2018 Jeep Cherokee
- New Latitude Plus trim level added
- Minor revisions to feature availability
- Part of the third Cherokee generation introduced for 2014
- Available V6 engine provides smooth and assertive power
- Absorbent suspension smooths out rough surfaces
- Capable and user-friendly 8.4-inch touchscreen on many models
- Trailhawk offers unique off-road capability for a small crossover
- Sluggish acceleration with four-cylinder engine
- Less cargo capacity than other small crossovers
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Which Cherokee does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.0 / 10
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee stands out from the competitive small crossover segment thanks to its exceptional off-road ability. That's what Jeeps are known for, particularly in Jeep's Trail Rated Trailhawk trim. Ordered as such, the Cherokee can handle trails better than any other rival. But most shoppers are just looking for a comfortable vehicle to drive every day, and the Cherokee is effective on this front as well. With a supple suspension and a strong V6 engine option, plus an easy-to-use 8.4-inch touchscreen inside, the 2018 Cherokee is prepared for the daily grind.
There are a few downsides, including lackluster acceleration from the Cherokee's standard four-cylinder engine and a lack of cargo space. But if you want an affordable crossover SUV that can comfortably get you to work during the week and then hit the trail on the weekend, there's no better choice than the 2018 Cherokee.
2018 Jeep Cherokee configurations
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is a small crossover SUV offered in five main trim levels. The Latitude is the base trim, and the Latitude Plus adds premium equipment, but you have to go up to the Limited and off-road-focused Trailhawk trims to get standard safety equipment. Finally, the top-of-the-line Overland comes with all the interior and exterior amenities.
Standard on the 2018 Jeep Cherokees is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. You can also get an optional 3.2-liter V6 that makes 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. The Latitude, Limited and Overland are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Trailhawk comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment highlights for the Latitude include 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights, height-adjustable front seats, sliding and reclining rear seats with 60/40-split folding seatbacks, a folding front passenger seat with a storage compartment inside the seat cushion, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a USB charge-only port, a 5-inch touchscreen interface and a six-speaker audio system.
A new Tech Connect package can be added to this trim and includes 18-inch wheels, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, a 115-volt outlet behind the center console, ambient interior lighting, a navigation system and a nine-speaker audio system. It also adds Amazon Alexa integration with remote start, unlock, navigation commands and vehicle monitoring. Along with all of this, you get an Amazon Echo Dot device, a three-month subscription to Amazon Music service and Audible.
The Latitude Plus trim goes without the larger wheels, the Alexa integration, navigation or audio upgrade but adds keyless ignition and entry, leather inserts in the upholstery, a power driver seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Satellite radio is standard, as is passive keyless entry with push-button starting.
The off-road-themed Trailhawk comes with an advanced all-wheel-drive system (Active Drive II) and also boasts slightly wider 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, increased ground clearance, off-road-oriented suspension tuning, a locking rear differential, hill ascent and descent control, skid plates, tow hooks, unique exterior trim, cloth and leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a larger driver information display, satellite radio and Jeep's 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen interface with a USB audio interface, Siri Eyes Free and smartphone-app integration. Additional features for 2018 include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection and parking sensors, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Limited sheds the Trailhawk's off-road hardware, but it includes largely the same standard convenience items plus 18-inch alloy wheels, remote ignition, a wiper de-icer, upgraded power-folding side mirrors, a larger driver information display, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. For 2018, Limited trims also receive blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors and a power liftgate.
The range-topping Overland has its own 18-inch wheels, unique body-color exterior trim, cornering lights, sound-deadening windshield and front windows, driver-seat memory functions, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, wood steering-wheel inserts, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a nine-speaker audio system, a navigation system and HD radio.
Many of the higher trims' features are available on lower trims via optional packages or as stand-alone extras. If you're planning on towing, equip your Latitude Plus, Limited or Trailhawk trim with a Trailer Tow group package. This package includes a stand-alone transmission cooler, Class III hitch, trailer wiring harness for both four- and seven-pin systems, as well as a full-size spare. V6-equipped models also receive additional engine cooling.
Jeep also offers the Technology group package available on the Limited, Trailhawk and Overland trims. Included in this safety-oriented package is forward collision warning with crash mitigation, radar-based cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic wipers, auto high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and an automatic parking system that works on both parallel and perpendicular spots.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (3.2-liter V6 | 9-speed automatic | 4WD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Cherokee Trailhawk has received some revisions, including the addition of advanced driver assist systems and interior comfort features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Cherokee, however.
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use8.5
Getting in/getting out8.0
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2018 Jeep Cherokee video
[MUSIC PLAYING] BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Edmunds editor Bryn MacKinnon, and this is a rundown of the features you'll find in the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. With its comfortable ride and modern tech, the Cherokee can be a capable off-roader or a daily driver. Go with the Trailhawk if your budget allows. Its exclusive features make the most of the Cherokee's off-road abilities, and that's the main reason to buy a Cherokee instead of another crossover. If you don't plan on off-roading, the Limited has largely the same standard convenience items, plus creature comforts, too, like a heated steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. V6 Cherokees with the right package can tow 4,500 pounds, the most in the small crossover class. Models equipped with the two-speed transfer case can be flat towed behind a motor home. Rear cargo space is adequate, but not class-leading. But at least there's a full-size spare tire under the floor. The rear seats fold flat, too, making it easier to load. Reclining rear seats and plentiful head and leg room means you shouldn't hear complaints from rear passengers. Jeep's Uconnect entertainment system is one of the more intuitive systems out there, and its large graphics are easy to read. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. A technology package available on select trims adds advanced safety features, like frontal collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking. It's easy to find a comfortable driving position, and the front seats provide all-day comfort and support. The Jeep Cherokee's top competitors include Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, and Mazda CX-5. Bottom line, while we'd like more cargo space and a bit more oomph from the base engine, the Cherokee remains an affordable SUV that can comfortably get you to work during the week and then hit the trail on the weekend.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Features Rundown
Jeeps are legendary for their off-road prowess, but what happens if you need to just tackle the daily grind? With its comfortable ride quality and modern technology, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee proves that you can have it both ways. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Cherokee safety features:
- Uconnect Access
- Connect to 911, track the vehicle in case of theft, and send an email or text alert if the alarm goes off.
- Trailer Sway Control
- Helps mitigate trailer sway by selectively applying brakes and reducing power to keep the trailer in line with the car.
- Rear Cross Path Detection
- Alerts the driver if a vehicle approaches from the side when you're backing up to help prevent collisions.
Jeep Cherokee vs. the competition
2018 Jeep Cherokee
2018 Jeep Compass
Jeep Cherokee vs. Jeep Compass
Smaller and more affordable than the Cherokee, the Compass will hit the sweet spot for some buyers. It's comfortable to drive, and it offers good rear legroom and a respectable 60 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. A Trailhawk version is also available for more enthusiastic off-roaders. The Cherokee, however, does offer an optional V6 engine, making it the better choice if you plan to do any towing.
Jeep Cherokee vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee is Jeep's larger and more capable SUV. Whether it's going off-road or towing something heavy, the Grand Cherokee is going to be better at it. Ultimately, though, you have to ask yourself: Is it worth paying more for? The Grand Cherokee is considerably more expensive. Maybe a Cherokee is all you need.
Jeep Cherokee vs. Ford Escape
With its nimble handling and an available turbocharged engine, the Escape is one of the more exciting compact SUVs to drive. A large cargo space and an excellent tech interface are other advantages. But the Escape can't match the Cherokee's off-road prowess, especially in the exceptionally sure-footed Trailhawk version.
2018 Jeep Cherokee for Sale
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is a five-seat compact SUV that is available in multiple powertrains and trim levels. This means it's likely you'll be able to find a Cherokee that meets your needs. The Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Trailhawk and Overland can handle fire roads and snowed-in driveways yet be comfortable on dry and sunny highway cruises.
While only the Trailhawk is considered "Trail Rated" by Jeep, all trims are available with Jeep's Active Drive I all-wheel-drive system. The Latitude Plus, Limited and Overland trims can be optioned with the Active Drive II all-wheel-drive system, which has low-range capability and includes an off-road suspension package. The Trailhawk is equipped with Jeep's Active Drive Lock, which furthers the Cherokee's off-road potential. Otherwise, all trims come standard in a front-wheel-drive configuration.
The 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine (184 hp) is standard, and a 3.2-liter V6 engine (271 hp) is optional, aside from the Overland 4WD trim, which comes standard with the V6. Of course, no matter what drivetrain you option, it's fed by a nine-speed automatic transmission and your choice of two engines.
Most of the trim differences come down to luxury and features. The Latitude is the base model, but it still comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, roof rails, tinted glass, and the Uconnect 5-inch display system that features six speakers and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Latitude Plus gets you keyless entry and push-button starting, a larger 8.4-inch Uconnect system with satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a power driver seat and 115-volt power outlet.
The Trailhawk features the Active Drive II four-wheel-drive system standard, which incorporates low-range capability with a locking rear differential. It also includes all-terrain tires, more ground clearance, red tow hooks, different front and rear fascias to improve approach and departure angles, and skid plates to protect the underside of the car, and of course, the instantly recognizable matte-black hood decal to reduce hood glare at high hill-climbing angles.
The Limited and Overland trims move the Cherokee toward the luxury side of the equation and feature leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, a bigger driver information in the gauge cluster, and various convenience features such as dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring and remote start.
Overland trims feature additional upgrades, such as full leather package with wood accents, heated and ventilated power driver and front passenger seats with memory function, body-color front and rear fascias, and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels.
With so many ways to go, it's critical you get your Cherokee just right for maximum enjoyment. Let Edmunds help you find and select the perfect 2018 Jeep Cherokee for you.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Overview
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is offered in the following submodels: Cherokee SUV. Available styles include Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Latitude Plus 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Latitude Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.2L 6cyl 9A), Overland 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A), and Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A).
What do people think of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Cherokee 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Cherokee.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Cherokee featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Jeep Cherokee?
2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,685. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $8,016 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is20.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,435. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $11,374 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,374 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,061.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is31.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,490. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $2,648 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,648 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,842.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is10.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,120. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $5,750 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,750 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,370.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is15.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Jeep Cherokee?
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