Best Trailer Hitch for a Jeep Cherokee (2014-2017) Review

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Today we’re going to talk to you about the best trailer hitch for a Jeep Cherokee on the market: the CURT 13171 Class 3 trailer hitch.

When you start shopping for a trailer hitch you are going to need to pay special attention to the class of trailer hitch you are looking at. For a Jeep Cherokee in the 2014 to 2017 model range, you are going to want a Class 3 trailer hitch. The CURT 13171 is one of the top class 3 hitches available today. A class 3 trailer hitch is going to give you the most bang for your buck in terms of strength and flexibility when towing. A class 3 trailer hitch can tow upwards of 8,000 lbs. Now, don’t be mistaken — your Jeep Cherokee isn’t going to be able to haul 8,000 lbs. This is where you need to look at the weight of your vehicle. If your Jeep Cherokee weighs around 3,500 lbs then you can safely tow about 2,000 lbs. This is your towing capacity. You can refer to your vehicle manual to double check your towing capacity if you don’t fit into the 2014 – 2017 years of Jeep Cherokee that we are discussing. Let’s move on.

Jeep Cherokee and the CURT 13171 Class 3 Trailer Hitch.


The CURT 13171 stands out even among other heavy duty class 3 trailer hitches due to its solid build, powerful appearance, and CURT brand craftsmanship. The CURT 13171 weighs a staggering 56 lbs and it is comprised of solid steel, through and through. The hitch is coated with a layer of Bonderite in order to protect the metal from the elements and other sources of natural wear and tear. To put it bluntly, this trailer hitch is going to look good for quite awhile. The CURT 13171 measures out at 21 x 50 x 14 inches in size and when properly mounted will give you about 8 to 10 feet of clearance from the ground depending on the height of your vehicle. The CURT 13171 also sports the standard 2″ receiver tube for class 3 hitches so it should be a rock solid match for your Jeep Cherokee.

An easy installation process.

The most important aspect we look at when shopping for a trailer hitch, next to quality, is how easy the device is to install. We don’t want to spend all day monkeying around in our driveway trying to get a trailer hitch installed. So, we put a premium on ease of installation. First, you should know that you will likely want to have a second pair of hands to help you get this bad boy up into place. Sitting over 50lbs means that you are going to be sweating trying to keep CURT 13171 balanced while you bolt it into place. Outside of the second pair of hands and a jack to lift your car, all you need are the bolts that the hitch comes with. Yep, easy as that. For the Jeep Cherokee models we’ve been highlighting you won’t need to make any alterations to the back end of your car. This should get right into place.

Built to last.

We should definitely highlight a little bit of the CURT craftsmanship that is going on here behind the scenes. At first glance, you’ll just see a hunk of black metal, but there is so much more going on beneath the surface. The CURT 13171 was welded with precise craftsmanship and tested in high-stress situations in order to ensure the safety of the build. We mentioned the Bonderite coating above but we might as well double down on it at this point. The entire hitch was cured in Bonderite which is a rust resistant liquid. You won’t have to worry about the elements doing any damage and creating any safety precautions in the future. Finally CURT makes sure that each trailer hitch that they create can pass the strict SAE J684 safety protocols. Yeah, you’re not going to need to worry about this bad boy being defective.

A few closing thoughts.

Alright, so you’ve made it this far. If you still aren’t convinced that the CURT 13171 is the trailer hitch for you, there isn’t much we can do but reiterate some key facts. The CURT 13171 is a heavy duty trailer hitch that is easy to install, built to last, and geared toward hauling just about anything imaginable. For Jeep Cherokee drivers the CURT 13171 trailer hitch is a hand-in-glove fit.