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When the original Jeep Cherokee debuted back in 1984, its compact dimensions, unibody (as opposed to heavier body-on-frame) architecture and go-anywhere capability made it an immediate success. But the SUV scene changed dramatically over the course of its nearly 20-year production run. By the early 2000s, that original Cherokee was quite antiquated alongside more modern car-based crossover SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
Years later, Jeep resurrected the Cherokee, and it's now a true crossover available in front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. Its aerodynamic shape, feature-rich interior and carlike driving dynamics speak soothingly to today's pavement-biased shoppers. But rest assured, it's still a Jeep. So if you want to hit up some trails in the Jeep Cherokee, a selection of four-wheel-drive systems plus numerous off-road-ready options ensure you won't get left in the dust.
If you are looking for newer years, visit our new Jeep Cherokee page.
For more on past Jeep Cherokee models, view our Jeep Cherokee history page.