2021 Jeep Cherokee
When looking for a vehicle with American origins, look no further than the Jeep® off-road automobile brand. Known for high-end luxury and unmatched capability, every vehicle in the lineup shines in its own way. A vehicle with a lot of years under its belt is the Jeep Cherokee, and this compact SUV continues to shine in 2021.
3.2L Pentastar V6
Avail. Engine Type
In 2021, the Jeep Cherokee has eight different trims – Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Latitude Lux, 80th Anniversary, Limited, Trailhawk 4×4, and High Altitude. With so many trims, there are also three powertrain options. The standard engine under the hood is a 2.4-liter I4 Zero Evap MultiAir Engine with Electric Start/Stop (ESS) technology. Able to generate 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, it’s a good place to start.
Starting with the Latitude Lux trim, the standard engine becomes the 3.2-liter V6 with ESS, able to deliver 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. Available on the 80th Anniversary and Limited trims, standard on the High Altitude is a 2.0-liter I4 Turbo Engine with ESS. With the most horsepower, this engine generates 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.
Every trim comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission system. If powered by the 2.4-liter I4, the fuel economy comes out to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. If powered by the 3.2-liter V6, the EPA for most is 20/29 mpg city/highway, but the Trailhawk 4×4 gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Although powered by a different engine, the High Altitude trim also gets 20/29 mpg city/highway.
All trims have the capability to come with a 4×4 drivetrain versus front-wheel drive (FWD). If a consumer chooses this, they may also have one of three 4×4 systems – Active Drive 4×4, Active Drive II 4×4, or Active Drive Lock 4×4. Active Drive automatically engages 4×4 when detecting tire slippage, Active Drive II does this and offers a 4-Low mode for better performance when torque is needed, and Active Drive Lock puts the Cherokee to the test with off-roading action and an exclusive Rock Mode for rock crawling.
Notorious for saving everything good for high-end trims, the Jeep Cherokee breaks the mold by offering consumers more upscale features on every trim. Across the lineup, the following features come standard: heated exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals, automatic headlamps, rain sensitive windshield wipers, deep tint sunscreen glass, a rear window wiper/washer, and side roof rails. Past the base trim (Latitude), ambient LED interior lighting comes standard. The Trailhawk 4×4 trim gets a little special with off-road wheel flares and Rock Rails by Mopar. Depending on the trim, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee rides on 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels.
When it comes to the interior, high-end features are sprinkled around a bit. Cloth upholstery is of course the standard, with manual driver and passenger adjustable seats, with a 60/50 folding split rear seat a lineup standard. Heated front seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear shift knob; starting with the Latitude Lux trim, consumers can also find options for a dual panoramic sunroof (optional on Latitude Plus), leather upholstery, power adjustable driver and passenger seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and automatic a/c climate control. Depending on the trim, consumers will also find heated second-row seats, and ventilated front seats.
Standard across the lineup is Uconnect 4, but whether consumers get it with a 7-inch display (up to the 80th Anniversary trim), 8.4-inch display, or get it with navigation (starting with Limited trim), depends on the trim they select. Regardless, the entire lineup comes with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, integrated voice command with Bluetooth. Steering wheel-mounted controls and SiriusXM can be found on trims past the base (Latitude), and a six-speaker system is standard up to the Latitude Lux trim, on the 80th Anniversary trim, and the Trailhawk trim. On the Cherokee Limited and High Altitude trim is a premium Alpine speaker system (available on Latitude Lux, 80th Anniversary, and Trailhawk. Past the 80th Anniversary trim, the Cherokee also comes with HD Radio available and the option to add a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Safety Features and Warranty
With all that off-road action, Jeep needs to keep consumers safe, and it does so with basic safety features such as an advanced multistage front airbag system with supplemental airbags all around the cabin, stability and traction control systems, an enhanced accident response system, a ParkView rear backup camera, and a LATCH-ready child seat anchor system. When it comes to advanced safety systems, blind spot and cross path detection, full speed forward collision warning plus, and lane departure warning plus, whereas select trims also come with Parksense rear park assist with stop; and Park & Unpark Assist with Stop, push button start, and remote proximity keyless entry comes standard on all trims past the base trim.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.