2019 Jeep Cherokee: Active Drive I vs. Active Drive II vs. Active Drive Lock

A red 2019 Jeep Cherokee driving through a river

You’ve chosen the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee as your next vehicle because of its incredible 4×4 capabilities, but did you know that its available with one of three outstanding systems? Depending on your needs, the new Jeep Cherokee can be equipped with the Active Drive I, Active Drive II, or Active Drive Lock. In this article, we’ll take a look at all of the differences to help you make the proper decision. After you’ve completed your research, check out the new vehicle inventory at our Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Columbia, IL for available Cherokee trims.


Active Drive I vs. Active Drive II

What are the differences between Jeep Active Drive I and Active Drive II? The Active Drive I 4×4 system includes a rear axle disconnect feature that engages when necessary to improve efficiency. It also comes with the standard Brake Lock Differential and the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System for added capability.

Jeep Active Drive II includes all of the features of the Active Drive I 4×4 system, plus a low range, which helps during low-speed traction, and Neutral Mode, which allows you to flat tow the vehicle behind an RV.

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What is Active Drive Lock?

If off-roading is your favorite past time, you’ll want to select the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk as your next SUV because it’s equipped with the Active Drive Lock 4×4 system. It’s equipped with the same features as the Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 system, but adds on a mechanical rear axle lock and Selec-Terrain Traction Management System Rock Mode.

A blue 2019 Jeep Cherokee driving through the mountains

Jeep Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System Explained

The Jeep Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System allows you to power through nearly any weather situation. It comes with five modes: Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock. This system comes with all three 4×4 systems.

Which 4×4 System Do I Need?

Your decision entirely depends on your driving style. For ultimate off-roading, we recommend the Jeep Active Drive Lock system. If you’re a casual trail-rider, the Jeep Active I or II systems are your best options.

Further Reading

Are you interested in the 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s 4×4 systems? Before you stop in for a test drive, check out our 2019 Cherokee trim comparison to learn which vehicles are available with one of these outstanding systems. We also encourage you to check out current lease deals, and our Cherokee vs. Grand Cherokee research page.

Two 2019 Jeep Cherokees going offroading