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Jeep has been producing high-quality vehicles for many years, earning them a reputation amongst drivers on an international scale. With all of this experience at the helm, Jeep has solemnly become a household name for many. Throughout the lineups produced by Jeep every year, the Cherokee remains a fan-favorite for its comfort and versatility. This is coupled with excellent performance and an emphasis on off-roading compared to its contemporaries. With each new year comes a new entry of this beloved SUV, such is the case with the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. This year, the Cherokee remains a cornerstone of consumer SUVs, and the Cherokee continues to serve as an amalgamation of everything Jeep has done so far. Those who want an SUV that drives as good as it looks, the Cherokee should be their first choice. With a trio of available engines and a robust interior hosting a wide-range of tech-centric features, there’s plenty for everyone with the 2020 Cherokee.
The 2020 Cherokee is offered in many unique trims, each of which is designed with the utmost versatility in mind. The Latitude serves as the base Cherokee trim. This trim is promptly followed by the Latitude Plus, which adds an assortment of enhancements. The Altitude and the Latitude Lux are the next two available Cherokee trims, and the Upland, the North Edition, the Trailhawk, and the High Altitude make up the rest of the lineup. Drivers searching for the best performance will likely be drawn to the higher-end trims such as the Trailhawk and the High Altitude. However, the Latitude is an exceptional package regardless of its base level status, and many aspiring customers will find plenty to enjoy. Overall, though, there is much to explore when it comes to the 2020 Cherokee.
An SUV is only as capable as the engine that powers it. Traditionally, the Cherokee has always provided drivers with respectable performance, making it a viable choice amongst drivers. Not only is the Cherokee highly capable in an off-roading sense, but it can also perform light to moderate towing. A fully equipped 2020 Cherokee can tow a maximum capacity of 4,500 lbs, which is certainly enough to tow a boat. How does it manage this? With its excellent engines. In fact, there are three to pick from, ensuring every driver gets what they need.
The engine that comes standard with the Cherokee is a 2.4L 4-Cyl with a 9-speed automatic transmission, producing 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. With FWD, the 2.4L 4-Cyl gets EPA-estimated ratings of 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. This engine provides excellent performance, although drivers looking for extra power in their Cherokee should opt for one of the two additional engines.
The first of the two is a 3.2L V6, also paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which can produce 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. When also coupled with FWD, this V6 gets slightly lower fuel efficiency ratings than the base engine with 20 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, but many drivers are likely to excuse the minuscule difference. The third and final engine offered for the Cherokee is the turbocharged 2.0L 4-Cyl, which produces 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Regarding fuel efficiency, the turbocharged variant grants 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway; it is the best of the bunch. Although, no matter the engine you pick, the Cherokee's performance is outstanding.
The Cherokee provides a spacious interior, and a five-passenger capacity is seen on all trims. Passengers will enjoy the adequate space and should have no issues finding a comfortable fit. And one of the primary reasons as to why a customer would be drawn to an SUV is because of the provided cargo space when compared to an average sedan. Owners of the Cherokee will be treated to a maximum storage capacity of 54.7 cu.ft when placing down the rear-row and 25.8 cu.ft when the seats are upright. With the provided space, drivers may safely haul cargo, whether it be groceries or luggage for an out-of-town vacation.
SUVs have continuously been at the forefront of the industry when it comes to integrating the latest and greatest feature sets. Often, these included feature sets are centered around entertainment and connectivity, and this is most prominent with infotainment centers. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee comes standard with an infotainment center, which is displayed on a 7-inch touch screen. Owners of the Cherokee may opt to replace this 7-inch screen with an 8.4-inch touch screen.
Situated near the infotainment center is a USB port with extra ports available to purchase. Drivers may plug their smartphones into the USB ports for charging and syncing purposes, such as listening to media playback through the Cherokee’s six-speaker setup that comes standard. Those who require nothing less than the clearest and most pristine audio should upgrade to the available nine-speaker system provided by Alpine for the most immersive experience on the road.
When the driver connects their smartphone to their vehicle, they’ll also have full access to Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Both of these software suites come standard with the 2020 Cherokee regardless of the selected trim. With these, drivers will be granted full access to a host of features provided by their smartphone device without ever having to pick it up, which helps avoid distraction. Amongst the hands-free features, drivers may send and pick up phone calls, send text messages, and even communicate with their virtual assistants such as Siri. In addition to this, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature app stores provided by Apple and Google. With the help of these storefronts, drivers may download applications specifically tailored to adding new functionality to their Cherokee’s infotainment system. Overall, the interior is fully equipped with anything, and everything Cherokee drivers could need.
Jeep has provided the Cherokee with a wide range of safety features. You can get a rear-view camera with the Cherokee, which grants extra visibility while parking. Additionally, rear parking sensors can be added, which will audibly alert the driver if the vehicle detects any obstruction when parking in reverse. The camera, coupled with the sensors, provides an extra layer of safety while reversing the Cherokee. Owners of the Cherokee may also opt for a respectable selection of additional safety features to further enhance on and off-road reliability.
Among the optional upgrades, the Cherokee may be fitted with daytime running lamps, which emit very slight illumination to increase awareness of the driver’s presence to oncoming vehicles and nearby pedestrians. Turn signals may be integrated into the Cherokee’s mirrors along with a blind-spot monitor. This blind-spot monitor will emit visual and or auditory alerts to the driver if it detects an obstruction in the driver’s blind-spot.
Additional safety features that may be fitted into the 2020 Cherokee include a lane departure warning system that will automatically alert the driver if the vehicle detects an unintentional passing of lanes. Coupled with lane-keep assist, which provides subtle steering input to keep the vehicle in its intended lane, highway travel will have an extra layer of safety. Owners of the Cherokee may also opt for the implementation of traction control. With traction control enabled, the Cherokee will give drivers a much more stable ride and becomes safer to drive during inclement weather or rougher terrain conditions. Potential buyers of the 2020 Cherokee should consider opting for the available safety features as it ultimately boosts reliability to a whole new level. Either way, though, the Cherokee is a very safe vehicle.