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2016 Jeep Cherokee

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$9,991 - $16,995
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2016 Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,495
2016 Latitude 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,295
2016 Sport 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $25,495
2016 Latitude 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,295
2016 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,195
2016 Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $30,995
2016 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $31,195
2016 Overland 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,695
2016 Overland 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $38,395
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Overview

Shunning the strictly vertical look of its Jeep mates, the Cherokee is nevertheless one of the most lusty, robust crossovers on the market. While serving as a civilized daily driver for the family, it delivers authentic off-road talents. Beneath its unconventional exterior, you get the familiar Jeep characteristics and reputation for rugged competence.

What's New for 2016

For 2016, driver-comfort enhancements have been added to the steering-column tilt, instrument cluster, and front seats. Cherokees with an 8.4-inch touchscreen gain new Uconnect features, including a Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, and Do-Not-Disturb (which temporarily blocks calls and texts). A freshened Cherokee is expected to appear during 2016.

Jeep Cherokee

Choosing Your Jeep Cherokee

Even though Cherokee seeks the same audience as various compact crossovers, it’s almost in a class by itself -- not only by design, but because it rides a little higher than competitors. Though the distinctive front-end look is somewhat polarizing, it does give this different breed of Jeep more of an SUV-like appearance.

All models get a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower. The 3.2-liter V6, available for all but the Sport model, generates an impressive 271 horsepower. Both engines mate with a nine-speed automatic transmission and a choice of four-wheel drive systems:

  • Active Drive I is meant for on-road use in harsh weather, similar to AWD systems in ordinary crossovers.
  • Active Drive II has low-range gearing for off-road capacity.

Both systems have a terrain selector to ensure maximum traction under varying conditions.

EPA fuel economy estimates range from 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (25 mpg combined) with the four-cylinder engine and front-drive, down to 19/25 mpg with the four-cylinder, four-wheel drive Trailhawk.

Four trim levels are offered:

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Latitude

Most Sport options are standard on this step-up model, along with foglights, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, roof rails, LED interior lighting, a folding front passenger seat with integrated storage, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. An optional Comfort and Convenience package adds a power liftgate, power driver’s seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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Trailhawk

Active Drive II four-wheel drive is standard on the sporty off-road edition, which adds such features as all-terrain tires, hill descent control, skid plates, special suspension tuning, and a locking rear differential. Also standard is a nine-speaker sound system, with satellite radio. In addition to the available Comfort and Convenience package, an optional Technology Group includes several safety alert/mitigation systems, adaptive cruise control, and an automated parking system. Navigation and leather upholstery are optional.

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Limited

Topping the lineup, the Limited includes all contents of the Comfort and Convenience package, augmented by leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Technology Group can be added. So can an exclusive Luxury Group with xenon headlights, plus ventilated front seats with a driver’s memory.

All models can be equipped with a towing package. Dual sunroofs may be added (except on Sport).

CarsDirect Tip

Adding four-wheel drive to a Sport, Latitude or Limited model costs just about as much as stepping up to the next trim level. Picking 4WD is typically a wise choice, especially in northern climates, but it’s easy to go overboard with the option list. Better to make a basic decision first: Are you most interested in luxury features and conveniences, or does basic all-weather capability top your personal desirability list.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Jeep revived the Cherokee in 2014 to mixed reviews, as its new look was a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. It still has looks that polarize Jeep fans, but its capabilities have definitely proved that it is deserving of the Jeep badge.

Pricing and Equipment

At a starting price of just $23,295 for the Sport trim with front-wheel drive, the Cherokee picks up where its last generation left off as one of the lowest-price SUVs. Like most Jeeps, the Cherokee comes pretty well equipped. Its list of standard features include:

  • Power mirrors
  • LED taillights
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system

Performance Pros

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We think that the Cherokee is really the best of both worlds, as it works well as a family cruiser or a weekend off-roader, depending on how it is equipped. Its 3.2-liter V6 engine is plenty capable, plus the Cherokee makes a surprisingly good tow vehicle.

  • 271-horsepower V6 delivers plenty of pop for this segment
  • Feels more nimble than its 4,000-pound curb weight should allow
  • Four-cylinder engine delivers ample power and good fuel economy
  • 4,500-pound towing capacity is great for the class

Performance Cons

Finding fault in the Cherokee's performance is tough, but we look to the nine-speed transmission for its greatest weakness: All those gears are a little excessive, and it tends to hunt for gears.

  • We're not sure about the Jeep-ness of standard front-wheel drive
  • Fuel economy is only so-so with the V6

Interior Pros

Jeep Cherokee

The Cherokee's cabin is nicely laid out for a crossover -- everything is where it should be. Innovative interior design adds visual interest, and there are some nice materials in higher trims.

Interior Cons

There's lots and lots of plastic in entry-level Cherokees -- it's everywhere. The urethane shifter knob feels particularly cheap. While this does help keep the price down, it doesn't create a sense of value.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While an un-optioned Cherokee isn't anything to write home about, the plethora of available features are awesome. We like the fact that there are numerous ways to make the Cherokee more luxurious or more off-road ready, making it tweakable for many different buyers.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We don't expect soft-touch materials everywhere, but the sea of plastic we sometimes encounter in the Cherokee is a bit overwhelming.

The Bottom Line

The Jeep Cherokee isn't the perfect crossover, but it comes very close. With the availability of premium features and off-road capability, it's a great option for buyers who want the best of both worlds.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.2L V-6 / 271 HP / 239 ft.lbs.2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.2L V-6 / 271 HP / 239 ft.lbs.2.4L I-4 / 184 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
15.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$60
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.9 Cu.ft. / 58.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
105 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.0 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
65.7 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
41.1 "
Rear Legroom
40.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,655 Lbs. / 3,779 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Styled Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

Used 2016 Jeep Cherokee for Sale

12 vehicles found within 50 miles of your area
Jeep
Sport
Color: White
Price

$10,499

Mileage

90,698 mi

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Royal Auto Dealer (38 mi)

Phone: (626) 262-9494
Jeep
Latitude
Color: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlc
Price

$10,995

Mileage

105,575 mi

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AutoNation Ford Tustin (38 mi)

Phone: (888) 211-3374
Jeep
Limited
Color: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlc
Price

$10,995

Mileage

106,336 mi

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DCH Honda of Oxnard (49 mi)

Phone: (805) 204-0454
Jeep
Sport
Price

$10,999

Mileage

86,312 mi

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Royal Auto Dealer Los Angeles (32 mi)

Phone: (424) 444-6030
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