2015 Jeep Cherokee: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Stop-start now standard on V-6-equipped models

Price change: Prices increase $100 on all models except the Sport trim

On sale: Since late July

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

Jeep's all-new Cherokee managed to make a big splash in the crowded compact SUV field with a combination of distinctive styling, commendable on-road performance and off-road capability, a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems and a roomy, well-finished interior. That helped its appeal with Jeep loyalists who value off-road prowess as well as those who drive only on smooth pavement but want the versatility of a small SUV.

Related: Cars.com Long-Term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Coverage

Jeep delayed the launch of the 2014 Cherokee for a couple of months while it tried to fix shift quality issues with the also-new nine-speed automatic transmission, and we aren't convinced it is fully sorted out based on our long-term Cherokee test vehicle.

Aside from the transmission, though, there is much to like about the Cherokee, which offers a broad portfolio of safety features, a voice-operated infotainment system, interior furnishings that are a cut above and family-friendly utility. Because it was all-new for 2014, there are few changes to the 2015, which just recently went on sale.

Stop-start technology is now a standard feature on models with the 3.2-liter V-6 engine. Latitude and Trailhawk models also add a standard rear camera and automatic headlamps. The available forward collision warning system gains low-speed crash mitigation support, and a new Safety Tec option group for Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, rear park assist and signal mirrors.

Even though price changes are minimal for 2015, the cost of a Cherokee can climb north of $30,000 faster than it can charge to the top of a hill, so it pays to shop judiciously. One way to save is to stick with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The V-6's fuel economy might not be much worse, but two more cylinders add a hefty $1,695 to the price.

Because the Cherokee was all-new for 2014, and price changes are minimal, you would probably be well served to seek out a 2015 model to get the benefits of any quality changes Jeep has made in the last year.

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By Rick Popely | September 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

Comments 

Great article. The only thing to add would be that saving upfront might not help you over time. In other words, if you plan on towing or know that you're going to need the extra power, cough up the extra money for the V-6. You'll be glad you did.

Daniel

I just purchased my Jeep Cherokee Latitude. So happy I ended up getting the 2015, which adds the backup camera and auto start/stop feature. I'm elated. Too bad I can't be driving right now.

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