Great American Cars of 2015 — Under $25,000

Jeep Cherokee
Starting Price: $22,995
In the world of midsize car-based crossovers, most of which were never meant for any meaningful off-roading, it’s nice to know there is one that can handle the tough stuff if called upon to do so, while still offering a fuel-efficient, comfortable ride on pavement. The original Cherokee was discontinued after the 2001 model year, but it had such a great Jeep reputation that the company wisely brought the name back, albeit on a vehicle that looks nothing like the original. In fact the styling of the new Cherokee has been quite polarizing. But with three available 4WD systems, almost nine inches of ground clearance and an array of safety and convenience features, the new Cherokee is certainly deserving of the legendary name.

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