The name is one of the oldest applied to a modern-day SUV, but the Jeep Cherokee is no Conestoga wagon. It’s a thoroughly modern family wagon, recast from its hardcore sport-utility roots into something much broader, more capable in all sorts of conditions.
Aiming to be more than another run-of-the-mill crossover, the Cherokee brings a measure of ruggedness to the party in the way only a Jeep can. A standard 184-hp 2.4-liter four or optional 271-hp 3.2-liter V-6 each team with a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is optional. Cargo capacity is ample, the interior is comfortable and well appointed.
A more capable Trailhawk model should appeal to outdoorsy types and can tackle more serious terrain.