Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Jeep Cherokee

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Pros: Impressive off-road capabilities when properly equipped; better on-road handling and composure than other Jeeps; broad range of optional equipment and high-tech features; decent acceleration from turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; disappointing fuel economy; other compact SUVs have better cargo volume

CG Says: The 2020 Jeep Cherokee now offers Alexa Skill Technology with its Uconnect infotainment system. Cherokee is a compact crossover SUV that is slightly larger than Jeep’s Compass, which in turn, is larger than the subcompact Jeep Renegade. Three engines are offered: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower, a 271-hp 3.2-liter V6, and a 270-hp turbo 2.0-liter four. All engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are available. Available features include heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, hands-free power liftgate, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. For most of its trim levels, the Cherokee’s closest competitors are the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5. The exception is the off-road-ready Cherokee Trailhawk model, which has few direct rivals in the compact-SUV class. The only other vehicles in its class that come close to–or match–its level of off-road equipment are the other compact Jeeps, namely the Compass, and, for buyers interested in extreme off-roading, the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Latitude: $27,235
4WD Latitude: $28,735
Latitude Plus: $28,890
4WD Latitude Plus: $30,390
Altitude: $29,885
4WD Altitude: $31,385
4WD Upland: $31,915
Limited: $32,845
4WD Limited: $36,090
4WD Trailhawk: $36,000
High Altitude: $34,640
4WD High Altitude: $37,885
4WD Trailhawk Elite: $39,195

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-31

Optional Engine
3.2-liter V6
Horsepower
271
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
270
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-31