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2018 Jeep Cherokee tops American-made vehicle list

2018 Jeep Cherokee tops American-made vehicle list

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With all the talk of tariffs and trade wars, attention naturally turns to where vehicles are made, or at least put together to see what is likely to increase in price and what model is not. Jeep is one model whose price should stay static for a while at least. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is at the top of that list, according to Cars.com anyway.

While talks of vehicle tariffs doesn’t necessarily impact Canadian buyers as yet, we have seen an increase in interest of where a car is manufactured and whether it would be potentially included in a tariff from the US. It seems even though any policy change is likely months away and may not even impact Canada, people are factoring it into buying decisions already.

Cars.com’s annual index of American-made vehicles rates the 2018 Jeep Cherokee at number one as it has 72% of all its parts made in America. With the global nature of manufacturing, that is a surprising volume considering most parts are now made in Asia.

Surprisingly, the Honda Odyssey came second along with the Honda Ridgeline truck. The Ford Taurus came fourth and the Chevrolet Volt came fifth.

While we could fault President Trump’s outdated view of the globalized automotive supply chain all day long, we cannot fault the fact that the 2018 Jeep Cherokee deserves some credit. Not only for being a domestic product but also for being a pretty good SUV all round.

2018 Jeep Cherokee
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee does its job well. It carries Jeep’s ‘Go Anywhere’ characteristic wherever it goes, whether that’s a shopping mall parking lot or into deepest Ontario.

The Cherokee is a compact SUV and the smaller sibling to the Grand Cherokee. It looks similar, only smaller with the signature Jeep grille and light setup up front and at the back. The design is simple yet effective with a rising beltline, fluted panels and high ground clearance.

Inside, the Cherokee ensures two rows have enough space rather than trying to squeeze in a third. Head and legroom are generous and will seat five comfortably along with some bags in back. Technology levels obviously depend on trim but all offer air conditioning, a touchscreen, adjustable front seats and a reversing camera at the very least.

Under the hood is either a 2.4-litre four cylinder that produces 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque or a 3.2-litre V6 that produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both use a nine speed automatic transmission to power the front or all wheels.

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee may be being lauded as American made but it is also a decent compact SUV too. Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON  L7N 3V8 and see for yourself!

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