Don’t Forget About The 2022 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk!

Still An Affordable & Capable Off-Roader...

Many people may not still realize that the 2022 Jeep® Cherokee (KL) is still in production. With all of the attention given to the Jeep Compass (MP) these days, the Cherokee tends to be overshadowed although it offers a much more attractive package overall than the Compass. 

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Updated in 2019, the Cherokee continues to soldier on with some wholesome Jeep attributes, available Pentastar V6 power, and it continues to be the most capable midsized SUV in the D-segment. 

Jeep 4×4 capability is at the forefront with the 2022 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Thanks to a more aggressive look and stance, it exemplifies the Cherokee’s trail readiness. Loaded with off-road hardware, the Trailhawk includes aggressive approach and departure angles thanks to unique front and rear fascias, an 1-inch factory life, Jeep Active Drive Lock locking rear differential, skid plates, and those signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low-range terrain mode to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.

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Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.9 degrees, a departure angle of 32.2 degrees and breakover angle of 22.9 degrees. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches. The “Trail Rated” badge on the Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed traction for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.

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The system includes a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU) with torque management and low range. The 4-Low mode locks the front and rear driveshafts for low-speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction that allows for enhanced climbing ability, as well outstanding a crawl ratio of 48.3:1 is given. Also, the system has a Neutral state that allows for flat-towing with all four wheels on the ground.

The Selec-Terrain traction control system, allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Five customized settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain, providing enhanced vehicle control including: drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).

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For 2022, the Trailhawk comes standard with the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque.  It features dual overhead camshafts, high-flow intake and exhaust ports, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control as well as Engine Stop/Start (ESS) technology. When the vehicle brakes to a stop, fuel flow is cut and the engine shuts off. 

The engine retains its individual exhaust-manifold runners that are integrated into the aluminum cylinder-head casting and are a key Pentastar-family differentiator. This feature not only reduces weight and produces packaging benefits; it also increases manufacturing efficiency.

The Pentastar is mated to a ZF-designed 9-speed 948TE automatic transmission which provides smooth shifts and excellent performance. It includes an engine torque management system that provides full-throttle launches, quick upshifts, and responsive downshifts.

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Inside, a driver-oriented cockpit loaded with easy-to-use, useful technology, clever, thoughtful storage features and more than 80 available safety and security features – including 8 standard air bags –provide occupants everything they need for any adventure they undertake.

The center console front media center hub (USB port and 115-volt outlet) is positioned rearward creating additional space with the enlargement of the front storage pocket, perfect for placing mobile smart phones and other devices next to the integral USB port for easy access to connected services.

Cherokee maintains premium materials abound through the door panels, armrests and upper instrument panel. Interior trim that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the cabin. Ergonomically designed seats that support the contour of the body are trimmed with premium cloth or quality Nappa leather and come available as power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory. The 60/40 split second-row seats adjust fore and aft for increased passenger comfort and cargo flexibility.

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Rear cargo capacity totals more than 27 cubic feet, offering storage space that can easily accommodate golf clubs, camping gear, or groceries for every day adventures.

This particular 2022 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, currently offered by our friends at White Rock Dodge in Surrey, British Columbia, offers a few optional items…

  • Sun, Sound, & Navigation Group – 
    • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hot Spot with Trial Included
    • Apple CarPlay®
    • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
    • Google Android Auto™
    • GPS Antenna Input
    • GPS Navigation
    • HD™ Radio
    • Integrated Voice Command
    • Off-Road Info Pages
    • Premium Alpine® Speaker System
    • SiriusXM Guardian™ Connected Services w/ 1-Yr Trial
    • SiriusXM® Traffic Plus with 5-Year Subscription
    • SiriusXM® Travel Link with 5-Year Subscription
    • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-Inch Touch Screen Display
    • USB Host Flip

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The 2022 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,545 (not including $1,595 for destination), and a Canadian starting MSRP of $45,445 (not including $2,095 for desitnation).

The Trailhawk continues to be a well balanced and priced offering in the highly-competitive D-SUV segment, that offers a lot of capability for the money.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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4+ years later and I still love mine.

Finally took a good road trip in it last month, and it's just as comfy as it's always been for me. Although we discovered that it's not so well suited for my 5'0" wife for long drives :oops:

About two months ago, I managed to catch a wash mitt on my driver's door "Cherokee" badge, so I took it as an excuse to order new badges from a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. And, while I was at it, I ordered new 4x4 and Trailhawk badges for the tailgate from a new WL. This almost finishes my re-badging using Wrangler/Grand Cherokee badges that match the Trailhawk colours better than the plain grey badges the KL has. Now I just need to figure out the rear Jeep badge.

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