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Old 08-06-2020, 11:13 AM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee 6 cylinder or 4 cylinder turbo?

I want to buy a Trailhawk for a toad. I am considering the 4 cylinder turbo. I drove the 6 cylinder and didn’t seem to have the pep I wanted. The turbo is 150 pounds lighter.
1)Any experience with the turbo good/bad?
2)Does having the turbo impact the base plate fit?
3)Are the black wheels hard to keep clean? They sure are sharp!

Want the Trailhawk Elite but hard to find with a tow package.

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Hi Ron,
Where did you dig up that the turbo weighs 150 lbs. less than the V6 in the Cherokee Trailhawk? I visited with Jeep salesman months ago & he claimed turbo version weighs 10 lbs. more than the V6! Not significant but I was wondering now which is correct. Thanks
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Turbo charged engines have been around a number of years and are quiet reliable. They enable you to get more power from a smaller displacement engine.

If you drive the turbo 4 cylinder hard, it won't do any better than the 6 cylinder.

Look at the power number for both and see shat you have.
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We have a 2020 Trail Hawk with Turbo and we are enjoying it. Plenty of power and we have been running around the mountains in SW CO, northern NM and Utah with no power problems.

Blu Ox base plate fits just fine. Saddest part was losing the two red tow hooks in the front for the plate
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Watch maintenance intervals with the turbo. I currently have a Hyundai turbo as my wife's car (not using as a toad) and oil changes are 5K/6mo and with expensive synthetic oil ($90 change instead of $40 at the local quickie-lube place). Spark plug changes are also every 30K which seems kind of ridiculous. Plugs are only available at the dealer and are $22/each!!

Had I read the manual before buying I probably would have opted for the non-turbo.
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We have a 2020 Trail Hawk with Turbo and we are enjoying it. Plenty of power and we have been running around the mountains in SW CO, northern NM and Utah with no power problems.

Blu Ox base plate fits just fine. Saddest part was losing the two red tow hooks in the front for the plate

I believe Iíve seen on this site someone welded the red tow hooks on a modified baseplate insert. Iím looking into that.
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Old 08-07-2020, 12:44 PM   #7
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Hi Ron,
Where did you dig up that the turbo weighs 150 lbs. less than the V6 in the Cherokee Trailhawk? I visited with Jeep salesman months ago & he claimed turbo version weighs 10 lbs. more than the V6! Not significant but I was wondering now which is correct. Thanks
Here is some I do on the 150 pound reduction. Looks like it was replaced with stNdRd equipment. So no weight change btw 6 and 4 cylinders. The savings would have been nice.

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...-drive-review/

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Watch maintenance intervals with the turbo. I currently have a Hyundai turbo as my wife's car (not using as a toad) and oil changes are 5K/6mo and with expensive synthetic oil ($90 change instead of $40 at the local quickie-lube place). Spark plug changes are also every 30K which seems kind of ridiculous. Plugs are only available at the dealer and are $22/each!!

Had I read the manual before buying I probably would have opted for the non-turbo.
Cherokee spark plugs require replacement at 60,000 miles. It also requires synthetic oil. Thanks for bringing these items up.

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I custom ordered my 2019 TrailHawk Elite and I wanted the V-6 engine as it has an additional 500 pounds towing capacity over the turbo 4. Also the owners manual said premium fuel recommended for the turbo engine. I know some people run the turbo on regular fuel, just stating the manual recommended premium, not required premium. I am very happy with the V-6 and it tows quite nicely behind my motor home. Special order allowed me to get most of what I wanted and only about 6 weeks for delivery on Feb 28 2019.
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2020 Cherokee Trailhawk with turbo and tow package are a rare breed. I only found one on dealer lot within 150 miles of me. Forget trying to find that with the Elite package.

Used 2019 are not discounted compared to new 2020 Trailhawk. Ugh the pandemic strikes again!

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Test drive both to make your decision. I have a 2020 wrangler and went with the turbo 4, 8 speed automatic. Very pleased with performance and getting 22.8 miles per gallon. Check the Jeep forums for more info
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