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2016 Jeep Cherokee Overview

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The 2016 Jeep Cherokee raises the bar in the small crossover segment. In fact, it’s so unique that it might as well have its own class. With Jeep’s typically rugged styling, a number of new features not seen on the 2015 Cherokee, and the allure of the brand’s off-road capability, the 2016 Cherokee distinguishes itself from other vehicles with ease. Add its roomy interior, simple styling, and large cargo capacity, and it’s easy to see why the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is such a popular vehicle.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Silhouette

What’s New for the 2016 Jeep Cherokee

For the 2016 model year, the Jeep Cherokee comes with a Do Not Disturb function that sends phone calls straight to voicemail, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect and Sirius Eyes Free compatability, and a new drag-and-drop menu bar.

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is available in five trims: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. The Sport, Latitude, Altitude, and Limited come standard in FWD with 4×4 available. The Trailhawk is only available as a 4×4. All prices and equipment below reflect models with FWD configuration, except for the Trailhawk.

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Performance

2016 Jeep Cherokee Exterior

If there was ever a ruggedly handsome vehicle, it would be the 2016 Jeep Cherokee. Sculpted body lines, a sloping hood, and tapered rear end create a silhouette that reflects the Cherokee’s capabilities. Its exterior design is especially aerodynamic, making it a great everyday vehicle, while its powerful stance is ready to take on the unbeaten path. Signature LED Daytime Running Lamps, roof rails, and standard 17-inch wheels finish this crossover’s down-to-earth character.

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Exterior available on the Sport:

  • 17-inch x 7-inch Full Face Steel Wheels, 225 / 60R17 BSW Firestone All Season Tires, Jeep Cargo Management System utility hooks and bag kit, Bi-function halogen projector headlamps with Turn-Off Time Delay, LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, Accent/body-color fascias, Active grille shutters, Black exterior power mirrors, Black headlamp bezels, Bright exhaust tip, Chrome grille surrounds, Power-locking fuel filler door, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper and washer, Removable short mast antenna, Solar control glass

Exterior available on the Latitude:

  • 17-inch x 7-inch Aluminum Wheels, Automatic headlamps, Fog lamps, Body-color door handles, Body-color exterior power mirrors, Bright side roof rails, Optional CommandView® dual-pane panoramic sunroof, optional dual bright exhaust tips

Exterior available on the Altitude:

  • 18-inch x 7-inch Glass Block 5-Spoke Aluminum Wheels, 225 / 55R18 All Season Continental Tires, Gloss Black roof rails, Gloss Black grille surrounds

Exterior available on the Trailhawk:

  • 17-inch x 7.5-inch Aluminum Wheels, Optional 17-inch x 7.5-inch Black Painted Aluminum Wheels, P245 / 65R17 OWL Firestone All Terrain tires, Off-road wheel flares, Full-size spare tire, Accent color roof rails, Accent color exterior mirrors, Accent color grille surround

Exterior available on the Limited:

  • 18-inch x 7-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels; Optional automatic high beam headlamp control; Bi-Xenon HID lamps; Bright side roof rails; Chrome grille surrounds; Exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps; Power multi-function exterior mirrors with manual fold-away, heating element, turn signals, and courtesy lamps; Windshield wiper de-icer

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Off-Road

2016 Jeep Cherokee Performance

Each 2016 Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which churns out 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. With the exception of the base Sport, all trim levels also come with the option of a 3.2-liter V6 engine, which bumps up the power to 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine, the Cherokee comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Cherokee also comes with the option of either front- or four-wheel drive, though the Trailhawk trim level is off-road ready and available only with four-wheel drive. With the tow package and the V6 engine, the 2016 Cherokee is capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds.

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Rear

2016 Jeep Cherokee Efficiency

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee’s fuel efficiency changes depending on the engine and drive system you choose. For the standard 2.4-liter with front-wheel drive, the EPA-estimated fuel rating is 25 mpg combined, with 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The more powerful 3.2-liter V6 with front-wheel drive has an estimated 24 mpg combined. All-wheel-drive models are slightly lower with the 2.4-liter getting 24 mpg combined and the V6 engine getting 23 mpg combined.

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Dashboard Design

2016 Jeep Cherokee Interior

Though the exterior of the 2016 Jeep Cherokee looks rather rugged, its interior is an entirely different story. Once you step into the cabin of the Cherokee, you’ll notice a decidedly high-end feel, regardless of the trim. The available Uconnect system—equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen—offers menus that are easy to navigate with large buttons and an accompanying knob that makes maneuvering around the screen simple. There is plenty of room for everyone, even in the backseat, and this small crossover offers 24.6 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row. If you fold down the second row, you get 54.9 cubic feet.

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Interior available on the Sport:

  • Cloth low-back bucket seats, Front seat active headrests, Manual 6-way driver seat, 6-way manual passenger seat adjust, Air conditioning, Cloth door trip panel with map pocket, Driver seatback pocket, 3.5-inch black and white TFT display, Power windows with driver’s one-touch-down feature, Rearview mirror with microphone, Urethane shift knob, Height-adjustable front shoulder belts, Rear 60/40 folding split recline seat, Rear seat heat ducts, Three rear seat head restraints, 8 cargo tie down loops, Full-length floor console, Front and rear floor mats, Front and rear climate control outlets, Jeep Cargo Management System, Locking glovebox with damped door, Media center electronics storage, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Rear armrest with cup holder, Rear reading and courtesy lamps, Speed Sensitive Power Locks, 2 front overhead incandescent map lamps, Cargo compartment lamp, Illuminated entry, Illuminated front cup holders, Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • USB charging port in console bin, 12-Volt AUX power outlet, 12-Volt AUX power outlet in instrument panel, 5-inch touchscreen display, 6 speakers, Audio jack input for mobile devices, Integrated voice commands with Bluetooth®, Remote SD Card Slot, Uconnect 5.0          

Interior available on the Latitude:

  • Front-passenger fold-flat seat, Passenger in-seat cushion storage, Premium cloth bucket seats, 115-Volt AUX power outlet, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Power front windows with one-touch up-and-down feature, Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Optional remote USB port, Optional Unconnect 8.4, Optional Uconnect Access, Optional 9-amplified-speaker system with subwoofer, Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Interior available on the Altitude:

  • Front-passenger fold-flat seat, Passenger in-seat cushion storage, Premium cloth bucket seats, 115-Volt AUX power outlet, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Power front windows with one-touch up-and-down feature, Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Optional remote USB port, Optional Unconnect 8.4, Optional Uconnect Access, Optional 9-amplified-speaker system with subwoofer, Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Interior available on the Trailhawk:

  • Cloth/leather/vinyl bucket seats, Optional premium leather-trimmed bucket seats, 7-inch TFT color display, Leather-wrapped shift knob, Cargo net, Vinyl door trim panel
  • Optional Universal Garage Door Opener, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect 8.0, Navigation capabilities, Optional GPS navigation, Optional HD® Radio, Remote USB port

Interior available on the Limited:

  • Heated front seats, Leather-trimmed bucket seats, Power 4-way driver lumbar adjust, Power 8-way driver seat, A/C auto temperature control with dual zone control, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, Cargo net, 7-inch TFT color display, Heated steering wheel, Humidity sensor, Leather-wrapped shift knob, Premium air filter, Vinyl door trim panel
  • Universal Garage Door Opener, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect 8.0, Navigation, Optional GPS navigation, Optional HD® Radio, Remote USB port

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Winter Capabilities

2016 Jeep Cherokee Safety

Government crash testing has given the Cherokee an overall safety rating of four out of five possible stars, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the crossover its best possible rating of “Good” in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-crash, and roof-strength crash tests.

A full list of standard safety features can be found below.

  • Electronic stability control
  • Supplemental rear seat side airbags
  • Supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic roll mitigation
  • Advanced multistage front airbags
  • Supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags

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    A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.