2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4

This compact SUV boasts an off-roader's modern makeover.

  • Likes
  • Performance
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Dislikes
  • Polarizing style

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Cars

When Jeep brought back the iconic Cherokee name, it was at first attached to a product that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the boxy off-roader of the 80s and 90s that did so much to popularize the utility vehicle as a mainstream category. The new Cherokee was based on a front-wheel-drive car chassis sourced from Fiat and billed as an eco-friendly crossover. It came with a 4-cylinder engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission that let it break 30 mpg on the highway.

Now, however, with the V6, four-wheel-drive Trailhawk model, Jeep is finally reconnecting with the concept of the original Cherokee. But can the Fiat-Chrysler age ever produce something as honest and capable as the classic Jeep Cherokee?

In terms of performance, the answer is definitely yes. The 271-horsepower 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has plenty of acceleration on pavement, dirt or gravel, and the trick four-wheel-drive system works well. Trailhawk models also get front and rear skid plates, increased ground clearance and a locking rear differential with low range for crawling on slippery surfaces. It’s even capable of running in two-wheel-drive mode for better highway fuel economy.

Styling-wise, we’re not so sure. The 2016 Cherokee Trailhawk gets fender flares and some plastic cladding, but it still looks much more like a 21st century crossover vehicle than a Jeep. Those wishing for a true Jeep experience may, therefore, want to check out the Wrangler, which sticks to its upright, round-headlight roots in terms of design.

Warranty/Service: 5/year or 60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $30,595

As Tested: $30,595

  • 19 / 26 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.5 sec
  • 0-60
  • 184 - 271 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 115 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.2-liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine
  • Horsepower: 184 - 271 hp
  • Torque: 171 - 239 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 9-Speed with Jeep Active Drive II
  • Brakes: Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Suspension: Off-Road Suspension
  • Traction: Brake Traction Control
  • 0-60 mph: 8.5 sec
  • Top Speed: 115 mph
  • EPA City: 19 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 26 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 22 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Advanced Multistage Front Airbags

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