2020 Jeep Cherokee Road Test and Review

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee could be the nearly all-around capable mid-size sport utility vehicle in the world. Since it bears the Jeep name, its first priority is delivering topnotch off-road abilities, as well as in that quest, the Cherokee sacrifices some interior room and transporting capacity, but Jeep executives and Jeep aficionados are prepared to make that trade. It’s about validating the company promise.

The Cherokee has the capacity to negotiate terrain you shouldn’t even attempt in many midsize crossovers. But it ought to be emphasized that off-roading is just area of the Cherokee’s personality. The Jeep Wrangler requires some sacrifices in return for its all-terrain competence, however the Cherokee is a lot simpler to reside with on the day-to-day basis. Yes, it’ll traverse the Rubicon Trail, but it’s also a wonderfully competent five-passenger crossover sports utility vehicle for everyday duty.

Interior

The Jeep Cherokee’s interior isn’t just good-searching, it causes it to be very obvious you’re inside a Jeep. Hands-sculpted dashboard and console forms tie signature Jeep design cues and-quality materials along with precision craftsmanship. Piano black and satin chrome trim provide the Cherokee a glance that belies its reasonable cost. Usb port spot and 115-volt outlet are housed in media hub while watching center console, which is supported with a convenient spot for smartphone storage and charging.

The fully adjustable seats are covered in cloth or Nappa leather. Heated and ventilated front seats with memory are optional. We’re also fans from the 60/40 moment-row seats that adjust forefront and aft for elevated comfort and cargo-transporting versatility. Five will discover the Cherokee an appropriate, cozy spot to be.

Infotainment and Controls

The 2020 Cherokee offers the option of 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays using the functionality of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. We understand the intuitive operation and enormous on-screen icons that characterize FCA’s Uconnect systems. Within our test Cherokees, Apple CarPlay seamlessly integrated an apple iphone using the car’s built-in display and controls. Motorists could make telephone calls, access music, receive and send messages, and receive voice-led navigation enhanced for traffic conditions utilizing a familiar system. Android Auto delivers similar well-integrated features for users of Android phones.

The driver’s side from the dash includes a thin-film transistor Brought 3.5-inch grayscale or 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster. You are able to personalize what’s put before you from choices which include turn-by-turn navigation, vehicle speed, current gas mileage, safety warnings, and audio information.

Powertrains

The headline-grabber one of the Cherokee’s engine choices may be the 2.-liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine that gives 270 horsepower and 295 pound-ft of torque. It’s mated to some highly efficient nine-speed automatic transmission, also it features engine stop-start technology, direct injection, along with a twin-scroll, low inertia turbocharger. It’s the most technologically sophisticated engine ever offered inside a Jeep.

Two other engines choices like well: the naturally aspirated 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which we found surprisingly competent within the base-level Cherokee Latitude, and also the naturally aspirated 271-horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine, that ought to please many conventionally minded Jeep fans. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee offers a range of three 4×4 distinct systems — Active Drive I, Active Drive II and Active Drive Lock — helping you to choose the amount of capacity you would like for off-road and rainwater situations.

Driving Impressions

When you purchase a Trail Rated form of the Cherokee, you’ll make the most-capable off-roader of mid-size SUVs. And all sorts of-wheel drive Cherokees that aren’t Trail Rated will still perform extremely well in off-road and poor-weather situations.

However that doesn’t imply that the Jeep Cherokee beats you on roads, roads, highways, or parking lots. Our experience demonstrated the 2020 Cherokee excels in most individuals situations too. The base front-drive Latitude model was impressive on twisty two-lane roads while supplying good quality of ride around the Interstate. The Overland model using the 2.-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine being as pleasing, because of the engine’s usefully broad torque curve. We loved the simplicity of the electronic power steering system, that has the additional benefit of improving fuel efficiency.

Safety and Driver Aids

A remarkable variety of active security features can be obtained around the various Cherokee trim levels. Incorporated out there are adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a lane-departure warning with steering corrections.

Cargo and Towing

When compared with a number of its competitors, the Cherokee sacrifices some interior and cargo space in support of enhanced off-road abilities. It provides 128 cubic ft of usable interior space. Using the rear seats up to be used, it’s 25.8 cubic ft of cargo space behind the trunk seatbacks. Using the rear seats folded, the Cherokee has 54.7 cubic ft of cargo room.

For easy loading, the Cherokee includes a lightweight composite liftgate using the release handle positioned to really make it handier to understand. If that’s not convenient enough, you can include hands-free power liftgate that’s activated by looking into making a kicking motion underneath the bumper. Outfitted using the 271-horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine and also the trailer tow package, the Cherokee offers maximum towing of 4,500 pounds. Using the 2.-liter turbo and trailer tow package, max towing is 4,000 pounds.

Multiple Trim Levels

The Cherokee will come in five different trim configurations: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and also the rugged, Trail Rated Trailhawk. Both front-drive and 4×4 versions can be found in every trim level except for the Trailhawk.

The Trailhawk demonstrates its superior off-road credentials by featuring the Jeep Active Drive Lock 4-wheel-drive system and it is locking rear differential, skid plates, and red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in almost any low-range terrain mode to maximise available traction. For individuals less inclined to take part in heavy off-roading, the Latitude may be the value-oriented trim level. As you’d guess, each climbing trim level adds more equipment. For individuals who’re searching for any fully outfitted vehicle, the Overland trim is a great bet. It’s plush and splendid, yet its bad-weather and off-road abilities are impressive.

Prices and price

A effective player in a really hot segment, the 2020 Cherokee spans a comprehensive budget range. For those who would really like the look and aura from the Jeep but don’t need off-road abilities, a small-cost front-wheel drive version could be acquired. Within the other finish in the scale, there is a version that will accomplish about everything an off-road enthusiast could ever imagine. And you’ll find several trim levels and equipment combinations that split the primary difference.

The underside front-wheel-drive Latitude posseses an MSRP of $25,740 plus a $1,495 destination charge. For your Limited trim level in 4×4 configuration, the MSRP climbs to $34,595 plus destination. For individuals who’ve luxury inside your ideas, the Overland 4×4 trim posseses an MSRP of $38,495 plus destination. Off-road enthusiasts will comprehend the Trailhawk, which starts at $34,505 plus destination. All Cherokees are created inside the FCA setup plant in Belvedere, Illinois.