TodayApril 15, 2022

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk review pricing specs

A capable off-road SUV

Jeep is known as the off-road brand, but there are models and trim-levels inside of the Jeep Cherokee that are better equipped for off-roading. One of them is the Trailhawk, also called Trail Rated Tough. The Trailhawk has been tested under conditions such as traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording.

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is one of the most capable midsize sport-utility vehicle (SUV). I tested the Trailhawi with an advanced 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (I-4) turbocharged engine that enhances performance and fuel efficiency.

The Jeep Cherokee has a choice of three different engine offerings mated to an enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission.

New for 2020:

  • Advanced Safety Group (Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, rain-sensing wipers) available on Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited and Overland models
  • Alexa Skill Technology available on Uconnect 4C/4C NAV with 8.4-inch display
  • Sangria and Spitfire Orange exterior paint colors
  • Latitude models receive as standard 17-inch aluminum wheel
  • Available are 19-inch wheels on the Limited model
  • Ski Grey interior is available on the Latitude Plus model


Choice of 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged, 2.4-liter I-4 or 3.2-liter V-6 engines, also with three available four-wheel-drive systems that raise the standard for midsize SUVs with Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five customized modes (Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Rock), and best-in-class V-6 towing capability: 4,500 pounds and up to a 56:1 crawl ratio for low-range traction
The Axle Ratios on the Trailhawk are
3.2-liter 4×4 Active Drive II and Trailhawk — 3.517

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk mpg

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk mpg

Fuel economy:

Up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway on 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine and standard 2.4-liter I-4 engine. optional 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with stop-start technology, which delivers best-in-class V-6 fuel economy (29 mpg highway); standard nine-speed automatic transmission; and industry-first rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed, and improved fuel efficiency
2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine – one of the most technologically advanced engines in the automotive industry, optimizes premium performance and fuel economy up to 31 mpg with greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction enabler (270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque)
Refined front design, including front fascia, hood, premium LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, and fog lamps.
The front lightweight aluminum hood evolves the Cherokee’s unique waterfall grille design to more closely align with the latest Jeep brand styling.
Front bi-LED projector headlamps incorporate signature Cherokee daytime running lamps feature as a singular component.
Rear features include lightweight composite and a hands-free power liftgate.

Increase in rear cargo storage space of four cubic feet and retuned suspension packages for improved ride comfort

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee receives the latest Uconnect systems that include easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster start-up times, and touchscreens, which display high-resolution graphics, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software. More than 80 available advanced safety and security features are available.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Packages:
Upland Appearance Package available on Latitude models
Altitude Black-Out Appearance Package available on Latitude Plus models
High Altitude Black-Out Appearance Package available on Limited models

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk cargo

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk cargo

2020 Jeep Cherokee Exterior Colors:

Billet Silver
Blue Shade
Bright White
Diamond Black Crystal
Granite Crystal
Hydro Blue
Light Brownstone
Olive Green
Spitfire Orange
Velvet Red

2020 Jeep Cherokee Interior Colors:

Black / Light Frost
Black / Ski Grey
Black / Dark Sienna

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk interior

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk interior

2020 Jeep Cherokee Models and pricing:

2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×2
2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4 $25,840
2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4×2 $27,595
2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4×4
2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×2 $31,600
2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4
2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×2
2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4
2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 only
2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 2.0L $34,505
2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L V6 $34,755 ($45,425 as tested)

Jeep Cherokee’s evolution offers more interior comfort and convenience, delivering everyday practicality with outstanding ride-and-handling characteristics. Fun to drive, functional, and known for reliability.

2020 Jeep Cherokee specs:

Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs
MSRP: From $34,755
Horsepower: 270 to 271 hp
MPG: Up to 20 city / 26 highway (28.8 mpg as tested)
Payload: 1,250 lbs
Curb weight: 4,250 lbs
Overall Length (NAFTA vehicles): 182.9 (4,645) Trailhawk
Ground Clearances Trailhawk (4×4 with P245/65R17 tires):
8.7 (221.6) minimum running ground clearance (4×4 Lock)
The locking Rear Differential Mechanical Active Drive Lock is standard on Trailhawk.


Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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