Introduced in 1974 as a full sized V8 suv. It shared the same body style with the Wagoneer, but was less expensive and aimed more to young buyers. The most popular were 2 door models that competed with the Ford Bronco and Chevy Blazer, but a 4 door version was produced.

In 1984 the Cherokee was downsized to a boxier design that would become the birth of the small 4 door SUV. 2 Door models were still produced but lost popularity in the 90's. The Cherokee continued on it's 1984 design until 2001, making it one of the longest produced designs in history. It was only given one face lift in 1997, rounding off the front to make it more 90's looking. In 2002 it was replaced by the all new Jeep Liberty.

Throughout the '84-'01 time span, the Cherokee was offered in many different trims, some which are rare to this day. Chief, Laredo, Pioneer, Limited, Country, Sport, Classic, etc are some examples. Engines were all AMC, even after Chryslers take over of the company in '87. The most popular engine offered was the 4.0 I6, one the best engines ever.

Today Jeep Cherokees are still popular with all sorts of people. From soccer-moms to off roaders, it's an SUV that won't die.
Jeep Cherokee Chiefs are very rare today, as is the Cherokee "Briarwood" which was produced only in '91 and '92.
by Metalhead83 September 13, 2011
1.A Peice of Crap
2.Gets you from point A to point B....and thats it! You can't make it to C!
"that 1988 jeep cherokee is junky!"
by recjskc June 25, 2008
A mid-sized SUV introduced by Jeep in 1993 to compete against Ford's Explorer, and Motor Trend's "Truck of the Year" for 1993. Larger than the Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee is undeniably Jeep, with the brand's distinguishing angular and oversized wheel wells, seven-slot grill, and all-around angular styling. Models from 1993-1998 are known as ZJs, 1999-2004 are WJs, and the latest models, introduced in 2005, are known as WKs. Grand Cherokees have historically been overpowered, starting with the Chrysler 318 V8 in the 1993 model. In 1998, Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee 5.9, named after the 5.9 liter Chrysler 360 engine they offered as an option. This special-edition Grand Cherokee was marketed as the world's fastest SUV, storming from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, a remarkable feet for an SUV at the time. Jeep looks to be continuing that trend into 2006 with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, powered by a 6.1 liter HEMI engine that propels the vehicle to 60 mph in "less than 5 seconds."

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an extremely capable off-road performer when properly equipped, with enough road-manners to make it suitable as a main vehicle in any household. It's distinctive styling has made it a good seller for the Jeep brand and a well-respected SUV to boot. It's powerful engine options ensure that you'll be able to put any ricer in their place

*Note "SUV" was used in place for Grand Cherokees merely as a convenience and for the sake of simply conveying the intended message. See example.
My Jeep is not an SUV. Your SUV is not a Jeep.
Your Jeep Grand Cherokee is far more capable and attractive than my Toyota 4Runner.
by njorge March 23, 2006
The godliest jeep ever made, its a beast, can go anywhere you want it too, runs best after 200,000+ miles.
Tom drove his manly Jeep Grand Cherokee TSI through betty's house, luckily she was only killed by the aura from the presence.
by Jeeperz March 17, 2009