The Difference Between Jeep Cherokee Sport and Classic

by Anne Davis
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Jeep offered a version of the Cherokee from 1984 until 2001. In 2001, this midsize sports utility vehicle was available in numerous trim options, including the Classic and the Sport.


Both the 2001 Classic and Sport have a 4.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine. It has a bore of 3.87 inches, a stroke of 3.41 inches and a compression ratio of 8.8:1. This engine is capable of producing 190 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 225 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm.

Brakes and Suspension

Both trim levels have two disc brakes and two ventilated disc brakes. They have a rigid beam front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs and a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and leaf springs. The Classic has an axle ratio of 3.07:1; the Sport has an axle ratio of 3.55:1.

Other Specifications

Most of the differences between the Sport and the Classic involve comfort and convenience features. The Classic has roof rails and a leather-covered wheel; the Sport had no rails and a plastic steering wheel. The Classic offers 66 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Sport offers 69 cubic feet of cargo space. The Classic has a curb weight of 3,194.5 pounds; the Sport has a curb weight of 3,150.41 pounds.

The two vehicles share a wheelbase length of 101.42 inches and are 167.52 inches long and 69.41 inches wide. The Classic is 66.81 inches high and has 11.69 inches of ground clearance, while the Sport is 63.82 inches high and has 10.00 inches of ground clearance.

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