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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 Test Drive Review

In the crowded space of mid-size SUVs, there’s only one that leads the pack with unmatched capability and value: the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4.

With Jeep’s advanced driving dynamics and an interior that’s spacious and luxurious, the Cherokee is easily a crowd-favorite among both drivers and passengers.

Get familiar with everything the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 has to offer with a closer look at our test model.

 

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 Exterior

The Jeep Cherokee continues its streamlined look for the 2017 model year, and now features high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps as standard equipment to round-out the stylish exterior.

Up front, the Cherokee’s signature grille and angular headlights flow into the hood and fenders to create an aerodynamic fascia that includes plenty of functional vents and chrome accents. Standard fog and cornering lamps mounted just in front of the wheels improve visibility in dense fog or rain, and illuminate the path based on which direction the steering wheel is turned.

Since the Overland is the most luxurious of the Cherokee’s trim levels, the cladding around the lower portion of the vehicle is no longer black like the other models, but matches five available body colors — our test model came in a vibrant Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl paint.

At the rear, you’ll find a power liftgate, LED taillights, and a roof-top spoiler. Dual chrome exhaust tips and a silver lower rear valance complete the sporty-yet-elegant feel of the rear-end.

Other exterior features include roof rails, heated side mirrors, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and an available underbody skid plate. Putting this all together, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee delivers a commanding presence on the road while hinting at both its off-road capability and luxury amenities.

 

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 Interior

As the top-of-the-line model, the Cherokee Overland is wrapped in leather wherever possible. The instrument panel, shift knob, steering wheel, and seats all feature soft, premium leather as standard equipment.

The driver and front passenger seats offer maximum comfort and adjustability with powered movement and 4-way lumbar support, and are also heated and vented. When seating for five isn’t necessary, the rear seats can be folded down to expand the rear cargo capacity up to 59.4 cubic-feet.

At the center of the dashboard is the award-winning Uconnect 8.4 system that delivers all of your infotainment needs and GPS navigation through a responsive 8.4-inch color touchscreen. Satellite radio, vehicle settings, smart-phone enabled apps, and much more are easily accessed via the customizable menu bar at the bottom of the screen. This is by far one of our favorite in-car entertainment systems thanks to its ease of use, functionality, and reliability.

More detailed information about the vehicle’s running status can be viewed by the driver via a 7-inch TFT color display nestled in the middle of the instrument cluster. This digital info hub can be configured to communicate a variety of data like tire pressures, fuel economy, driver aids, and other operating conditions.

For the ultimate viewing experience, our test model came equipped with the available CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof which provides sweeping views of the sky for both front and rear passengers.

 

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 Performance

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland gets its off- and on-road performance from a 3.2-liter V6 engine that produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque — plenty of power to deliver a best-in-class towing rating of 4,500 pounds.

Engine start-stop technology is standard on the Cherokee, as well as a 9-speed transmission and disconnecting rear-axle, all of which help this mid-size SUV achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway**.

And when you’re ready to take the Cherokee on the path less traveled, Jeep’s exclusive Selec-Terrain traction control system offers up to five customized modes — Auto, Snow, Sport, Mud/Sand, and Rock — to ensure you always have the optimum amount of grip, regardless of surface conditions. The vehicle’s Active Drive II setup provides a slightly taller ride height and a 47.8:1 crawl ratio for enhanced climbing ability in severe off-road conditions.

The increased articulation from the standard off-road suspension easily tackles rough terrain, and also provides an exceptionally smooth ride on the highway, making the driving experience both comfortable and effortless. The Cherokee Overland excels as a daily-driver and a long-distance tourer — driver fatigue is a thing of the past.

 

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 Safety

Over 70 available safety and security features are packed into the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland, including advanced technology typically found in more expensive luxury vehicles. Hill start assist, blind spot and cross path detection, and a rear back-up camera are all standard equipment on the Overland trim.

Our test model came equipped with the available Technology Group which adds full speed collision warning, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. These advanced driver aids provide an additional layer of protection against unforeseen situations. The parallel and perpendicular park assist is especially useful in tight urban spaces as the vehicle essentially parks itself using the electronic power-steering.

Other safety features include hill descent control, rain sensitive windshield wipers, and automatic high beam control.

 

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2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 Overall

Whether you’re hauling large cargo or a family of five, the Cherokee Overland will get you there in luxury, comfort, and style.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 is $37,695, and our test model came well-equipped at $43,730*.

Get first-hand experience with the 2017 Cherokee by visiting your local AutoNation Jeep dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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