The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is refined enough to meet your needs in the city, yet it’s also rugged enough to blast down mountain paths with abandon. It’s an ideal choice for shoppers seeking an SUV that easily straddles two worlds.
Providing seating for five, the 2016 Cherokee is a compact SUV offered in Sport, Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk and Overland trims.
For 2016, the Jeep Cherokee adds a couple of exterior colors and makes driver comfort enhancements to the steering-column tilt, front seats and instrument cluster. Vehicles equipped with the available 8.4-inch touch screen benefit from new Uconnect features. These include a drag and drop menu bar that makes it easier to move icons around on the touch screen, as well as Siri Eyes Free, which allows you to send text messages, play music and place phone calls via voice commands. There’s also a do not disturb feature that routes all incoming calls to voice mail and automatically responds to text messages when you’re behind the wheel.
Sculpted and assertive, the Jeep Cherokee’s sheet metal exudes modernity. Fashionably thin headlights overlook a stylish grille in front, and the rear view is dominated by a shapely tailgate. Base models are equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, halogen projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps. Available features include 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps, body-colored door cladding and gloss-black door surrounds.
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee’s cabin has a premium look and feel, with a roomy back seat that slides and reclines for maximum comfort. You’ll find 24.6 cubic feet of storage space available in back, which is tight relative to the capacity of others in this segment. A more reasonable 54.9 cubic feet becomes available with the second row folded. Standard features include a six-way manual-adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, rear seat heat ducts and a six-way manual-adjustable passenger seat. Available upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, storage under the front passenger’s seat cushion, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated and ventilated front seats.
In the city, the Cherokee provides a ride that’s both comfortable and quiet. For trail busting and rock climbing, the Trailhawk trim has been crafted to deliver superior off-road performance with more aggressive approach and departure angles. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, and it generates 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. A 3.2-liter V6 is optional, providing 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. All models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available.
Front-wheel drive models get 22/31 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine and 21/29 mpg with the V6. With four-wheel drive, mileage dips to 21/28 mpg with the inline four and 20/28 mpg with the V6. When equipped with an upgraded Active Drive II four-wheel drive system – which features low-range gearing and other trail-friendly upgrades – the Cherokee gets 21/27 mpg with the inline four and 19/26 mpg with the V6. This Jeep tows up to 4,500 pounds.
The Cherokee is decently equipped on the tech front. Base models come with Bluetooth connectivity, a 5-inch touch-screen display and a six-speaker sound system with an audio jack input. Options include an 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and a premium nine-speaker sound system.