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2017 Jeep Cherokee
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2017 JEEP CHEROKEE LATITUDE 4WD / 5.0' UCONNECT TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY, INTEGRATED VOICE COMMAND BLUETOOTH, PARKVIEW REAR BACK UP CAMERA, SELEC-TERRAIN SYSTEM, BI XENON HEADLAMPS, AM/FM/USB/AUX INPUT, 17' ALLOY WHEELS. BALANCE OF A JEEP FACTORY WARRANTY STILL APPLIES. CLEAN / ONE OWNER CARFAX. #CHECK OUT OUR GREAT CUSTOMER REVIEWS# Virginia Select Auto (VSA) is your destination for a Hassle Free way of buying your next pre-owned vehicle! We price all our vehicles the BEST No Hassle Price from the start with the focus on Saving you time and money. All of our vehicles are hand picked and under go a rigorous 127 point inspection by our certified technicians. Unlike other dealers there are NO hidden reconditioning fees! Our customer service reps are not paid commission so they can focus on helping you find the best vehicle that meet your needs and budget.


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2014 Jeep Cherokee
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List price: $24,999

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Thank you for checking us out here at VIP Auto Outlet! Featuring a remote starter a power outlet hill start assist stability control traction control anti-lock brakes dual airbags side air bag system digital display and airbag deactivation be sure to take a look at this 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4WD before it's gone. It has a 3.2 liter 6 Cylinder engine. Don't skimp on safety. Rest easy with a 4 out of 5 star crash test rating. You won't miss a beat with great time-saving features like remote starter. View this beauty and our entire inventory today! Call for more details. Thank you for checking us out please call to schedule a test drive today! Serving you better from three locations Maple Shade (844) 847-2279 Southampton (609) 385-0916 Bridgeton (610) 241-0652. Contact Information: VIP Auto Outlet 2809 RT 73 South Maple Shade NJ 08052 Phone: (844) 847-2279 E-mail: Leads@vipautooutlet.com.


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Used 2016 Jeep Cherokee, DESIRABLE FEATURES: SMART DEVICE INTEGRATION, WIFI HOTSPOT, LEATHER SEATS, STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, HEATED SEATS, BLUETOOTH, REMOTE START, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, KEYLESS ENTRY, 4X4, AWD, and MULTI-ZONE A/C. TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This Jeep Cherokee Includes Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Multi-zone Climate Control, an Onboard Hands-Free Communications System, Remote Engine Start, Keyless Start, Bluetooth Connection, Satellite Radio, WiFi Hotspot Capable, an Auxiliary Audio Input, a Wireless Cell Phone Hookup, an Anti Theft System, an MP3 Compatible Radio, a Garage Door Opener, and an AM/FM Stereo RECONDITIONING Here at R & B Car Company Warsaw, we put all of our vehicles through an 88-point Safety Inspection & make the necessary repairs before are put on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car and take the guessing out of the equation. DEALER CONTACT INFO: Call R & B Car Company Warsaw today at (800) 260-1833 TO SCHEDULE YOUR TEST DRIVE of this 2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited! R & B Car Company Warsaw. You can also visit us at, 2105 N Biomet Dr. Warsaw IN, 46582 to check it out in person! MECHANICAL FEATURES: Scores 0.0 Highway MPG and 0.0 City MPG! This Jeep Cherokee comes Factory equipped with an impressive engine, an transmission. Other Installed Mechanical Features Include Four Wheel Drive, Heated Mirrors, Power Windows, All Wheel Drive, Push Button Start, Power Mirrors, Power Locks, Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an Auto Transmission with Manual Mode, a Gasoline Engine, Cruise Control, Disc Brakes, Intermittent Wipers, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers, Power Steering, a Spare Tire (Small Size), and a Trip Computer INTERIOR OPTIONS: Automatic Climate Control, a Power Drivers Seat, a Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Wood Trim, a Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror, a Pass-Through Rear Seat, Air Conditioning, an Adjustable Steering Wheel, Bucket Seats, a Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror, Vanity Mirrors, a Rear Window Defroster, a Bench Seat, and a Tilt Steering Wheel EXTERIOR OPTIONS: Aluminum Wheels, Fog Lights, Privacy Glass, Tinted Glass, an Auto Headlamp, and a Spoiler / Ground Effects SAFETY OPTIONS: Electronic Stability Control, Side Mirror Turn Signals, Daytime Running Lights, Brake Assist, Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors, a Drivers Air Bag, a Rear Head Air Bag, Knee AirBag, Anti-Lock Brakes, a Rear Body Air Bag, Rear Side Curtain Airbags, a Passenger Air Bag Sensor, a Front Side Air Bags, an Auto Dimming R/V Mirror, a Front Head Air Bag, Child Proof Locks, and a Passenger Air Bag This vehicle has WiFi Hotspot Capable, Bluetooth fully integrated into your car stereo for hands-free phone usage, and Climate Control / Multi Zone because we all have our own comfort zone. This vehicle has Remote Engine Start so you can start your vehicle from a distance and prepare the interior for comfort by activating the air conditioner or heater controls that you've preset, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, and an Auxiliary Audio Input that accepts audio source signals such as those from an mp3 player or ipod so that you can hear them through your vehicle's speaker system. This vehicle has an Anti-Theft System included to help deter criminals, a Garage Door Opener a feature that is particularly important if you have young children, and turn your automotive driving experience into a concert hall with the MP3 Player Dock.



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2014 Jeep Cherokee
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2014 Jeep Cherokee
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LIFETIME POWERTRAIN WARRANTY, BALANCE OF FACTORY WARRANTY, CARFAX 1 OWNER, BLUETOOTH, USB PORT, SATELLITE RADIO, REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY, MP3, and NEW PA INSPECTION. Cherokee Latitude and 3.2L V6. StarCar Certified gives you the Ultimate Piece of Mind with a 172 Point Inspection backed by a Lifetime Warranty, Carfax Certified Dealer(No frame, Flood or salvage history vehicles) all cars free of dings, dents or scratches, Free PA Inspection for Life, DealerRater Dealer of the Year 2016! How would you like riding away in this stunning-looking 2014 Jeep Cherokee at a price like this? This wonderful Jeep is one of the most sought after used vehicles on the market because it NEVER lets owners down. In business for 47 years! A well trusted name! Here at Star PreOwned, we try to make the purchase process as easy and hassle free as possible. With over 450 PreOwned Vehicles in stock we are a high volume dealer that sells to the masses! Easily accessible right off major rts I78, 33, and 22. Located one hour north of Philadelphia & one hour west of New York City in the center of the Lehigh Valley !! Call 610.691.8000 for the latest availability & directions.


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2015 Jeep Cherokee
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List price: $23,480

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Hertz Car Sales, Buying a Car Made Better! Our Hertz Certified vehicles come with a 12mo/12k mile ltd warranty. We offer a full range of financing solutions, and Trade-ins are welcome. Treat yourself to an SUV that surrounds you with all the comfort and conveniences of a luxury sedan. No matter the terrain or weather, you'll drive at ease in this 4WD-equipped vehicle. With exceptional safety features and superb handling, this 4WD was engineered with excellence in mind. Based on the superb condition of this vehicle, along with the options and color, this Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is sure to sell fast. More information about the 2015 Jeep Cherokee: The Cherokee is a compact SUV competing with vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Like the Cherokees that came before, the 2015 model maintains the tradition of competitive pricing and strong off-road capability starting at just under $23,000. While the Cherokee and its competitors are often offered with all-wheel-drive, the Cherokee offers more aggressive off-roading equipment, such as a locking rear differential. This model sets itself apart with roomy interior, Good ground clearance, well equipped, bold styling, excellent value, and available all-wheel-drive Visit us at HertzCarSalesBeaverton.com or call us at (888) 415-7950.


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Beautiful Granite Crystal Pearl Exterior With Tan Leather Interior, Factory 18 Inch Polished Chrome Wheel Upgrade, Rear Camera, Heated Leather Seating, Bluetooth For Phone, All Power Accessories and Much More! 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD 9-Speed 948TE Automatic 2.4L 4-Cylinder SMPI SOHC Our Inventory Is Unlike Any Other In The Country - At PM Standley's You Get All The Extras Already Included At No Additional Cost. PM Standley Motorcars - An American Tradition Since 1944 Visit Us Online Today At PMStandley.com AT PM STANDLEY'S LET US SHOW YOU WHAT MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE CAN DO FOR YOU!!! OUR 100,000 SQUARE FOOT ALL INDOOR SHOWROOM HOUSES HUNDREDS OF THE FINEST USED CARS, TRUCKS AND SUVs IN THE COUNTRY!!! WE HAVE THE VERY BEST FINANCING RATES IN THE COUNTRY!!! SHIPPING IS HASSLE FREE - FROM OUR SHOWROOM TO YOUR DOORSTEP...NATIONWIDE!!! Call PM Standley Motorcars at 972-820-6568. Reviews: * 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. Source: Edmunds


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2017 Jeep Cherokee
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List price: $18,197

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Heated Leather Seating, Rear Camera, Factory 18 Inch Polished Chrome Wheels, Large Touchscreen Stereo Package, One Owner, AUX Audio Input, Satellite Stereo, All Power Accessories and Much More! 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD 9-Speed 948TE Automatic 2.4L 4-Cylinder SMPI SOHC Our Inventory Is Unlike Any Other In The Country - At PM Standley's You Get All The Extras Already Included At No Additional Cost. PM Standley Motorcars - An American Tradition Since 1944 Visit Us Online Today At PMStandley.com AT PM STANDLEY'S LET US SHOW YOU WHAT MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE CAN DO FOR YOU!!! OUR 100,000 SQUARE FOOT ALL INDOOR SHOWROOM HOUSES HUNDREDS OF THE FINEST USED CARS, TRUCKS AND SUVs IN THE COUNTRY!!! WE HAVE THE VERY BEST FINANCING RATES IN THE COUNTRY!!! SHIPPING IS HASSLE FREE - FROM OUR SHOWROOM TO YOUR DOORSTEP...NATIONWIDE!!! Call PM Standley Motorcars at 972-820-6568. Reviews: * 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. Source: Edmunds



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Factory 18 Inch Polished Chrome Wheel Upgrade, Rear Camera, Heated Leather Seating, Bluetooth For Phone, All Power Accessories and Much More! 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD 9-Speed 948TE Automatic 2.4L 4-Cylinder SMPI SOHC Our Inventory Is Unlike Any Other In The Country - At PM Standley's You Get All The Extras Already Included At No Additional Cost. PM Standley Motorcars - An American Tradition Since 1944 Visit Us Online Today At PMStandley.com AT PM STANDLEY'S LET US SHOW YOU WHAT MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE CAN DO FOR YOU!!! OUR 100,000 SQUARE FOOT ALL INDOOR SHOWROOM HOUSES HUNDREDS OF THE FINEST USED CARS, TRUCKS AND SUVs IN THE COUNTRY!!! WE HAVE THE VERY BEST FINANCING RATES IN THE COUNTRY!!! SHIPPING IS HASSLE FREE - FROM OUR SHOWROOM TO YOUR DOORSTEP...NATIONWIDE!!! Call PM Standley Motorcars at 972-820-6568. Reviews: * 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. Source: Edmunds


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Factory 18 Inch Polished Chrome Wheel Upgrade, Rear Camera, Heated Leather Seating, Bluetooth For Phone, All Power Accessories and Much More! 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD 9-Speed 948TE Automatic 2.4L 4-Cylinder SMPI SOHC Our Inventory Is Unlike Any Other In The Country - At PM Standley's You Get All The Extras Already Included At No Additional Cost. PM Standley Motorcars - An American Tradition Since 1944 Visit Us Online Today At PMStandley.com AT PM STANDLEY'S LET US SHOW YOU WHAT MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE CAN DO FOR YOU!!! OUR 100,000 SQUARE FOOT ALL INDOOR SHOWROOM HOUSES HUNDREDS OF THE FINEST USED CARS, TRUCKS AND SUVs IN THE COUNTRY!!! WE HAVE THE VERY BEST FINANCING RATES IN THE COUNTRY!!! SHIPPING IS HASSLE FREE - FROM OUR SHOWROOM TO YOUR DOORSTEP...NATIONWIDE!!! Call PM Standley Motorcars at 972-820-6568. Reviews: * 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. Source: Edmunds


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2017 Jeep Cherokee
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List price: $18,546

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Beautiful Bright White Exterior With Tan Heated Leather Seating, Rear Camera, Factory 18 Inch Polished Chrome Wheels, Large Touchscreen Stereo Package, One Owner, AUX Audio Input, Satellite Stereo, All Power Accessories and Much More! 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD 9-Speed 948TE Automatic 2.4L 4-Cylinder SMPI SOHC Our Inventory Is Unlike Any Other In The Country - At PM Standley's You Get All The Extras Already Included At No Additional Cost. PM Standley Motorcars - An American Tradition Since 1944 Visit Us Online Today At PMStandley.com AT PM STANDLEY'S LET US SHOW YOU WHAT MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE CAN DO FOR YOU!!! OUR 100,000 SQUARE FOOT ALL INDOOR SHOWROOM HOUSES HUNDREDS OF THE FINEST USED CARS, TRUCKS AND SUVs IN THE COUNTRY!!! WE HAVE THE VERY BEST FINANCING RATES IN THE COUNTRY!!! SHIPPING IS HASSLE FREE - FROM OUR SHOWROOM TO YOUR DOORSTEP...NATIONWIDE!!! Call PM Standley Motorcars at 972-820-6568. Reviews: * 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. Source: Edmunds


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Factory 18 Inch Polished Chrome Wheel Upgrade, Rear Camera, Heated Leather Seating, Bluetooth For Phone, All Power Accessories and Much More! 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD 9-Speed 948TE Automatic 2.4L 4-Cylinder SMPI SOHC Our Inventory Is Unlike Any Other In The Country - At PM Standley's You Get All The Extras Already Included At No Additional Cost. PM Standley Motorcars - An American Tradition Since 1944 Visit Us Online Today At PMStandley.com AT PM STANDLEY'S LET US SHOW YOU WHAT MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE CAN DO FOR YOU!!! OUR 100,000 SQUARE FOOT ALL INDOOR SHOWROOM HOUSES HUNDREDS OF THE FINEST USED CARS, TRUCKS AND SUVs IN THE COUNTRY!!! WE HAVE THE VERY BEST FINANCING RATES IN THE COUNTRY!!! SHIPPING IS HASSLE FREE - FROM OUR SHOWROOM TO YOUR DOORSTEP...NATIONWIDE!!! Call PM Standley Motorcars at 972-820-6568. Reviews: * 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. Source: Edmunds


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2016 Jeep Cherokee
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List price: $19,280

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Hertz Car Sales, Buying a Car Made Better! Our Hertz Certified vehicles come with a 12mo/12k mile ltd warranty. We offer a full range of financing solutions, and Trade-ins are welcome. This Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary is an incredibly versatile vehicle that is a must have for any family. Taking the road less traveled has never been more fun than with this 4WD. With improved performance, mileage and acceleration, this 2016 4WD Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary is king of the off-road. A truly breathtaking example of pure vehicle design achievement...this is the vehicle of your dreams! More information about the 2016 Jeep Cherokee: The Cherokee is a compact SUV competing with vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Like the Cherokees that came before, the 2016 model maintains the tradition of competitive pricing and strong off-road capability starting at just under $24,000. While the Cherokee and its competitors are often offered with all-wheel-drive, the Cherokee offers more aggressive off-roading equipment, such as a locking rear differential. This model sets itself apart with well equipped, Good ground clearance, available all-wheel-drive, roomy interior, excellent value, and bold styling Visit us at HertzCarSalesBeaverton.com or call us at (888) 415-7950.



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2017 Jeep Cherokee
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2017 JEEP CHEROKEE LIMITED 4WD, LEATHER INTERIOR, UCONNECT, BLUETOOTH, REAR VIEW CAMERA - BACK UP CAMERA, HEATED SEATS, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, LARGE TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY, DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL, REMOTE START, USB PORT, PREMIUM POLISHED WHEELS, POWER DRIVER SEAT, 4WD / FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. 2.4L ENGINE, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. BALANCE OF A JEEP FACTORY WARRANTY STILL APPLIES. CLEAN / ONE OWNER CARFAX REPORT AVAILABLE. # CHECK OUT OUR GREAT CUSTOMER REVIEWS # Virginia Select Auto (VSA) is your destination for a Hassle Free way of buying your next pre-owned vehicle! We price all our vehicles the BEST No Hassle Price from the start with the focus on Saving you time and money. All of our vehicles are hand picked and under go a rigorous 127 point inspection by our certified technicians. Unlike other dealers there are NO hidden reconditioning fees! Our customer service reps are not paid commission so they can focus on helping you find the best vehicle that meets your needs and budget.***


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Jeep Cherokee History

1984-1996

Much in the same way that American automakers had downsized many of their cars in the previous decade, Jeep downsized one of its nameplates, the Cherokee, for 1984.

Prior to this year, the Cherokee moniker was attached to what amounted to a sportier version of Jeep's Wagoneer. Mostly unchanged since its debut in the early 1960s, the Wagoneer was a large, truck-based, four-door wagon with four-wheel drive.

The former Cherokee, introduced as a 1974, shared most everything with the Wagoneer, including dimensions and engine selections. The major differences between the two were that the Cherokee was initially available only as a two-door (with the same wheelbase and length as the Wagoneer) and the Cherokee cost less than the more luxurious Wagoneer. A four-door Cherokee joined the lineup in 1977.

The 1984 Cherokee shared nothing with its predecessor, save its name. A shorter wheel- base (over 7 inches less than the "old" model, at 101.4 inches) and overall length (at 165.3 inches, a decrease of 21 inches) combined with a much lighter weight of around 3,100 pounds (over 1,000 pounds less than before) went a long way toward better fuel mileage and easier maneuverability, on-road or off. Two-door and four-door body styles were offered.

Styling for the trim Cherokee was chiseled and taut, with muscular wheel well flares and a tall greenhouse that afforded good visibility for driver and passengers alike. The interior continued this theme with a likewise simple dash and control layout. Seating capacity was listed as five, though it was tight for three adults to ride in the backseat.

Trim levels were comprised of the base Cherokee, more luxurious Pioneer and the sporty Chief. The Pioneer featured carpeting, additional instrument panel gauges, full center console and a rear window wiper/washer. The Chief was the most stylin' of the trio with blackout exterior trim, hood striping and white-lettered tires.

Motive force came in the form of either four- or six-cylinder power. The 2.5-liter four banger inhaled its fuel and air through a one-barrel carburetor and made 105 horsepower. The optional, 2.8-liter, two-barrel V6 (which was actually supplied by Chevrolet) produced but 115 horses. Although these powerplants were adequate, serious thrust for the Cherokee was a still a few years away. There were three transmission choices for the V6: a standard four-speed manual, optional five-speed manual and optional three-speed automatic. The four-cylinder was limited to the four-speed manual as its gearbox.

Considered by many as the leader in the four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle segment, Jeep offered not one but two 4WD systems for the Cherokee. "Command-Trac" was a part-time, shift-on-the-fly unit and the "Selec-Trac" system allowed the option of full-time 4WD operation. A "Quadra-Link" front suspension design (which featured a solid axle suspended by coil springs and four links) contributed to the Cherokee's quickly acquired reputation for off-road prowess.

The new Cherokee was well received by the motoring press and the buying public alike, with nearly 78,000 Cherokees sold in its first year.

1985 brought the Laredo trim level to the Cherokee family. Standard on the Laredo were most of the features of the Pioneer with upgrades such as plusher interior materials, pinstripes, alloy wheels and chrome grille treatment.

Changes to the Cherokee in general included the addition of front headrests and passenger assist handles (for easier ingress and egress as well as something to hold on to when the driver went hog wild off-road). Two-wheel-drive versions were now offered for those who didn't need the capabilities of four-wheel drive. A few new options debuted as well, such as keyless entry and a Renault-sourced, four-cylinder, turbodiesel engine.

Two major hardware upgrades were hot topics for the Cherokee in 1986. A redesigned and more powerful four-cylinder engine was now standard. The replacement of the stone-age carburetor with fuel injection helped the 2.5-liter mill pump out a respectable 117 horsepower, an increase of 12 horses over the previous motor. Smoother operation and easier starting were other benefits of the more modern induction setup.

Geared toward serious off-road enthusiasts was a new "Off-Highway Vehicle" package that included heavy-duty suspension components, bigger (225/75/15) tires, skid plates, tow hooks, a 4:10 rear axle ratio (to help in climbing up steep grades and slogging through mud) and higher ground clearance.

Serious power became an option in 1987 when Jeep dumped the 2.8 V6 and put a stout, 4.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine of Jeep's design on the option list. Kicking out 177 horsepower, the new "Power-Tech Six" could catapult the Cherokee from rest to 60 mph in around 9 seconds -- pretty quick, especially for an SUV. Another benefit of the increased muscle was more towing capacity -- rated at 5,000 pounds. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder was tweaked for an additional four horsepower, for a total of 121 ponies.

A new, electronically controlled, four-speed automatic transmission replaced the former three-cog unit. The new automatic also offered selectable shift modes: Power (which provided better performance through higher-rpm upshifts and quicker downshifts) and Comfort (which was more relaxed and economical in operation). And the primitive, four-speed manual was history, leaving the five-speed for shift-it-yourselfers.

Cosmetically, the Cherokee received the option of two-tone paint. Inside the cabin were found new door trim panels with stowage bins.

A new, loaded-up Limited four-door model debuted halfway through the model year. Just about every luxury, performance and convenience feature was standard on the new top dog Cherokee. The Limited came with the powerful, 4.0-liter inline six teamed with Selec-Trac and could be identified by its color-keyed bumpers, gold wheels and gold pinstripes. Leather seats, power everything, keyless entry and an eight-speaker sound system were additional highlights of the Limited's lengthy standard equipment list.

Other models received minor changes, such as new plaid seats in the Laredo and revised blackout trim on the Chief.

1988 saw the addition of a Limited two-door and the subtraction of the unpopular turbodiesel engine option. Sharp-eyed enthusiasts could discern an '88 by a new eight-slot grille that replaced the former 10-slot unit.

Laredo models received new chrome trim as well as lower bodyside cladding. In an effort to offer a Cherokee for everyone (and leave no part of the potential market uncovered), a Sport two-door model was offered. The Sport added alloy wheels and special graphics to the plain-Jane Cherokee, allowing those on a budget to drive a sharp rig without breaking the bank.

The availability (on models equipped with the 4.0-liter engine, automatic transmission and Selec-Trac) of a four-wheel, antilock braking system (ABS) was the big news for the 1989 Cherokee. Jeep's ABS operated regardless of whether the Cherokee was in 2WD or 4WD (unlike some competitors who offered either only rear-wheel ABS or four-wheel ABS that wouldn't function when the vehicle was in 4WD).

Other functional upgrades for 1989 included two former options that were made standard. Base models received power steering and all Cherokees swapped their former 13.5-gallon fuel tank for a 20-gallon unit.

Changes were few for Jeep's most popular model for 1990. Safety was improved through the fitment of three-point seatbelts for all outboard occupants. And a new overhead console on the Limited featured a compass, outside thermometer and storage compartments for a garage door control and sunglasses.

Power for both the four- and the six-cylinder engines was boosted for 1991. A new, multi-point fuel-injection system helped the four-banger squeeze out 130 horsepower ? an increase of nine horses over the 1990 model. And the big six now cranked out 190 horsepower, bringing the zero to 60 mph time of the Cherokee down to under nine seconds.

Trim levels were shuffled about; the Pioneer was dropped, a new Briarwood debuted, (identified by its fake woodgrain trim on the bodysides) and a four-door Sport model joined the two-door Sport.

Making life easier for the owner of a '91 Cherokee were new double-sided keys, highlighted underhood service points and an optional illuminated entry system.

1992 saw carpeting added to the standard features of the base Cherokee. And Laredo four-doors could now be fitted with (optional) leather seating, just like the fancier Limited. Other than this, not much else changed for the Cherokee this year.

The Cherokee line was simplified for 1993, as the previous five trim levels gave way to just three; base, Sport and the new Country. The Country featured champagne-colored lower body, fender flares and bumpers as well as most of the luxury features of the defunct Limited. And Sport models were updated with a two-tone treatment that featured black on the lower body sides.

A long-life, stainless steel exhaust system was fitted to all models, helping to lower ownership costs.

Safety refinements were added for 1994. Side-impact beams were now found in the doors, the roof was beefed up for more crush resistance and a center, high-mounted stoplight sat atop the liftgate. Air conditioning now used CFC-free refrigerant.

For those who didn't like the champagne (the color, not the libation) of the year before, the Country was now available with silver as the secondary color. And in an effort to make the base model sound more appealing, the entry-level Cherokee now had the "SE" moniker added to its name.

In spite of looking very much like the 1984 version, the Cherokee continued to be popular among those looking for a manageable (both in size and cost) and capable SUV. 1995 brought a few notable changes, a driver's side airbag and the availability of an automatic (albeit just a three-speed) transmission for the four-cylinder SE. Sport and Country models continued with the 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine hooked up to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. A few new colors, such as Moss Green and Aqua Pearl, completed the changes for this year.

Minor refinements continued for the Cherokee in 1996. Both the four- and six-cylinder engines were tweaked to run smoother and quieter. The inline six now produced its power at lower rpm, making it more responsive whether accelerating from a light or towing a trailer up a steep grade.

Safety and reliability were both enhanced this year. An automatic transmission/brake pedal interlock reduced the chance of an accident by requiring the driver to apply the brake when moving the gear selector out of Park. The electrical system was upgraded via a heavy-duty alternator and battery. And the engine received a stiffer block, new aluminum pistons and a new powertrain control module.

In addition to the aforementioned improvements, some new colors, such as Bright Jade and Stone White, helped extend the appeal of the Cherokee, now in its 13th model year.

1997-2001

Fourteen years after it debuted, the Cherokee finally received a facelift, well, actually quite a bit more than a facelift. The $215 million update occurred in 1997 when the front and rear ends were smoothed out, the interior was updated and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels were reduced.

Although one had to look close to pick off a '97 versus an older Cherokee, a more cohesive appearance was achieved via softened corners at the nose and tail and with wheelwell flares that blended into the bumper ends. The front vent windows were dropped for a cleaner look and lessened wind noise, and larger side-view mirrors, new bodyside moldings, new wheels, optional deep-tint glass and a center high-mounted stop lamp completed the changes outside.

Inside, change was much more apparent, as the more modern cabin featured several key improvements in ergonomics, safety and style. A new dash (now with a passenger airbag), revised gauges and a new center stack with easier to use controls for the stereo (now available with both cassette and CD players) and climate control system sported a cleaner design with fewer pieces, which decreased the likelihood of squeaks and rattles. Other interior refinements included new door panels, lighted power mirror and window switches, a trip computer for the overhead console and a new center console that boasted integrated cupholders.

In an effort to improve build quality, Jeep made changes to the plant that made the body panels, using new or reconditioned stamping dies and tighter tolerances. More testing, including all electrical functions and increased use of robotic paint sprayers were employed, as well.

Having made extensive engine refinements in 1996, Jeep left well enough alone, but did improve the electrical system via upgraded connectors and a decreased amount of wiring.

For 1998 trim levels were juggled. The Limited returned to replace the Country as the top-of-the-line Cherokee, and the Classic debuted, slotted between the Sport and the Limited. The Classic added color-keyed bumpers and moldings, a roof rack, air conditioning, power mirrors and alloy wheels to the Sport. Three new colors, Chili Pepper Red, Deep Amethyst and Emerald Green, joined the palette.

Soldiering on into 1999, the Cherokee line continued with minor changes. The Sport model now had color-keyed bumpers and grille, a Sentry Key anti-theft system debuted, heated front seats became optional on the Limited, and engine efficiency was improved via revised electronics and a new exhaust catalyst.

The 2000 Cherokee got a more refined version of the 4.0-liter inline six. Introduced the previous year in the Grand Cherokee, the revamped engine ran quieter and cleaner (it now met Low Emission Vehicle standards) than the previous iteration. A new five-speed manual gearbox with improved shift quality was mated to the new six in SE (if the six was ordered) and Sport models, and a four-speed automatic was standard on Cherokee Classic and Limited.

The Limited traded its monochromatic appearance for a flashier appearance this year. Chrome highlights on the grille, headlight bezels and rear license plate brow along with silver alloy wheels served to further distinguish the Limited from the other Cherokees.

Lastly, some new colors debuted, including Patriot Blue and Silverstone Pearls.

The last year for the Cherokee, 2001, would pass without much fanfare. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine was finally buried, child seat tether anchors debuted, and Steel Blue replaced Desert Sand on the color chart.

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