If you're in the market for a midsize family vehicle that can pretty much do it all, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a model that really should be close to the top of your list of potential candidates. While an SUV of this size isn't going to be able to match the towing capacity of pickup truck, it's a more family friendly option if you don't need the overt capability of a pickup. Having said that; when equipped with the 3.2-litre Pentastar V-6, the Jeep Cherokee does offer the best towing capacity in its class, so let's take a closer look.
Think about what you're going to be towing
A lot of those who are new to towing can easily overestimate how much capability they actually need, which could mean paying extra for something they're never going to use. Towing can mean anything from something as small and light as a small trailer for taking junk to the dump when doing home renovations or when you're moving house, to fifth-wheel towing of huge trailers and everything in-between. So, if you're only wanting to tow a Jet Ski to the beach or lake on weekends and the rest of the time you're using your vehicle for the daily commute, taking the kids to school or for visiting the mall, you're not going to need any other vehicle as the Jeep Cherokee will fit all these needs.
Jeep Cherokee towing capacity
For the purpose of simplicity, we'll concentrate on the maximum towing capacity of the 2019 Cherokee. As we said, the 3.2-litre Pentastar V-6 with its 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque helps make the Jeep the best in its class for towing capability. That maximum rating is an impressive 4,500 pounds, which is more than any other vehicle in the Jeep range apart from the Grand Cherokee.
What you can tow with the Cherokee
Of course, before you commit to towing something you're going to need at least an idea of what it weighs so we're going to consider some rough examples. Let's say you want to tow and ATV or a Jet Ski. Without the trailer, and depending on the model, those types of vehicle are probably going to be somewhere between 180 kg and 570 kg. Even with the trailer, the Cherokee is going to be able to handle that without any issue whatsoever. A small fishing boat with the trailer will be even lighter, probably weighing in at a total of around 450 kg.
If a speed boat with a sizeable engine is what you're considering that's where you need to start getting serious about knowing what the actual total weight is. At the lower end of the scale we're probably in the 1,150 kg to 1,350kg area, so no problem. However, it's not too difficult to enter the realms of 2,250 kg to 2,750 kg, so be careful.
When it comes to camping trailers, a small teardrop camper will be a breeze for the Cherokee at a maximum of around 455 kg. And even some full campers could be an option as they tend to start at around the 1,350 kg mark.
There's a little more to towing and staying inside state and federal laws than just making sure you're within the maximum towing capacity of your vehicle. So, for more information about the sensational new 2019 Jeep Cherokee and towing with it, don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at North York Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today.