Jeep Cherokee Ranks Number One in Survey of ‘Most American’ Cars
Each year, Cars.com tries to define the “Most American” cars, and this year, according to its survey, the Jeep Cherokee ranks number one, a repeat ranking from 2018. In 2017, the small but mighty SUV took second place in the American-Made Index.
“We’ve long wondered if the trade landscape would alter the AMI, but what might be surprising about the 2019 index is how little things have changed. Tensions have reached fever pitch as new duties aim at specific countries or materials, yet the number of models automakers build in the U.S. — and the percentage of cars Americans buy that are domestically built — remain similar today to what they were a year ago,” reports Cars.com writer Kelsey Mays.
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which is assembled in Belvidere, Illinois, and uses engines and transmissions built in the U.S., notes Mays, is available at eight trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Limited, High Altitude, Trailhawk®, Overland, and Trailhawk® Elite.
Three engine options offer drivers a chance to customize their driving experience in the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. The 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission to generate 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine, also perfectly paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, is rated at 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. With the V6 and when properly equipped, the 2019 Cherokee can tow a maximum of 4,500 pounds. Ratings of 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque are assigned to the new 2.0-liter Turbo engine.
News Source: Cars.com
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