Trail Rated® Tough

The Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk® proudly wears the Trail Rated® badge – signifying its ability to perform well under various off-road+ conditions. It carries on the Jeep brand tradition of having legendary traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording+ abilities.

Nimble and responsive

Jeep® Cherokee features front and rear independent suspensions that provide outstanding on-road driving dynamics and a fun-to-drive experience. The Cherokee body structure is made of high-strength steel which increases torsional stiffness to help provide a strong, lightweight and solid vehicle architecture. It all adds up to superb handling and an exceptionally quiet cabin.

High-tech components

All Cherokee models are equipped with frequency-sensitive damping shocks that automatically adjust to input from the road. For example, hard input from potholes will result in a stiffer damping rate. A speed-sensitive electronic power steering system helps improve efficiency and reduces road noise. The system automatically adjusts for limited effort during parking or increased steering effort on the road.

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2.4L Tigershark®
I4 engine

This 16-valve engine features advanced technologies including dual variable valve timing and a flow-control valve intake manifold. It’s all about efficiency. When mated to the nine-speed automatic transmission+, it can get up to 31 hwy mpg+. The combo also has a driving range of up to 489 hwy miles on one tank+. It's a great value for the money.

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Technology saves fuel and helps reduce emissions

Standard on the 2016 models equipped with the 3.2L Pentastar® V6 engine, Start-Stop technology helps reduce CO2 emissions and improves efficiency. The technology uses sophisticated control strategies that reduce fuel flow as the vehicle brakes to a stop – saving fuel and cutting emissions. Paired wit a nine-speed automatic transmission, the V6 engine boasts 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque for a towing capacity+ of up to 4,500 lbs, with the available Trailer Tow Group.

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Watch our 4X4 system in action

2016 Jeep Cherokee Active Drive 4x4 System

Three available systems for any occasion

The Jeep® Cherokee features impressive capability with three innovative 4x4 systems. The available Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 system with low-range is great for rock crawling and has a neutral mode for flat towing behind an RV. The single-speed Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 system with brake traction control is ideal for those who want something easy-to-use with all-weather capability. The rear axle disconnect feature only engages 4x4 when necessary to help improve efficiency. Cherokee Trailhawk® features the standard Trail Rated® Jeep Active Drive Lock 4x4 system with 4-Low and a rear locker.

Selec-Terrain® traction control

2016 Jeep Cherokee Selec-Terrain Traction Control

traction control

Jeep® Cherokee offers legendary Jeep® vehicle capability that matters where and when it counts: on any road, in any environment and even in challenging off-road conditions with the Trail Rated® Trailhawk®. To help make things easier, the available Selec-Terrain® traction control system comes with up to five customizable settings: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Auto is an overall 4x4 performance mode for any road or weather condition.


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Trailhawk®: expect
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The Cherokee Trailhawk® has a solid, powerful look to it. The standard skid plates, 1-inch suspension lift, all-season tires, aluminum wheels and front and rear tow hooks look great, but serve a higher purpose. All of the features tie back to being Trail Rated® – always ready for almost anything.
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Rear locker

2016 Jeep Cherokee Rear Wheel Lock

With the push of a button, Cherokee Trailhawk® can electronically lock both rear wheels together for outstanding traction at lower speeds.

Standard skid plates

2016 Jeep Cherokee Skid Plates

Similar to gladiators that use body armor when going into battle, Cherokee Trailhawk® features skid plates to help protect its vital underbody components when off-roading+.

56:1 crawl ratio

2016 Jeep Cherokee Off Road Hill

Going slow is the name of the game when off-roading+. The slower you go, the better control you’ll have when navigating up and over obstacles.

Selec-Speed® Control

Selec-Speed® Control is only available on Cherokee Trailhawk®. It's a great feature for off-roading and helps you confidently drive up or down hills at controlled, steady speeds.

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Always drive within your ability and experience level and consistent with conditions.

Up to 4,500 pounds of towing capability+

Talk about versatility. The capable Jeep® Cherokee can tow+ up to 4,500 pounds so you can tow all kinds of gear. If your Cherokee is equipped with Jeep Active Drive II or Active Drive Lock, you can flat-tow your vehicle behind an RV. With standard Trailer Sway Damping+, you’re ready to tow and go.

Small Trailers 1,000 lbs
Motorcycles 2,000 lbs
Medium Trailers 3,500 lbs
Medium Boats 4,500 lbs
  • pentastar2.4L Tigershark® I4 engine
    184 hp
    171 lb-ft of torque
    Nine-speed automatic transmission

    2,000 lbs+
  • eco diesel3.2L Pentastar® V6 engine
    271 hp
    239 lb-ft of torque
    Nine-speed automatic transmission

    4,500 lbs+
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