The basic engine in the Cherokee is a 2.4L 4-cylinder unit that produces 180 horsepower. When mated to the standard (and industry-first) 9-speed automatic with front-wheel drive, the Cherokee is capable of up to 31 mpg on the highway. Optional, is a 3.2L V6, which produces 271 horsepower and gives the Cherokee strong acceleration for its class. This engine features stop/start technology to help boost fuel economy and it is also mated to the same 9-speed transmission used in the 4-cylinder version.
Last year, Jeep introduced a new 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which manages to nearly outshine it's V6 counterpart with 270 horsepower, while putting down a whopping 295 lb-pounds of torque. All of this with equal gas mileage figures to the 2.4L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder; the figures coming in at 23 city 31 highway in front-wheel form and 21 city and 29 highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.
The Latitude trim includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-colored exterior mirrors and door handles, projector beam fog lamps, roof rails and a rearview camera.
The Latitude Plus adds to that with an 8.4-inch Uconnect radio featuring a color touch screen, SiriusXM radio, keyless go, leather inserts in the cloth seats, a leather steering wheel and an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat.
Step up to the Limited trim and things begin to get quite luxurious. Limited Cherokees get leather seats, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a heated steering wheel, a upgraded instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch color touchscreen display, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio connectivity, dual-zone climate control and automatic headlights.
The High Altitude Cherokee is much like the Limited but adds blackout exterior trim, with gloss black alloy wheels, badges, lower grille and roof rack.
The Trailhawk edition steps away from luxury and instead concentrates on off-road capabilities. The Trailhawk Cherokee includes a much nicer 4-wheel-drive system, with a locking differential for ultimate grip in low-traction environments. It also has more undercar protection and a one-inch lift in the suspension. Interior amenities echo what's included in the Latitude trim, plus exclusive seating with Nappa leather bolsters and red accent stitching, as well as a driver-configurable digital cluster display.
The Cherokee Overland rides on 18-inch wheels and includes a power liftgate, extra sound deadening material for a quieter ride, wooden steering wheel inserts, a leather-trimmed dash, Nappa leather seating with ventilated, power-adjustable front seats, navigation and a premium Alpine 9-speaker sound system.
Finally, the Trailhawk L Plus brings the off-road capability of the Trailhawk, along with ventilated and heated Nappa leather seats, heated steering wheel and mirrors, dual-zone climate control and a power liftgate.
Safety features on the Cherokee include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, hill-start control and ten airbags. Optional safety features include a blind spot monitor, park assist, a forward collision warning system and a roadside assistance button.