2018 Jeep Cherokee: It’s More Than A Mid-Size SUV, It’s A Real Jeep

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee has a unique quality, compared to all its mid-sized SUV competitors. This comes from the fact that the Cherokee is a genuine Jeep, with all the rich off-road legacy and decades of go-anywhere capability that the Jeep name implies.

And exactly as you would expect of a Jeep vehicle in this category, the two-row, five-seat Jeep Cherokee is a well-rounded SUV, one that is up to any challenge your daily routine or backcountry travels can throw at it. The 2018 Cherokee has the Jeep DNA that will get you there and back!

What’s New On The 2018 Cherokee

For 2018, Jeep has realigned the Cherokee trim levels with enhanced standard equipment. The 2018 Cherokee comes in the following trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk.

The base Cherokee trim for 2018 is the Latitude, which includes standard features that include: 17” aluminum wheels, fog lamps, HID headlamps, roof rails, and a rear back up camera. The new Latitude Plus trim adds 8.4” Uconnect radio with color touchscreen, SiriusXM Radio, Passive Entry/Keyless Go, cloth seats with leather inserts, leather steering wheel with audio controls, eight-way power driver seat with lumbar support, ambient lighting, and a 115-volt AC outlet at the rear of the console.

The Cherokee Limited now features standard blind-spot monitoring, cross path detection, ParkSense rear backup warning, and a power liftgate. The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk also adds new standard features, which include blind-spot monitoring, cross path detection and ParkSense rear backup warning plus dual zone/automatic temperature control.

All trim levels are available in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions, except for the Trail-Rated Trailhawk, which is exclusively a 4x4.

Choose From Two Powerful Engines

There are two Jeep Cherokee engines to choose from for 2018. The 2.4L four-cylinder with 184 horsepower comes as standard equipment on all Cherokees except the Overland 4x4, which is equipped with a 271-hp 3.2L V6 with stop-start. The V6 is available on all other 2017 Cherokees. Both of these potent engines are mated to a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission.

Three different four-wheel drive systems are available, depending on the Cherokee model you choose and your off-roading needs: these are Jeep Active Drive I Single-speed 4WD, Jeep Active Drive II two-Speed 4WD, and the go-anywhere Jeep Active Drive Lock two-speed 4WD with rear locking differential.

The Jeep Cherokee’s estimated fuel economy ranges from 18 to 21 MPG City and 24 to 30 MPG Highway, depending on the exact model, engine and drive system you select.

Cherokee Safety Is Taken Very Seriously

Every 2018 Jeep Cherokee has a total of ten airbags. These include advanced multistage driver and front-passenger, supplemental side curtain front and rear, supplemental front seat side, a passenger inflatable knee-bolster, and supplemental rear seat side and driver. Hill-start assist and electronic stability control and are standard equipment across the entire Cherokee line, as is trailer sway control. All models include a rear view backup camera with park assist.

There are additional driver assistance technologies that are standard on some models and available on others. These state-of-the-art features include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, full-speed forward collision warning with crash mitigation, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross path detection.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Takes You Where You Want To Go

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is a roomy mid-size SUV that will transport you directly to the heart of the Jeep tradition. If you need an SUV whose off-road manners are as impeccable as its paved road capabilities, take a closer look at the 2018 Jeep Cherokee.  

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Stephen Fogel

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