2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Review


While most SUV builders long ago ceded their wares to the pavement, Jeep has a longstanding, hard won off-road rep to defend. Thus, every current Jeep SUV offering can be had in Trailhawk trim — as is our featured test vehicle here. The sharp of eye will note the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4’s unique front and rear fasciae, designed to optimize approach and departure angles in off-road situations. Red tow hooks and a matte black hood decal further hint this Cherokee is down with dirt.


However, even with its hard core Rubicon readiness, among Cherokee Trailhawk’s comfort, convenience and safety items are a brace of contemporary active driver aids, including automated braking, blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping assist. Jeep’s 8.4-inch touchscreen is also part of the Trailhawk package, along with smartphone mirroring, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.


Trailhawk 4x4 also brings an off-road suspension kit, which increases the Cherokee’s ride height. All-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels complete the look, while enhancing the Cherokee’s capabilities when the pavement runs out. A locking rear differential is included too.


Happily, even with all of its superhero trail taming kit, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s ride and handling on the street are still quite respectable. Yes, SUVs designed specifically for the street do best it in this area, but the go-anywhere tradeoff is fair compensation in my view. By the way, when properly equipped, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk will tow up to 4500 pounds, enabling you to bring along your favorite outdoor toys.

And yeah, I like it.

Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pricing starts at $35,595.

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