The 2016 Jeep Cherokee – Built For Off-Road Life
True offroaders know the struggle – even with so many models on the market and more seeming to com every month, it’s still pretty hard to find a decent vehicle that can handle the toughest off-roading tasks you’d want while also offering all of the best features and amenities that make modern cars so enjoyable to drive. For too long, rough riders have been forced to go without premium features in the name of performance – but no longer, thanks to the amazing new 2016 Jeep Cherokee.
The new Cherokee is, simply put, built to do more – to offer both a more powerful and capable ride while also offering more tech and safety features than its competitors. And it accomplishes this with a style and class not usually seen in the SUV market.
Here’s a rundown of why we think the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is one of the best offroading models around this year:
It’s No Joke On Performance
The best thing about the Jeep Cherokee is that it’s a Jeep – meaning it comes from a family of vehicles that has traditionally dominated the offroading category, from the brand’s early days as utility military vehicles to today’s sporty, heavily updated consumer SUVs.
That being said, meet the Cherokee’s 2.4L MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine, a powerful block that can pump out an impressive 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, adding up to a towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs. When paired with the Cherokee’s nine-speed automatic transmission, this mega-capable machine can reach 489 highway miles in one tank thanks to its 31 mpg highway fuel economy.
Or, for the serious off-roader looking for a little something extra, the Cherokee also offers an available 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine which, paired with the nine-speed transmission, can pump out 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. Combine this with the Cherokee’s available Trailer Tow Group package for extra added towing power and the Cherokee gets an impressive towing capacity of 4,500 lbs. This engine also features stop-start technology to turn off the gas engine at regular traffic stops, thereby further boosting fuel efficiency.
For those serious off-roading trips, the Cherokee boasts front and rear independent suspensions to help make driving off the beaten path nearly as smooth and comfortable as driving on the road. A speed-sensitive power steering system also adjusts its handling automatically based on the driving situation, like parking or more sporty situations, and improves overall efficiency in the process.
Every level of Cherokee trim also offers standard frequency-sensitive damping shocks which scan the road as you drive and adjust stiffness based on what it senses, greatly improving efficiency on uneven surfaces.
And what good would a hearty Jeep be without an impressive four-by-four option? Fortunately for us, the Cherokee offers not just one, but three.
First is the Jeep Active Drive I 4×4 system, a light and easy system for casual drivers looking for something that’s not too difficult to handle but can still take a bit of gentle abuse. Next is the Active Drive II, which offers excellent low-range rock crawling capabilities and can be set in neutral mode for flat-towing from an RV.
Finally, there’s the Trail Rated Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 system with available 4-Low gear and a rear locker, offering the most superior 4×4 capabilities available in a Cherokee and guaranteed to surmount just about any challenge you throw at it. This, of course, is only available on the amazing Cherokee Trailhawk edition.
The Cherokee Trailhawk – For Serious Challengers Only
If the Cherokee is one of the best off-roading vehicles available today, then the Trailhawk edition is the best of the best for Cherokee models. This edition spares no expense in crafting the ultimate riding machine, with plenty of premium features to get you where you want to go – and it does it in unmatched style.
Apart from coming with all of the highest level options already listed – including the available six-cylinder engine and the standard Active Lock 4×4 system – the Cherokee also features a 56:1 crawl ratio, skid plates, the ability to ford up to 20-inches of water, and an off-road suspension featuring a 1-inch factory lift.
The Trailhawk also offers the Cherokee’s Selec-Terrain traction control system, which features five different driver-selectable traction settings. With the simple twist of a dial, the driver can switch between Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock driving modes to meet any challenging conditions head-on. These premium offroading features all make the Trialhawk one of the most potent expressions of offroading prowess on the road today.
Plenty Of Standard Amenities
Amazingly, even though Jeep put so much effort into making the Cherokee an exceptional performance vehicle, they still managed to squeeze in some of the most exciting tech on the market today. These features are guaranteed to keep you and your passengers entertained and connected no matter how far into the wilderness you may wander.
This premium interior comes with standard features like a personalized instrument cluster and push-button ignition to make driving your Cherokee as easy as it is fun.And, combined with available options like the Uconnect 8.4-inch NAV touchscreen infotainment center featuring navigation and streaming audio services as well as hands-free phone options controlled optionally on the steering wheel, this Cherokee model offers exceptional rideability for the modern passenger.
An available dual-pane sunroof offers a bright open view for passengers and can open wide to let in plenty of air. The 2016 Cherokee also boasts some of today’s most advanced safety technology like Parallel and Perpendicular Park assist, Forward Collision Warning Plus, a rear backup camera and automatic headlamps all standard on each trim level. For more advanced safety, consumers can opt for the Advanced Brake Assist, Automatic High-Beam Headlamp control, and Lane Departure Warning Plus, among others. This means that the Cherokee isn’t just capable in just about any situation, but also for everyday driving as well.
Clearly, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is no slouch in the offroading department. For serious offroaders in need of a boost to their capabilities, check out this new Cherokee – you won’t be disappointed.