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Introducing The 2020 Jeep Cherokee


For over 45 years, the Jeep Cherokee has been a reliable choice for millions of drivers. Originally invented for youthful thrill-seekers increasingly populating the roads every year throughout the 1970s, the Cherokee has always been highly stylish. It became quite a sensation throughout the 1980s as well. Each year, Jeep goes the extra mile to innovate their vehicles, so your experience is unforgettable. If you’re the kind of driver looking for a new SUV that is classy, durable, and reliable, we highly recommend the 2020 Jeep Cherokee.

If you’re passionate about adventures, you have found the best choice for off-roading and other active lifestyles. There are a host of upgrade options to enhance your vehicle further, including three engine choices and eight different wheels to choose from, all featured throughout the Jeep Cherokee’s eight trims. Today we’ll be highlighting the main benefits you can expect when you drive off the lot in your brand new Cherokee.

Features To Consider

We’re impressed by the amount of customizability the Jeep Cherokee offers. When you’re purchasing this vehicle, you are given a choice between eight of the aforementioned trims featuring upgraded engines, wheels, and more. The trims are the Latitude, Upland, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Trailhawk, Limited, High Altitude, and Trailhawk Elite. You may also upgrade your trim with one of three offered engines, 2.0L Turbo Engine, 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 2 Engine, and the 3.2L Pentastar V6 Engine.

The 2.0L Turbo Engine supports a powerful 270 hp with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 295 lb-ft of torque with an impressive 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city travel. The next engine choice, the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 2, utilizes variable valve timing supporting 184 hp, 174 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, if you decide to equip your vehicle with the 3.2L Pentastar V6 Engine, you can expect 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with 271 hp, 239 lb-ft of torque, and the ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds making it the ideal engine choice for your Jeep Cherokee to experience its power.

A look at a grey 2020 Jeep Cherokee from above driving on a winding road.

We also recommend the SafetyTec package as an important add-on for your Cherokee. The SafetyTec package comes with Rear Park-Assist, Blind-Spot detection, power mirrors, and much more. Another package sold by Jeep to enhance your vehicle is the Cold Weather Group adding All-Season Floor Mats, Heated Front Seats, a Heated and leather-wrapped Steering Wheel, and even more features to help you during those winter months.

Trims and Options

Your choice of trims begins with the Latitude starting at $25,740. The Latitude comes equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels paired with all-season tires, meaning your Cherokee will be ready for harsh terrains and inclement weather. You will have a 7-inch touch screen utilizing Uconnect 4, which allows you to adjust the volume, change the radio station, and answer phone calls hands-free.

The next trim for you to consider is Latitude Plus, which starts at $27,395 and contains some notable improvements over its Latitude counterpart. The Latitude Plus allows you to upgrade your speaker system to a Premium Alpine Speaker System that fits your car with nine speakers for ultimate clarity and bass. If you are looking for a full panoramic sunroof for more fresh air during your travels, the Latitude Plus has you covered with a sunroof upgrade available to you. This trim also supports the Comfort / Convenience Group package, which adds features such as a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, A/C auto temperature control, a premium air filter, power liftgate, and more.

Upgrading your choice to the Cherokee Altitude trim nets a starting price of $28,390. You will find 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels alongside the previously mentioned all-season tires. You will also be treated to blacked-out badging, giving your SUV’s badging a stunning glossy black finish. You also will have Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Park Assist as standard with your vehicle when you choose this trim, which will help you safely merge your vehicle and park hassle-free.

The Cherokee Upland trim starting at $28,675 brings 4-Wheel-Drive to the lineup coming standard with 17-inch black noise wheels and the 3.2L V6 24V Engine with ESS (Engine Stop/Start) technology. This engine, as we mentioned, has powerful specs and will give you the best horsepower, torque, and will allow you to tow much more efficiently.

Starting at $31,350, the Cherokee Limited trim is highly intriguing for a few notable improvements, such as a premium Nappa leather-trim interior and an available 8.4-inch touchscreen, not only for media controls but a navigation system as well. This display also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which will allow you to connect your smartphone seamlessly. Your Limited also allows the implementation of the Jeep Luxury Group Package to include state of the art features such as hands-free power liftgate, ventilated front seats, and more.

The next trim to consider for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is the TrailHawk, starting at $34,505. This trim features four-wheel drive and gives you two choices for wheels, 17-inch painted diamond cut aluminum wheels or black painted wheels. You’re also given two engine choices for this trim, the 3.2L V6 or the 2.0L I4 Turbo Engine.

A red 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is driving on a large rock through the woods.

Now in the lineup of trims is where we’re playing with power. The High Altitude trim for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee starts at $33,885 and displays some stunning results. High Altitude also comes standard with 19-inch granite crystal aluminum wheels for style and performance. You are given the same choice of engines like those found in the TrailHawk, although 4WD is standard this time around. The seats are Nappa leather-trim with heating elements, which can also be found in the steering wheel for ultimate comfort on those cold days.

The TrailHawk Elite starts at $37,700 and takes the feature-set of the TrailHawk further with the ability to add Jeep’s Technology Group Package which includes Exterior Mirrors Courtesy Lamps, also known commonly as puddle lights to illuminate the area outside of the doors to prevent yourself or your passenger from stepping into a puddle. The technology group also contains Exterior Mirrors with Supplemental Signals making it more clear to other drivers if you are about to merge into another lane.

Choosing Your New Cherokee

Jeep has always outdone themselves when it comes to making the perfect Crossover SUV, and this is most evident through their lineup of Jeep Cherokees. This is the vehicle for you if you want something that’s long-lasting and loved by millions of drivers who have chosen the Jeep as their most trust-worthy vehicle. Fans have formed a community so strong, that you can find a Jeep enthusiast anywhere.

Each year, the number of Jeeps sold increases substantially, and thanks in part to some recent model refreshes, the Jeep Cherokee’s sales “were 41 percent higher than its sales the previous year.” After Jeep sold a total of 1.4 million SUVs in 2016, they have been on a mission to achieve 2 million annual sales by 2020, a mission they started in 2017.

Between the extensive selection of trims and features, you can be sure that no matter which one you go with, you will be very satisfied with your choice whether this is your first Jeep, or even your second or third. Jeep will continue to innovate and extend our beliefs in what makes the perfect SUV, and we can’t wait to see where you and they go next.