Jeep Cherokee Buyers Guide

Jeep has made a name for itself as being the manufacturer of one of the most capable off-roading vehicles in the world. However, there is more to the Jeep name than just off-road capability. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive Jeep Cherokee buyers guide. Now those who are interested in learning more about the Jeep name, particularly the family of Jeep Cherokees, can get all the information they need to make an informed buying decision.

Whether you’re just starting out on your car buying journey or you consider yourself to be more of a novice, this Jeep Cherokee buying guide is sure to guide you on your journey. Learn the history behind the Jeep Cherokee and find out all about the new 2021 models. Orange Coast Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT is the best place in California to buy a Jeep of any type, whether it’s a Jeep Cherokee or not. We stand behind the Jeep brand and consider the Cherokee to be the best choice for anyone who wants the off-roading power of a Jeep in a sleek and stylish package.

A red 2015 Jeep Cherokee is angled left while parked on a paver driveway.

An Overview of the Cherokee and its History

The Cherokee label was first put onto the Jeep Wagoneer as a sportier 2-door vehicle option. In February of 1974, the Jeep Cherokee (SJ) version was the first vehicle ever to win the Four Wheeler Magazine’s Achievement Award, which today is called the Four Wheeler of the Year Award. In 1975, the Cherokee actually had two different body styles. One consisted of a wide track that had 3-inch wider axles than the original size. In 1977, the Cherokee, the four-door version became available.

In 1984, the Cherokee made a major revolution to the more similar current Jeep Cherokee. This one was 21 inches shorter, 6 inches narrower, 4 inches lower, and 1000 lbs lighter than the full-sized Wagoneer version of the Cherokee. It also went to a revolutionary uniframe rather than the traditional chassis and frame style that had always been used up to this point. Thanks to the 4x4 of the Year Award, which was given by three popular magazines, this Jeep Cherokee gained a lot of recognition.

The newer XJ version of the Jeep Cherokee was the first vehicle with two available 4x4 systems, which gave people options as to what would work best for them. The Selec-Trac Full-Time 4x4 was well proven at this point and still very popular. The other system was the Command Trac Part-Time system, which was a newer system. Until 1988, the Jeep Cherokee was the only compact SUV on the market that offered both a two-door and a four-door option.

In 2001, the Jeep Cherokee was phased out for a time, but it made its way back into the Jeep lineup in 2014, where it was refined into a great, everyday vehicle as well as a capable off-road vehicle. This newest version of the Jeep Cherokee with the Trailhawk earned itself the best in class 4x4 capability because it had lifted off-road suspension with skid plates, tow hooks, a Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, Jeep’s active drive lock with a rear locker, and great angles all over the place. It’s no wonder this vehicle was so incredibly capable!

A dark gray 2021 Jeep Cherokee is shown from the side driving through a tunnel.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokees

When you think of a Jeep Cherokee, there are three main vehicles that come to mind. First is the classic Jeep Cherokee, which is a comfortable yet capable Jeep SUV. Upgrade the Cherokee to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and you have an even bigger SUV that comes with a lot of bells, whistles, and creature comforts, all without losing any of the original capabilities. Finally, for those who dream of owning a luxury vehicle with room for the whole family that can still take them on exciting off-roading adventures, we have the Grand Cherokee L. If you want to drive over sand dunes and up mountainous cliffs while sitting in the lap of luxury, the three-row Grand Cherokee L is the Jeep for you.

The 2021 year models are bringing in a collection of even more exciting things for the Jeep Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The Cherokee is now offering some safety and security features that are standard on all Cherokee models. Blind Spot Monitoring will help you keep track of those hard-to-see spots so you can change lanes with confidence. This system also comes with Rear Cross Path Detection, which makes backing safer than ever. The Cherokee also has a Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking. This feature will let you know when you are getting too close to another vehicle too quickly and will brake for you if necessary. With greater amounts of standard safety, you can enjoy greater peace of mind anywhere and everywhere you take your Jeep Cherokee.

On the outside of your 2021 Jeep Cherokee, you can enjoy that striking look that Jeep has become so well known for but with a modern flair. You’ll see this in the LED headlamps and the easily recognizable seven-slot grille. When you drive around in your new 2021 Jeep Cherokee, people will know that you are serious about adventure.

Inside the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will find luxurious fabrics, and available premium finishes to give you the refinement that you deserve as well as the capability you crave. When you look up, you will see the sunshine or the starry night sky through either the CommandView Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof or the complete open-air should you opt to have the sunroof open. With all good adventures comes the need for great music, and that is why the Jeep has an available Harman Kardon Premium Audio System that includes a 10-inch subwoofer and 19 high-performance speakers placed in such a way that you will get to experience theater-like surround sound everywhere you go.

If you are looking for a Jeep with an excellent new sound system, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the one to get. Featuring the all-new Uconnect 5 system, the Grand Cherokee L provides excellent sound quality through the McIntosh 19-speaker sound system with a 10-inch subwoofer. Not only that, but you can bring all of your family and friends along because, for the first time ever, the Grand Cherokee has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers.

A popular model on the Jeep Cherokee buyers guide, a red 2021 Jeep Cherokee, is shown from the rear driving on a tree-lined road.


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