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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Trailhawk vs Wrangler - a review

An interesting review of the TH from a Wrangler blogger (and I would say a very positive and fair one).

Bottom line: the Cherokee may better fill the squares for buyers who have active lifestyles, but also commute through heavy traffic on a daily basis and need a more spacious interior for their growing families. The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk combines the car-like ride and handling of a crossover with Jeep’s legendary off-road finesse.

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I have to agree that the Trail Hawk is 90% as capable as a Wrangler with a lot of real world advantages over the Wrangler.

As someone who has owned 3 JK Wranglers, I can attest to the fact that they lack any kind of real creature comforts and are small, lacking in cargo space and need some NVH refinement.

Are they great for what they are? Yes, but for most customers, they need something they can commute in comfortably and maybe take on the dunes on the weekend. The Trail Hawk is perfect for this.

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The thing that has drawn me to the Trailhawk is the availability of so many advanced features usually found only in vehicles like $80,000 Land Rovers or $50,000 Grand Cherokees.


I make a distinction between luxury and features. I like features, and once we get past a good layout and nice fit and finish, I don't need luxury. Rear view cameras, power lift gate, adaptive cruise control, and ventilated seats are features.


A leather wrapped dash and enough exotic wood on the dash to build a sailboat is luxury, yet leather seats are a feature because they are so darn comfortable.


Chrysler has figured out that there is a big market for a well laid out, comfortable car with solid off road capability. Now all they have to do is make all the features available on the Limited available on the Trailhawk. I see the 2015 TH can be had with ventilated seats. Good move. Now, why no HID headlights for the TH?


Chrysler, are you listening?


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That's why I traded my JK for a KL... It's more convenient for my lifestyle

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Having now owned one of each. This is like comparing apples to oranges. The only place you can compare them is off road. For regular on road commuting there is no comparison. Even your base Sport model 4x4 will give you a more comfortable ride than your base Unlimited Wrangler. One is a truck platform the other not. And as dawhitesTH said it is all about lifestyle.
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Exactly. I'm too always dreaming in owning a Wrangler and I still don't buy it for the same reasons already mentioned, but in the meantime while I get mostly the space for it in the garage, Cherokee Trailhawk it is.
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I have owned two JKU wranglers, an XJ Cherokee, two Grand Cherokee WJ's, and a Hemi limited WK grand cherokee.

The trailhawk is a perfect mix for commuting and weekend adventures. I have family in Colorado and Arizona, and live in Utah. I love JK's, but long highway drives across state lines suck in a JK.

The trailhawk reminds me of the grands, just as luxurious, yet a more "sporty" feel.

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Question, is the 3.6L in the cherokee the same as its in the Wrangler?

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Question, is the 3.6L in the cherokee the same as its in the Wrangler?
The Cherokee is a 3.2L.

Edit to add: This link lays out the various Pentastars with further links to individual models - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Pentastar_engine

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The Cherokee is a 3.2L.

Edit to add: This link lays out the various Pentastars with further links to individual models - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Pentastar_engine
My apologies,,, I got confused on these two motors (liters).

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