2018 Cherokee New Car Test Drive
The Cherokee has lovely lines for an SUV, not traditional; even the seven-bar grille is stylized. The headlamps are separated from the LED running lights, giving the front a tiered appearance that's less than Jeep-like. It's sure not square, like a Jeep Patriot for example. Even though the design has been around for five years, the Cherokee's unexpectedness keeps it fresh.
The rear end and sides are more ordinary.
The cabin is handsome and quiet. It's nicely finished, generally well composed, and quite refined. It's more sporty than suv-like, blending colorful elements with subtlety. We just wish the controls weren't hard to find. It would be nice if function matched the form.
However, the infotainment system is clearly laid out, and the screen is responsive. In-car data is available by subscription.
The front seats are comfortable, but the cabin is narrow so shoulder room is limited, as wide drivers might rub the door panels or console, and tall ones might have trouble finding a suitable position. The headrests sit somewhat forward.
The rear seat can take a third passenger in the center, without argument, for a short trip. The three of them will feel cramped, although the seat slides back a few inches, and that helps.
There's plenty of storage spots for small items, around the cabin. For larger items, there's a decent 24.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and a healthy 58.9 cubic feet when the rear seats and front seat are folded. The cargo floor is somewhat high.