2021 Jeep Cherokee
It’s been almost half a century since the Jeep Cherokee made its debut. Now in its fifth generation of production, the Cherokee has established itself within a class that has seen SUVs transformed into crossovers. While the Cherokee borrows some sedan-like dynamics to appeal to a wider range of customers, its ultimate commitment to off-road capability remains virtually unchanged. No other compact SUV offers a four-wheel drive, and for the 2021 model year Chrysler—Jeep’s manufacturer—introduces an eighth trim called the Latitude Lux. The Cherokee is now available in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Latitude Lux, 80th Anniversary Edition, Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude flavors
The standard 2021 Cherokee powerplant is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is joined with a 9-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifts. However, for better acceleration, you can go with the following options:
• A 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 (standard on the Latitude Lux, Limited, and Trailhawk)
• A 270-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (exclusive to the Altitude)
Front-wheel drive is standard and ensures a peak fuel economy peaks of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. However, there’s the optional four-wheel drivetrain, which not only keeps the tires planted on slippery surfaces like all-wheel drive does, but also keeps you in control when on the rough and rugged trail. Accompanying the four-wheel drivetrain is the Selec-Terrain traction management system, which provides four driving modes—Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand/Mud—to optimize performance on virtually any type of weather or driving surface you encounter. For ultimate off-roading, go for the aptly named Trailhawk, which gets the exclusive Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 system choice for a mechanical rear axle lock, as well as a Rock mode on the Selec-Terrain system. In addition, the Trailhawk gets increased ground clearance and a rear skid plate for bolstered undercarriage protection.
The 2021 Cherokee seats up to five people with its cloth-trimmed seats. At the Latitude Plus level, cloth-and-vinyl upholstery supplants the cloth seat trim, and front-seat heating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 8-way power adjustability with 4-way power lumbar support on the driver’s seat make their debut. The Latitude Lux is the luxury-oriented version of the Latitude—with its leather seat upholstery and power-adjustable front passenger seat. At the Limited trim level, the Cherokee gains driver-seat memory. The Trailhawk, like the Latitude Plus and Altitude, has cloth-and-vinyl seats. If you need driver-seat memory for more comfort, go with either the Limited or High Altitude. As the commemorative model, the 80th Anniversary trim level has distinctive black Berber floor mats and receives anniversary badging. For infotainment, the Cherokee has the user-friendly Uconnect, which uses a 7-inch touchscreen to integrate six speakers, an AM/FM radio tuner, a USB port for connecting mobile devices, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Also present is remote keyless entry for locking and unlocking the doors without an ignition key. The Latitude Plus gains push-button engine start and remote engine start for easier and more convenient engine starting, as well as a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio. At the Limited trim level, Chrysler extends automatic climate controls to the front passenger side (in addition to the driver’s, and the rearview mirror gains auto-dimming ability and a garage-door opener. The Limited and High Altitude welcome a nine-speaker Alpine sound system. Only the High Altitude comes with a navigation system for directional assistance and proximity keyless entry for access by simply having the key fob on you.
For a vehicle primed for the most treacherous of driving situations, the Jeep Cherokee understandably comes with a lot of driver-assistance features, which are the following:
• Automatic emergency braking
• Forward collision warning
• Lane departure warning
• Lane keep assist
• Blind spot monitoring
• Rear cross traffic alert
• Rearview camera
If there’s a crash, this 2021 Jeep can deploy any of its six airbags, which consist of a pair for frontal impact, another pair for side impact, and a third pair designed as side curtains for head protection.
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