Buyer's Guide

2018 Jeep Cherokee
Select a Different Model (12 Available): Latitude 2WD
Fair Market Price $ 25614
MPG (EPA) 21 CTY /30 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 25/55 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2018 Jeep Cherokee MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • The very capable Trailhawk and luxurious Overland
  • Optional suite of driver assist safety features
  • Bold Jeep styling

You Won't Like

  • Low fuel economy ratings for segment
  • Not fun to drive
  • Subpar frontal crash ratings

New for 2018

Jeep changes the Cherokee's trim lineup by adding a new Latitude Plus and Latitude with Tech Connect trims and removing the former base Sport trim and Sport Altitude trim, making the Latitude the new base trim. The High Altitude trim has also been removed from the lineup. The Trailhawk and Limited trims receive more standard features. The 2019-model-year Cherokee gets an extensive refresh with a newly available turbo-four engine.

Trim Levels

The Cherokee slots in the middle of Jeep SUV and crossover lineup, positioned above the less expensive Renegade, Compass, and Wrangler JK and below the more expensive new Wrangler JL, and the flagship Grand Cherokee.

2018 Cherokee Latitude: The base Latitude trim equips the 2.4-liter I-4 and comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels, a 5.0-inch center touchscreen with Uconnect 3 infotainment system with Bluetooth, a media port hub (12-volt, auxiliary, SD card, and USB ports), a 3.5-inch instrument panel driver's display, a five-mode traction control system (4x4 only), automatic HID headlights, fog lights, a rearview camera, a six-way manual driver's seat, and roof rails.

2018 Cherokee Latitude with Tech Connect: The Latitude with Tech Content adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 3C and navigation, 4G connectivity, an Alpine premium audio system, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and Gloss Black exterior accents. This trim also adds Alexa with a free Echo Dot and a three-month trial to Audible and Amazon Music.

2018 Cherokee Latitude Plus: Building off the Latitude's features, the Latitude Plus trim makes the 3.2-liter V-6 available and adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 3C and Uconnect Access, SiriusXM satellite radio, quick entry with push-start ignition, leather and cloth seating, an eight-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a fold-flat front passenger seat.

2018 Cherokee Limited: Moving up to the Limited trim, the Cherokee receives a larger 7.0-inch instrument panel driver's display, 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, a power liftgate, remote vehicle start, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert.

2018 Cherokee Trailhawk: Enhancing off-road capability, the rugged Trailhawk adds 17-inch polished and painted off-road aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, the Active Drive Lock 4x4 system with Selec-Terrain drive modes including Rock mode, upgraded off-road suspension, a 1.0-inch suspension lift, skid plates, accent-colored tow hooks, a unique off-road fascia, and exclusive Trailhawk seats with Nappa leather-trimmed bolsters and Ruby Red accent stitching.

2018 Cherokee Overland: Adding to the Cherokee Limited's features, the top Overland trim comes standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 3C with navigation, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, body-color fascia and cladding, heated and ventilated Nappa leather-trimmed front seats, a premium leather-wrapped instrument panel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood trim, eight-way power passenger's seat, and a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system. The 3.2-liter V-6 becomes standard on the Overland with four-wheel drive.

If you plan to do some serious off-roading in your Cherokee, opt for the Heavy Duty Protection package that consists of skip plates for the fuel tank, front suspension, transmission, and underbody (also includes a full-size spare tire).

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee's standard engine is a 2.4-liter I-4 that produces 184-hp and 171 lb-ft of torque and is backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission routing power to the front wheels or to an all-wheel drive system. With two-wheel drive, the engine delivers an EPA-rated 21/30 mpg city/highway, 21/28 mpg with the Active Drive I all-wheel-drive system, 21/27 mpg with the Active Drive II four-wheel-drive system, and 19/25 mpg in the four-wheel-drive-equipped Trailhawk. Also backed by a nine-speed automatic, the 271-hp, 239-lb-ft 3.2-liter V-6 delivers 21/29 mpg with front-wheel drive, 20/27 mpg with the Active Drive I system, 18/26 mpg with the Active Drive II system, and 18/24 in the Trailhawk. In Motor Trend testing, the Cherokee Latitude with Active Drive II hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet.

Safety

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee received a four-star overall safety rating out of five stars from the NHTSA. In IIHS testing, the 2018 Cherokee was issued the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the driver-side small overlap front crash test and the highest rating of Good in four other crash tests. The Cherokee received the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention test by avoiding a 12 mph collision and reducing the speed of a 25 mph collision by 12 mph. The SafetyTec group (available on Latitude Plus) includes the following driver assist safety features: blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The Technology group (available on the Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk trims) consists of forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and a self-parking system.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Cherokee can hold between 26.4 and 29.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats (depending on the position of the slidable rear seats) and 54.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down (58.9 cubic feet with the optional fold-flat front passenger seat). The Ford Escape tops that with 34.0 and 68.0 cubic feet, respectively. The front seats offer 41.1 inches of legroom and 40.3 inches for the rear seats.

Technology

The 2018 Cherokee's standard infotainment system consists of a 5.0-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 3 with Bluetooth, and a media hub (12-volt outlet, auxiliary, SD card, and USB ports). The upgraded system features an 8.4-inch screen with the Uconnect 3C system, SiriusXM satellite radio, an additional USB port, and can be optioned with a navigation system (also includes SiriusXM Traffic and Travel) and 4G connectivity. The standard instrument panel driver's display is 3.5 inches but can upgraded to a 7.0-inch display. A nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system is optional (standard on Overland) and replaced the standard six-speaker system. The Technology group consists of a suite of driver assist safety features and a self-parking system.

What We Think

In a First Test review of the 2016 Cherokee Latitude with Active Drive II (V-6), the Jeep handled its heavyweight well and feels quick around town. At the track, acceleration was on par with some turbo-four rivals and braking was strong. The nine-speed automatic has improved but still delivers some rough shifts. Handling dynamics are similar to a true SUV—top heavy and tippy—and not fun like some competitors. The liftover height for the cargo area and access to the rear seats is high but rear seat space is good. The interior is nicely detailed but the "build quality isn't quite as detailed, and we noticed several small squeaks and rattles on rougher pavement."

"Whether it's the unmistakable styling or the unstoppable attitude, there's just something endearing about the Jeep Cherokee that makes you want to love it," we wrote. "If we're being rational, we might say the poor small front overlap crash test result might outweigh the overachieving (but low for the segment) fuel economy (Real MPG scored it at 21.8/28.1/24.2 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the EPA's 19/26/22), but car purchases are often emotional choices, and this Jeep just gets us. When everything else is a car on stilts, a crossover that actually drives like an SUV is special to the right kind of person."

However, in a more mainstream-consumer-focused 2016/2017 Big Test of nine small crossovers, the Jeep Cherokee came in last place: "Were the criteria for Big Test less consumer-oriented and more enthusiast-oriented, odds are this Jeep would be much higher on this list."

"As much as we all liked our V-6-powered Jeep Cherokee Latitude tester's styling and off-road ability, we relegated it to ninth place because of poor crash test scores, high cost of ownership, and low fuel economy."

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2018 JEEP CHEROKEE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Tigershark
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (948TE)
Trim
Latitude 2WD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
184@6400
Standard MPG
21/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Cold Weather Group

INCLUDES: Air Conditioning; 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; Steering Wheel, Leather Covered; Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer
$896 $985

Altitude Package

INCLUDES: Gloss Black Fascia Applique, and Black Gloss Badging; Grille, Black; Remote Audio Controls; Roof Rails; Steering Wheel, Leather Covered; Tires, Front Continental P225/55R18 All Season BSW; Tires, Rear Continental P225/55R18; Wheels, 18" Alloy
$905 $995

Altitude Package

INCLUDES: Gloss Black Fascia Applique, and Black Gloss Badging; Grille, Black; Remote Audio Controls; Roof Rails; Steering Wheel, Leather Covered; Tires, Front Continental P225/55R18 All Season BSW; Tires, Rear Continental P225/55R18; Wheels, 18" Alloy
$860 $945

Trailer Tow Group

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

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Tigershark

Std Std

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

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo Flex Fuel 2.4 Liter

INCLUDES: Emission Equipment, Fed 5.8; Fuel Type (Additional), Unleaded
N/C N/C

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

Std Std

Exterior Color, Granite Crystal Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Hydro Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Olive Green Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Patriot Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Firecracker Red

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Velvet Red Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Billet Silver Metallic

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

Air Conditioning

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Engine Starter

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

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

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 5.0-Inch

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Cargo Area(1), Front(2)

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

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.9 Gallon

Std Std

Fuel Type (Additional), Unleaded

CONTAINED IN: [ED6] Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo Flex Fuel 2.4 Liter
Grp Grp

Heavy Duty Alternator

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

Heavy Duty Engine Cooling

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

Start/Stop

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

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

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

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Gloss Black Fascia Applique, and Black Gloss Badging

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Pkg Pkg

Grille, Black

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Pkg Pkg

Front License Plate Bracket

N/C N/C

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rails

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

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, Leather Covered

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package; [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights: Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Driver

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Heated Electrically Adjustable Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather 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

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

Parking Assistance

Std Std

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

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ADE] Cold Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

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

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Premium Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black/LT Frost Beige Premium Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service

CONTAINED IN: [RSD] SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Grp Grp

Audio System, Satellite Radio

CONTAINED IN: [RSD] SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Grp Grp

Audio System, Uconnect® 3 AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen and Digital Media Card

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Std Std

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

INCLUDES: 1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service; Audio System, Satellite Radio
$196 $215

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

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

Std Std

Spare Tire, Full-Size w/Steel Rim

CONTAINED IN: [AHT] Trailer Tow Group
Pkg Pkg

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, Firestone P225/60TR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Tires, Front Continental P225/55R18 All Season BSW

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Pkg Pkg

Tires, Rear Continental P225/55R18

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Pkg Pkg

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

CONTAINED IN: [AHG] Altitude Package
Pkg Pkg

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
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Jeep announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-02-2020