Jeep® has a long history of highly capable vehicles that offer their drivers a high level of utility, and the 2018 Jeep® Cherokee is no exception to this trend.
The 2018 Jeep® Cherokee follows in the grand tradition of Jeep® SUVs, in that it offers a version of the utility vehicle that excels when the road is less “well-maintained highway” and more “an opening between the trees.” For the Cherokee, that model is the Cherokee Trailhawk®.
The Cherokee Trailhawk comes with a Jeep® Active Drive 4x4 system, which ensures strong traction by creating a 56:1 crawl ratio. Beyond traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk is designed to allow deeper water fording, with extra body sealing and a high air intake for a fording depth of up to 20 inches. Finally, high ground clearance allows the Cherokee to literally overcome obstacles with an approach angle of 29.9 degrees, a departure angle of 32.2 degrees and a breakover angle of 22.9 degrees.
The Cherokee is easily maneuverable, helping you out of tight spots with a turning diameter of just 38.1 feet, a wheel base of 107 inches and an overall length of 182 inches. Beyond that, the Cherokee offers good suspension articulation, with independent suspension at all four wheels to allow the wheels to travel more and help keep traction.
Of course, the Cherokee can’t function without its most crucial element: the engine. The 2018 model comes with one of two engines.
The smaller engine is a 2.4-liter Tigershark® Multiair® 2 four-cylinder. This efficient engine produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, with maximum fuel efficiency of 30 mpg on the highway.*
The second engine is larger — a 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 that greatly boosts the Cherokee’s power to 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.
All in all, the 2018 Jeep® Cherokee’s capable powertrains give it best-in-class towing capabilities, with a maximum towing weight of 4,500 pounds when it is properly equipped.
When all of these features are placed together, the 2018 Jeep® Cherokee offers drivers strong utility both on the road and off the beaten path.
*Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.jeep.com/fuelefficiency.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.