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On the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk fuel economy and audio system

Sections: Car Audio, Fuel Economy, Powertrain

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Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. My snowy driveway. (Brett Solomon photo)

So after living with the Jeep Cherokee for a week I can report on the mileage and say 23.2 isn’t too shabby. Credit the MultiAir 2.4 and the 9-speed.

We are talking over 4000 pounds of automobile. And it was really cold out so I was not shy with the built-in remote starter. I also had two days of snow and nasty slush on the ground, and that provides a lot of extra rolling resistance. I left the Jeep Active Drive II in Auto most of the time, but switched it to snow when the weather got really bad. Even climbing over some impossible parking space snow mounds did not necessitate me having to lock the rear differential. But you can!

On the audio system front, there are nine speakers with a subwoofer. I thought the audio system sounded pretty good, but unfortunately it runs out of steam before you can really get rocking. The volume knob maxes out at 38, and my hearing may be getting worse, but maxed out did not hurt me at all. At least there was minimal distortion at that volume. Which means there is a lot of headroom left in the system but you can’t really tap into it unless you go aftermarket with a piece like the JBL MS-8.  JBL MS-8 MS Series Digital Processor

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