There are plenty of compact crossovers in today’s market, but buyers looking for a vehicle in this segment that offers class-leading towing and off-road capability will choose the 2021 Jeep Cherokee. While most compact SUVs do a reasonable job of moving passengers from point A to point B on the road, the 2021 Cherokee excels when driving on the road as well as on off-road trails. When you buy the 2021 Jeep Cherokee at a dealership like the Dowagiac Jeep dealer, you can get it with all-wheel drive, and you’ll discover a great selection of engines to choose from.
There are a few noteworthy changes for 2021. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee has some active safety features that are now standard, including lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and automated emergency braking. Some trim levels get new standard features, including one-touch up/down front side windows and heated exterior mirrors for the base Cherokee, and heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and remote start for the Trailhawk. According to the Dowagiac Jeep dealership, a new 80th Anniversary Edition is based on the Latitude Lux trim. It gets the same standard features and adds Granite Crystal 19-inch wheels, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, a panoramic sunroof and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Edmunds gave the 2021 Jeep Cherokee high marks, writing: “The Jeep Cherokee is a charming small SUV. Fitted with either one of its optional engines — a turbocharged four-cylinder or a V6 — the Cherokee is more fun to drive than you might expect. And, as with its Grand Cherokee sibling, its off-road ability and maximum towing capacity are both excellent for the class.”
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee seats five and is offered in five trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Latitude Lux, Trailhawk and Limited. All-wheel drive is standard on all models except the Trailhawk, which comes with all-wheel drive. The other trims get all-wheel drive as an option.
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The Latitude and Latitude Plus are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The Latitude Lux, Trailhawk and Limited are equipped with a 3.2-liter V6 that generates 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. The Latitude Lux and Limited trims also have an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. All engines are connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features in the base Latitude trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, hill-start assist, blind-spot monitoring, full-speed forward-collision warning with active braking, rain-sensing wipers and rear cross-traffic alert. Also standard are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch display, a black-and-white digital information display and two USB ports.
The Cherokee Trailhawk remains a favorite among off-roaders. It rides higher than the other models and features an exclusive all-wheel-drive system, tow hooks, special off-road tires and protective plating. The Trailhawk can travel through water up to 20 inches, crawl over rugged rocks, and drive through piles of snow.