One thing about the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk that i found impressive was the size of the interior, which was better than I envisioned when seeing the vehicle from the exterior. This is a smaller SUV, but the size of the rear seating is actually roomy compared to most vehicles of similar size.
Should you like some refinement with your ruggedly equipped ride, you can also opt for an upgraded/more plush interior, which includes: Premium leather-trimmed bucket seats, power seats, power liftgate, remote start and keyless entry, heated front seats and heated steering wheel.
Fuel mileage suffers
Keeping with a general trend of FCA vehicles, fuel mileage is not great on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Official numbers on the vehicle are 18 city/24 highway/21 combined. In my experience driving the vehicle, I averaged about 20.3 mpg.
I will say, though, that the type of buyers typically interested in off-road capability aren’t going to have fuel mileage as a focus in their search for a vehicle.
You get a strong array of safety and tech options on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
You can choose Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, and the Technology Group option offers: Full-speed collision warning with crash mitigation; parallel and perpendicular parking assist; Adaptive Cruise Control (a great feature); Advanced brake assist; LaneSense lane departure warning
As usual, FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system with Navigation was among the most user-friendly in the business. It’s like a familiar friend who always responds well, with a large, responsive display for physical control, as well as impressive voice recognition.
Overall government safety ratings are strong, with most tests coming in at 4 out of 5 stars, and the side crash numbers at 5 stars.
The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is most definitely what you would call a specialty vehicle. It’s meant for the hardcore Jeep fans who want to use in mainly off-road, not those who primarily will stay on your standard highways and byways.
It knows what it is. It’s got a limited audience, and the price is probably a bit high, but the folks who do love this kind of vehicle will get a real kick out of it and what kind of fun it can offer them in future off-road endeavors..
Matt Myftiu can be found on Twitter @MattMyftiu.