If you’re seeking a used Jeep Cherokee, you’ll probably come across two of the nameplate’s more recent models: the KJ and the KK (both known as the Jeep Liberty in North America).
The KJ, which made its debut in 2002, was intended to be a replacement for the retired, previous-generation Jeep Cherokee, although the vehicle ended up being a bit different. The engineers included a variety of new and innovative features in the SUV, including the rack and pinion steering and the new Powertech engines (which we’ll get to later). The Liberty was also one of the brand’s only vehicles (the first since the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer) to use an independent front suspension.
The changes appeared to work, as the Liberty quickly became a fan favorite. In fact, the vehicle was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award in 2002.
The KK was the KJ’s successor, debuting in 2008. The vehicle was completely redesigned, featuring a revamped body and a new engine. The choice of two transmissions (four-speed automatic or six-speed manual) stuck around, as did the brand’s assortment of interior features, but that was about it for similarities. The pair of trim options, the Sport and Limited, were offered for the initial 2008 model year. These exclusive packages both included the popular Sky Slider, a power roof composed of acrylic cloth.
The Cherokee we know and love today was first release for the 2014 model year. The Liberty nameplate was officially retired, and the brand restored the “Cherokee” name for the first time since 2001. The vehicle features several upgrades from its predecessors, notably an improved fuel economy and a trio of four-wheel drive systems.
Why Pursue a Used Cherokee?
There are several reasons why you may want to consider the SUV, and each of the three previously-mentioned models is each accompanied by their own unique set of attributes. Whether it’s the engine or variety of features, we’re certain that you’ll be happy with whatever Jeep you decide to opt for.
The Cherokee (or Liberty) always included an impressive, powerful engine, and the engineers continue to improve the unit through each generation. The KJ features a 2.4-liter straight-four PowerTech engine, capable of pumping out 150 horsepower. This was eventually ditched in 2006 in favor of the 3.7-liter PowerTech V6 motor. If you happen to come across a 2005 or 2006 model with the Sport or Limited trim, you may find the 2.8-liter VM Motori R 428 I4 common rail turbodiesel engine, which produced a better horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency.
The KK initially included a 3.7-liter iron-block, aluminum-head V6 engine that couple pump out 210 horsepower and 235 ft-lbs of torque, both considerable upgrades.
Predictably, the current Cherokee features the nameplate’s best engine yet. The base for the 2014 model was a 2.4-liter, Inline Four, 16-valve engine that could deliver 184 horsepower and 171 ft-lbs of torque. For such a rugged vehicle, the new Jeep offered a surprisingly high fuel efficiency at 22 city/31 highway miles per gallon.
The Jeep KK included some rather innovative safety features for the mid-2000s, including electronic stability control (with roll mitigation), traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. There were also several optional features that could help spruce up the Jeep, including rain-sensing wipers, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, navigation, and the accompanying MyGig entertainment system. If you end up opting for a used KK, there’s a good chance that you won’t have to dish out a whole lot more money to secure these fancy features.
The current-generation Cherokee builds off what the previous engineers had started. The 2014 model (which should save you about $8,000 if you opt for a used model) is highlighted by the impressive Selec-Terrain technology, which allows the driver to choose one of 12 different configurations that caters to the driver’s current needs.
Engineers have also included the Uconnect five-inch touchscreen media center, which is supplemented by Bluetooth capabilities (allowing you to use your phone). There’s also electronic stability control, traction control and hill-start assist mode.
Focused on the Jeep brand, the dealership sells a variety of MOPAR products for the vehicle. There’s also a variety of specialized accessories, as well as in-house experts who can handle any installations. The staff is full of Jeep enthusiasts, and buying from an actual fan of the model can dramatically improve the entire car-buying ordeal. In fact, six-to-nine times a year, The Faricy Boys hold “Trail Day.” Customers get to check out the business’s variety of Jeeps while also enjoying free lunch and expert advice on the vehicle.
There’s no doubt that the Cherokee is currently on top of its game, as the model is the top-selling vehicle at The Faricy Boys. We could only presume that used Cherokee’s are just as hot, especially since the dealership is in a Jeep owner’s paradise.
The Jeep will obviously help you get through the awful winter weather that accompanies living in Colorado, but Colorado Springs is also a wonderful option for utilizing your Jeep’s off-roading capabilities. The diverse terrain ensures that you’ll always be entertained, and you can truly take advantage of everything Colorado has to offer with the rugged SUV.
The Cherokee seems to be the perfect vehicle for Colorado. Not only is the Jeep stylish and comfortable, but it also has some serious power. While you’d normally expect to pay an arm and a leg for such features, you can practically get whatever if you from your Cherokee if you opt for a used.
And where should you be buying that used Cherokee? The Faricy boys of course! Head out there today to get the best deal on a Jeep, and you could be driving off the lot in no time!