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2017 Jeep Cherokee Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by luchavezruss

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Reviewed: 2017 Jeep Cherokee

4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.4L I4 9-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

Exterior styling

Ive always been a fan of the unique styling this generation of Cherokee has. Today many automakers are utilizing the seperate DRL/turn signal up top and headlight below look. When viewed from the side, it does have a nose heavy look. I noticed it looks less nose heavy in 4x4 guise. I personally love how it looks at night when 3 levels of the front lights are on (LED DRL's, headlights and fog lights)...also like the design of the tail lights.

Interior styling

Its just me in the Cherokee 99% of the time and its a perfect size. Everything is properly placed and the dash is easy on the eyes, especially if you have the upgraded larger UConnect screen.

Color choices

Rhino grey is an absolutely great color choice!

Why Not the 2017 Jeep Cherokee?

Fuel economy

There are better cars out there if fuel economy is important to you. Cherokee for sure is not top of the class here.

Reliability & durability

Now ive had it for 3 years and 44500 miles, here are my minor quality issues: Since Ive had it, Id say maybe 5 times there has been a transmission jump. Say when you roll up to a stop sign and accelerate. 1000 miles: passenger grab handle pulls down easily, like its not screwed in properly 5000 miles: random low windshield washer fluid light came on 6000 miles: front right plastic grill insert pops out, noticed it when parked in garage 12500 miles: front brake starts squeaking when cold 13650 miles: traction light comes on for a few seconds (dry conditions, driving straight) 15000 miles: short squeak when panoroof opens 18000 miles: cloth wrapping the A pillars have small tears 36500 miles: front right clip?? in sunshade drags in roof cover is opening, it will snap back in place though when done moving 40000 miles: panoroof starts rattling when open (very minor sound...notice it when you make yourself listen to it when radio is off) 42300 miles: dash message appears to service shifter, goes away after car is parked and started again

Conclusion

If you like the looks of this body style Cherokee and its just you or 2 of you...I'd say this is perfect size vehicle. This is my first "American" manufacturer car Ive bought and Ive been somewhat impressed with it so far. Previous brands have been Nissan, Mazda, Isuzu and Subaru. Aside from the quality issues Ive noted elsewhere...only thing I probably would have done is get the V6 and 4x4 version only because there is no big difference between gas mileage. I hate the redesigned look of the 2018, so I will wait and see what the next version looks like. Its possible I may get another Cherokee with my experience so far.

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