The 2022 Cherokee has composed handling and a smooth ride as well as an assortment of standard driver assists, but just because it wears a seven-slot grille doesn’t mean it’s automatically as desirable as more-modern alternatives from other manufacturers.
Standard features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a full-size spare tire, red tow hooks, a matte-black hood decal, an off-road suspension that increases the ride height, and 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.
The 2022 version is a five-passenger compact crossover from the Cherokee’s fifth generation. The Cherokee’s interior suffers from an anonymous design and unremarkable materials compared with what’s inside snazzier alternatives. The Cherokee is larger on the outside than many of its competitors, we’d expect it to feel more spacious on the inside. Small windows and high windowsills contribute to the feeling of confinement.
The 2022 Jeep Cherokee ranks in the bottom half of the compact SUV class in part because of subpar cargo space, a mixed-bag interior, and uninspired driving dynamics.
The base engine is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-four. And higher up the trim range the SUV gets a standard 271-hp 3.2-liter V-6. There’s also an available 2.0-liter turbo-four. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard regardless of engine. The 2022 Cherokee is outfitted with either standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.