Looking for a compact SUV built for the rugged outdoors? Look no further than the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is built for those who value adventure and are constantly on the go. In addition, there are several models to choose from. Check out the features today to help make the most informed decision today.
A standard model will come with a four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Choose between a 184-horsepower or 271-horsepower V6 engine for your 2018 Jeep Cherokee. If you need a vehicle that can handle the great outdoors, opt for the 271-horsepower V6 engine.
The Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds. The fuel economy, however, does leave something to be desired as it is lower compared to other compact SUVs. It will get 21 mpg in the city, but on the highway, you can get up to 30 mpg.
While the Cherokee comes standard with front-wheel drive, you can opt to add four-wheel drive. This option is best for those who will be using the vehicle off-road. There are five traction modes with the four-wheel-drive, which include auto, snow, sport, sand/mud, and rock.
The 2018 Nissan Rogue includes a 2.5-liter cylinder engine. It is suitable for commuters, but it doesn’t have nearly as much power as the Cherokee. With a less powerful engine, it will take longer to reach higher speeds.
The gas mileage, however, clearly beats the Cherokee. The standard model, with front-wheel drive, will get 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Models with all-wheel drive get 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
There are over 70 safety and security features available for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. Overall, the vehicle received a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are ten advanced airbags, including side-curtain airbags and driver and front-passenger knee-bolster airbags.
Blind spot monitoring is available if you wish to add it on to the base model. Dual-radar sensors will emit both audible and visual warnings to alert the driver when another vehicle enters a blind spot.
Another available safety feature for the Jeep Cherokee includes LaneSense®, a system with warnings you’ll see and hear if you accidentally begin to veer into another lane. This system allows the vehicle to steer itself back into the correct lane.
Forward-collision braking is yet another available add-on safety feature that will alert the driver if the car approaches another vehicle too quickly. The brake assist will help the driver brake faster and with more pressure, to help prevent accidents.
There are three parking assistance systems to choose from for the Cherokee, including a backup camera, park assist (using sensors to help the driver), and automated parking (allowing the vehicle to park on its own). These features may be especially helpful for drivers who live in a busy city with limited or tight parking options.
The 2018 Nissan Rogue offers Zone Body construction, which means the structure is impact-absorbing—promising safety for the driver and all passengers. The Rogue got a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, just as the 2018 Jeep Cherokee did.
There are six standard airbags, including seat-mounted supplemental airbags and curtain side-impact airbags. Additionally, the Rogue has occupant-classification sensors, a feature that tells the vehicle when to turn airbags on or off.
A tire pressure monitoring system can alert the driver when the tires get low as well as pinpoint which tire is affected.
Vehicle Dynamic Control monitors steering and braking. It promises to help reduce engine speed and adjust brake pressure if there is understeering or oversteering. Similar to the Cherokee, the Rogue also offers Brake Assist. There is also an Anti-Lock Braking System, which will help prevent wheel lockup.
The Rogue is a good fit for those with children: It includes a LATCH system that will work with LATCH-compatible child restraints, instead of using a seat belt or locking clip for car seats and booster seats.
Interior and Storage
Landscapes, such as those from the Grand Canyon and Morocco, inspired the Jeep Cherokee’s cozy interior. Both front seats are heated to provide comfort in even the coldest weather, as well as providing eight different seat adjustments for optimum comfort.
All models offer perforated leather trim and premium cloth seating for a sleek and sophisticated interior look.
Designed for an on-the-go lifestyle, the Cherokee ’s interior allows multiple configurations, for example, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat that makes it suitable for hauling the kids, camping supplies, or both.
Jeep also offers various accessories for organization, including a storage locker, first aid kit, roadside assistance kit, and collapsible cooler. They are all part of the Jeep® Brand Cargo Management System.
Designed to help reduce fatigue, the Nissan Rogue includes zero gravity front seats. You can use Nissan’s Intelligent Key® to save a preferred seating position for the driver and side-view mirrors.
Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control Systems allow both the driver and passenger to customize their climates.
Although it doesn’t come standard, there is the option of adding a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as heated front and second-row seats.
The Rogue offers a very different storage system from the Cherokee. The Divide-N-Hide Cargo System includes shelves and dividers that fold down and can be arranged for various functions. You can opt for either setting up a lower floor with shelves or creating under-floor storage.
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee comes available with multiple technologies to complement the luxe interior. You can upgrade to Uconnect®, an Amazon Alexa speech-recognition-based software.
The Uconnect® system will allow you to verbally start the engine or check maintenance information for the vehicle from inside your home with the included Echo Dot. Inside the vehicle, there is an 8.4-inch touchscreen display to connect with the Echo Dot to control the navigation system or choose a song to add to your favorite playlist.
The Nissan Rogue offers more ways to customize your SUV. You can choose to add an Apple CarPlay system or a Bose®premium audio system. If your choice of operating system is Android, the Android Auto™ system is also available. Both systems are compatible with their corresponding smartphones.
The Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation, Nissan’s GPS system, can help you discover where to go and even give you real-time traffic updates. This software is especially helpful since you can have all of your focus directed toward one screen rather than having a phone mounted on the dashboard.
Finally, the 2018 Rogue can also include SiriusXM®, a music streaming service that has access to a wide variety of stations. SiriusXM®includes everything from classical music to hits for kids.
Keep in mind; technology upgrades can bring the overall price of your car up. But, adding these optional features can also add multiple levels of convenience and style to your new vehicle.