Not just a great find in the practical sense but also adventuresome and economical. On a quick trip from Dallas to Waco, the Jeep Cherokee delivered around 23 mpg on the highway, while in town we received 20 mpg. And though it has all the off-road and towing capabilities, on this particular cold day in Dallas I was just super thankful for heated seats and steering wheel. And by the way, if you are looking in the usual spot for that little button that turns the heated seat ‘on,’ look no further than the 8.4-inch infotainment screen. The system is easy to use and absolutely worth the extra dollars to bump up those extra inches and honestly one of the best I have had the pleasure of getting to know. If that isn’t enough to convince you, how about a handy wi-fi hotspot, an added feature on the UConnect 8.4 system?
The cabin is comfortable though the visibility is a bit less than you would imagine. Leather upholstery in the Limited trim I drove provides passengers with the quality and luxury of plump seating. Rear passengers have a good amount of space as well as the same comfort.
The five-passenger SUV is available in five trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, Limited and Overland.
The Limited has 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded power-folding mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, remote ignition, heated front seats and heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-way power driver seat. (Standard equipment would include 17-inch steel wheels and a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system).
Additional options/packages: a towing package (giving you 4,500-pound towing capability), a technology package, perhaps a sunroof or safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, or the aforementioned exterior mirror upgrade.
The Jeep Cherokee has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. But you can opt for the 3.2-liter V-6 271 hp and 239 lb-ft torque to avoid a sluggish take-off. The V-6 handles acceleration effortlessly and administers a much more refined ride overall.
The Limited V-6 model has a start/stop system, which means when sitting idle, the engine shuts off and when you release the brake, the engine automatically starts again. This feature has been around for a few years and is standard on the V-6 models.
The Jeep Cherokee receives four out of five stars from government crash tests, as well as a ‘Superior’ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Cherokee begins at $24,395 or you can splurge for the Limited, which begins at $29,795. Truly a great find for under $30k