The first Jeep Cherokee hit showrooms in 1984 with a light, compact unibody design and versatile personality. It enjoyed great success until the early 2000s, when it lost its spot to the emerging crossover market. Car-based vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V ruled the day, and the debut of the Jeep Liberty in 2002 left no space for the Cherokee.
Over time, however, it became apparent that buyers preferred the Cherokee to the Liberty, so Jeep brought the Cherokee back -- with a few important upgrades. Today's model is a crossover constructed on the platform of the front-wheel drive Dodge Dart. It has a streamlined shape, luxurious cabin, and the smooth, responsive handling of a car.
That's not to say that the Cherokee can't still handle dirt like a champ -- it has three available all-wheel drive systems, and offers plenty of off-road features to keep adventurous drivers right side up and in control. The Cherokee is powered by either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.2-liter V6 and comes in Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited trims.