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2015 Jeep Cherokee Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

It's not surprising that off-road prowess is the ace-in-the-hole the 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUV boasts over rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. After all, Jeep, more than any other SUV manufacturer, has a reputation to uphold. Yet the really surprising thing is that despite its off-road capability – especially the Trailhawk – the 2015 Jeep Cherokee gives up nothing on-pavement, where most drivers will spend their time. Offering a low-range and three different 4-wheel-drive systems that give it uncanny rock crawling ability for a small crossover SUV, the Jeep Cherokee also offers creature comforts that put it at the head of the class. Jeep tops it off with an available V6 engine and a class-exclusive a 9-speed automatic transmission.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you think anything that looks like an off-roader should be an off-roader – especially if there's a Jeep badge on the nose – then the 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUV is for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're put off by the controversial front-end styling, if you need more interior space, or if you just don't care about off-road ability, then you might well make another choice.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.0
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#25

out of 36

Fuel Economy

#8

out of 35

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

7.1 out of 10
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2015 Jeep Cherokee Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

All-new last year, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee gets a few additional features. Forward Collision Warning is now available, a backup camera is standard on Latitude, Altitude, Limited and Trailhawk models, and a new SafetyTec option package bundles various electronic aids for Latitude, Altitude, Limited and Trailhawk models.

Driving the Cherokee
2015 Jeep Cherokee Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2015 Jeep Cherokee crossover SUV comes in five models: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The Trailhawk is only available in 4-wheel drive (4WD), while the other models can...

... be had in front-wheel drive only. As you might expect from something that competes with a Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, a front-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokee is perfectly acceptable on the road around town. The 4-cylinder offers up adequate acceleration, while the power-hungry will prefer the V6. Yet order one of the three available 4WD systems and head off-road, and the Cherokee's character changes. The standard Selec-Terrain traction-control system allows drivers to choose settings for Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock, optimizing performance. An "Auto" setting uses sensors to choose for you, and all Cherokee models offer good approach and departure angles plus reasonable ground clearance, while the off-road optimized Trailhawk version ups the ante in each department.

9-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Credit German transmission manufacturer ZF for the near-magical packaging that lead to the 9-speed automatic used in the Jeep Cherokee. Even better, it all works, offering smooth launches and excellent power delivery, plus fuel economy from the V6 that's as good as some competitors' 4-cylinder engines.

SELEC-TERRAIN
Part of the off-road prowess offered by the Jeep Cherokee is due to the Selec-Terrain system. It uses up to 12 different vehicle systems, including the drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control, transmission, and powertrain controller to ensure maximum traction.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Details
2015 Jeep Cherokee Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee interior blends traditional Jeep cues – such as the trapezoidal "center stack" – with modern touches to create an attractive and upscale layout. The seats offer up good support, and come trimmed in either attractive cloth or soft Nappa leather. The heated and ventilated top-of-the-line seats also come with power adjustments and memory. The 2nd-row seats adjust forward and backward for better legroom, and split 60/40 for maximum cargo flexibility. We were particularly fond of the available wireless-device charging pad, plus the enormous glovebox. However, we do wish the Cherokee offered more room overall inside.

Exterior
2015 Jeep Cherokee photo

"Polarizing" is the best way to sum up the 2015 Jeep Cherokee's exterior. It's one thing to stray from the traditional Jeep design aesthetic of round headlights flanking a 7-slot grille, but quite another to ditch the appearance of headlights entirely. However, we've warmed up to the new Jeep Cherokee, and there's a lot here that says Jeep. The 7-slot grille has a "kink" folding it into the hood, and the less-controversial rear resembles the Grand Cherokee SUV. Trailhawk versions kick up the macho with a higher ride, red-painted front tow hooks, skidplates and more aggressive front and rear treatments.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All Jeep Cherokee SUVs come standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, offering very good fuel economy and a range of about 500 miles on a tank of gasoline. Other standard equipment includes a Uconnect 5-inch touch-screen media center that includes Bluetooth, USB, SD and auxiliary ports. Also standard are a 3.5-inch full-color center display, 10 air bags, electronic stability control, traction control, Hill-start Assist, electric power steering, and an electric parking brake, plus cruise control, air conditioning with rear outlets, and remote keyless entry. The Jeep Cargo Management system includes standard hooks and a storage tote.

Optional Equipment

Jeep Cherokee Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models can get the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine. There are three all-wheel-drive systems available as well: Active Drive I, Active Drive II, and, on Trailhawk models, Active Drive Lock. Other upgrades include an 8.4-inch touch screen for Uconnect, an Alpine premium audio with nine speakers and a subwoofer, and a CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof with power sunshade. Cherokee Limited models add leather, heated power seats and steering wheel, Keyless Enter-N-Go, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Trailhawk models emphasize off-road capabilities with skidplates, an increased ride height, and a more rugged look.

Under the Hood
2015 Jeep Cherokee Engine photo

The base engine for 2015 Jeep Cherokee models is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 184 horsepower. However, unlike many of its competitors, Jeep offers a V6 engine in its small SUV as well: a 3.2-liter V6 with 271 horsepower, and the added ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds. Both engines offer good fuel economy, with the 4-cylinder obviously being the fuel-sipper's choice. Both engines come with a 9-speed automatic transmission, whether equipped with front-drive or 4-wheel drive. Three different 4-wheel-drive systems are available, ranging from the Jeep Active Drive I and Jeep Active Drive II, to the aggressive Jeep Active Drive Lock reserved for the off-road ready Trailhawk. V6 models get a modest fuel economy bump thanks to the new-for-2015 standard start-stop mechanism.

2.4-liter inline-4
184 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg (front-wheel drive), 21/28 mpg (4WD Active Drive I), 21/27 mpg (4WD Active Drive II), 19/26 mpg (4WD Trailhawk)

3.2-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
239 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg (front-wheel drive), 20/28 mpg (4WD Active Drive I), 19/26 (4WD Active Drive II), 19/25 mpg (4WD Trailhawk)

Prices for the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Sport, the base model for this SUV, start at about $23,000 for the front-wheel drive version. Midrange Cherokee Latitude and Altitude models start at about $24,500 and $26,700, respectively, while Limited models start at about $28,000. If you want the off-road-ready Cherokee Trailhawk, bring $29,500. The 4-wheel-drive system on the other models adds around $1,000 to $2,000, depending on which system and model you get, while the V6 adds about $1,500. That's right in the heart of competitors like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, none of which offer a V6 engine. If you're looking for serious off-roading chops and reasonable towing capabilities, the Cherokee is the choice, otherwise, note that some competitors offer more interior space. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase price to see what others paid in your area. Also note that the Cherokee's cost of ownership runs better than average.

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.1
Out of 10

Based on 107 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    7.6/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.6/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Very dissapointed this was my retirement vehicle.

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,400

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Looks nice"

Cons: "Front seats hard to get in and out of."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Transmission,transmission,transmission had to replace all computer models and transmission @4000 miles.Electronics continually going hay wire.I won't drive it but to work and back. I have a 2005 Saturn w/120,000 miles that I have more confidence in getting me where i need to go."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I have had better but it's ok

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "It looks great,"

Cons: "too many issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I traded a 2003 Saturn Vue for this Jeep because the wife has always wanted one. We have had several issues with it and have had it for 1 1/2 years. The radio went out, several recalls and it looses several quarts of oil between oil changes. So much oil that it shuts down no matter where you are. Have had it back to the dealer several times and they tell me just to keep an eye on the oil. Also the forward view is somewhat constricted at the side of the windshield. I have had several other SUV's and never had the issues that I have with this Jeep. If I were to buy another SUV it would not be a Jeep. Sorry"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love my Jeep - Mostly

By on Saturday, December 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handles well, great gas mileage, looks great"

Cons: "The windshield and the wipers freezing up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love how my Jeep handles and I love the gas mileage. I opted to go with FWD instead of 4WD even though I live in Wisconsin. There have been 3 recalls to date, which is kind of a pain as my dealer is probably 35 miles from home and taking it in is difficult because of when I get off work and getting it to the dealership without having to take time off work to do it. My main complaints about this Cherokee is the windshield/wipers. There is a large part of the passenger side that the wipers never touch. For some reason, the wiper blades get slushed up and frozen up. I have had to pull off the road to clean them off more than once. Not sure how you would fix that problem, but it is my pet peeve about this Jeep. I went from a mini-van that I loved to this, so it does feel small to me, but plenty of room for what we need to do. I haven't had problems with it handling in the snow or rain. I drive probably 200 miles a week because I live 20 miles from my job. It it comfortable, handles well, and looks great."

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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