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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Jeep Cherokee has a score of 7.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2015 Jeep Cherokee Review

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee provides solid performance and has an upmarket cabin, but its low reliability score drags it down in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Upscale interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Punchy available V6
  • Excellent off-road abilities
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Small cargo area

New for 2015

  • New stop-start system in V6 models
  • Available forward collision warning with automatic braking 

2015 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Is the 2015 Jeep Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

Overall, the 2015 Cherokee is a good used SUV. It has a high-end interior, a cushioned ride, and excellent off-road abilities. However, the Cherokee earns one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings in the class, so you may find yourself taking it for repairs more than you'd like.

Used 2015 Jeep Cherokee Performance and Interior

The Cherokee performs just as well on the daily commute as it does tackling trails. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is fine around the city but feels underpowered on the highway. The available 3.2-liter V6 is more powerful and a much better choice. Both engines come with a smooth-shifting 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. With the base engine, the Cherokee gets up to 21 mpg around town and 30 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the class.

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The Cherokee's cabin seats five and has smart styling and top-quality materials that give it an upscale look and feel. Even the standard cloth upholstery is of a fine quality, while the optional Nappa leather is very soft. The front seats are comfortable enough for long trips, and the second-row seats are roomy enough for adults, especially when slid to their rearmost position. There's a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors on each outboard rear seat, along with an additional upper tether on the middle rear seat.

Standard features in the base Sport model include an infotainment system with a touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The system is intuitive to use and responds quickly to inputs. There are redundant physical controls for some frequently used features. Higher trims are available with many more features, including a larger touch screen, an Alpine audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and navigation. With the rear seats in use, there's between 24.6 and 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the second row folded, there's 54.9 cubic feet. Most competitors have more cargo room.

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Used 2015 Jeep Cherokee Prices

Prices for the 2015 Cherokee range from around $16,000 for a base Sport model with front-wheel drive to about $22,000 for the range-topping Limited model with four-wheel drive and the V6 engine. Pricing varies with the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 20 different published professional reviews to give you a snapshot of the Cherokee's performance and interior. We also added information on fuel economy, reliability and safety to help you decide if the Cherokee is the right used SUV for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2015 Cherokee has the worst predicted reliability score a vehicle can receive from J.D. Power: two out of five. This abysmal score is among the lowest in the compact SUV class.

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How Safe Is the Cherokee?

The Cherokee has a typical safety score compared to competitors. In four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the 2015 Cherokee received the highest score of Good. It received a Marginal score in the fifth test. 

There are numerous safety features available in the Cherokee, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cherokee?

The Cherokee was reintroduced to the market as an all-new model for 2014. A few features were added for the 2015 model year, including a stop-start system in V6 models, as well as an available forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. The 2016 model has an updated infotainment system and a new Overland trim. Otherwise, there are few differences between the model years. 

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Which Used Jeep Cherokee Is Right for Me?

Skip the base Sport trim and step up to the Latitude model to get the available V6 engine, along with more available features like dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, and an upgraded infotainment system. The Trailhawk model, with a range of trail-ready equipment, is best for those who want to go off-roading.

Some Cherokee models may be covered by Jeep’s certified pre-owned program. For certified pre-owned Jeep vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully. 

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2015 Jeep Cherokee and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The Ford Escape is a better SUV for most families, unless you plan on heading off road. The Escape has significantly more cargo space, an upscale cabin, and spacious seats. The base engine should be sufficient for cruising around town, but the available turbocharged engines offer faster acceleration. While the Escape can't tackle trails like the Cherokee can, its available all-wheel drive lets you handle slippery road conditions. The Escape also pairs a smooth ride with nimble handling on the pavement.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Cherokee or 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

For daily driving, the Chevrolet Equinox is a smarter option than the Cherokee. The Equinox's class-leading predicted reliability rating means it should last you for years to come. You won't get many thrills behind the wheel of the Equinox, but the ride is smooth and composed. The cabin is family-friendly with plenty of room, excellent build quality, and distinctive features like a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Cherokee or 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

If you can afford the Jeep Grand Cherokee's higher price tag, you'll get a nicer and roomier SUV than the Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee's cabin is high end and wouldn't look out of place in a more expensive luxury SUV. There's plenty of standard features, too, including an infotainment system and dual-zone automatic climate control in every model. The Grand Cherokee offers more cargo and passenger space, as well as a higher predicted reliability score than the Cherokee. All of the Grand Cherokee's engines are punchy, and the standard V6 gets nearly the same fuel economy as the Cherokee's base engine.

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