In its last year before a major overhaul, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee remains one of the nice surprises in the crossover segment. Combining practicality, looks, and features into one vehicle is no easy task, yet the Cherokee does it blissfully while remaining true to the off-roading prowess that’s made Jeep famous. Here are just some of the features that make the 2018 Jeep Cherokee an excellent buy.
Two Engine Options
Whether you’re a true off-roader and need some raw power or a city slicker that demands efficiency, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee has you covered. The standard engine on this crossover is a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine that provides 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to glide over the pavement with fuel economy reaching as much as 30 mpg on the highway, yet powerful enough to blaze new trails.
If you find yourself on unstable terrain, gravel, and mud more often than not, an upgrade to the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 is a no-brainer. With 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque, the Cherokee provides the oomph necessary to tackle steep slopes, demanding inclines, boulders, and almost anything else you throw in its path. Both engine options pair with a nine-speed automatic for swift and smooth shifting.
The Uconnect 8.4 Infotainment System
With the available Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system, you’re never too far away from your favorite apps, music, and podcasts, while also seamlessly connected to your Cherokee through other components. This is the first year that the Uconnect system connects with Amazon Alexa. When connected through Uconnect, you can ask Alexa questions about the condition of your car, as well as start it remotely from inside the comfort of your home.
Other bonus features include asking Alexa how much gas is in the tank, inquiring about oil and tire pressure, unlocking and locking doors, and activating the horn remotely to stave off thieves or play a prank on your friends.
A Jeep just isn’t a Jeep without the off-roading capability to back it up. Fortunately, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee has plenty of features that allow it to keep up with the heavy workload away from the pavement. The Jeep Active Drive I and II systems allow a rear axle disconnect for better efficiency in tough terrain, while also delivering extra-high torque and traction when you need it most.
The Trailhawk Trim
If you need a model that will go anywhere and do anything, opt for the Trailhawk trim. With all the features of the Jeep Active Drive II 4X4 system, the Trailhawk can tackle anything in its path. This system pairs up with active drive lock system and the Selec-Terrain traction management system to propel you over the most dangerous and thrilling obstacles either through a crawl or a speedy ascent.
With the 2019 Jeep Cherokee on the horizon, there’s no better time to pull the trigger on a 2018 Cherokee model. Not only will you get all of these amazing features, but you just might find your way into a great deal to boot.
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Four Features of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee You'll Love