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2015 Jeep Cherokee Review

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee ranks in the bottom third of the compact SUV class. It combines a handsome, roomy cabin with a balanced ride, whether it's on pavement or hitting the trails. However, its poor reliability rating and meager safety score hold it back in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Supreme off-road abilities
  • Well-appointed cabin
  • Bottom-of-the-barrel reliability rating
  • Below-average safety scores for class
  • Underpowered base engine

New for 2015

  • Standard stop-start system for V6 engines
  • Available automatic emergency braking

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee's #13 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Jeep Cherokee has a score of 7.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.8
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2015 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Is the 2015 Jeep Cherokee a Good Used Car?

Despite its ranking, the 2015 Cherokee is a good used compact SUV. The Cherokee touts a surprisingly refined interior for this segment, and it blends a cushioned ride with superior off-road abilities. It also has relatively low ownership costs. However, there are some downsides, including an underpowered base engine and a tiny cargo hold. This Jeep also has one of the lowest reliability ratings in the class, and its safety score, while not bad, lags behind that of some rivals.

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We’ve researched 24 Jeep Cherokee reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Jeep Cherokee?

Our site has more than 3,400 listings for the 2015 Jeep Cherokee, with an average price of around $19,800. Prices range from about $14,800 to about $25,100, and they fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Cost to Own?

The 2015 Cherokee tends to be more affordable than most of its classmates when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $22,400 over five years for these expenses, which is about what you would pay for a 2015 Ford Escape over five years. The 2015 Honda CR-V's five-year costs are about $2,600 lower than the Cherokee's.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cherokee?

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee benefits from a midgeneration refresh that brings a lot of changes to the model. The Cherokee has updated interior and exterior styling, as well as a newly standard 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also make their debut in the Cherokee (as standard equipment). A newly available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine slots in the middle of the powertrain lineup, giving buyers a happy medium of power and fuel economy.

The 2019 Cherokee is a better version than a used 2015 model, but you'll have to decide if it's worth the higher price. New Cherokee range in price from $24,545 to over $36,000, and you might pay anywhere from about $15,000 to about $25,000 for a 2015 Cherokee.

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For what you might pay for a used 2015 Cherokee, consider a new compact SUV like the 2019 Hyundai Tucson. It’s a good value, with an MSRP of $23,200, and it has a long list of standard features including driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and an infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You'll still have to pay more if you want amenities like leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, or more active safety features. However, these are options you'll probably find in higher-trim 2015 Cherokee models, which top out around $25,000. However, a new Tucson comes with the longest powertrain warranty in the industry, covering 10 years or 100,000 miles.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Cherokee Is Best?

The Jeep Cherokee was reintroduced to the market for the 2014 model year. For 2015, models with a V6 engine received a standard engine stop-start system, and the Cherokee's available forward collision warning system was bolstered with low-speed automatic emergency braking. The 2016 Cherokee gained Siri Eyes Free functionality, as well as a drag and drop menu bar for its available 8.4-inch infotainment system. You can likely save more money by shopping for older Cherokee models than more recent ones, but you may miss out on some features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Recalls

At the time of this writing, a number of open recalls apply to the 2015 Jeep Cherokee. The cruise control may malfunction and not allow cancellation. An available fire extinguisher may be clogged or inoperable. Improperly torqued seat fasteners can cause the seats to move. The transmission can unexpectedly shift to neutral. A water leak can cause a short circuit in the power tailgate's electrical module. An air conditioning hose can make contact with the exhaust manifold and increase the risk of a fire. Radio and software vulnerabilities can allow for unauthorized access, remote modification, and control of the car. Side curtain air bags can deploy unexpectedly and increase the risk of injury or risk of a crash.

Be sure that a Jeep dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2015 Cherokee.

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Which Used Jeep Cherokee Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cherokee comes in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. Skip the base Sport trim and its slim standard features list and step up to the Latitude trim. It adds features like dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and an upgraded 8.4-inch infotainment system. You can also get the Latitude with the optional V6 engine. The Cherokee Trailhawk and its range of trail-ready equipment is best for those who want to go off-roading.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Cherokee?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Jeep Cherokee an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cherokee the highest rating of Good in four crash tests, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. Cherokee models equipped with the optional front crash prevention features earned the highest score of Superior from the IIHS.

The 2015 Cherokee doesn't come standard with any driver assistance features, but some models may have a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Cherokee or 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape ranks among the best compact SUVs of its model year, thanks in part to its nimble handling and above-average reliability rating. It has a peppier base engine than the Cherokee, and the Escape offers two turbocharged options. The Ford also boasts a larger cargo hold. On top of all that, it has a lower average price than the Jeep by around $2,500, and it earns a better reliability rating. Unless you need the Cherokee's off-road ability, go for the Escape.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Cherokee or 2015 Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V is a much better buy than the Cherokee. When it was new, we named the CR-V our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families. It has excellent crash test ratings, a large cargo hold, and some of the lowest five-year ownership costs in the segment. Although the Cherokee is available with a V6 engine that's stronger than the CR-V's sole four-cylinder power plant, that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Honda.

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2015 Cherokee Performance

How Does the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Drive?

The Cherokee performs just as well on the daily commute as it does tackling trails. The base 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is fine around the city, but it feels underpowered on the highway. The available 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 is more muscular and a better choice for everyday driving. Both engines come with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Cherokee has a comfortable ride, and though it's not particularly athletic, it is easily the most off-road-capable compact SUV available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available. There are three different 4X4 drive systems throughout the lineup, and various off-road-oriented upgrades like skid plates, a locking rear differential, and hill descent control.

Does the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the 2015 Cherokee gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. A model with the base engine and four-wheel drive returns 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

The Cherokee with a V6 engine gets up to 21/29 mpg city/highway with FWD, and 20/27 mpg city/highway with 4WD.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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2015 Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cherokee Seat?

The Cherokee's cabin seats five and has smart styling and top-quality materials that give it an upscale look and feel. The front seats are comfortable enough for long trips, and the second-row seats are roomy enough for adults, especially after you slide them to their rearmost position. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Available amenities include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Jeep Cherokee?

The Cherokee has two complete sets of rear LATCH child-seat connections. The middle seat has one dedicated lower anchor, and it can borrow the lower anchor from the driver’s side rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cherokee's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for overall ease of use. All of the tether anchors are easy to find, but on the outboard seats, there's other hardware that could be confused for the anchor. The lower anchors are easy to access in all seats.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Features

Standard features include Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, voice command activation, and a 5-inch touch screen. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, a 7-inch digital instrument display, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Alpine premium stereo, an 8.4-inch touch screen, HD Radio, navigation, wireless device charging, proximity key entry, push-button start, and remote start.

Both of the touch-screen interfaces are easy to use and respond quickly to inputs. There are also physical controls for some frequently used features. 

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Dimensions

Jeep Cherokee Cargo Space

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee has 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat, and it offers 54.9 cubic feet of space with the second row folded.

2015 Cherokee Length and Weight

The 2015 Cherokee is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,655 pounds to 4,108 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Built?

Jeep built the 2015 Cherokee in Ohio.

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