Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Jeep Cherokee OVERVIEW
One of the brawnier crossovers you can buy, the Jeep Cherokee delivers everyday practicality along with true off-road capability for those who want it. It's an ideal choice for buyers who need a civilized family vehicle, but still admire traditional Jeep character and ruggedness.
What's New for 2015
The Latitude and Trailhawk models receive additional standard equipment. A front collision mitigation system joins the option list, and the V6 engine gets a stop-start feature for enhanced efficiency.
Choosing Your Jeep Cherokee
While the Cherokee serves the same market as other compact crossovers, it rides a bit higher and has more aggressive front-end styling for an SUV-like look. All models start out with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 horsepower. The available 3.2-liter V6 develops 271 horsepower, excellent output for this class. Both engines can be paired with your choice of four-wheel drive systems. Active Drive I, designed for on-road use in foul weather, is similar to the all-wheel drive systems found on conventional crossovers; Active Drive II features low-range gearing for off-road capability. Both systems come with a terrain selector to maximize traction for different driving conditions.
As before, the Cherokee comes in four trim levels:
A tow package is available on all models regardless of drivetrain. Dual sunroofs can be added to all trims except the Sport.
Adding four-wheel drive to any model (except the Trailhawk, where it's standard) costs about the same as moving up a whole trim level. Unless you want your Cherokee completely loaded, we recommend deciding upfront where to concentrate your resources—on luxury and conveniences or all-weather capability.
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