The 2020 Jeep Cherokee offers different flavours of 4×4, and for 2019 it was update with some new tricks to make it more efficient.
The ability to disconnect the rear axle altogether helps the Cherokee burn as little fuel as possible while the addition of a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine brought along better ratings from the EPA. In front-wheel drive form, the Cherokee is rated at 23 mpg in the city, 31 on the highway for a combined 26 mpg.
Our test model came outfitted with four-wheel drive, pushing fuel economy down to 21 city, 29 on the highway and 24 mpg combined.
We hit the road with our Cherokee, putting on over 500 miles in one day, almost all of which were on the highway. The on-board trip computer registered 24 mpg, which means we matched the combined rating. But once we added up the math ourselves, the Cherokee was closer to 22 mpg, not all that impressive considering its rating.
We tested the High Altitude limited edition that came packaged with Jeep Active Drive 1, the most basic four-wheel drive setup in the Cherokee’s option list. With Active Drive 1, it allows you to choose between four select terrain modes and that’s it. You cannot lock the vehicle into four-wheel drive or lock any differentials.
Instead, you can put it in snow mode for pre-emptive four-wheel drive activation, or into sport mode if you want more power and less traction control. Jeep’s philosophy is that the system should work entirely in the background, which it does well.
We tested the four-wheel drive setup on our local snowy roads, but you’ll have to watch the video above to see the results of that test.