The Jeep Cherokee is unlike most of its competitors in the compact crossover segment and in true Jeep fashion boasts plenty more capability.
While it might not be a leader in things like cargo room or fuel economy, it’s head-and-shoulders above the competition when it comes to off-road capability. Would you expect anything less from a Jeep?
Still, we suspect most drivers aren’t going to be hard-core off-roaders so we’ve compiled a list below of replacement tire options that are focused more on daily driving. (Though not all of them are, so keep reading).
Jeep Cherokee Tire Size
Available in a wide selection of trim levels, the Jeep Cherokee has an equally broad selection of tire sizes, depending on if you’ve selected a standard model, something high-end, or something with real off-road capability. The tires on this list should all be compatible with the sizes listed above.
Best Jeep Cherokee Tire
Michelin Defender T+H
A first rate tire with excellent driving dynamics and braking capability in the dry and wet the Michelin Defender T+H is an easy choice as our number one pick. It’s designed with the latest low rolling resistance technology in mind to reduce CO2 emissions and save you money at the pump. As well as solid handling dynamics, you’ll find this tire quiet and comfortable. Plus, it comes with a very impressive 80,000 mile tread life warranty.
There are some very similar tires out there when it comes to specs and even driving performance, but we love that Michelins tend to perform well even after years of use when the tread is wearing down.
And for a tire that’s going to last you a long, long time, that’s important.
Best Jeep Cherokee Tire
Firestone Destination LE 2
Chances are your Cherokee came equipped from the factory with a set of Firestone Destination LE 2 tires and as the old saying goes: if it ain’t broke. In other words, if you’re happy with how those tires performed, there’s not a lot of reason to go elsewhere. And based on feedback from current owners, that’s the case, with a 4.9 out of 5 rating!
True, some of the tires on this list offer a longer milage guarantee, but you’ll also pay for that and the Destination LE 2 is surprisingly affordable.
Handling and braking are above average and by all accounts this tire is quiet and comfortable too. There’s some extra siping and curved slots in the tread pattern to give it a slight increase in wet and winter weather grip.
We should also point out that Firestone recently launched a new Destination LE 3. With similar capability it boasts a milage guarantee that’s 10,000 miles longer. So if you can get the new LE 3s for the same price as the LE 2s, this tire becomes substantially more attractive.
Best All-Season Tire for Jeep Cherokee
Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady
One of the most versatile tires on the market, you’ll pay a bit more for this tire, bit in many ways it’s worth it. Not only re you paying for better all-yer performance and safety, you’re also paying to avoid the hassle of swapping tires in the winter. That’s because the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady is rated for true winter use and features the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on the sidewall to prove it.
On top of all that it’s a solid performer in the dry due to tread blocks that lock together under cornering or braking, creating a more stable tread and a larger contact patch.
As for wet weather performance, the circumferential channels that run around the tire have been designed to become wider as they wear away. So when the tire loses some of its water evacuation capabilities for a deeper tread, it gains back that capability in a wider channel. This allows it to maintain wet weather grip of the life of the tire.
Speaking of the life of the tire, it’s rated at 60,000 miles, which means you’ll get about a year less of use out of them compared to some of the top performers on this list, but you won’t have to worry about swapping on winter tires, or buying any at all!
Cheapest Jeep Cherokee Tire
A relatively unknown brand, if your number one factor in a new tire purchase is the price, you’re probably not too picky about that. And these are some pretty darn affordable tires. In fact you can get a whole set for less than $300.
So what do you get for your money? Well, these tires are actually more summer-focused as far as all-seasons go, so they’re a bit fit for those in warmer climates. Dry grip and braking performance are impressive, although the tire’ wet weather performance is below average.
With a milage warranty of just 40,000 miles you won’t have to live with your decision for long, which could be a good thing or a bad thing.
Overall, if you understand what you’re buying here and why you’re paying so little, these can represent great value. And owners seem to agree, with user ratings on the Discount Tire retail site being overall quite positive.
Best All-Terrain Tire for Jeep Cherokee
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
We’re making some assumptions about you as a driver here, and we hope you don’t mind. The Cherokee isn’t an extreme off-roader and so it’s unlikely you’re using it that way. If you are, just go get yourself a set of BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2s and be done with it.
If not, then the Falken Wildpeak AT Trail is probably the tire for you. You’ll see a lot of tires listed as Highway Terrain tires. These are really all-seasons with some off-road capability. The Wilpeak AT Trail is sort of the opposite: it’s an all-terrain tire with highway manners.
Built to deliver solid on-road driving dynamics and grip in both the wet and dry, it’s amazingly liveable for an AT tire. It’s also perfect for light off-roading on well-worn trails, gravel roads, etc. And it isn’t just designed to grip those surfaces well, it’s also built to last when used off-road. A 60,000 mile tread life warranty is impressive for an all-terrain tire.
Best Winter Tire for Jeep Cherokee
Bridgestone Blizzak DMV2
While we get the appeal of true four-season tires like the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tire on this list, you really can’t beat the overall performance and safety of a true winter tire when the temperature drops and the snow starts flying.
And amongst winter tires the Bridgestone Blizzaks stand out, especially for world-class grip on snow covered roads. The ultra-wide center section makes for an extremely stable ride and excellent responsiveness, while larger shoulder lugs help dig in, even when cornering.
Siping is critical to a winter tire’s capability to grip the snow, the the Blizzak’s are almost more sipe than tire.
We generally point out that if you’re looking for a winter tire that’s designed less for snow and more for clear and/or icy roads, the Michelin X-ice is a great pick. But for those days where the snow is piling up on the roads, you can’t beat the Blizzaks.