For those wanting a luxury SUV but don’t want to fork out the typical minimum price tag of around $50k, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 may just be what you’re looking for. Coming in with a smaller stature than the Grand Cherokee, but loaded with amenities, the Cherokee Overland 4×4 is an excellent SUV.
So, what makes this an “Overland” edition? First off, the badging gives it all away on the exterior. Another feature that helps the Overland’s exterior is the Heavy Duty Protection Group package that adds skid plates and a full-size spare tire. Ours was fitted with this option, which cost $435.
Inside is where this Jeep really shines. From the seats to the dashboard, just about everything is covered in leather. And those leather covered seats? They’re heated and ventilated in the front (the ventilated part pays off in the hot Florida winters). “Overland” branding is also found on the headrests of these seats, reminding you that you’re driving a top-of-the-line Cherokee. Another fantastic aspect of this Jeep’s cockpit, aside from the plush environment, is how quiet it is inside and how smooth the ride is. While the Trailhawk is ready for rocks with a stiffer suspension, the Overland is definitely softer, which is perfect for daily driving.
As far as power goes, this Jeep has a 3.2-liter V6 installed, which is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 setup. This engine has 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque on tap. The power wasn’t incredible and definitely wasn’t noteworthy, but you’re not buying this car for speed. However, it definitely caught me up to speed relatively quickly when it came to merging onto our interstate.
Our test example had a price tag of $43,730 after all of the options. That being said, it has a base price of $37,695. If you’re looking for a smooth, luxurious SUV under $50,000, this is one of your best bets.