The original Jeep Cherokee earned its place in history for helping to create the SUV buzz that now dominates the auto industry. After 2001, the Cherokee took more than a decade off before returning in the form you see here; Jeep last updated this compact SUV in 2019.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the Cherokee gains a new X trim level with a bit more off-road capability than most of the model’s existing trims. Meanwhile, the rugged Trailhawk package now comes standard with a power tailgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an integrated garage remote. Limited models now include a full suite of driver safety assists.
All but the entry-level Sport model now feature the 3.2L V6 engine as their standard powerplant, and every Cherokee configuration gets an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
This year’s Cherokee comes in Sport, North, X, Trailhawk, and Limited trims. Sport starts with a 2.4L four-cylinder, but all other trims get a 3.2L V6 as standard, while Limited can be optioned with a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder.
Sport starts out with LED headlights, 17-inch steel wheels, six-speaker audio, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and heated front seats.
North adds heated side mirrors, alloy wheels, LED fog lights, a power driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, passive keyless entry, and a front wiper de-icer.
Cherokee X is set apart with a distinct front fascia and graphics, along with cloth/vinyl seats, and a lifted suspension.
Limited models get leather seats, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, park assist, automatic high beams, 18-inch wheels, a power tailgate, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, a power front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic A/C, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Trailhawk boasts the new features listed above – power tailgate, auto-dimming mirror, and garage remote – and also gains Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, navigation, and hill descent control.
Cherokee convenience options include a Sun and Sound group of an upgraded stereo and a sunroof.
In trims other than Limited, driver assists can be added with the advanced safety group. Entry-grade trims also offer a package of an auto-dimming mirror, blind spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, power tailgate, and dual-zone A/C.
Jeep rates the Cherokee’s fuel consumption starting at 10.8/7.5 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.4L engine and FWD, or 11.2/8.0 L/100 km with AWD.
V6-powered models are rated for 11.9/8.2 L/100 km with FWD, and 12.2/8.6 L/100 km with AWD.
Finally, the 2.0L turbo engine’s ratings are 10.4/7.6 L/100 km with FWD, and 11.2/8.0 L/100 km with AWD.
The Cherokee’s competitors are numerous, and include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, VW Tiguan, Subaru Forester, and Mazda CX-5.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed