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Regular Car Reviews: 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ

by Paul Strauss

The guys from Regular Car Reviews take a sentimental look back at one of the most reliable and unassuming everyday drivers to ever hail from Jeep – the Cherokee XJ. Powered by a durable AMC straight-six engine, and built to take just about anything you could throw at it, the XJ is possibly one of the most unkillable cars ever made. With an iconic design, it’s the Cherokees of the 1990s that set standards for the entire SUV industry.

Sadly, the good-old boxy Cherokee was retired from production in 2001 – replaced by the yawntastic Liberty – which would eventually be replaced yet again by a new, more car-like Cherokee in 2013. And while we really do like today’s Cherokee, with all its modern bells and whistles, there may never be a vehicle that’s as down-to-earth and unpretentious as the original XJ. And why would there ever be a Jeep that isn’t “trail rated?” Isn’t that what they do?

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