2021 Jeep Cherokee FAQ Review
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee has a split personality. In front-wheel-drive (FWD) form, it performs much like the garden-variety compact SUV. It is comfortable, convenient, and offers a nice amount of cargo space. But there is another dimension to the Cherokee that other compact SUVs (with a couple of exceptions) don't even pretend to deliver. It is an off-roader worthy of the Jeep name. Properly equipped, it will cross very daunting terrain that would leave most compact SUVs screaming for mercy.
While a couple of compact SUV models have better than decent off-road chops, most are designed to be convenient, comfortable on-pavement vehicles. Even when equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue are much more at ease picking up groceries at the Piggly Wiggly than taking on an overland jaunt into the hinterlands. And there's nothing wrong with that. They perform very well in that role.
Then there are a few other compact SUVs—most notably the Ford Bronco Sport and the Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-road—that can compete with the Jeep Cherokee in its kitchen. They have the equipment that enables them to deliver more robust off-highway experiences. In fact, they revel in it. But Jeep has owned that portion of the compact SUV segment for a long time, and the brand is unwilling to give it up.
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