There are three different kinds of Jeep Cherokee. First, there is the kind that might as well be a car, equipped with front-wheel drive and zero intention of performing anything remotely resembling a Jeep Thing. Second, there is the kind that is a weather-beating crossover SUV, equipped with automatic 4-wheel drive to get it from wherever you are to wherever you want to be whenever a blizzard strikes. Third, there is the kind that gets a “Trail Rated” badge, equipped with a sophisticated 4WD system that can take you just about anywhere you want to go.
That last one is my favorite, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk pictured here. But if you’re not planning to stray far from the pavement, the other versions also deserve consideration.