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Merging iconic Jeep styling and drivability with modern touches and streamlined design, the 2017 Cherokee lineup offers a bold profile and several luxurious trim levels to take this long-standing favorite to a whole new level. Jeep's signature seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches keep the 2017 Cherokee tied to its classic past while modern touches include a sleek, aerodynamic body shape and plush interior features.

Engine Performance

  • Segment-exclusive standard nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Up to 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency
  • Front and four-wheel drive options

Safety Features

  • Standard electronic roll mitigation system
  • Available rearview camera
  • Extensive available safety-oriented tech packages

Vehicle Design

  • Aerodynamic body design
  • Three limited-edition style options
  • Available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen display

What are the powertrain options for the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

One of the most exciting aspects of the Cherokee's powertrain is its segment-exclusive transmission. In 2017, the Cherokee is the only SUV on the market with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, enhancing the Cherokee's drive with seamless shifting and smooth acceleration. Buyers can choose to pair the Cherokee's transmission with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the optional upgrade to a 3.2-liter V6. The V6 engine, combined with standard engine start-stop technology, creates a fuel economy of up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway. In addition to engine options, front or four-wheel drive are available with either engine. While the trail-rated Trailhawk comes standard with the rugged Active Drive II 4wd, other trims have the option to specify.

What are the best trim level options for the 2017 Cherokee?

Among the five available trim levels of the 2017 Jeep Cherokee, stand-out models are the Trailhawk and the Overland. The Trailhawk focuses on top-notch off-road features such as all-terrain tires, hill ascent and descent control, skid plates, tow hooks, increased ground-clearance, and an advanced driver information display. The Overland, meanwhile, combines all of the best convenience and comfort options available on the Cherokee, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with navigation and HD radio, heated and ventilated leather seats, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and several safety-oriented tech features. Even the lower-level trims come standard with a wide variety of amenities, such as high-intensity discharge headlights, Bluetooth and auxiliary media connectivity, sliding and reclining back seats, and quality cloth or leather upholstery. In addition to the five available trim levels, three special edition packages are available for the 2017 Cherokee. One of these is a 75th Anniversary Edition with enhanced interior and exterior aesthetics, another is the Limited Edition High Altitude, marketed for its edgy stylings and glossy black accents.

How does the Cherokee address safety?

In terms of safety, all 2017 Jeep Cherokees come standard with antilock disc brakes, electronic roll mitigation, enhanced accident response system, front and rear side airbags, front knee airbags, and side curtain airbags, among other safety features. Additional safety tech packages with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic brake intervention, blind-spot monitoring and more are available to add to most trim levels. Overall, the 2017 Cherokee scored a 4 out of 5 possible stars in crash tests.

Final Thoughts on the 2017 Jeep Cherokee

With refined, modern stylings that pay homage to the history of one of Jeep's most iconic vehicle designs, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee provides a perfect balance of classic and new. A segment exclusive standard nine-speed automatic transmission and the extensive luxury trimmings of the Overland model are highlights of this year's Cherokee lineup, and are a couple of the countless reasons to choose Cherokee in 2017.

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