5 Reasons to Avoid Buying A 2021 Jeep Cherokee

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 02/21/21 •  3 min read

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee has not fared well despite its great off-roading ability. Problems range from the low standard towing capacity to low interior and storage capacity based on its larger exterior. There are many reasons to avoid buying a 2021 Jeep Cherokee, and they will be discussed here.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Buying A 2021 Jeep Cherokee:

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Problems with The Interior

While the headroom and legroom are similar, yet interior space is better in the shorter and smaller 2021 Jeep Compass, than the 2021 Cherokee. All these numbers are below average based on the size of the Cherokee.

Also, the windows are small and windowsills are high, which feel confining. The interior is also made out of plastic and hard materials that make the 2021 Cherokee’s passengers feel dim. It also vibrates more vehemently above 2000 RPM.

 Poor Cargo Space

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee has 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and folding down the second-row seats can open up to 54.7 cubic feet of space, and it is one of the lowest maximum volumes in its class. When the rear seats are folded, the Cherokee has 10 pc less cargo space, which again is five cubic feet smaller than the 2021 Compass.

The Cherokee’s cargo area is significantly smaller than most vehicles of its size, and interior cubby storage is below standards. Loading has also been made more difficult in the rear space due to the Jeep’s high lift-over height. 

Engines Below Standard

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 180hp and 171lb-ft of torque. has 4000lbs for its maximum towing capacity, while the optional 3.2-liter V-6 can tow just 500 more pounds. The diesel produces 270hp and 295lb-ft of torque. There is also an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces the best figures but has dull responses to throttle inputs.

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It is also very highly rough sounding, and it suffers from one of the worst cases of turbo-lag in the market today. 0 to 60 times are good for their size however at 6.7seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.2 seconds.

 Poor Ride and Handling

The top-of-the-line 2021 Jeep Trailhawk Elite is massively overpriced at $42,630, as it has been considered as of the worst handling vehicles today, and the trend continues with the lower models. This is attributed to its four-link rear suspension with a trailing arm, which brings shakiness to the 2021 Cherokee’s ride, unlike what it should be due to it also being designed for the road. Handling is also subpar as it feels heavy with body lean around turns. The steering feels dull with poor feedback.

Mixed Reliability Ratings

According to J.D. Power, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee got a ‘Great’ overall quality and reliability rating. US News gave it a poor 2.5 out of 5.0.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.