No car, truck, or SUV is perfect. With that said, there are some that come pretty darn close, and the 2018 Jeep® Cherokee — recently in stock at Turlock Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM — is definitely up there. Coming off an extensive 2017 redesign, the 2018 model brings a handful of important changes that deserve a closer look. 

Most of what’s here we saw in the 2017 model year. The same engines are back, as is the improved nine-speed transmission. You’ll also find many of the same comfort, convenience, and safety features, though in some cases you’ll find them available on more trims than before.

However, not everything is borrowed…there are some changes as well. First off, there’s been a shuffling of trim levels. The Sport trim is out, leaving the Latitude trim to take over as the base trim. There’s also a new Latitude Plus trim that tacks on additional features. Another welcome change: active safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors have made their way to the Trailhawk® and Limited trims.

We mentioned before that no vehicle is perfect. One thing is missing from the Jeep Cherokee that’s been rolled out to other vehicles under the FCA US LLC umbrella: an updated version of the Uconnect® infotainment system. Once that update comes (hopefully next year), you’ll see Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® compatibility.

A few suggestions if you’re outfitting your 2018 Jeep Cherokee: leave the four-cylinder Tigershark® engine behind. It’s competent, but if you drive the 3.2-liter V6 engine with 271 horsepower, you won’t look back. The added power gives you more pickup, which is always a plus. Just as important, however, it more than doubles your towing capacity, from 2,000 pounds to 4,500 pounds.

A further suggestion for those of you with a sense of adventure: take a close look at the Trailhawk trim. It’s upgraded in several key areas to handle the punishment dealt out by off-road use. With skid plates, tow hooks, standard 4WD, and beefed-up suspension and traction, it’s one tough customer.

Visit your Jeep dealership near Ceres, CA for a test drive of a new Jeep SUV. Turlock Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is located at 1600 Auto Mall Dr.