As comfortable on a smooth highway as it is over rocky terrain, and more aesthetically pleasing than ever, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is one of the strongest choices in the compact SUV class. The Jeep is more than a comfortable crossover that can simply tackle rocks, it also boasts a variety of appealing technology features, two optional powertrains, a sporty nature, and class-leading specs with regards to towing. The standard Cherokee is available as a non-turbocharged four-cylinder engine, there are two additional options: V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder. Both engines are powerful with the turbo engine mixing fuel economy with power. The most impressive aspect is the ability to tow up to 4,5000 pounds, which is a leading spec within the compact SUV class. Read on to learn more about the latest Jeep Cherokee.
With the Cherokee offering a sporty nature in 2020, especially considering its off-road capability, steering is beautifully weighted and direct. The driver also feels some of the road texture and the actual wheel is balanced with a sense of on-center feeling. The brake pedal offers the perfect amount of resistance and response, so it is easy to stop smoothly during everyday driving. As expected, the off-roading capability is above average with several available trim levels that offer various adventure levels. During a drive, there is an average amount of wind and rose noise but not enough to be distracting and noticeable. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is rated at 22 mpg with 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway but the optional 2.0L turbocharged engine will improve the fuel efficiency.
Although the cabin is high-mounted, which is commensurate with the Jeep brand, it is easy to climb into and see the surrounding area plus there is ample headroom for even the tallest of drivers. The direct back view is free from obstructions and the generous amount of glass limits blind spots. The seats also offer a generous amount of adjustment to suit a range of drivers. Backseat drivers are privy to the substantial legroom. This infotainment center is easy to use and operate due to the basic Uconnect infotainment system and large buttons and knobs. There is an upgraded option to add an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. The system also boasts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the entry-level trim and the touchscreen menu is straightforward. The front and back hold two USB ports and the audio system presents clear and crisp sound.
As usual, the Cherokee earned good safety ratings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration with a Frontal Barrier Crash Rating of 4/5, Side Crash Rating of 5/5, Side Barrier Rating of 5/5, Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings of 5/5 and Rollover 4/5. The best safety features in the vehicle include Uconnect Access, which automatically connects to 911 in the event of an emergency, tracks the vehicle during theft and sends a text if the alarm is activated. Another excellent safety option is the Trailer Sway Control which minimizes the amount of trailer sway by applying the brakes and reducing the power. Also, Rear Cross Path Detection prevents collisions through a driver alert when a vehicle appears from the side while in reverse.
The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is available in five trim levels with numerous combinations. The standard Latitude boasts 17-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, two USB ports, a 7-inch touchscreen, and six-speaker sound. The Latitude Plus adds faux-leather inserts, power driver's seat, keyless entry, push-button start, and satellite radio. The Limited model adds leather upholstery, an upgraded display, heated steering wheel and front seats, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen system. The Overland trim offers unique body-colored exterior, sound-deadening windows, wood inserts, a navigation system, HD radio, ventilated front seats, and driver-seat memory functions. The Trailhawk edition offers a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 180hp and 171lb.-ft of torque with an available upgrade to 3.2L V6 of 2L turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive, wider wheels, off-road suspension, skid plates, and unique upholstery.