2018 Jeep Cherokee

 
2018 Jeep Cherokee
 
2018 Jeep Cherokee
 

2018 Jeep Cherokee

MSRP 
$25,490
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$25,335
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 30 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 2018 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 2018

The Jeep Cherokee remains essentially unchanged for 2018, though some of the trim levels have been reshuffled. Most notably the Latitude trim now occupies the lowest rung on the Jeep Cherokee ladder, while the Latitude Plus trim joins the lineup for this year.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 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 2018 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
    • 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
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • 6 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and Uconnect External Memory Control
    • Radio: Uconnect 3 w/5" Display
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7" Aluminum
    • Tires: P225/60R17 BSW AS
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Rear Bumper
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Fender Flares
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • 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 High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Systems Monitor
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Premium Cloth 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
    • 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
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • 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
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • 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 Space Lights
    • Covered Dashboard Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • 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
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 160 Amp Alternator
    • 600 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • 1000# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link 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
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission w/Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
    • Federal Emissions
    • GVWR: 5,050 lbs
    • Normal Duty Suspension
    • 3.734 Axle Ratio
    • Transmission: 9-Speed 948TE Automatic
    • Engine: 2.4L I4 MultiAir FlexFuel

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 1 (ft³) - 58.9
    • 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
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 700
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 160
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - ED6-B
    • Engine Order Code - ED8
    • Engine Order Code - EHK
    • Engine Order Code - ED6
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Displacement - 3.2 L/198
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 184 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 184 @ 6250
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 271 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 171 @ 4600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 171 @ 4800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 239 @ 4400
  • 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
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • 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 - TRA
    • Front Tire Order Code - TWL
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TRA
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TWL
    • Spare Tire Order Code - TBC
    • Spare Tire Order Code - TBB
    • Front Tire Size - P225/60TR17
    • Front Tire Size - P225/55TR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/60TR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/55TR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • 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) - 200
    • 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
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.25
    • 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 - 7.1
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3655
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3779
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

Jeep Cherokee is a mid-size crossover SUV, with available four-wheel drive and superior off-road capability. Cherokee is larger than the Compass, which is larger than the Renegade.

There are no major changes for 2018, though trim levels have been changed, mostly adding equipment. Cherokee was last redesigned for 2014.

The 2018 Cherokee comes as five models: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and the off-road oriented Trailhawk. (The Sport, the previous base model, has been discontinued.) Front-wheel drive is standard, but Cherokee makes much more sense with the available all-wheel drive.

Latitude brings more standard equipment to the entry level, including a rearview camera, high-intensity HID headlamps, roofrails, foglamps, aluminum wheels, and body-colored mirrors and door handles. Latitude Plus is a new model intended to offer more features for the dollar. Limited and Trailhawk models likewise offer more standard equipment for 2018 than previously.

The Trailhawk is all-wheel drive, with Active Drive Lock, a locking rear differential; it also gets skid plates and tow hooks, to go with unique front and rear fascia and ground clearance that’s higher by one inch.

The other models come with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. Active Drive I is the basic setup, for four-cylinder models. Active Drive II adds a dual-range transfer case. Selec-Terrain adds modes for Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock.

The standard engine is smooth and quiet, refined but aging, a 2.4 liter four-cylinder making 184 horsepower, which is enough if there aren’t back-seat passengers or heavy cargo.

The 3.2-liter V6 is more like it, making 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque; with a tow package, it can tow up to 4500 pounds.

A 9-speed automatic transmission is used with both engines.

The front-wheel-drive Latitude with the four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 21 City, 30 Highway, 25 Combined miles per gallon; it falls to 23 Combined mpg with the Active Drive I all-wheel drive, and the same 23 mpg Combined rating with Active Drive II, but 1 less mpg on the highway.

The front-wheel-drive V6 gets nearly the same, rated at 21/29/24 mpg. With Active Drive I it rates 20/27/23 mpg, and Active Drive II it gets 18/26/21 mpg. The V6 comes with Stop/Start technology, which turns off the engine at stoplights and pauses, intended to save a bit of fuel.

The heavier all-wheel-drive Trailhawk gets 19/25/22 mpg with the I4 engine, and only 1 less mpg with the V6.

Cherokee only gets four stars overall from the NHTSA in crash testing, with five stars for side impact. Active-safety features come on the Overland and Limited models, including lane-departure and frontal-collision warnings, blind-sport monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and parking sensors.

Lineup

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude ($24,395) comes with 2.4-liter engine, front-wheel drive, cloth seats, air conditioning, rearview camera, power features, cruise control, keyless entry, 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen audio system with a USB port and Bluetooth with audio streaming. The V6 isn’t available on the Latitude.

Latitude Plus ($26,295) adds an 8.4-inch Uconnect radio with touchscreen with smartphone-app connectivity, leather panels in the cloth seats, an eight-way power driver seat, a 115-volt outlet, keyless ignition, and satellite radio, ambient lighting, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Cherokee Limited ($29,795) upgrades with leather, 18-inch wheels, satellite radio, remote start, power heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Equipment that became standard for 2018 includes blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors, and a power liftgate. All-wheel drive is available ($1500).

Overland ($34,095) adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood add-ons, power-adjustable passenger seat, Nappa leather, foglamps dual exhausts.

Trailhawk ($30,995) is equipped like the Latitude Plus, but with a tougher suspension and more ground clearance, tow hooks, transmission and oil coolers, skid plates, new front and rear bumpers for better departure angles, grade-climb control, and 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. The features that have been added as standard for 2018 include blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors with cross-path detection, and dual-zone climate control.

Walkaround

The Cherokee has lovely lines for an SUV, not traditional; even the seven-bar grille is stylized. The headlamps are separated from the LED running lights, giving the front a tiered appearance that’s less than Jeep-like. It’s sure not square, like a Jeep Patriot for example. Even though the design has been around for five years, the Cherokee’s unexpectedness keeps it fresh.

The rear end and sides are more ordinary.

Interior

The cabin is handsome and quiet. It’s nicely finished, generally well composed, and quite refined. It’s more sporty than suv-like, blending colorful elements with subtlety. We just wish the controls weren’t hard to find. It would be nice if function matched the form.

However, the infotainment system is clearly laid out, and the screen is responsive. In-car data is available by subscription.

The front seats are comfortable, but the cabin is narrow so shoulder room is limited, as wide drivers might rub the door panels or console, and tall ones might have trouble finding a suitable position. The headrests sit somewhat forward.

The rear seat can take a third passenger in the center, without argument, for a short trip. The three of them will feel cramped, although the seat slides back a few inches, and that helps.

There’s plenty of storage spots for small items, around the cabin. For larger items, there’s a decent 24.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and a healthy 58.9 cubic feet when the rear seats and front seat are folded. The cargo floor is somewhat high.

Driving Impressions

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is a Chrysler global engine (called Tigershark), powerful enough for the globe maybe, but with no power to spare. No room for a heavy load. With five occupants and/or a dozen cinderblocks in back, it’s a slug.

For the small fuel cost and extra price, the 3.2-liter V6 with nearly 90 more horsepower is a better call. It’s quick, confident and refined. It does make the Cherokee heavier in front, so it’s less nimble, and that’s a consideration. The V6 might not be the call for rugged duty, like a lot of driving on dirt roads. But it’s the call for sure if we’re talking highway towing.

The 9-speed automatic can be balky, indecisive and late to shift. Sport mode makes it better.

Cherokee behaves okay on the pavement, about average. The steering is crisp and the ride well-damped, but for everyday driving, there are better crossovers.

Off the road, where Jeeps rule, it’s another matter. With an I4 engine and the Active Drive II system, the Cherokee’s backwoods talents are amazing.

A Cherokee Trailhawk can conquer hills like you wouldn’t believe, while continuing safely and very slowly back down, using the hill descent control. With its taller ride height and off-road tires, at low speeds, the Trailhawk absorbs almost everything.

Summary

Jeep Cherokee has many faces. We recommend getting all-wheel drive. The V6 is superior for everyday driving, though the four-cylinder offers better handling on unpaved roads. The Trailhawk is best for rugged terrain. The Overland is nicely trimmed, if it’s in the budget. We found the 9-speed automatic unrefined.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

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