2017 Jeep Cherokee Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on September 26, 2016 7:21 AM

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Starting Price: $24,590 | Build

Above Average: Legitimate off-road capability, unique, attractive styling

Below Average: So-so transmission, weak base engine

Consensus: A refined compact SUV that hasn't forgotten its Jeep off-road roots

The mainstream compact SUV of choice for SUV purists.

There are very few compact SUVs that can boast any ability in the dirt. The Jeep Cherokee goes a step further, being the only one that has genuine off-road credibility and capability. It combines that with the daily drivability and practicality of the segment's best-sellers, and for 2016, Jeep has improved the driver's seating position, making your commute easier to live with. 

Driving It

"More luxurious and certainly more off-road capable than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape, the Cherokee’s additional weight makes its 4-cylinder engine feel less peppy and spry than these competitors, and its real-world fuel economy is not all that great, either. For those needing power to pass or pull, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee’s V6 option is the way to go." Find out more in our 2017 Jeep Cherokee full review.

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AWD Advantage

Most compact SUVs offer all-wheel drive, but most could be considered "AWD Light" compared to the Cherokee's offering. The Cherokee's drivetrain lineup comprises not one, not two, but a choice of three different AWD systems, capped by Jeep Active Drive Lock with a two-speed transfer unit, low range and a locking rear differential. The Cherokee isn't a Wrangler, but it's worthy of the name and the familiar grille nevertheless.

Build and Price

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee starts around $25,000 (with front-wheel drive) and tops $44,000 for a Cherokee Overland 4x4 with V6, leather and all the bells and whistles. Build and price your own 2017 Jeep Cherokee to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Consumer Reviews

Frank B. loves the Cherokee's off-road capability, but also has this to say: "I have been surprised with the power delivered from the 4 cylinder and the ZF transmission. For a Jeep, it handles like a sports car. The interior is stunning and well executed. My biggest disappointments came from the many times I had to take it back to the dealership for recalls and warranty repairs. None were very serious but all were aggravating." Read more Jeep Cherokee consumer reviews.

More Compact SUVs

The small SUV segment is one of the hottest out there, with several great choices for buyers to sift through. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on what's new and what's next in this popular category.

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