driver Seat, Reclining 12-Way Power Adjustable

CONTAINED IN: [ACJ] Comfort & Sound Group; [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Black 75th Edition Cloth/Mesh

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Antenna

Std Std

Audio System, 1-Disc CD Changer

CONTAINED IN: [RH1] Single Disc Remote CD Player
Grp Grp

Audio System, AM/FM Radio with Digital Media Card

Std Std

Audio System, Digital/Satellite Radio

CONTAINED IN: [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Disc Autochanger

CONTAINED IN: [RH1] Single Disc Remote CD Player
Grp Grp

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Single Disc Remote CD Player

INCLUDES: Audio System, 1-Disc CD Changer; Disc Autochanger
$405 $445

Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine

CONTAINED IN: [ACJ] Comfort & Sound Group; [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group
Pkg Pkg

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Full-Size

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

Spare Tire, Compact

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
$177 $195

Tires, P225/55TR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4