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So I’ve never owned the current style Cherokee before. I own a 2021 wrangler four-door, and even though I love it, it’s too big for my needs and I need a little bit smaller vehicle for a lot more daily driving that I’m gonna be doing living farther away from work.

I was looking at the renegade and then I compass which I’m told are good vehicles but I really like the look of the Cherokee trail hawk and my dealership has a couple of brand new 2022s on the lot with a discount. How does the Cherokee trail hawk drive on the highway as a daily driver? I want something small but yet still has four-wheel-drive and this seems to be perfect but I also want it to be good on the highway.
Also, how many miles are you guys getting on a full tank of gas? I know these have a lot smaller gas tank than my wrangler which is 21 gallons, so am I gonna be filling up every 250 miles or can I go up to 303 50 miles on a tank? Any insight and reviews would be awesome, thank you so much.
 

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So I’ve never owned the current style Cherokee before. I own a 2021 wrangler four-door, and even though I love it, it’s too big for my needs and I need a little bit smaller vehicle for a lot more daily driving that I’m gonna be doing living farther away from work.

I was looking at the renegade and then I compass which I’m told are good vehicles but I really like the look of the Cherokee trail hawk and my dealership has a couple of brand new 2022s on the lot with a discount. How does the Cherokee trail hawk drive on the highway as a daily driver? I want something small but yet still has four-wheel-drive and this seems to be perfect but I also want it to be good on the highway.
Also, how many miles are you guys getting on a full tank of gas? I know these have a lot smaller gas tank than my wrangler which is 21 gallons, so am I gonna be filling up every 250 miles or can I go up to 303 50 miles on a tank? Any insight and reviews would be awesome, thank you so much.
Welcome from Utah!!! I love mine. I call it the Cowboy Cadillac. I average 22-25 mpg, but I have the 2.0T, which is not available in Trailhawks anymore, for whatever reason. Mileage and power wise, they're pretty close with the 3.2 V6. WAAAAYYY MORE comfortable than your JLU, those things are like driving an old dump truck, compared to a Cherokee Trailhawk...JMO...😎
 

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Well, I like mine!!! Had a 4Runner (2018) then a Wrangler (2020 Willy's 2" lift, Toyo 285/75 ATs). The Trailhawk is the best of them on the highway. I average 23 - 25 city & highway, 29 - 30 pure highway. The 4Runner was 2nd, great ride, lifted, rode well, acceleration was not as good, and the tech was right out of 2007. The Wrangler had a busier ride, GREAT ACCLERATION (2.0t), was noisy compared to the 4Runner and the Cherokee. The Trailhawk is all around the best of them BUT is probably the least capable off road. The 4Runner (lifted 2" with Falken Wildpeaks) is pretty darn capable off road. In Moab I only ran the easy stuff and barely used 4wd. The Wrangler does NOT need a summation of its off-road capability, it is the DeFacto standard for off roading. Have not had a chance to test the Trailhawk, but my gut feels it would go anywhere I wanted it to.

Recently I dropped off a set of shocks to someone in Sedona. He was going to go up Schnebly Hill Rd, and I was coming down from Williams. I opted NOT to come down Schnebly Hill as the Trailhawk does not have the clearance of the 4Runner or Wrangler. More than likely, it would have made it, but it may have scraped in the bad parts.
 
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Recently I dropped off a set of shocks to someone in Sedona. He was going to go up Schnebly Hill Rd, and I was coming down from Williams. I opted NOT to come down Schnebly Hill as the Trailhawk does not have the clearance of the 4Runner or Wrangler. More than likely, it would have made it, but it may have scraped in the bad parts.
I've done Schnebly Hill multiple times in my Trailhawk. Going down 4wd is definitely not required. Going up is rarely required unless there is rain (mud) or snow. They hold weddings along the road because of the views and I've seen some pretty low-slung vehicles parked for them. No Corvettes, mind you, but many run-of-the-mill SUVs for sure!

I have a 2008 JKU Rubicon built for off-road. It will go anywhere I care to go. The Trailhawk (with the 2.0L) goes many places, but more than once I said to the wife "lets come back with Rubi" and we turned around. Probably could make it without issue but that would put "the bad parts" at risk for sure.

BUT... the Cherokee is clearly the winner in two areas for me - 1) highway and forest road driving, and 2) ease of towing behind my motorhome. I tow the JK too but the bulk of the added armor and just the basic curb weight makes a noticeable difference.

I get 24.5 MPG with about 90% mountain driving with the Cherokee.
 

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Welcome from Utah!!! I love mine. I call it the Cowboy Cadillac. I average 22-25 mpg, but I have the 2.0T, which is not available in Trailhawks anymore, for whatever reason. Mileage and power wise, they're pretty close with the 3.2 V6. WAAAAYYY MORE comfortable than your JLU, those things are like driving an old dump truck, compared to a Cherokee Trailhawk...JMO...😎
thank you for that. Yeah the trail hawk model doesn’t come with the turbo engine. Only the V6 but I’ve heard great things about it. I don’t mind my wrangler at all but I definitely need a smaller vehicle for daily driving that still good in the woods and this seems to be the perfect model.
 

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Well, I like mine!!! Had a 4Runner (2018) then a Wrangler (2020 Willy's 2" lift, Toyo 285/75 ATs). The Trailhawk is the best of them on the highway. I average 23 - 25 city & highway, 29 - 30 pure highway. The 4Runner was 2nd, great ride, lifted, rode well, acceleration was not as good, and the tech was right out of 2007. The Wrangler had a busier ride, GREAT ACCLERATION (2.0t), was noisy compared to the 4Runner and the Cherokee. The Trailhawk is all around the best of them BUT is probably the least capable off road. The 4Runner (lifted 2" with Falken Wildpeaks) is pretty darn capable off road. In Moab I only ran the easy stuff and barely used 4wd. The Wrangler does NOT need a summation of its off-road capability, it is the DeFacto standard for off roading. Have not had a chance to test the Trailhawk, but my gut feels it would go anywhere I wanted it to.

Recently I dropped off a set of shocks to someone in Sedona. He was going to go up Schnebly Hill Rd, and I was coming down from Williams. I opted NOT to come down Schnebly Hill as the Trailhawk does not have the clearance of the 4Runner or Wrangler. More than likely, it would have made it, but it may have scraped in the bad parts.
So you have the trail hawk model in still getting in the mid to upper 20s for gas? That’s actually really good. How many miles are you getting on a full tank of gas? I know it doesn’t have the lift height of a Wrangler and lifted 4Runner. And I get it’s not the most capable vehicle out there but I’m looking to trade in my wrangler and I definitely want a smaller vehicle from war Highway daily driving but still has four-wheel-drive for the occasional camping in the woods or having some fun in the woods. And I feel like this trail hawk model a small enough that it’s still good for highway driving but if I need to go in the woods and have fun with friends, I definitely can.
 

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I've done Schnebly Hill multiple times in my Trailhawk. Going down 4wd is definitely not required. Going up is rarely required unless there is rain (mud) or snow. They hold weddings along the road because of the views and I've seen some pretty low-slung vehicles parked for them. No Corvettes, mind you, but many run-of-the-mill SUVs for sure!

I have a 2008 JKU Rubicon built for off-road. It will go anywhere I care to go. The Trailhawk (with the 2.0L) goes many places, but more than once I said to the wife "lets come back with Rubi" and we turned around. Probably could make it without issue but that would put "the bad parts" at risk for sure.

BUT... the Cherokee is clearly the winner in two areas for me - 1) highway and forest road driving, and 2) ease of towing behind my motorhome. I tow the JK too but the bulk of the added armor and just the basic curb weight makes a noticeable difference.

I get 24.5 MPG with about 90% mountain driving with the Cherokee.
The fact that you get that good of gas mileage with the trail hawk it’s pretty good. I definitely want a smaller vehicle, but definitely still good as a daily driver and still capable in the woods if I go camping or what not and this seems to be the perfect.
 

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I definitely need a smaller vehicle for daily driving that still good in the woods and this seems to be the perfect model.
Well, a Trailhawk certainly fits the bill for your needs. Don't let anyone tell you that they're not capable either, because they are, even in stock form. I have a 2" lift, and 245/70/17 Toyo A/T III's and have no trouble getting anywhere I need to go, and mine lives in Moab about half the year...😎
 

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Well, a Trailhawk certainly fits the bill for your needs. Don't let anyone tell you that they're not capable either, because they are, even in stock form. I have a 2" lift, and 245/70/17 Toyo A/T III's and have no trouble getting anywhere I need to go, and mine lives in Moab about half the year...😎
That’s so awesome to hear. I’ve always wanted to go to Mohab but I live in the upper nor the north east so have another chance to explore. Buds I probably do like 80% normal driving and I’m gonna be doing a lot more highway driving but when I do get the chance, I definitely want a vehicle that could go in the woods and go camping and get a little dirty so I hope it’s as good as a daily driver of what people say
 

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2019 V6 Trailhawk here. I track every fill-up on an app. My average MPG after 31,000 miles is 21.5. That includes city, hwy, and the occasional towing of my 2 sleds. At that mpg the range on a full tank of gas to completely empty is 338 miles. Realistically you should expect to fill up after 250-275 miles. Remember that it is damaging to the fuel pump to consistently run your car down to a near empty fuel tank.

As a daily driver you will love it. Take a test drive and I'm sure you'll agree...
 

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The dealership near my house has a couple, so I’m gonna test drive one this week and see how I like it. I know I’m gonna like it but I just wanna make sure.
Although you aren't considering one, I currently have both a 2019 Cherokee Latitude 2.4l and a 2022 V6 Trailhawk. The Trailhawk is fun / comfortable to drive and gets about 21-22 MPG combined. The 2.4l is a little sluggish, but great on the highway and a bit quieter than the Trailhawk and gets about 26 combined. Either compared to Wrangler is far more comfortable on the HW and commuting. The Cherokees have a very stable ride quality at HW speeds and you'll find yourself doing a TON less steering correction - the Cherokee's just stay where you point them. Not that I'm advocating the 2.4l - it's weak but so far at 67K files flawless. The tires that are in the non-Trail hawk variants are low rolling resistance (mine were Firestone) contribute to the quiet ride and better MPG. If you're keeping the Wrangler, maybe consider the lower end Cherokee's - even with the V6, they'll be a bit better on the HW. Without the Wrangler, I'd say the Trailhawk is a great choice - I don't think any SUVs in its class are as off road capable.

Definitely test drive it - the Jeep 9 speed transmission is a little different - it has two dog clutch (direct lock up) shift points that are a bit unusual. They've gone a long way in making the shift points smooth, but downshifting has some quirks. The V6 handles it better than the 4cyl, but both are very different than what's in the Wrangler.

Jeeps V6 are a staple of the entire product line and the 3.2 is nearly the same as the 3.6 in design. The have some nagging flaws that are well documented in the forums, most problematic is bad roller lifters that Stellantis / FCA /.... can't seem to get perfected. Still, it's considered a reliable engine and can easily get to 200K miles with care.
 

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hey there,

closing in on 2 years ownership on my 2020 Trailhawk, with the Turbo.

No problems yet. no service issues. I off road some, not a ton, but I do tackle trails rated "green and blue", (2-4) but knowing I can go harder, just don't want to. I have the mopar rock rails.

It is my only car, I have around 25k miles with the majority of those being highway miles on the I-70 mountain corridor in snow. I run separate winter tires (blizzaks) and snowboard 150+ days a year.

IT serves me very well. Only been stuck in snow once because I parked too close to the edge of the road and fell in like 2 feet. don't think a wrangler would've changed that.


edit: I average 23PMG (premium fuel thou....) in the winter with the ski rack on, now in the summer I'm getting 26-29MPG
 

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hey there,

closing in on 2 years ownership on my 2020 Trailhawk, with the Turbo.

No problems yet. no service issues. I off road some, not a ton, but I do tackle trails rated "green and blue", (2-4) but knowing I can go harder, just don't want to. I have the mopar rock rails.

It is my only car, I have around 25k miles with the majority of those being highway miles on the I-70 mountain corridor in snow. I run separate winter tires (blizzaks) and snowboard 150+ days a year.

IT serves me very well. Only been stuck in snow once because I parked too close to the edge of the road and fell in like 2 feet. don't think a wrangler would've changed that.


edit: I average 23PMG (premium fuel thou....) in the winter with the ski rack on, now in the summer I'm getting 26-29MPG

Hey I use premium fuel too! Thought I was the only one…

Definitely try to get the alpine speaker system.. makes upgrading to premium a good deal easier when using the pac amppro 41 to toslink out…
 

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Had my 2016 TH since new. Very comfortable daily driver. It loves the snow, and I enjoy the off road capability. Did Broken Arrow with no issues last winter. Makes a great toad behind our motorhome too.
 

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2 months after we bought my wife's 2018 Lat+ I ran down and bought a 2019 TH!
I went in knowing I wanted a TH, with the V6. I didn't even know about the 2.0T, and
there weren't any on the lot. Out of the options I thought I had, I didn't want another
2.4! Fine for the wife and commuting, but I wanted more power! LOL So yeah the few
times I drove the 2018 made me want a TH! I went in with very little knowledge and got
really lucky with the tow group and stuff! LOL





I love how much stuff I can cram in it!









Trip to WV mountains...






Does not handle 4' foot drop offs very well...




Still in the honeymoon stage.... :cool:
 

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I have a 2015 TH (V6). Took delivery in June ‘15 and have around 298K on it. Since the engine was replaced at 210K, I’ll probably get a lot more out of it unless Mopar buys out my warranty at some point.

It’s a great daily driver, IMO. If not for the fact that I’ve had well over $20K in warranty work (including the long block), and a cumulative 2-3 months in the shop, I’d be looking at upgrading to the current model year.

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I bought our 2020 TH to tow behind our motorhome. The wife wanted to keep her 2013 chevy Malibu ECO, because she didn't think she would like the jeep. Just finished our 2nd year of ownership and I can't get her to stop driving it she loves it. Her poor Malibu just sets there and I have driving the Malibu now more than her. But she still won't sell her Malibu. And we drive my Avalanche in the winter so we don't get salt all over the other 2 cars.
 
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