It’s no overreach to say the Jeep Cherokee is one of the most significant vehicles of the last fifty years. Not just because it has such a storied legacy, which it truly does, but because it was initially offered as the more sporty alternative to the Jeep Wagoneer. In that, it has been credited as the first automobile labeled specifically as a sport utility vehicle. At least that’s how it was described in the 1974 Jeep brochure. Much like the Wagoneer, the Cherokee (SJ) was a beast of a thing at over 4,500 pounds. That may not seem heavy, but keep in mind, this was a vehicle with just two doors, no airbags, austere accommodations, and not much for appointments. This was a spartan rig made of hulking chunks of good old American steel. With the recent launch of the new Cherokee KL, we take a look back to see how the new iteration stacks up against the original. What was it then, and what is it now?