REVIEW: 2017 Jeep Cherokee

 

The Jeep Cherokee is a ride that never goes out of style, but when it does come time for you to upgrade, you should know that the new model is always replete with upgrades. The 2017 Cherokee is no exception, with updated styling, brand new tech, and a wide range of trim levels.

Here’s what you can expect from the 2017 Jeep Cherokee:

Upgraded Styling    
On a superficial level, the 2017 model looks similar to last year’s release. But when you look beyond the narrow headlamps and black-and-chrome grille, there are some subtle yet substantive upgrades. On all except the base Sport model, the Cherokee features xenon headlamps for optimal visibility. Additionally, the Sport Altitude now features gloss-black alloy wheels with coordinating accents and darker tinted windows. The Latitude adds fog lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Cherokee Limited trim has been upgraded with lower-body brightwork, mirrors with integrated turn signals, and 18-inch wheels. The Overland model – the most luxe of Cherokees – now has bi-xenon headlamps and polished, 18-inch alloy wheels. As always, all models of the Cherokee have ample passenger space, an intuitive center stack, and plush, comfortable interiors.

New Features
The Trailhawk model now comes standard with some features that were previously optional. Drivers can now enjoy Nappa leather seating, 8-way power seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated, ventilated front seats.

Broad Trim Levels
Drivers can choose between eight trim models, so there’s a Cherokee for everyone, no matter your needs or budget. This remains one of the Jeep Cherokee’s strong points, as it ensures that none of your needs go unmet. The base model is the Sport, and next up the ladder is the Sport Altitude (Limited Edition). The Latitude adds some styling and comfort features to the base models, while the Limited and High Altitude upgrade with luxe accents like leather seating. The Trailhawk and 75th Anniversary models are available with the latest in tech packages, while the Overland is as advanced as the Cherokee gets, with standard advanced safety systems.

As always, buyers can choose between V4 and V6 engines with 9-speed automatic transmission, and the option for all-wheel drive. The V4 has 185 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 has 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. The latter has some serious power that rivals other turbocharged engines in its class.

Safety First
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee was awarded best possible scores by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in evaluations for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it perfect 5-Star scores in tests for side barrier and side crash.

Pricing
Starting at $23,395 MSRP
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