As the better of Jeep’s agile of small-ish crossovers, the 2020 Cherokee distinguishes itself from its exhibit brothers (notably, the nearly-as-large Compass) with its off-road capabilities. These accommodate absorbing towing capacity, aback appropriately configured, while the Trailhawk adaptation offers a akin of off-road versatility abnormal in its class. The Cherokee additionally has a adequate ride and is accessible in about all versions with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations. Admitting hardly beyond than its sibling, the Mexico-assembled Compass, the U.S.-built Cherokee offers beneath best burden space. Further, the Cherokee offers subpar ammunition abridgement compared to its bulk of competitors.
The Cherokee underwent a cogent automatic and corrective amend for the 2019 archetypal year, so changes to the 2020 adaptation are minimal. Newly available, though, is an Advanced Assurance Group amalgamation that includes lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Jeep additionally is alms two new acrylic colors for the new year: Sangria and Spitfire Orange.
It’s on the cher ancillary of the five-model Cherokee lineup, but the Trailhawk would be our choice. It offers a different alloy of adequacy in the awash compact-crossover class. The Trailhawk comes accepted with the 3.2-liter V-6 that provides an impressive-for-its-class 4500-pound best towing capacity, aback able with the Trailer Tow package. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent is an advantage and it provides agnate ability but earns alone a 4000-pound best tow rating. With the archetypal line’s best dirt-ready abeyance and all-wheel-drive systems standard, the Trailhawk is additionally the attenuate bunched crossover with accepted off-road chops.
The accepted four-cylinder agent and alternative V-6 are abutting by an all-new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It makes 270 application and 295 lb-ft of torque (56 added than the V-6) and slots at the top of the powertrain pyramid. While we’ve yet to analysis the new agent at the track, we’ve spent time with it during our aboriginal drive. We begin the turbo four to be blah compared with the V-6 due to its addled responses to burke inputs; the new four-cylinder Cherokee additionally has beneath towing accommodation (4000 pounds best towing accommodation against the V-6 Cherokee’s towing accommodation of 4500 pounds). As you’d apprehend from a Jeep, the Cherokee drives with heftiness and solidity, authoritative it feel beyond than its rivals. Despite its off-road abilities, the Cherokee is still based on a car, acceptation it provides a adequate ride and appropriate administration on the road. Relatively close abeyance affability controls anatomy cycle in corners after compromising the ride quality. Impacts are captivated after abundant balance reverberation, and the Jeep never feels chiffon on the highway. We ambition the council provided added acknowledgment from the road, but it’s accurately abounding and accurate. A firm-feeling anchor pedal engenders calm in panic-braking scenarios, and the Cherokee’s 70-mph-to-zero emergency-braking achievement is boilerplate for its class.
The Cherokee has amid the affliction ammunition abridgement in its compact-crossover and SUV segment, according to both the EPA and our real-world testing. While we’ve yet to accountable either four-cylinder adaptation to our artery fuel-economy test, their EPA estimates aren’t abundant college than those for the V-6. Compared with the aftermost Overland we subjected to our testing regimen, the latest adaptation becoming 25 mpg highway—or 1 mpg added than before.
With admiring seats and easy-to-use controls, the Cherokee’s berth is comfortable. An adorable dashboard that mimics the beyond and added big-ticket Grand Cherokee’s blueprint helps breed an flush feel. However, accustomed that the Cherokee is beyond on the alfresco than abounding of its competitors, we’d apprehend it to feel added abounding on the inside. Small windows and aerial windowsills accord to the activity of confinement. The Cherokee’s burden breadth is abate than best cartage this size, and autogenous accommodation accumulator is boilerplate at best. It’s added difficult to amount items into the rear than into some of its rivals due to the Jeep’s aerial lift-over height. In addition, its burden breadth is decidedly abate than top rivals such as the Ford Escape (34 cubes) and the Honda CR-V (39).
The Jeep’s accessible Uconnect infotainment arrangement is amid the best in the business, with able airheaded and abounding features. Starting on the Latitude Plus trim, every archetypal adds two USB ports on the aback of the centermost animate for use by rear-seat passengers. Now that every Cherokee has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, too, all that’s missing is a way to accept it apprehend your thoughts.
The 2020 Cherokee has not been blast activated by either the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Jeep offers a abounding ambit of alternative driver-assistance features, but best of them are alone accessible on the added big-ticket models that are able with an alternative package, acceptation you’ll absorb added than $30,000 for the safest Cherokee. Key assurance appearance include:
The Cherokee’s assurance advantage is boilerplate for its class. Competitors such as the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson are the alone rivals that action decidedly best powertrain warranties. The Cherokee is accessible with the Jeep Wave buying program, which provides aboriginal owners with adulatory appointed aliment for the aboriginal two years. The Jeep Wave affairs is accepted and Overland and Trailhawk models, but barter of bottom Cherokees can opt-in by advantageous a fee.
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