2016 Jeep Cherokee

 
2016 Jeep Cherokee
 
2016 Jeep Cherokee
 

2016 Jeep Cherokee

MSRP 
$30,190
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$29,479
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 184 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Cherokee is a compact SUV competing with vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Like the Cherokees that came before, the 2016 model maintains the tradition of competitive pricing and strong off-road capability starting at just under $24,000. While the Cherokee and its competitors are often offered with all-wheel-drive, the Cherokee offers more aggressive off-roading equipment, such as a locking rear differential.

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What's New For 2016

The Jeep Cherokee remains mostly unchanged for 2016. The 8.4-inch touchscreen has now been enhanced with a friendlier, easier to use Uconnect operating system, while a couple of new exterior paint colors are also brand new for 2016.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Jeep Cherokee

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Emergency S.O.S
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Uconnect 8.4
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • 6 Speakers
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
    • Uconnect Access
    • Integrated Voice Command w/Bluetooth
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" x 7" Polished Aluminum
    • Tires: P225/55R18 AS
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Fender Flares
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Exterior Mirrors w/Supplemental Signals
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
    • Composite/Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Active Grille Shutters
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
    • Exterior Mirrors Courtesy Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Front Seats w/Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
    • 8-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Fold Flat
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Transmission Fluid Temp, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Uconnect Access Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Heated Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Illuminated Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Net
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
    • Smart Device Integration
    • 8.4" Touchscreen Display
    • Covered Dashboard Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
    • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.4L I4 MultiAir -inc: Tigershark
    • Transmission: 9-Speed 948TE Automatic
    • 3.73 Axle Ratio
    • Normal Duty Suspension
    • GVWR: 5,050 lbs
    • Federal Emissions
    • Transmission w/Sequential Shift Control
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler
    • 160 Amp Alternator
    • 600CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • 1000# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 41.4
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 36.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 54.9
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 24.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 24.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 600
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 160
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - ED6-1
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 184 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 171 @ 4600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.9
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 105.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 40.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 49.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.6
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Jeep Cherokee
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TWL
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TWL
    • Front Tire Size - P225/55TR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/55TR18
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 300
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DFH
    • Trans Type - 9
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.70
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.84
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.38
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.81
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.73
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.70
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.58
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3655
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

The original Jeep Cherokee in 1984 established the standard for sport-utility vehicles (SUV) that could be used as family transport. Today’s market favors more carlike utility vehicles. Introduced as a 2014 model, today’s Cherokee is a midsize crossover SUV.

Even though Jeep has built plenty of off-road ability and ruggedness into the revived Cherokee, it’s intended mainly for families and daily tasks. Far removed from the truck-like Liberty that it replaced, the current Cherokee has a look all its own: the kind that could be called either daring or radical. Most glaring is the front end, both Jeeplike and strikingly different.

Looks aside, the Cherokee fits right between urban-friendly crossovers and serious off-roaders. Primary competitors include some well-established, conventional-looking compact crossovers, including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape. It’s a relatively roomy, family-size five-seat vehicle, with a back seat suitable for adults.

Jeep offers a choice of V6 or four-cylinder engine, both with 9-speed automatic transmission. The 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-4 delivers swift, quiet, reasonably smooth acceleration.

The 3.2-liter V6 delivers 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. All V6 models now include engine stop-start, intended to save a little fuel in stop-and-go commuting. Gas mileage is acceptable, but short of excellent.

Offered for the Cherokee are Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk editions. The Cherokee Limited is the luxurious flagship, while Cherokee Trailhawks are ready for trekking, raised by an inch, with a locking rear differential, red tow hooks, and additional skid plates.

Front-wheel drive is standard. Four-wheel-drive systems include Active Drive I and Active Drive II (with a dual-range transfer case). All 4×4 models have Selec-Terrain, with modes for Snow, Rock, and Sand/Mud.

Options include a panoramic sunroof and Sky Slider roof, soft Nappa leather upholstery, and memory heated/ventilated seats. Top models include a reconfigurable LED instrument cluster. An optional hands-free parking system can steer and nudge the car into a parking spot.

2016 Cherokee models with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen get a new Drag and Drop menu bar, Do Not Disturb mode, and Siri Eyes Free compatibility.

When equipped with Forward Collision Warning Plus, Cherokee earns a Superior rating for frontal crash prevention from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Cherokee four stars overall; five for side impact.

Lineup

Prices include four-cylinder engine.

Cherokee Sport ($23,395) has front-wheel drive, with Active Drive I optional ($25,295), cloth upholstery, air conditioning, keyless entry, 17-inch wheels. Cherokee Latitude ($25,295) adds LED cabin lighting, a fold-flat front passenger seat, Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen, roof rails, and foglamps. Active Drive II and the V6 engine are available.

Cherokee Limited ($28,995) features leather upholstery, heated power front seats, 18-inch wheels, pushbutton start, a 7-inch reconfigurable information screen, rearview camera, and remote start.

Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 ($30,895) comes with Jeep’s Trail Rated badge, meaning it has genuine capability, a suspension tuned for off-highway, transmission and oil coolers, Active Drive with locking differential, Selec-Speed Control, 17-inch wheels. Options include the V6 and navigation.

Ten airbags are standard, including knee and rear-seat side airbags. Latitude and Trailhawk include rearview camera. For all except Sport, a safety package combines rear cross-path detection, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear park assist.

Walkaround

At first glance, the Cherokee might induce a surprised, bewildered impression, but it may look more enticing later. Futuristically shaped, if somewhat cluttered, the front end stands well apart from familiar, square-jawed Jeep tradition.

Controversial it is, led by its slim nose; but this vehicle class was ready for fresh ideas. Some critics see hints of the old Pontiac Aztek in the Cherokee’s running-light positioning and tiered face, a terrible comparison. The familiar seven-slot Jeep grille is there, but appearing to some eyes as an afterthought. Love or hate the look, it’s provocative.

Interior

If the Cherokee’s exterior polarizes opinions, the carefully crafted interior presents a unifying tone. Not trucklike at all, it has a sporty aura, smoothly finished and handsome.

Soft-touch surfaces are accompanied by smooth-operating buttons and switchgear. Noise is filtered well. Small-item storage is good, and Uconnect infotainment impresses.

Spacious and well-designed, the cabin contains some impressive materials, though taller folks might not be pleased with the driving position. Because of the unusually shaped front compartment, too, bigger drivers might contact the center console and door panels. Also, the steering wheel tilts upward more than usual.

Seats are supportive enough in Latitude trim, but better with Nappa leather in Limited form. Headrests sit forward too much, forcing some drivers into a more laid-back driving position. The rear seat can feel cramped for adults. Prominent front headrests might force back-seat riders into a slouching position. Outward visibility is reasonably good.

Driving Impressions

The Jeep Cherokee comes in a range of models. The Trailhawk is the Cherokee with true off-road skills. Other models are best defined as relatively docile, but responsive, family-carrying crossovers.

Jeep managed to stuff plenty of potential ruggedness into the design, considering that the Cherokee’s basic foundation stems from passenger cars.

With the impressively refined front-wheel drive and four-cylinder engine, Cherokee amounts to a tall, thrifty hatchback. Unless carrying a heavy load, it’s sufficiently powerful.

Substitute the V6 and Active Lock off-road system, and it becomes a nimble rock-climber as well as a capable family wagon. A V6 Cherokee feels somewhat heavier, yet seems confident and refined.

The 9-speed transmission helps keep performance strong. Even the four-cylinder starts out eagerly. Unfortunately, the transmission is subject to periods of gear-change indecision or jolting, along with oddly delayed upshifts. Sport mode promises the most decisive, predictable shifts, while shrinking gas mileage.

With the V6 and Trailer Tow Package, the Cherokee can tow 4,500 pounds.

Though pleasant overall, road feel isn’t a strong point. Steering is somewhat numb and heavy, lacking in feedback, though accurate. Ride quality is nicely tuned and well-damped. Trailhawk, helped by off-road tires and taller ride height, is best at absorbing low-speed rough spots.

Active Drive I is fine for snowy pavement. Active Drive II adds a low range with an offroad-appealing 56:1 crawl ratio. All four-wheel-drive Cherokees have four-mode Selec-Terrain.

Base four-cylinder versions are EPA-rated at 22/31 mpg City/Highway, dropping to 21/28 mpg with Active Drive I. Fuel economy on the V6 starts at 19/28 mpg City/Highway for front-drive models; 19/27 with Active Drive II.

Summary

The Jeep Cherokee is a solid choice for most families, available with plenty of Jeep off-road skills. Cherokee offers more active-safety features than most rivals in this affordable class. Its styling is polarizing but distinctive.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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