The 2021 Jeep Cherokee SUV is has gained quite a reputation for its engine options, incredible tech features, and brand-expectant off-road abilities. This adventurous crossover is guaranteed to knock your socks off with its great lineup of new trims like the mid-range Latitude LUX and the 80th Anniversary Edition. There are also more safety-centered features that are now standard.
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The 2.4-L 4-cylinder engine keeps it simple on the Latitude and Latitude Plus with a respectable 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The 3.2-L V6 then takes it up a necessary notch as it rides on 271 horsepower with 239 lb-ft of torque, which you’ll find standard on the Latitude LUX, Limited and Trailhawk models. Additionally, there is an optional (only on the LUX and Limited) 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that has a 3.2-L comparable horsepower of 270 with 295 lb-ft of torque.
The best way to optimize your overall driving experience is through Chevy’s 4×4 Selec-Terrain system. This feature allows one to select between five driving modes: Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock. The default Auto mode is meant for everyday driving on the average paved road. Snow mode is perfect for tackling slippery terrain during stormy weather. The Sand mode helps prevent the car from getting stuck in soft sand by altering the throttle and torque to help with wheel slip and advance traction; The Mud mode is pretty similar and decreases wheel spin in swampy pathways.
Finally, the high-tier Rock model is made to tackle demanding obstacles, specifically at low speeds. It allows one to climb their way over rocky surfaces as if it was just another day speeding past the yellow light (only available in the 4WD Low Range Cherokee).
The outer body rocks a clean and classic design with slender headlights that mirrors the Compass and Grand Cherokee. It also steals some design cues from the rugged Trailhawk with its big tires, a grille layout, and red tow hooks.
Some fun exterior features include a hands-free power liftgate, windshield wiper de-icer, and tire fill alert.
The inner workings have a look and feel that is incredibly fresh and modern. The equipment and instruments are strategically placed and well within reach. The plastics are also pretty soft to the touch, and there are many storage places to take advantage of. Some interior features to look forward to include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
Drivers and their passengers should find plenty of comfort in their seats, even in the back row. Headroom and legroom in the rear seats are befitting of those who are of average size. Cargo space behind them also has a decent 25.8 cubic-feet.
The base Latitude is quite generous with its standard equipment, having a bundle of gadgets such as rain-sensing wipers, hill-start assist, 6-way manually adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, 7-inch Uconnect 4 screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a black-and-white digital information display amongst the gauges.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2021 Cherokee isn’t just bountiful with its comfort features, but it’s equally extravagant with its safety systems. The Advanced Safety Group package, which was previously optional, is now standard and gears the SUV up with equipment like full-speed forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane departure/lane-keeping assistance, automatic on/off headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. Moreover, the Limited model has automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.
Warranties include a Limited coverage of three years or 36,000 miles, Powertrain coverage for five years or 60, 000 miles, as well as complimentary maintenance for the first visit.