Jeeps have been a renowned brand for more than 80 years, providing some of the most famous cars in the United States. Favored among those who love the outdoors, few features are more prized than the rugged utility.
Whether you're driving to a campsite or moving your belongings to a new home, you'll have plenty of things to tow. What is the Jeep Cherokee towing capacity, and will the towing capabilities measure up to what you need?
Before you buy a Jeep, we're here to help you see if they're the right pick for you. Read on to learn more about the Jeep Cherokee's towing capacity. We'll also look at how to get the most out of your vehicle's towing.
To start, let's see how the Cherokee measures up in towing.
The Jeep Cherokee's towing capacity starts out considerably high. By most measures, this vehicle is the best in class, especially when it comes to towing.
At its standard, trimless variant, the Cherokee's towing capacity is about 2,000 pounds. That means you can tow a full ton without any upgrades to your vehicle.
With this standard, you can tow something like a small aluminum boat with ease. If you're towing a trailer, most utility trailers or moving containers will fit within this range.
There are several upgrades you can make to increase your towing capacity. However, it also depends on what you intend to tow.
For example, if you're lugging heavy, sensitive equipment, you'll want the 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine variant. While transporting small vehicles such as snowmobiles, ATVs, or water skis, this engine is adequate. It's also available at all trim levels.
Another excellent choice is the Trailer Tow Group. The upgrade package includes multiple features to improve your vehicle's towing capabilities. Some of the improvements are:
When all is said and done, the towing capacity of your Jeep Cherokee is significantly higher than at standard. These upgrade options make it so your Cherokee can tow roughly 4,500 pounds or two and a half tons.
Now that we understand the weight restrictions, how can you handle the towing? There are a few things to keep in mind when towing that may change your capabilities. Here are some factors to think of while planning your next Jeep Cherokee outing.
Arguably the most important factor in towing is the maximum weight that your vehicle can handle. Some believe that overloading your vehicle's towing capabilities won't cause an issue. At worse, your vehicle may move slower, or not at all.
However, this is not the case with towing. Instead, you can cause irreparable damage to your vehicle when towing over capacity.
One of the most common issues is straining your engine and transmission. Pushing your engine beyond its capacity can cause damage, shorten its lifespan, or blow the engine out. Repairing your engine is excessively expensive, so much so that it may lead to simply needing to replace the vehicle.
Overstraining your vehicle's capacity can also strain your tires and brakes. The added weight can shorten their life or make them more likely to fail.
Another common issue is warping your frame. Since your tow hook is attached to the frame of your vehicle, it can bend the frame when trying to pull the extra load. Bending the frame can threaten the safety and integrity of your Jeep.
In short, avoid towing above the capacity of your vehicle. With such high capacity, it's rare that you'll ever need to tow above 4,500 pounds.
Another crucial point for towing is the safety features. Thankfully, the Jeep Cherokee's towing capabilities include several safety features.
One of the most effective is the anti-sway measures. It's common while towing a trailer for the difference in weight to cause a sway in your vehicle.
Often called "fishtailing," this sway can make turning, merging, and general driving difficult. The higher your speed, the worse the sway can get. Even minor cases can cause a serious or fatal accident.
Jeep's Trailer Sway Control is standard on every Jeep Cherokee. The feature uses stability control sensors to help you remain in control of the trailer.
If the trailer sways, the TSC (Trailer Sway Control) will gently apply brakes and reduce the engine throttle. You'll also receive emergency lights to warn you about the risk and encourage safer behavior.
Now that we better understand Jeep Cherokee's towing capacity, we can work on how to tow.
Towing is refreshingly simple, though the risks are high. The components you need most are a hitch receiver, a ball mount, a trailer hitch ball, a wiring harness, and a pin and clip.
Attach the trailer that you're towing to your trailer hitch and ensure everything is safely secured. Once done, drive slowly and carefully until you're confident the trailer won't malfunction.
One factor that some Jeep owners overlook is the additional wear and tear that towing will put on your vehicle.
While carrying extra weight, expect your brakes and tires to run down quicker. Your vehicle may also need an oil change sooner due to the higher strain and swifter cycling of oil.
Additionally, always check your fluids and coolants. Most engines will use these fluids up quicker as the heightened workload overheats your engine.
Understanding the Jeep Cherokee towing capacity is critical to driving safely. Don't overload the capacity of your Jeep or you can damage the engine and frame of the vehicle. While towing, always practice safe driving and trust the Jeep Cherokee's safety measures to help you.
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