Can a Jeep Cherokee Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Jeep Cherokee can tow 4500 lbs with the optional tow package. This is enough capacity to tow a small camper.

It has the towing capacity for campers with weight by type of: travel trailers 7300 lbs, popups 2500 lbs, teardrops 1200 lbs. 


The Jeep Cherokee is available in three engine types, each with different towing capacities. Get the bigger engine for the most capacity.

  • 2.4L Tigershark® Multiair® 2: The engine available as standard on the lower-level trims, the Tigershark® features cutting-edge technologies such as dual variable valve timing and flow-control valve intake manifold. The Tigershark® is a four-cylinder engine geared towards efficiency. Giving out a power output of 180 hp and a torque of 171 lb-ft, this engine can tow up to 2000 lbs. This engine can pull a fully loaded teardrop trailer or a small generator with ease.

  • 2.0L Turbo Engine: This engine is available as an option in upper-level trims. The Turbo generates an impressive 270 hp with a torque of 295 lb-ft. Towing is a breeze with this engine as it can tow a whopping 4000 lbs. Pontoons and motorboats along with their trailers can be towed with the Turbo under the bonnet of the Cherokee.

  • 3.2L Pentastar® V6: The powerhouse among all the engines, the Pentastar is from a family of dual overhead cam 24-valve six-cylinder engines by Chrysler. When equipped by the Cherokee, it can generate 271 hp with a torque of 239. According to the Jeep website, it can tow up to 4500 lbs. This is perfect for towing a small horse trailer. Other than it is also capable of towing mid-size boats.

All the towing capacities mentioned above only apply when the trailers have a braking system of their own. The towing capacity is reduced slightly when pulling unbraked loads.

Towing with the Cherokee

The Cherokee SUV does not come equipped for towing. However, several aftermarket options would make your Cherokee ready for towing. The primary necessities for towing are a trailering harness (which can be either 4-pin or 7-pin as the Cherokee supports both) and a trailering hitch.

Other recommended accessories include a rearview camera to monitor the trailer during towing and a cooling system for the engine as it is prone to overheating during towing.

The manufacturer advises avoiding driving at high RPM for extended periods to minimize excess heat generation. Towing a trailer for the first 500 miles should be refrained from preventing the engine, axle, or other parts from being damaged. After the 500 miles, the vehicle speed should not exceed 50 mph, and full-throttle starts should be avoided to help the engine wear in.

The Jeep Cherokee is a range of SUVs manufactured by American automaker Jeep. Named after the Native American Cherokee tribe, it was initially announced as a variant to the Jeep Wagoneer. Currently in its fifth generation, it transitioned over the years from a full-size SUV to a compact crossover SUV.

In conclusion, a properly equipped Cherokee is a wonderful towing companion that can tow an unbraked load that can be up to 4500 lbs.

The amount of towing that can be done depends on the engine the Cherokee has, with the weakest engine still being able to pull 2000 lbs with ease. However, towing should be avoided for the first 500 miles to allow the engine to break in.

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