Jeep Cherokee remains rugged and people-friendly in latest iteration

Amy Rasplicka

Amy Rasplicka

The Cherokee has long been loved by Americans and has a rich model history going back decades. For the 2020 model year, it’s gotten some significant tech, paint job, and wheel upgrades. For more information on the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, click through the slideshow below.

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is on sale now.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Multi-model

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The 2020 Cherokee has a fresh front design that includes modifications to the including front fascia, hood, premium LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and fog lamps

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The car has a new hood. It’s made of aluminum and has styling bringing the look of the Cherokee more in line with other models in Jeep’s lineup.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Multi-model

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The Cherokee is just as capable as most other vehicles Jeep sells, including the Grand Cherokee and Renegade.

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There is a now a lightweight composite and hands-free power tailgate in the Cherokee.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with a 3.2-liter V6 under its hood.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The car has automatic engine start-stop standard.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The engine can achieve 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The engine comes paired with a nine=speed automatic transmission.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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It takes regular unleaded fuel.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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In the 4×2 configuration this model achieves 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. The Cherokee Trailhawk is only available with a 4×4 drivetrain so expect to get worse fuel economy than those numbers.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Cherokee’s engine is assembled in Trenton, Michigan.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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Active Drive Lock is standard in Trailhawk models.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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At the front, the SUV has a McPherson strut, long travel coil springs, one-piece steel sub-frame, aluminum lower control arms, and stabilizer bar.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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In the rear there is a four link suspension with trailing arm, aluminum lateral links, isolated high-strength steel rear cradle, coil springs, and stabilizer bar.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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A four-wheel antilock brake system is standard in the Cherokee and every other new vehicle sold today. It also has traction control.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The SUV has a 106.48-inch wheelbase. In 4×4 models, that gets extended up to 107.1 inches.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Cherokee can carry up to 15.9 gallons of fuel.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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But, it is only rated to carry up to 1,000 pounds worth of occupants and cargo. That 1,000 pounds can go quickly. with five passengers and some suitcases.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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In order to earn the Trailhawk badge, Jeep vehicles must meet an off-roading capability standard.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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In order to be “Trail Rated” Jeeps must pass five off-roading challenges that help to certify that the vehicle is ready to hit the trail.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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When equipped with the Trailer Tow Package, the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Cherokee seats five though only four will be comfortable for more than a short trip.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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With the rear seats up, the Cherokee has 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s a little less than what you’ll find in other SUVs its size but good enough for the average owner.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with Titanium II pockets.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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Buyers can upgrade to available 17-inch jet black semi-gloss painted aluminum wheels.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Cherokee Trailhawk’s wheels are wrapped in standard P245/65R17 OWL All-terrain Firestone Destination A/T tires.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The SUV comes with the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five customized modes (Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock).

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with an accent color surround, which is unique to the Jeep Cherokee lineup.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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This SUV comes standard with LED daytime running lights and headlights, and fog lamps.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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Automatic headlights are standard but automatic high-beams are available as part of the Technology Group package.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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Power holding and heated mirrors are standard in this trim level.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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The Trailhawk grade is the only Jeep Cherokee with accent color roof rails.A

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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A dual-pane sunroof is available on this model.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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There are a large number of Jeep branded equipment and accessories that are standard and available in the Cherokee.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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The Jeep Cherokee Limited is less rugged than the Trailhawk trim model.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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It features elegant chrome accents.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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The Cherokee Limited is powered by a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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The engine produces 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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Jeep Cherokee models powered by this engine, with a 4×2 drivetrain, get 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mg combined.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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This SUV’s grille features a chrome surround, which is different than what is on the Trailhawk, but similar to all the other Cherokee trim levels.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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Jeep is also selling the Limited grade with an available 3.2-liter V6 engine. This is the same engine as is in the Cherokee Trailhawk.

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The Cherokee Limited’s engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, no matter which the buyer chooses.

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The Cherokee Limited comes standard with LED daytime running lights, LED low/high beams, fog lamps, and automatic headlamp control. Automatic high beams are available as part of the Technology Group.

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The SUV comes standard with power heated side mirrors.

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The Cherokee can carry up to 15.9 gallons of fuel.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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The Cherokee Limited comes standard with 18-inch painted and polished aluminum wheels.

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Two-wheel drive models feature P225/55R18 all-season tires. Four-wheel drive models wear P225/60R18 BSW Touring tires.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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​The Limited trim level has a 7-inch infotainment touch screen front and center.

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Drivers can control the radio, answer phone calls, and set cruise control using buttons on the steering wheel.

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The SUV features a physical tachometer and speedometer on either side of the large driver information screen.

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The 7-inch screen is the largest available in the Cherokee.

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What the Cherokee lacks in small item storage space it makes up for in passenger space.

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The SUV’s appointments are befitting a vehicle of its price in its class.

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The Cherokee Limited has a 2,000-pound towing capability when equipped with a Class II hitch. It can tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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This model has a less heavy-duty suspension than the Cherokee Trailhawk.

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A power lift gate is standard and a hands-free version is available.

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The model features a 60-40 split-folding rear seat.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland

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The Jeep Cherokee Overland slots between the Cherokee Limited and Cherokee Trailhawk in the Jeep lineup.

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​The SUV has the same standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the Jeep Limited.

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The model features a chrome grille surround and body-color mirrors.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland

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Nineteen-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland

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The model features the same list of standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, and fog lights as in the Trailhawk and Limited.

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The model features chrome badging.

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The Overland badge is unique, like the Trailhawk’s.

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The Cherokee’s cargo area includes eight cargo tie downs.

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The SUV has standard deep tint glass as well as a tonneau cover. This is the only model with a standard tonneau cover.

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The Overland model is meant to be the epitome of comfort on- and off-road.

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Jeep’s hood modifications for the 2020 model year as especially apparent in this photo.

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