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Why did you choose your Cherokee over Wrangler?

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I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I am just curious. For me, I was between my 2020 TH and a 2018 JKU Golden Eagle.

The biggest factor for me was price. I got the TH for about 28k, and the JKU was at 34k. I had a Mercedes E63 AMG at the time that was in need of a full head bolt and valve bucket replacement. It was my daily driver, and while I felt I could do all the head work, I would need more than just a weekend to do it, so I knew I had to trade it in and eat quite a bit of negative equity (about 4k worth). So going with the cheaper TH was clearly the better option there. Had I not been underwater on the AMG, it would have been a closer decision.

Towing was the next big factor. Long story short, I was being medically retired from the Navy, and it kind of popped up out of nowhere. Normally the DOD will pay for a move, but with the surprise medical retirement coming up, and my lease in Virginia ending before they said they would be able to move me, I knew I would have to pull my household goods behind whatever I traded the AMG in for. With the TH towing at 4500, and the JKU at 2000, the TH would likely tow most of my household goods. To tow with the JKU I would need a much smaller U-Haul trailer, so I would have to lose at least half of my household goods.

Interior was another big factor. The 2018 JKU if anyone knows, has a very spartan and bland interior. It was obvious the TH had the upper hand on this one. The TH kept the majority of the things I was used to in the AMG, just missing out on some of the minor options such as adaptive cruise, automatic high beams, and automatic rain detecting wipers.

Obviously with the Cherokee being closer to a crossover than a SUV, it rode closer to what I was used to. In just the short test drive in the JKU, my back really felt the rough ride quality, so that would have been a real stretch to try and live with the JKU (maybe the JLU is better in this regard, but way out of my price range) . I'm sure I would get some health care to take care of my bodily aches and pains eventually, but driving the JKU from Virginia to Michigan even if I didn't have a trailer behind me would hurt.

Now obviously I wanted the Wrangler for its superior off road performance and HUGE aftermarket support, which is why I went with a Trailhawk. Still decent enough off-road with a decent enough aftermarket presence. But sacrificing all of the above points just for that isn't worth it to me, especially with 95% of my driving would be on paved roads. Gladiator was on the top of my list, but to check off most of my boxes, I would need an overland or Rubicon trim, and that's just way too far off my price range at the moment.

So what about you? What made you choose your Cherokee?
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I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I am just curious. For me, I was between my 2020 TH and a 2018 JKU Golden Eagle.

The biggest factor for me was price. I got the TH for about 28k, and the JKU was at 34k. I had a Mercedes E63 AMG at the time that was in need of a full head bolt and valve bucket replacement. It was my daily driver, and while I felt I could do all the head work, I would need more than just a weekend to do it, so I knew I had to trade it in and eat quite a bit of negative equity (about 4k worth). So going with the cheaper TH was clearly the better option there. Had I not been underwater on the AMG, it would have been a closer decision.

Towing was the next big factor. Long story short, I was being medically retired from the Navy, and it kind of popped up out of nowhere. Normally the DOD will pay for a move, but with the surprise medical retirement coming up, and my lease in Virginia ending before they said they would be able to move me, I knew I would have to pull my household goods behind whatever I traded the AMG in for. With the TH towing at 4500, and the JKU at 2000, the TH would likely tow most of my household goods. To tow with the JKU I would need a much smaller U-Haul trailer, so I would have to lose at least half of my household goods.

Interior was another big factor. The 2018 JKU if anyone knows, has a very spartan and bland interior. It was obvious the TH had the upper hand on this one. The TH kept the majority of the things I was used to in the AMG, just missing out on some of the minor options such as adaptive cruise, automatic high beams, and automatic rain detecting wipers.

Obviously with the Cherokee being closer to a crossover than a SUV, it rode closer to what I was used to. In just the short test drive in the JKU, my back really felt the rough ride quality, so that would have been a real stretch to try and live with the JKU. I'm sure I would get some health care to take care of my bodily aches and pains eventually, but driving the JKU from Virginia to Michigan even if I didn't have a trailer behind me would hurt.

Now obviously I wanted the Wrangler for its superior off road performance and HUGE aftermarket support, which is why I went with a Trailhawk. Still decent enough off-road with a decent enough aftermarket presence. But sacrificing all of the above points just for that isn't worth it to me, especially with 95% of my driving would be on paved roads. Gladiator was on the top of my list, but to check off most of my boxes, I would need an overland or Rubicon trim, and that's just way too far off my price range at the moment.

So what about you? What made you choose your Cherokee?
All of those things that you listed, and the main one being, I didn't want something that drives like an old dump truck that you can't haul dirt in with with the JLU and Gladiators highway manners. For something more capable, and for that price range, I would probably outfit a Raptor. My Trailhawk is a "Cowboy Cadillac", and that's what I love about it, and plenty capable, yet comfortable...馃槑
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You need the right tool for the job. If your "job" is to cruise the highways with maybe an off-road excursion every now and then, the Cherokee is great. If your job is to explore deep off-road where serious rock-crawling, log-hopping, or other obstacles that are too much for the Cherokee, the JKU is the ticket. That's why I have both. Depends on what job I decide on for today.
Ya, that's why I have the Trailhawk, and the Can Am XRC. It can go where most, or probably any Wrangler has never gone before, and do it like you're riding on a cloud most of the time...馃槑
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I think the only ones left are the Wrangler and the 4Runner.
Full size Bronco is body on frame...馃槑
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My TrailHawk is one Bad looking machine. Much more so than other models. That's why and the leather seats and fixins are great. View attachment 217505
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Team OG!!!馃槈馃槑
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The only way it makes sense is if you basically never drive it, which is what h
I think you need to start collecting classics!!! Way more fun to just keep clean, polished up, and admire their beauty...LOL!!!馃槑
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I have a 2020 TH 2.0 Turbo and get 15 mpg in the city, maybe 20-22 highway.
Wow, I can average 22-24 with my 2.0T. The best I've done is 27 on a trip to California running around 80mph most of the time, and that was determined the old fashioned way, miles 梅 gallons. That was before I lifted it, and went up to 245/70/17's, but I really haven't lost much, I still easily get 25 on long highway road trips...馃槑
Thanks, can it be upgraded and all tricked out?is there alit if after market item for them? Thanks
Everything is the same on the regular Wrangler and the 4xe Wrangler except for the electrification...So ya, lift it up, and put 40's on it Dan...馃槑
Nice! Goodyears right?馃槂馃槂 what鈥檚 the price of it, roughly?
Do they even make 40" Duratracs??? I guess it would cost the same as it does to build yours, minus the overall price difference of 4xe and the regular Rubicon itself...馃槑
That鈥檚 really good! But after a mfc 2 inch lift, Dobinsons 1 1/2 inch suspension lift,roof rack, 32inch spare tire carrier on the back hitch, 32s all around, plus dual Gibson exhaust, plus other mods 20 mpg is best I get! Usually around 15 mpg off road. But I didn鈥檛 buy it for mileage, if I did I would have bought a Prius 馃槨馃槱and that鈥檚 not happening 馃槂
15 mpg offroad is damn good!!!馃槈馃槑
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We鈥檒l I kept the Trailhawk and got a stablemate for it. A Bronco Sasquatch Black Diamond package. Life is good.



2019 Trailhawk Elite
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WAY BETTER than a Wrangler, and I wouldn't have traded in my Trailhawk either. I would need to have both...LOL!!! I love the upcoming Raptor Bronco, but it's so far not available in the 2 door. Great color BTW...馃槑
Only if you prefer self-detonating engines... 馃ぃ
Aren't they all that way now pretty much??? 125,000 miles is the new 300,000 miles evidently...馃槈馃槑
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Apparently theres a recall coming. Bronco 2.7L engines are blowing up their valvetrains under normal conditions
That's why I'm interested to see what the new 3.0 Ecoboost they're putting in the Raptor models will do. Still think a good old 5.0 Coyote would be a great option for the big Broncos, but I'm a little partial...馃槈馃槑
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I had a 2.3 with a big turbo putting out about 400hp in a sand car I had back in the day, and it was one of the most reliable engines I've ever owned. That thing cranked right up everytime, and ran like a grape ape for like 10 years. Never had to do anything to it, but change the oil and filters...馃槑
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Apparently Ford needs to hire you to fix the issues with their Bronco 2 liter engines... 馃ぃ
I'm pretty sure they have folks way smarter than me working on it...I guess I'm just lucky, I've had a bunch of great Ford engines. No issues with the three I currently have, 5.0 Coyote, 5.2 Voodoo, and an old 302 Windsor, all still running great...馃槑
I canceled the Big Bronco 2.7 for the time being. Will wait for 2 years to see what the future holds. You guys scared me


2019 Trailhawk Elite
Build date May 2019
There's a lot more 2.7 Ecoboosts with no issues than with. Kinda like the Pentastars...馃槈
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