When the original Jeep Cherokee debuted back in 1984, its compact dimensions, unibody (as opposed to heavier body-on-frame) architecture and go-anywhere capability made it an immediate success. But the SUV scene changed dramatically over the course of its nearly 20-year production run. By the early 2000s, that original Cherokee was quite antiquated alongside more modern car-based crossover SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
Years later, Jeep resurrected the Cherokee, and it's now a true crossover available in front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. Its aerodynamic shape, feature-rich interior and carlike driving dynamics speak soothingly to today's pavement-biased shoppers. But rest assured, it's still a Jeep. So if you want to hit up some trails in the Jeep Cherokee, a selection of four-wheel-drive systems plus numerous off-road-ready options ensure you won't get left in the dust.