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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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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
I hit one pothole in the JKU and felt a pain run up my spine 馃槀

Those solid axles are unmatched for off-road crawling, but man do they hurt on pavement
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I'm too old now for a Wrangler.
I'm not too old yet, but my doctor told me I have the joints and back of a 65 year old, so that counts
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Full size Bronco is body on frame...馃槑
I honestly considered the big boy Bronco for a while. But I didn't feel like waiting a year for a lower spec to be delivered, and the ones on lots near me are going for 70-100k. Bronco Sport was an option, and really took a hard look at it, but the Cherokee seemed more offroad focused. I do some trails and ORV parks every few months, so that was big for me. I always have fun with my vehicles, so a grocery getter wasn't something I really wanted. The last few vehicles I had I would take to tracks and drag strips quite often, but maintenance on a daily that can go to the track gets insane really quick, so I wanted to go another route and start off-roading instead.
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Actually down here there's a ton of women that drive some pretty nice
Wranglers!
I cant tell you how many women I know that but a JLU Sahara and keep it bone stock and never even see even a dirt road 馃槀
...now in ADDITION to the TH this would be fun:
I'm definitely considering getting a toy Jeep once the TH is payed off. Probably a TJ or a JK depending on how prices will look in a couple years
Team OG!!!馃槈馃槑
Not many of us out there for sure (y)
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I have a 2020 TH 2.0 Turbo and get 15 mpg in the city, maybe 20-22 highway.
20-22 highway?? I have a 2020 V6 TH with a lift and 245/70/17 tires, and I recently did a road trip with roughly 24 mpg the whole time. Trip was 400 miles round trip. On the 200 mile trip back, I still had half a tank left
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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
I didn't buy mine for the MPG either, but when I spend 75-80 USD to fill up, every bit helps 馃槀
Aren't they all that way now pretty much??? 125,000 miles is the new 300,000 miles evidently...馃槈馃槑
Apparently theres a recall coming. Bronco 2.7L engines are blowing up their valvetrains under normal conditions
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