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2017 Jeep Cherokee Review

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee sits near the back of the compact SUV class. While the Cherokee has a quality interior, a comfortable ride, and great off-road performance, its below-average predicted reliability score and relatively small cargo space hold it back in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating space
  • Easy-to-use touch screen
  • Great off-road ability
  • Sluggish four-cylinder engine
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Small cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Jeep Cherokee has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.7
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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Is the 2017 Jeep Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used compact SUV. The Cherokee has a luxe interior, user-friendly tech features, and impressive off-road ability in its Trailhawk trim, but these positives aren’t enough to outweigh its negatives. The Cherokee rates below-average for predicted reliability, and it yields unimpressive fuel economy. Before settling on the Cherokee, consider higher-rated alternatives in this class, like the 2017 Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 32 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.

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How Much Is the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

You can expect to pay between $17,500 and $29,900 for a used 2017 Cherokee. These figures are based on over 1,500 listings for the 2017 Jeep Cherokee on our site. The average price is $22,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Cost to Own?

The Cherokee’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,300 – or about $4,450 per year. That’s lower than average for the compact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cherokee?

The new 2019 Cherokee starts at $23,995 and saw a significant refresh. It received updated exterior styling, a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine option, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If these are must-have items for you, you’ll want to opt for the 2019 model. If not, you can save thousands of dollars by sticking with a used Cherokee instead – especially if you want a base model with few options.

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For a less expensive new SUV, consider the 2018 Jeep Renegade or 2018 Jeep Compass, which start at $18,445 and $21,095, respectively. The subcompact Renegade and compact Compass aren’t perfect, but they do offer the upscale cabin materials of the Cherokee, many of the same tech and safety features, and comparable Trail-Rated off-road performance. None of these Jeep models rate well for predicted reliability, however.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Cherokee Is Best?

The Jeep Cherokee returned in 2014 after a long 13-year hiatus from the U.S. market. It replaced the Jeep Liberty. The Cherokee saw minimal changes between the 2014 and 2018 model years, so you can find earlier used models from this generation with comparable features and performance. That said, it’s best to avoid the 2014 and 2015 Cherokee model years. These vehicles have received numerous complaints of transmission issues and rate very poorly for reliability.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2017 Cherokee has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is below average for the industry.

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Recalls

As of this writing, there are two safety recalls for the 2017 Cherokee. Jeep has identified a software fault that could keep the SUV’s cruise control system engaged, even when manually cancelled. Jeep has also recalled around 90 Cherokee SUVs for defects in the driver’s knee air bag that could increase the risk of injury in a crash. Before buying a used Cherokee, make sure any applicable recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Jeep Cherokee Model Is Right for Me?

Jeep offers the 2017 Cherokee SUV in five trims: Sport, Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland. The base Cherokee Sport model comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and cloth seats. Most shoppers will find the Jeep Cherokee Latitude trim to be a better fit, though. It adds a rearview camera, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Cherokee Limited trim adds a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, leather seats, heated front seats, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a remote car starter. The Cherokee Trailhawk (4x4 only) adds a taller off-road suspension, skid plates, hill ascent control, and a locking rear differential. Lastly, the Cherokee Overland trim shares many of its features with the Limited model, but adds a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo, ventilated front seats, and a power liftgate.

Available features include a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, parallel park assist, and a suite of active safety features, including forward collision warning. Jeep also offers Altitude, High Altitude, and 75th Anniversary Edition packages for the Cherokee, but these add mainly cosmetic updates.

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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. Only Volkswagen offers a worse program.

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How Safe Is the Cherokee?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cherokee a Marginal rating – the second lowest – for small overlap front crash safety, as well as a Good rating – the highest – in four other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SUV a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, as well as four stars in the front and rollover crash tests.

Jeep offers the Cherokee with an available rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and parallel park assist. Only the top Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland models are available with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning.

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Cherokee or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V is one of the best picks in this class. In fact, we named the CR-V our 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families and Best Compact SUV for the Money. The Honda outshines the Jeep, with more seating and cargo space, superior fuel economy (up to 28/34 mpg city/highway), better tech features (like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and a higher predicted reliability rating. That said, the CR-V’s all-wheel-drive system can’t match the off-road abilities of the Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive system and advanced traction control modes. Unless you plan to venture far off-road, the CR-V is the much better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Cherokee or 2017 Ford Escape?

The 2017 Ford Escape is another compact SUV that can’t match the Cherokee’s off-road prowess. Still, it’s a better buy for the majority of used SUV shoppers. The Escape was updated for 2017 with new engines and available tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Escape has much more cargo space than the Cherokee, a more refined transmission, and a higher predicted reliability rating. It’s typically less expensive as well.

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2017 Cherokee Performance

How Does the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Drive?

The Cherokee has two engine options: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower, and a 3.2-liter V6 with 271 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; four-wheel drive is available. The four-cylinder engine hustles the Cherokee around town with adequate pep, but it feels lethargic at higher speeds. The transmission is partly to blame, as it’s occasionally hesitant to downshift. The brawny V6 offers stronger passing power, and it remains quieter. It’s a better match for this transmission – and the Cherokee overall – especially if you plan to tow a trailer or haul heavy cargo.

The Cherokee has a cushioned ride that handles bumps in the road without fuss. The steering is accurate as well, and the SUV feels stable when rounding corners. The Cherokee also feels quite capable off-road. Jeep offers two different four-wheel-drive setups for the Cherokee. There’s the basic Active Drive I system, but also an Active Drive II system with both high- and low-range gearing. Low-range mode makes better use of the Cherokee’s engine power, and it helps the SUV crawl over tough obstacles with less traction loss.

All four-wheel-drive Cherokees come equipped with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, which lets the driver adjust the SUV’s traction control to handle different surfaces like snow, sand, mud, and rocks. The Cherokee Trailhawk is unquestionably the most capable off-roader in this lineup. It features the Active Drive II system, a rear locking differential, skid plates, and a taller ride height (8.7 inches of ground clearance at the lowest point).

Does the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Cherokee’s four-cylinder engine gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is rather low for the compact SUV class. The V6 engine earns a comparable 21/29 mpg city/highway, though both ratings drop by a few mpg with the addition of four-wheel drive.

2017 Jeep Cherokee Towing Capacity

The Cherokee is rated to tow 2,000 pounds. Models equipped with the available V6 engine and towing package can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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2017 Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Cherokee Seat?

The Jeep Cherokee is a 2-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are soft and supportive. The rear seats are similarly comfy, and they feature sliding and reclining adjustments to better accommodate tall passengers. There’s ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows. Cloth seats are standard; heated, ventilated, and leather seats are available. The Cherokee’s cabin is elegantly styled, and it benefits from many soft-touch surfaces – especially in the top-of-the-line Overland trim.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

The Cherokee has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats. The rear middle seat has one lower anchor and the ability to borrow an anchor from an adjoining seat. The hardware is easy to use for the most part, but the back seat is small enough that you’ll have to move the front seats forward quite a bit to use a rear-facing car seat.

2017 Jeep Cherokee Features

The 2017 Cherokee comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and USB and auxiliary ports. Available features include a navigation system, a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free, which integrates many iPhone functions with the SUV’s voice recognition system. Both of these Uconnect touch screens have simple menus, and each reacts quickly to inputs. The climate and audio controls are also accessible via neatly arranged buttons and knobs beneath the screen, which are easy to adjust while driving.

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Dimensions

Jeep Cherokee Cargo Space

The Cherokee has 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 54.9 cubic feet with the seats folded. Most SUVs in this class offer considerably more cargo room.

2017 Cherokee Length and Weight

The Jeep Cherokee is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges between 3,655 and 4,108 pounds, depending on the powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Built?

The Jeep Cherokee was built in Ohio.

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