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Jeep Cherokee 2015 review

EXPERT RATING
7
Craig Duff road tests and reviews the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Blackhawk Limited Edition with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Limited edition models are usually marketing speak for “we need to shift stock” and typically involve more chrome plating. The Jeep Cherokee Blackhawk doesn’t follow this convention.

For a start the Cherokee isn’t exactly suffering in the sales race, posting similar numbers to the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage. Unlike those soft-roaders, the Jeep packages genuine off-road ability into the mid-sized SUV segment.

The chrome approach has also been ditched for blacked-out highlights, from the badging and window surrounds to the interior itself. Check those badges — our vehicle’s rear Blackhawk logo wasn’t level or firmly affixed. The good news is it’s a human error rather than a production fault.

The Blackhawk is based on the $39,000 base model Longitude and comes at a $2000 premium.

That’s a lot of cash to pay for what could be accomplished with some masking tape and a can of black paint, which is why there are some decent upgrades beyond the new bling.

the Jeep packages genuine off-road ability into the mid-sized SUV segment.

The Longitude’s standard 17-inch rims grow to 18s (black, of course) and the 5-inch mulitimedia system has been discarded for the proper 8.4-inch Jeep Uconnect touch panel.

The Blackhawk has one of the flattest, firmest rides in this class. That’s great news for those who don’t appreciate a lot of body roll and don’t want too much low-speed jostling over speed bumps. It does affect the Jeep’s comfort off the beaten track with big ruts and rocks transmitting their presence into the cabin.

The on-demand four-wheel-drive system is almost impossible to detect when activating and disengaging.

The same can’t be said for the nine-speed auto. Under light to moderate throttle it kicks when switching up in the lower cogs.

It isn’t savage, but it is noticeable and made more evident by the surge of torque from the 3.2-litre V6.

The Selec-Terrain software can be left in auto on or off-road and will determine the best way to apply traction to whatever surface the Jeep is rolling over, though owners can manually switch into sport, snow, sand and mud modes.

Verdict

Buyers looking for a competent city SUV that’s not afraid to get down and dirty don’t have any other mid-sized options until the new Suzuki Grand Vitara arrives next month.

In the Jeep’s case, I’d pay the extra $2000 for the bigger multimedia system alone.

Pricing Guides

$23,990
Based on 181 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
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$14,490
Highest Price
$29,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Blackhawk (4x4) 3.2L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $23,980 – 29,990 2015 Jeep Cherokee 2015 Blackhawk (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Limited (4x4) 2.0L, Diesel, 9 SP AUTO $18,990 – 29,990 2015 Jeep Cherokee 2015 Limited (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Longitude (4x4) 3.2L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $15,998 – 24,950 2015 Jeep Cherokee 2015 Longitude (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Sport (4x2) 2.4L, ULP, 9 SP AUTO $14,490 – 22,990 2015 Jeep Cherokee 2015 Sport (4x2) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Pricing Guide

$14,490

Lowest price, based on 184 car listings in the last 6 months

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