2015 Jeep Cherokee Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - October 7, 2014

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.

2015 Jeep Cherokee

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:


The most affordable Cherokee comes with all the expected passenger car features, plus Bluetooth phone and audio, a six-speaker audio system with an SD card reader, and rear seat slides and reclines to get the right mix of passenger and cargo space. The available Cold Weather Group package adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a wiper de-icer, remote start and heated power-folding mirrors. Individual options include 17-inch alloy wheels (in place of the standard steel ones), a rearview camera, satellite radio and a CD player. Note that the Sport comes only with the four-cylinder engine.


Gets most of Sport's options as standard equipment, plus a bundle of other upgrades: roof rails, foglights, automatic headlights, body-color door handles and mirrors, rear privacy glass, LED interior lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a folding front passenger seat with integrated storage. The optional Comfort and Convenience package adds features such as power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver seat. The V6 engine is available at this trim level and above.


Comes standard with Active Drive II and additional off-road features such as all-terrain tires, hill descent control, special suspension tuning, a rear locking differential and skid plates. You also get a nine-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a larger touchscreen. The Comfort and Convenience package continues as an option, and you can get the Technology Group with various safety alert and mitigation systems, adaptive cruise control and an automated parking system. Leather seating and navigation are available as standalone options.


The line-topping Cherokee comes standard with the contents of the Comfort and Convenience package in addition to leather seating with heat in front, a heated steering wheel and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Technology Group remains available, and you can also get the exclusive Luxury Group with xenon headlight and ventilated front seats with driver memory.

A tow package is available on all models regardless of drivetrain. Dual sunroofs can be added to all trims except the Sport.

CarsDirect Tip

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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