Jeep Cherokee Latitude V6

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude offers 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque when equipped with a V6 engine.
Written by Ethan Moser
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Already remarkable for its class-leading off-road capabilities, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude blows its competition out of the water, upgrading its horsepower from 180 to 270 @ 6,400 rpm and increasing its torque from 171 pound-feet to 295 pound-feet @ 4,600 rpm with its enhanced 3.2-liter V6 engine. 
has been manufacturing powerful and reliable—not to mention immediately recognizable—SUVs since its birth in 1943, making the brand a great choice for drivers prioritizing performance and practicality for on- and off-road trips. Of course, if you’re looking for a Jeep with a little more pep in its step, a 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude is a powerful machine that’s also an absolute joy to drive. 
Ready to learn more? Here's a comprehensive guide on everything you could ever want to know about the Jeep Cherokee Latitude V6, from the SUV’s enhanced performance capabilities to how the Cherokee Latitude V6 stacks up against the competition. 
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2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude V6

Starting price: $29,485
Engine: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 3.2-liter V6 engine
Horsepower: 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm (I-4), 270 hp @ 6,400 rpm (V6)
Torque: 171 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm (I-4), 239 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm (V6)
0 to 60: 7.6 seconds, 6.7 seconds
With the incorporation of its 3.2-liter V6 engine, Jeep was able to totally overhaul the Cherokee Latitude’s tame 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine and offer drivers an impressive 270-horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
Meanwhile, the Cherokee Latitude is available in eight stunning exterior paint colors, such as Velvet Red Pearl and Hydro Blue Pearl, and includes an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen display with available subscription-based Wi-Fi.
Other standout features of the Cherokee Latitude V6 include: 
  • Comprehensive safety features: Automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, occupancy sensors, LED brake lights, and low tire pressure alert are all standard safety and driver-assistance features on the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude. 
  • Increased towing capacity: While the base 2.4-liter engine has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, the more powerful V6 engine can tow up to 4,000 pounds. Looking to tow even more? Upgrading to Jeep’s Trailer Tow Package will allow your Cherokee Latitude to tow up to 4,500 pounds. 
  • Best-in-class infotainment: The Latitude V6 features an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen display equipped with Jeep Uconnect, offering Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capabilities, as well as an optional subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot.
A nine-speed automatic transmission and multi-link rear suspension also come standard on any Cherokee with the V6 engine. 

How’s the fuel economy?

As a rule, drivers should expect V6 engines to fall behind in terms of fuel economy compared to their four-cylinder counterparts. Where the 2.4-liter I-4 Cherokee Latitude offers a fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, the Cherokee Latitude equipped with a V6 engine only gets 18 mpg and 24 mpg, respectively. 

Which Jeep Cherokee models have the V6?

All of the 2021 Jeep Cherokee trims can come with a 3.2-liter V6 engine. This includes the Cherokee Latitude, with a base MSRP of $29,485, and the
Cherokee Limited
, with a starting price of $37,690
On higher Cherokee trims, like the Limited and
, the V6 engine will come standard.  On the lower-level Latitude trim, you’ll have to upgrade to get the more powerful engine. 

How fast is the Jeep Cherokee V6? 

Even with its enhanced V6 engine, the Jeep Cherokee Latitude is a long way from being one of the fastest SUVs on the streets. However, the Cherokee Latitude’s V6 engine powers the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 6.7 seconds
Despite not being the fastest SUV on the market, the Cherokee Latitude keeps up with the best of the competition in its class. Let’s take a closer look: 
Key Takeaway The V6 engine leads to overall better performance specs in terms of torque and horsepower, though you will face some setbacks in terms of fuel efficiency.

Which is better: Cherokee Latitude or Trailhawk?

The Latitude and Trailhawk are trim levels available on the 2021 Jeep Cherokee model. The two are relatively similar, both offering a nine-speed automatic transmission, ParkView rear backup cameras, Uconnect infotainment systems, 3.5-inch TFT black and white display clusters, and enhanced accident response systems. The Trailhawk adds a 3.2-liter V6 engine as a standard feature rather than an upgrade, alongside remote keyless start-up, ambient LED interior lighting, SiriusXM satellite radio, and ParkSense rear park assist.
But which version of the Cherokee is better? While the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk offers a host of additional features, most of them are cosmetic—like its standard gloss black surrounds and roof rails and piano black interior accents. If you want to avoid the Trailhawk’s $36,540 price tag, we suggest opting for the cheaper Latitude trim level and upgrading its standard four-cylinder engine to the more powerful V6 engine. 
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Yes—while the 2021 Cherokee Latitude features a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, drivers can upgrade to the more powerful 3.2-liter V6 engine.
Jeep Cherokees feature a long list of safety, security, and driver-assistance features, making them remarkably reliable vehicles. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude received a 4 out of 5-star overall safety rating from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Yes—the 2021 Jeep Cherokee is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Both powertrains can be paired with a V6 engine.
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