A modern classic, the Jeep Cherokee name has been around since the 1970s. Today's Jeep Cherokee is a small SUV known for its excellent off-road capability and class-leading towing capacity. Plus, with seating for five and generous legroom, it's a decent option for smaller families. When compared with other compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Jeep Cherokee may offer a bit less cargo space and lower fuel efficiency, but outdoor enthusiasts looking for a Jeep Cherokee for sale are likely to be pleased with this vehicle's impressive performance and rugged Jeep looks.
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Jeep Cherokee history and evolution
First introduced in 1974 as a two-door version of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Jeep Cherokee has evolved from a full-size SUV into a compact crossover over five generations. The first generation, also known as the SJ generation, ran from 1974 to 1983 with the first four-door Jeep Cherokee debuting in 1977. When the second generation launched in 1984, the XJ Jeep Cherokee featured a smaller unibody design. Thanks to the popularity of this new style of SUV, Jeep was inspired to build the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Third and fourth-generation Jeep Cherokees, model years 2002 to 2013, were sold under the Jeep Liberty name in North America. The Jeep Cherokee reclaimed its name in 2014 at the start of the fifth and current generation.
Jeep Cherokee features to look for
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee is available in eight trim levels that range from fairly basic to near-luxury. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is optimised for off-roading, with four-wheel drive, all-terrain tires and skid plates. Depending on the model year and trim level, available convenience and comfort features may include heated leather seats, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available safety technologies include forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance. Hoping to tow with your Jeep Cherokee? Look for models equipped with the Trailer Tow package, allowing you to pull up to 4,500 lbs.
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