Review: 2018 Jeep Cherokee

Review: 2018 Jeep Cherokee

With the shores of Cape Code nearby and plenty of parks and mountain ranges to explore, there’s no better place to live than Massachusetts. Greater Boston residents have it even better, with easy access to the city’s amenities. So, don’t you want a compact SUV that can take you anywhere?

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is one of Newton’s best sellers, and it’s no wonder why. It has off-road chops, high-tech features, and style to boot. Read our full review, then come take one for a test drive:

Convenience and Entertainment

The new Cherokee comes in five trims: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland. The Cherokee Latitude has standard 6-speaker audio, Uconnect 3 infotainment system with 5-inch touchscreen display, mobile device connectivity, and Bluetooth with integrated voice command. The Latitude Plus adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Sirius XM Radio, steering wheel-mounted control, and Uconnect Access.

Upper trims feature nine amplified speakers with subwoofer, GPS Navigation, HD Radio, and Uconnect 3C NAV with 8.4-inch display. Premium models like the Overland also come with leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone temperature control, heated steering wheel, leather accents, and a power liftgate.

Performance and Capability

The 2018 Cherokee has two engine options. The base is a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, and all models can be upgraded with a 3.2-liter V6 engine that makes 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come standard with front-wheel drive or optional with 4WD with Active Drive and are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

FWD models are equipped with Trailer Sway Damping and have a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. AWD models come available with a front suspension skid plate, underbody skid plate, fuel tank skid plate, tow hooks, and the Selec-Terrain System. These 4X4 SUVs can also tow up to 4,500 pounds.

According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models get up to 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while four-wheel drive models get up to 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Safety and Tech

The 2018 Cherokee was designed with a system of active and passive safety features that work together to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision or prevent accidents altogether. The Jeep compact SUV is equipped with Advanced Multistage Front Airbags, All-Speed Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, Enhanced Accident Response System, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and the ParkView Rear Backup Camera. Additionally, the 2018 Cherokee is available with Full Speed Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, Remote Start System, and a security alarm.

Pricing

Starting at $24,395 MSRP

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