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2017 Jeep Cherokee at David Stanley Dodge

With driving prowess both on and off road, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee is a perfect small SUV for a daily commuter or an avid adventurer. Five trim levels allow consumers to choose between more road-friendly or rugged versions of the vehicle, which makes the 2017 Cherokee a versatile contender in its segment. Recent innovations for the Cherokee include high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps standard on all trim levels except Sport, up to 31 miles per gallon fuel efficiency on the highway, and extended Overland, Altitude and High Altitude packages available.



Engine Performance

  • Available 3.2-liter V-6 engine
  • Three available four-wheel-drive systems
  • Only mid-size SUV with standard nine-speed automatic transmission

Safety Features

  • Rearview camera (standard on all models excluding Sport)
  • Available UConnect Access system with crash notification and roadside assistance
  • Extensive optional safety-oriented technology package

Vehicle Design

  • Five main available trim levels
  • 5 and 8.4 inch options for touch screen interface
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

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What kind of power and handling can I expect from the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?


Most 2017 Jeep Cherokees come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, with an optional upgrade to a 3.2-liter V6 that makes 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both engine options are mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Buyers have the choice of front-wheel or four-wheel drive, along with additional choices within the 4WD options. Sport, Latitude and Limited models utilize the light-duty Active Drive I 4WD system, requiring no driver input, while the more rugged Trailhawk and Overland models come standard with the Active Drive II system, with low-range gearing, a locking rear differential, and an additional Rock mode for the Selec-Terrain dial. This generation of Cherokee also offers a quieter ride than many SUVs.


What comes with the different trim-levels of the 2017 Cherokee?


With five trim levels and three special edition models, features and amenities in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee are diverse and extensive. The 2017 Cherokee is available in Sport, Latitude, Limited, Overland, Trailhawk, Altitude, High Altitude and 75th Anniversary Edition. Standard on the Sport is 17-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, sliding and reclining rear seats with a 60/40-split folding back, Bluetooth and a 5-inch touchscreen interface, among other features. Add-ons only pile up from there, with the Latitude adding features such as roof rails and a rearview camera. From there, additional amenities split, with the Limited taking a road-friendly route with leather seats, keyless ignition, and an eight-way power driver seat, while the Trailhawk takes a more off-road approach, adding wider wheels, tow hooks, off-road-oriented suspension and a Siri Eyes Free and smartphone app integration system.The Overland tops all of these with the addition of rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring, sound-deadening windshield and front windows, and a 9-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. For added style, the 75th Anniversary Edition features bronze trim and interior accents.


What are the safety features of the 2017 Cherokee?


The 2017 Cherokee received a score of 4 out of 5 stars for total front-impact protection and 5 stars for side-impact. In addition to the standard safety features, buyers can choose to add on the rearview camera which is standard in all models above Sport, and a safety-oriented technology package which includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist, automatic wipers, upgraded exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors and an automated parking system is available in the Trailhawk, Limited and Overland models.

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Final Thoughts on the 2017 Jeep Cherokee


Equally-equipped for daily travel and off-road adventure, the 2017Jeep Cherokee is a versatile small crossover SUV. Between the five available trim levels, three special edition packages, and various optional add-ons and substitutions, there's a Cherokee for everyone in this year's lineup.

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