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2017 Jeep Cherokee Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Jeep Cherokee was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The Cherokee’s sleek and stylish design uses soft-touch dash and door panels instead of the cheap hard plastic parts that many other compact SUVs use. Its fit and finish are comparable to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, especially in the pricier trims, where the Cherokee uses premium materials. Supportive cushioning and fine upholsteries make the Cherokee one of the most comfortable SUVs in the class. An available infotainment system is easy to use, and dash gauges provide useful information. One of the few downsides to the Cherokee’s interior is its smaller-than-average cargo hold.

  • "The 2017 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
  • "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 Cherokee seats five in standard cloth upholstery. Heated and ventilated seats, power-adjustable front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Nappa leather upholstery are available. For those with children, the LATCH system for the rear seats includes three full sets of lower and tether anchors on all three rear seats. There is ample room to install both forward- and rear-facing car seats, but the front seat will have to be moved up to accommodate a rear-facing child seat.

The comfortable seats and ample space throughout the cabin can make even long drives pleasant. Whether you opt for the durable cloth fabric or the supple Nappa leather, interior upholstery quality is fine grade and stylish. Optional power-adjustable front seats provide plenty of different ways to find the right position. In the back, a sliding and reclining rear seat gives you extra rear-seat legroom or cargo space, depending on which you need.

  • "The seats offer good support and come trimmed in either attractive cloth or soft Nappa leather. The heated and ventilated top-of-the-line seats also come with power adjustments and memory. The 2nd-row seats adjust forward and backward for better legroom, and split 60/40 for maximum cargo flexibility." -- 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)

Interior Features

Standard equipment in the Cherokee includes a Uconnect infotainment system, which features a six-speaker stereo, a 5-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Options include air conditioning, a rearview camera, remote start, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, an upgraded Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless charging pad.

Within the gauge cluster, a trip computer displays useful driver info, such as what off-road mode you’re in or current fuel economy. The upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with the 8.4-inch display is easy to use thanks to its large touch-screen buttons, voice commands, and a knob for those who favor physical controls. A wireless charging pad is convenient for juicing up your phone without using pesky charging cables.

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  • "We were particularly fond of the available wireless-device charging pad, plus the enormous glove box." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)
  • "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)

Cargo

Behind the rear seats, you’ll have 24.6 cubic feet with the Cherokee. If you fold the rear seats down, that expands to 54.9 cubes. Both of those numbers are below average for the class. Other compact SUVs, like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, have the Cherokee’s max cargo capacity beat by over 16 cubic feet. A power liftgate is an available option.

With rear seats that slide forward and backward, you can decide on the fly whether you need more cargo room or more legroom. Critics disagree on whether small-item storage is sufficient in the Cherokee. Some say there’s a cubby everywhere you look, while others claim there’s a shortage of small-item storage. Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk models come standard with a storage compartment underneath the front passenger seat, which gives you a spot to hide your valuables.

  • The 2nd-row seats adjust forward and backward for better legroom, and split 60/40 for maximum cargo flexibility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)
  • "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)

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