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2017 Jeep Cherokee
Select a Different Model (16 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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2017 Jeep Cherokee MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Credible off-road ability
  • Functional and stylish dashboard
  • Brimming with Jeep attitude

You Won't Like

  • Controversial styling
  • Drives more like an old-school SUV than a car
  • Mediocre build quality

New for 2017

All Cherokees except the entry-level Sport get HID headlights. The Trailhawk model receives more standard equipment, including heated and cooled Nappa leather seats, and the Overland version can now be had with skid plates and a towing package.

Vehicle Summary

The Cherokee is Jeep's compact crossover. In terms of size, price, and prestige, it fits neatly between the range-topping Grand Cherokee and Jeep's trip of low-cost crossovers, the Patriot, Renegade, and Compass.

Overview

Ever since its introduction as a 2014 model, the Cherokee has been the subject of controversy: Hard-core Jeep fans objected to a crossover badged with the name of one of their favorite off-roaders, and nearly everyone had something to say about the unusual styling. But the Cherokee has earned our respect, not least of all for its prodigious off-road abilities that go far beyond what we expect from a family-friendly CUV.

Jeep offers the Cherokee in a dizzying array of flavors: Sport, Latitude, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk, as well as the Altitude, High Altitude, and 75th Anniversary special editions. Most come with a 2.4 liter I-4 that delivers 184 hp and 171 lb-ft and returns 22/31 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and anywhere between 19/25 and 21/28 mpg with the variety of all-wheel-drive systems on offer. Standard on the Overland and optional on other models is a 3.2 liter V-6 that produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft. Its fuel economy is EPA-rated at 21/29 mpg in 4x2 Cherokees and 19/26 to 20/28 for 4x4 versions, although Motor Trend Real MPG estimates for the V-6 4x4 were higher (21.8/28.1 city/highway). Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic.

Safety

While most of the Cherokee's competitors have a perfect five-star safety rating from NHTSA, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee gets only four stars. It was rated "Marginal" (only one step up from dead last) in the IIHS's tough small overlap crash test, though it got the best possible rating ("Good") in the rest of IIHS' tests. Optional safety features include a collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a blind-spot monitoring system.

What We Think

Controversial though it may be, there's a lot we like about the 2017 Jeep Cherokee. We appreciate the attention to interior detail, we're impressed by its off-road ability, and we'll even admit to liking the styling (a little). And the brand heritage comes across loud and clear: The Cherokee feels like a proper Jeep. "Whether it's the unmistakable styling or the unstoppable attitude," we said in our 2016 Jeep Cherokee review, "there's just something endearing about the Jeep Cherokee that makes you want to love it."

But ask us if the Cherokee is competitive, and you'll hear us start to hem and haw. In our Big Test of small crossovers, the Cherokee came in dead last. "As much as we all liked our V-6-powered Jeep Cherokee Latitude tester's styling and off-road ability," we wrote, "we relegated it to ninth place because of poor crash test scores, high cost of ownership, and low fuel economy."

Cool Fact

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee shares its platform with the European-market Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback.

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2017 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 with Subwoofer NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$778 $855

Comfort & Sound Group

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, Reclining 12-Way Power Adjustable; Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine with Subwoofer NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$314 $345

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: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$896 $985

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: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$687 $755

Comfort/Convenience Group

INCLUDES: Audio System, Digital/Satellite Radio with Digital Media Card; 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: [ADE] Cold Weather Group; [ACJ] Comfort & Sound Group; [AAU] Safety/Convenience Group; [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
$1588 $1745

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, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Billet Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Rhino Clear Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Light Brownstone Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Diamond Black Crystal Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [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: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [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: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [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: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

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

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 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access

INCLUDES: 1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service; Apps Control; Audio System, Uconnect® 8.4a, Digital/Satellite Radio; Bluetooth®; Connection To External Entertainment Devices; GPS Antenna Input; Multi-Function Display Screen; Telematics; Text To Speech / Speech To Text; Trip Computer; Voice Activating System; Voice Activating System, Uconnect®, with Radio Settings, Phone NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
N/C N/C

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

INCLUDES: 1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service; Apps Control; Audio System, Uconnect® 8.4an, 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 NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AFB] Comfort/Convenience Group
$455 $500

Remote Engine Starter

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

Secondary Ventilation Controls

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

Smart Card/Key

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

Storage Box

Std Std

Telematics

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Std Std

Trip Computer

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [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

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access
Std Std

Voice Activating System

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [RA4] Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/Access/Nav
Grp Grp

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

$132 $145

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

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

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, Bi-Xenon

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

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

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

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access; [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, Digital/Satellite Radio with Digital Media Card

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

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
$450 $495

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, Uconnect® 8.4a AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen and Digital Media Card

Std Std

Audio System, Uconnect® 8.4a, Digital/Satellite Radio

CONTAINED IN: [RA3] Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/Access
Grp Grp

Audio System, Uconnect® 8.4an, Digital/Satellite Radio

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

Speakers, 9 Upgraded Alpine with Subwoofer

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

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
$196 $215

Tires, Continental 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
60000
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