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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Fourwheeler 12,000 Mile Update on the TH

I haven't been on the forum for a while and I see there are very few new reviews. Let me fix that !

Here is a 12,000 Mile update from Fourwheeler magazine on the TH (excerpts and a link):


The Trailhawk is a nimble little scooter up the hills and dales. There’s not a lot of articulation available, so the 4x4 system helps get the Jeep where it needs to go. The extra height of the Trailhawk package and tires help as well.

Right up front, we can say that the Cherokee Trailhawk’s styling is polarizing. ......We appreciate the new look, and yes, it takes some getting used to, but the size and style is compact and sleek, and we like that in an SUV. The interior is also spot-on. It’s well laid out, is comfortable on long rides, and has an instrument cluster that you can see and manipulate easily. The quality of materials and design isn’t cheap or tacky either. It almost feels like a nice leather glove when you settle into it. Sound deadening material helps to reduce the interior noise level, but the annoying mute button on the radio is by far the Cherokee’s worst feature. It defaults back to on after engine shutdown, so after a driver change, it blares on startup.....


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One awesome aspect is the power from the 3.2L “baby” Pentastar V-6 engine. While it’s small, it’s still powerfully well matched to the rest of the vehicle and can throw your head back into the headrest in an aggressive driving mode. Coupled with the ZF nine-speed tranny, there’s a ratio for everything. Even with an average mpg of 23, we never felt the engine lacked power or torque. Even towing over 5000 pounds over mountain grades was a breeze, and sticking it into low range delivered any extra grunt the Cherokee needed.

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Overall Opinion

We were sad to see the Trailhawk go, even with the hindquarters dented from an awesome wheeling trip.

In a sea of crossover vehicles that are mostly boring, the Cherokee Trailhawk shines. It’s fun to drive, wheels well, and has plenty of power. It’s not built for a family of 6, but still has enough room for half of that. Well-built and nicely appointed, the Trailhawk served us well for 9 months of daily duty. We put about 12,000 miles on it and had no real issues with it, other than the plastic rockrails and a few flat tires. This vehicle is a leap into the future for Jeep, and it has been very successful in the market place for a reason. Will most Trailhawks ever even hit the dirt? Probably more than you might imagine, and if we can ever afford one ourselves, we’d buy it. Not many long-term vehicles bring a smile to our face, but the Cherokee Trailhawk delivers fun.


http://www.fourwheeler.com/vehicle-r...0-mile-update/
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 11:58 AM
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Even towing over 5000 pounds over mountain grades was a breeze, and sticking it into low range delivered any extra grunt the Cherokee needed.
Tsk, tsk. :P

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The locker allows this little gem to go where it has no right to be, and if the suspension was just a bit higher, you could get into all sorts of trouble off road.
Looks like they went a little beyond pin-striping:

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They sure beat the crap out of that tester eh lol

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Now if I could get someone to give me one to drive it for a year, I would probably do some off road driving just to see if I could get more dents in it than they did

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Ehh, lol that's kind of what mine looks like minus the dent. I really have to clay bar it. I just removed the rust from my front skid plate and hit it with Rustoleum. Baking soda/water is a wonderful thing.
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While the transmission functions flawlessly, its shifter is full-on Italian backwards. Yes, you pull the lever back to upshift, and forward to downshift. Not only that, it stays in the center position, so unless you look at the dash display or the console indicator, your hand can’t tell what gear you are in.
WTF?? I think they have either been reading too much or really have no idea which vehicle they were actually driving..

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WTF?? I think they have either been reading too much or really have no idea which vehicle they were actually driving..
I think he's talking about "manual mode."

Back for upshift, forward for downshift, but it stays in the center position, regardless of what gear you're in.

There's no physical gate that holds the shifter in one place for third, and a different place for 6th.

He's got it right... Just poor at explaining clearly.

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x3 on the pinstriping. If you don't have it, you're not trying hard enough.

The dent on the high panel there is a bit much though. I'd have a little cry if that happened to me.


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The dent on the high panel there is a bit much though. I'd have a little cry if that happened to me.
"Drive it like you rented it!" (or have it as a loaner... )

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