Well with all the negativity around here lately, any visitor to our forum will think our Cherokees are the biggest POS's on the planet. This is very alarming, and unfortunate. I hear this constantly from people that I've pointed our way who are interested in a KL. Truth is, every modern vehicle, from every manufacturer on the planet, all have their own issues. The days of a decade of ownership, and 250,000 miles of trouble free operations are a thing of the past. Too many systems, all constantly trying to communicate with each other, and little to no backup systems when there's a problem with one. It is what it is!!!😎
There were never days of 250,000 miles of trouble free operations. In fact, in the older cars (My first car was a 1973 beater) the odometers only went up to 99,000 before rolling back to zero. That said, I just met a guy who has a 2015 KL Trailhawk with a 2-inch lift and 32-inch tires who has 250,000 kilometers on it (I know that kilometers are different than miles, but still).
Not sure why everyone compares the Bronco Sport to the Cherokee, the direct competitor is the Compass/Renegade and from an offroad perspective the Bronco Sport is doing much better than the Renegade and Compass, factor in a proper engine (2.0T) that you can't get in a Compass/Renegade it's obvious the Bronco is a decent vehicle, compared to a cherokee not so much If I wanted actual offroad capability the Cherokee is the easy choice
Actually, the Bronco Sport Badlands is incredibly capable off road. I went out with my 4WD club last weekend and, of the 60 or so vehicles there, 3 of us that were full stock: my 2021 KL TH, another 2021 KL TH and a Bronco Sport Badlands. We wound up grouping together, with the BS bringing up the rear, and I was amazed at how the BS could go anywhere that the KL Trailhawks could go (even where I had to engage the rear lockers to make some climbs) with seeming ease. The BS is an impressive vehicle. That said, for my purposes, I'm glad I got the KL TH over the BS BL for two reasons: Comprehensive skid-plate protection and 4-low. The BS seems very capable , with near identical ride height and great suspension (though I don't know how often he bashed his undercarriage). But with no 4-low, and with limited protection underneath, it's a no-go for what I want to do off-road.
I agree with others that I don't like that there is so much bashing of the KL because I almost didn't get my KL because of it. The only reason I turned to the KL TH is because my BS BL order was cancelled after 2 months of waiting. But from my experience so far (I only have 4,200km on mine) the KL bashing is highly unwarranted. The off-road capabilities of the KL TH are amazing and I've been surprised at where I've been able to go with its stock configuration.
I think both the KL TH and the BS BL are great vehicles, depending on what you want to use them for. In my opinion: If your destination is a remote camping spot over rough road, the BS will likely get you there (and I sure would love its turning radius of the KL TH). If your destination IS the rough road, the Cherokee is the better choice if only for the 4-low, though the value of the bash plates cannot be understated. No need to bash either vehicle because both serve a purpose and both are great for what they're built for depending on one's needs. You just need to know what you want to use it for before deciding.
I'm now grateful that my BS BL order was cancelled and that I opted to at least consider the KL TH instead of allowing all the KL bashing to completely close my mind. My 2021 KL TH has really grown on me and I'm quite happy with it.