The ironic factor concerning the new Jeep Cherokee is that it replaces the Liberty, which was repeatedly dogged for being too crude and trucklike, and now its detractors insist that it’s too carlike. However that’s not precisely the case. The Cherokee is way more refined than its predecessor, it’s true. It’s simply that this isn’t a departure from Jeep “custom,” as a result of its huge brother the Grand Cherokee has been taking part in the refined-SUV card for many years now.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

2015 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

Jeep has been very assertive in regards to the Cherokee’s off-highway means. It could be essentially the most slick and futuristic-trying Jeep ever, however the Cherokee stays trustworthy to the model’s lengthy historical past of succesful efficiency. Jeep has taken steps to place this compact sport-ute on the head of the technological class as nicely.

Exterior Interior 2015 Jeep Cherokee

Some critics could not look after it, however I just like the futuristic Cherokee. The ahead-trying design breaks plenty of styling limitations whereas retaining the requisite variety of acquainted Jeep Jeep styling cues. The seven-slot grille, squared-off wheel openings and the form of the rear greenhouse determine it instantly as a member of the household, however that’s the place the conventions finish. The Cherokee’s received a singular sharp nostril, and squinty, flat lights which can be mounted the place you’d usually count on headlamps however are literally working lights. The Cherokee’s headlights are beneath the excessive beltline. This isn’t a very totally different search for a compact SUV — the Ford Escape has an analogous silhouette — nevertheless it’s undoubtedly new territory for a Jeep, and it’s one of the distinctive compact 4X4s on the street.

The Liberty was persistently dinged for affordable interiors, and the Cherokee has taken steps to proper that mistaken. The brand new compact appears to have borrowed the group that made the inside of the Grand Cherokee such a pleasant place to be, and one of the crucial putting issues in regards to the new Cherokee’s inside is that it doesn’t have a look at all utilitarian. It doesn’t really feel utilitarian, both, with upscale supplies and thoroughly designed two-tone and satiny silver trim.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Interior

The middle stack is neatly laid out and easy, and the instrument panel consists of a big configurable info show within the middle. Jeep might have as soon as been detached ti type, however that’s not the case. Maintain an in depth eye out for Jeep’s little styling Easter eggs, just like the Jeep silhouette printed into the windshield trim. As within the Grand Cherokee, a number of themed coloration schemes are supplied, just like the delicate brown and blue “Vesuvio” and the black on black “Morocco.”

This inside wraps comfortably round passengers, and has room for 5. Jeep’s put some thought towards the Cherokee’s anticipated life within the suburbs with intelligent cargo options. Supplier-installable choices for the cargo maintain embrace a grocery bag holder, tote bag and a cargo organizer.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Exterior

Optionally available tools features a backup digital camera, heated and ventilated seats and automated headlamps. The UConnect infotainment system is shared with different Chrysler merchandise. A completely loaded Cherokee is a reasonably good place to be certainly.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Drivetrain

The Cherokee would look like punching above its weight, if the styling and inside are taken into consideration. However the powertrain brings issues again right down to earth. The usual engine is Chrysler’s 2.four liter MultiAir 4-cylinder, and it’s hooked as much as a 9-velocity automated transmission. With extra gears, the Cherokee’s capable of pull 31mpg on the freeway, and boasts a spread of over 500 miles from its 15.9 gallon gas tank. Right here’s the factor; for all its fancy, reducing-edge seems, the Cherokee presents a really odd drive. With the 184-horsepower 2.four liter engine, the Jeep gives average acceleration and retains up with site visitors simply sufficient, however offers little to differentiate it from the competitors from Hyundai, Honda or Toyota. The Cherokee seems fairly cool, however on the street it feels basically the identical. That’s a departure from the Liberty, whose much less refined and typically downright crude highway manners got here throughout at the least as a little bit of vital Jeepness.

The Cherokee’s transmission is geared for smoothness, which leads to extra noise and fewer acceleration typically. That may get a bit irritating, because it means the Cherokee doesn’t at all times profit from its energy.

A three.2 liter V6 can be out there, elevating the facility ante to 271. It doesn’t change the thrill stage a lot, although; the V6 Cherokee is extra highly effective, however nonetheless easy as an alternative of overtly highly effective. What the V6 does impart is a few utility— a towing capability as much as four,500 kilos, to be particular. Jeep features a cease-begin system on the V6 Cherokees, to enhance gasoline financial system on the bigger engine.

The upside to this smoothness is a really clean and refined drive. The Cherokee powertrain’s not dangerous, it’s simply considerably strange. As is Jeep’s behavior, the Cherokee’s obtainable with a selection of three all-wheel drive programs: pavement-based mostly Energetic Drive I, with a completely computerized torque switch system. Energetic Drive II provides a low-vary, whereas the Lively Drive Lock provides a rear locking differential for off-street energy management. That locker units the Cherokee aside from most of its rivals, and opens up a variety of attainable roads, or issues that seem like roads. All-wheel-drive Cherokees embrace Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, which modifies the all-wheel drive’s response to cope with quite a lot of totally different surfaces, together with sand, snow and dust. It additionally disconnects the rear axle throughout dry-pavement journey to cut back parasitic gasoline financial system loss.

Go for the Cherokee Trailhawk, with its Path Rated badge, and issues get a bit extraordinary. Within the filth, the Cherokee’s Jeep heritage comes by, and the Trailhawk is a assured and succesful driver when the pavement will get dangerous…or disappears completely. Don’t let the sleek design idiot you — this Jeep is able to off-highway expeditions, and I drove the Cherokee Trailhawk by steep ravines and washouts that verify it. It doesn’t really feel like as a lot of a pure because the Wrangler does, in fact, and visibility leaves one thing to be desired, however the strategy and departure angles of 29.eight and 32.1 levels respectively do permit a powerful quantity of fear-free crawling. Floor clearance is eight.7 inches, with a 23.three diploma breakover angle.

On pavement, the Cherokee reverts to odd once more. The usual suspension setup consists of McPherson struts within the entrance and a 4-hyperlink rear. It’s designed for first rate articulation off-highway, and this often interprets to a squashy trip, however the Cherokee is tightly sprung and responsive, however the experience is rather more automobile-like than truckish. It’s tremendous for knocking round city although, and arguably higher at it than the Liberty was. Sadly this additionally means there’s a definite lack of persona. Jeeps have at all times been autos with character, so this deficiency within the Cherokee is a little bit of a disappointment.

4-wheel disc brakes are customary, and the parking brake is digital. Issues get fascinating for those who go for the SafetyTec possibility group, which provides a full suite of lively driver aids, together with blind spot monitoring, a lane-departure warning and rear cross-visitors detection. The lane-departure prevention system is curiously aggressive, pushing again should you attempt to change lanes with out signaling. Ahead-collision mitigation is accessible, and so is a nifty self-parking system that may pull the Cherokee into parallel or perpendicular spots for you. It really works equally to different programs; simply push the button and let it do its work.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Prices

The Cherokee is out there in Sport, Latitude, Restricted and Trailhawk trims. All besides the Trailhawk can be found with entrance- or 4-wheel drive. The Trailhawk is the rugged “conventional Jeep” mannequin, that includes a extra aggressive look, Lively Drive Lock and a extra off-street stance.

The Sport has an MSRP of $22,995, and it’s effectively-outfitted sufficient to make it a worthwhile buy. That is about as shut because the Cherokee will get to the utilitarian really feel of the Liberty. Shifting as much as the Latitude brings the underside line to $24,795 and provides a typical backup digital camera and brighter exterior trim. The Cherokee Restricted , beginning at $28,595, is considerably fancier with normal UConnect and leather-based seats. Although the costlier Cherokees are good-wanting automobiles, the costs brings them into competitors with some very good automobiles at this level. The exception is the vary-topping Trailhawk, with a $30,095 base worth; its sincere off-street capacity and traditional Jeep cues successfully set it aside from the sphere. If you’d like a Jeep Jeep that may take you off highway with out subjecting you to the nightmare that could be a Wrangler on pavement, then sure, it’s price it.