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2016 Jeep Cherokee Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Jeep Cherokee was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

Professional reviewers praise the 2016 Jeep Cherokee for its quality cabin, which they say stands out from rivals thanks to its premium materials and handsome design aesthetic. The available Uconnect infotainment system is easy to get used to and and functions smoothly, according to critics. The Cherokee's physical dashboard buttons are also easy to use and access, they add. The Jeep Cherokee has one of the smaller cargo holds in the class.

  • "The 2016 Jeep Cherokee SUV interior blends traditional Jeep cues - such as the trapezoidal 'center stack' - with modern touches to create an attractive and upscale layout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Fluid lines and upmarket soft-touch materials mark the Cherokee's interior space, which comes standard with a five-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "In the past, the standard Cherokee may have seemed far behind the Grand Cherokee in terms of quality and capability, but no more. The materials in the 2015 Jeep Cherokee have a high-quality look and feel, especially on upper trim levels." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Hop into a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, the compact crossover leaders, and you'll notice a lot of hard plastics. The new Jeep Cherokee has a much more inviting environment, with soft-touch materials on the dash, door panels and center console. Impressive." -- MSN Autos (2014)

Seating

The Jeep Cherokee seats five and has standard cloth upholstery. Optional comfort features include Nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated and ventilated front seats. Reviewers say that both the standard cloth and available leather upholstery are comfortable, good-looking and high-quality. The Cherokee's rear seats can recline and slide fore and aft to increase either passenger space or cargo capacity, and auto writers say the back seats have generous space for adults.

  • "The seats offer good support and come trimmed in either attractive cloth or soft Nappa leather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Passenger quarters are spacious in the 2015 Jeep Cherokee. It's easy to get comfortable in the available power driver seat, which offers ample adjustability (although the steering wheel has an oddly limited range of height adjustment). The rear seat reclines, allows fore-and-aft adjustment and the high-mounted bench supports adults' thighs without pushing their heads into the rafters. This is one of the better backseats in the compact crossover class." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Cloth seating is usually an area where the best you can say is, ‘Hey, they did their best - it's cloth, after all.’ Not so in the Cherokee. The type of fabric used was inspired by the thick outer coverings worn by Scandinavians. The Icelandic-themed material in our Latitude was laid over firm foam, the intermingled black and light gray panels set off by silver cross-stitching atop the buck of a sport seat. They were comfortable all day." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "The rear seats offer a slide function so there's plenty of room for adults when you need it-and room for lots of gear when you don't." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee's standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo, a 5-inch touch-screen display, a USB port, an SD card reader and Bluetooth phone and audio. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear cross traffic alert, a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, remote start, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, navigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, active park assist and blind spot monitoring.

Test drivers say the Jeep Cherokee's optional Uconnect infotainment system, which absorbs most audio and climate controls, is quick to respond and has user-friendly on-screen menus. They add that the accompanying physical buttons are within easy reach and are simple to operate.

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  • "The available 8.4-inch touchscreen entertainment and navigation interface is truly great and worth the extra cost if you can make the jump out of the Sport trim levels. It features easy-to-navigate menus, big touch buttons, voice commands and an accompanying knob that makes whipping through iPod menus a breeze." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Generally regarded as one of the more user-friendly infotainment setups on the market, Uconnect Access integrates most of the truck's audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. An 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system, but redundant buttons and knobs for climate and audio volume and tuning are also included." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Even if you don't opt for the big screen, there's a tastefully designed LCD screen between the gauges that displays information including fuel economy, off-road modes, and even adaptive cruise control if so equipped." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "The layout is intuitive, the large screen makes the virtual buttons easy to access, and the reaction times are pretty quick." -- MSN Autos (2014)

Cargo

The Jeep Cherokee has between 24.6 and 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space, depending on the position of the sliding second row. With the back seats folded, the Cherokee’s cargo capacity expands to 54.9 cubic feet, which is on the low side for a compact SUV. Rivals like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue offer notably larger cargo capacities. Although a majority of test drivers think the Cherokee has lots of handy small-item storage compartments, some others wish there were more. A power liftgate is optional.

  • "There are just 24.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 54.9 with the rear seats folded. Both figures are 10-15 fewer cubic feet than what most other compact crossover SUVs offer. A lack of truly useful storage space up front for your personal effects is another drawback." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Moving aft, the Cherokee is a bit smallish in the cargo area, shy 13 to 18 cubic feet from the space offered by the RAV4, CR-V, or Escape." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "One of the design goals Jeep adhered to with the interior was maximizing storage, and it seems there's a pocket carved into every space not being used for something else." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "While the Cherokee has less total cargo space than many of its competitors, that space is well thought out and quite useful. … Jeep offers some useful features, including a fold-down front passenger seat, storage under the cushion of the front passenger seat, and a rear cargo management system." -- MSN Autos (2014)

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