Jeep’s Trailhawk models have become synonymous with one universal expectation—class-leading off-road function and capability. While all Jeep models are designed to perform admirably once paved road fades into dirt and gravel, buyers who opt for a Trailhawk have long desired an even higher level of off-road performance. Jeep currently offers the Trailhawk badge on four of its models—the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. We’ll provide an overview of each to help you determine which Trailhawk model is best equipped to handle your next off-road adventure.
Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is the only trim level that comes standard with Trail Rated 4×4 Capability. That means the Renegade Trailhawk prevailed in a series of challenging tests that measure the vehicle’s traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation and ground clearance to ensure it can handle some of the unpredictable terrain you will assuredly encounter off-road.
The Renegade Trailhawk also comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction management system that allows drivers to toggle between snow, sand, mud and rock settings for optimum performance. The Renegade Trailhawk is powered by a 1.3L MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Renegade Trailhawk starts at $29,465 after destination and delivery.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Like the Renegade Trailhawk, the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is also the only trim that comes standard with 4×4—though this one features a low-range crawling gear. While still a compact crossover SUV, the Compass is slightly larger than the Renegade, making it the better choice for small families or individuals needing additional room for passengers and cargo.
In Trailhawk Trim, the Compass certainly looks the part with its slick two-tone black roof and rainbow of vivid color options. Stylish and functional red tow hooks are impossible to miss popping out of the front and rear bumpers.
The Compass Trailhawk is also fitted with a factory lift kit, skid plates, and off-road tires for protection from obstacles and improved traction off-road. The Trailhawk also utilizes Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, which can send 100 percent of the engine’s power to any single wheel or hold the power split at 50/50 front to back. The 2020 Compass Trailhawk starts at $31,345 after destination charges.
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
The compact 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is a step up in size from both the Compass and Renegade. Compared to the smaller Compass, the Cherokee is nine inches longer, 1.6 inches taller and features a 2.5-inch longer wheelbase.
The 4×4 Cherokee Trailhawk features an exclusive front fascia with an aggressive rake for improved approach angles when maneuvering over obstacles off-road. Like all Trailhawk models, the Cherokee is also fitted with red tow hooks and Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction management system. The Cherokee’s Active-Drive 4×4 system also features a locking rear axle and hill descent control for improved confidence traveling down steep terrain.
The Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with a 3.2L V6 engine rated at 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque, but the real gem is the available 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder churning out 270 horses and a hearty 295 lb-ft for better passing power. Including the destination charge, the 2020 Cherokee Trailhawk starts at $36,250. When compared to the competition, the Cherokee definitely comes out on top.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The Grand Cherokee is the largest and most capable Jeep model that wears the Trailhawk badge. Fitted with a Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with a rear electronic limited-slip differential, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk delivers unmatched performance off-road for a midsize luxury SUV.
The Trailhawk model stands out from the rest of the Grand Cherokee lineup with 18-inch all-terrain tires, red tow hooks up front and exclusive bolstered seats with suede inserts and red stitching.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. But if you’re looking for more performance, capability and additional towing capacity, the 5.7L Hemi V8 engine delivering 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque is the clear choice.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk starts at $46,650 after destination. If you want the Hemi, it’ll be an additional $3395 and a $50,045 starting MSRP.