The 2020 Jeep Cherokee may be the most all-around capable mid-size sport utility vehicle on the planet. Because it bears the Jeep name, its first priority is delivering topnotch off-road abilities, and in that quest, the Cherokee sacrifices some interior room and carrying capacity, but Jeep execs and Jeep aficionados are willing to make that trade. It’s all about validating the brand promise.
The Cherokee is able to negotiate terrain you shouldn’t even attempt in most midsize crossovers. But it should be emphasized that off-roading is only part of the Cherokee’s personality. The Jeep Wrangler requires some sacrifices in exchange for its all-terrain competence, but the Cherokee is much easier to live with on a day-to-day basis. Yes, it will traverse the Rubicon Trail, and yet it is also a perfectly competent five-passenger crossover suv for everyday duty.