good luck w/ the hunt!
I'm on my second Cherokee and couldn't be happier. The first one I bought new was a 2016 High Altitude ADII with the 3.2l. The only issue I had was a wiper arm recall and a bad battery sensor that was covered by warranty. Decided we wanted a Trailhawk so sold the 2016 and bought a 2022 Trailhawk with the 3.2l. So far so good.I just signed up because i'm thinking about getting a used late model cherokee. I have a lot of questions but I'll put them in their own threads later on.
I will make some general comments though. I'm coming from a chevy trailblazer. So the cherokee is going to be a little on the small side. I'm sure the passenger space will be fine, but the smaller cargo space will be a bummer. But I can't really afford a grand cherokee so what can you do. I am also a little bummed out that cherokees are more cars than trucks nowadays. Much like nearly every other SUV that exists. If it were up to me, I'd love it if the took the rear axle and suspension, and transfer case out of the wrangler and put that in the cherokee. Also while I'm at it, YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!! Why do they make awd systems that are front wheel drive based? Rear wheel drive is so much better in the vast majority of situations.
I'm also a little bummed out that the towing capacity (2.0T) is only 4000lbs. BUT I have to admit, I've only towed more than that once. Both of my current trailers, when fully loaded, would be well under 4k. And even if I sold my 40 year old boat and got a new one, it would not be more than that.
Long ago, I owned a few ZR2 Chevy Blazers, which were the 2 door models with an off road package. Kind of reminds me of this thing. Small enough that they have a real short wheelbase, and with 31x10.5 tires, really capable. They also had G80 gov-locking rear diffs. You rarely even needed to put it in 4 wheel drive.
Oh well, those were the days. A factory off road package is all I'd ever want on a vehicle (Trailhawk/ZR2), as my off road adventures are limited to snow storms, the occasional dirt road, and the occasional beach/unimproved boat ramp.