2017 Jeep Cherokee
Jeeps are known to be off-roading monsters, but they offer much more than some fun off-the-beaten path. Introduced in 1974, the Jeep Cherokee is one of the brand’s staple models, and in 2017, its lineup is more diverse than ever. Whether a young professional wants a nice-looking SUV for their daily commute, or a family needs a versatile vehicle for chores and road trips, or an adventurist wants a rugged vehicle that can handle any situation, the Jeep Cherokee is an ideal choice in the mid-size SUV segment.
Jeep Active Drive II
Avail. 4x4 System
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee has two available drivetrains, front-wheel drive (FWD) and four-wheel drive (4x4). There are three engines available regardless of drivetrain, starting with the standard engine for the lineup is a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir, generating 184-horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. MultiAir is a hydraulically-operated variable valve timing (VVT) system, a variation of other VVTs designed to control the intake of air. The MultiAir system boosts the Cherokee’s fuel economy to 31 mpg on the highway.
Two more engines are available. For a cleaner burning option, drivers can switch out one 2.4-liter for another, the 2.4-liter I4 PZEV M-Air engine, powered by a 600-amp battery. PZEV stands for “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle”, limiting the emissions standard to zero “evaporative” emissions. However, if drivers are looking for more power, they can upgrade to a 271-hp 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine, standard for the Cherokee Overland with a 4x4 drivetrain. Built with electronic Stop-Start, power to the engine is cut when idling to save gas, lending to its 27 mpg highway fuel economy.
The standard 4x4 system for most trims in the lineup is Jeep Active Drive I, used primarily for its traction capabilities in any kind of weather. It also comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, allowing the driver to select the appropriate driving mode depending on road/terrain conditions - Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand/Mud.
The second 4x4 System, Active Drive II, is only available on the Cherokee Trailhawk, a trim that is 4x4 exclusive, and as an optional upgrade for the 75th Anniversary Edition. This 4x4 system includes all the capabilities of Jeep Active Drive I, and adds a low-range crawl ratio for added capabilities. The 4WD Low mode is great for extra-low speed traction, and a neutral mode is available for flat-towing behind an RV.
The third 4x4 system is only available to the Cherokee Trailhawk, and it includes all Jeep Active Drive II abilities plus a mechanical rear axle lock for its Trail Rated off-road performance. This system is great for rock-crawling and other off-road activities. The Cherokee Trailhawk is equipped with skid plates, a 1-inch suspension lift, all-season tires for any kind of weather, front and rear red tow hooks, and 20-inch water fording capability.
Built rugged and stylish, the exterior of the Jeep Cherokee features an aerodynamic exterior for undisturbed performance. The main styling cues on the Cherokee are a large rear spoiler, a curvy rear tailgate, and dual bright exhaust tips added to the vehicle with the V6 engine under the hood. In terms of features, the upper level trims have the best of the best.
LED daytime running headlamps and LED tail lamps are a standard, and automatic headlamps are available on select trims. Some trims have silver-painted roof rails, heated exterior mirrors, and red tow hooks available. When it comes to convenient cargo storage, a Jeep Cargo Management System with utility hooks and bag kit is standard on all trims. For looking good while driving, nearly every trim has its own standard tires including 17-inch wheels on the Cherokee Sport to the available 18-inch polished rims.
The spacious cabin in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee can seat five passengers comfortably. Throughout the lineup, different seating trims are standard or available, including cloth, leather, and vinyl. Front seat active headrests and a rear 60/40 folding split recliner seat is a lineup standard, and a front-passenger fold-flat seat can be found on all trims but the base trim, the Wrangler Sport. Other available features are rear seat heat ducts and heated front seats; ventilated front seats can be found on the Cherokee Overland.
Available convenient features like automatic A/C dual-zone control and a 3.5-inch cluster that displays vehicle performance, speed, RPM, and fuel levels (available in either black and white or color) can be found in various trims. One standard convenient feature is the electronic vehicle information center, most notably known for its average fuel usage display. For drivers who enjoy the outdoors, the option to install a CommandView Dual-Pane Panoramic sunroof may be a welcome gift from you, to you.
When it comes to entertainment, the standard setup is a 6-speaker audio system and a 5-inch touchscreen display. However, upgrades to a 9-amplified speaker system with a subwoofer and an 8.4-inch touchscreen is available; which Uconnect system is integrated is directly respective to the touch screen installed i.e. Uconnect 5.0 comes with a 5.0-inch touchscreen. All trims after the Cherokee Latitude come with Uconnect 8.4, but only the Cherokee Overland has the upgraded sound system as a standard feature. GPS Navigation is available on all trims after the Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition, but Bluetooth with voice command is standard throughout the lineup.
Safety Features and Warranty
There are over 70 standard and available safety features on the 2017 Jeep Cherokee. These include advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental airbags in the front, rear, and sides, an enhanced accident response system, LATCH tethers for LATCH-ready child seats, and keyless entry with panic alarm. Advanced and available safety features consist of blind spot and cross path detection, forward collision warning with active braking, keyless enter-n-go passive entry, park assist systems, and a Parkview rear back-up camera.
All Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile gas powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.