2014 Jeep Cherokee: First drive review – MSN Autos

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Jeep Cherokee

The fondly remembered SUV returns as a on-roader and capable off-roader.

revives a name from the to replace the unloved Liberty. calls the new 2014 Cherokee a crossover, but it competes with crossovers such as the Honda Toyota RAV4 and Ford

The Jeep Cherokee enjoyed a 30-year run from 1974 to as a compact SUV with plenty of and lots of off-road capability. in design and execution, the Cherokee was a box on wheels, but to this day it has a devoted After letting the Cherokee’s the Liberty. grow long in the Jeep has gone back to the name for the Liberty’s replacement. fond of the last Cherokee recognize this one.

far more comfortable and luxurious its forebear, but still possesses signature off-road prowess.

Model lineup

The 2014 Cherokee is offered in four Sport, Latitude, Limited and the Trailhawk. Front-wheel drive is on all but the Trailhawk, which comes a 4-wheel drive that’s on other trims.

The $22,995 has standard cloth upholstery and a 6-way manually adjustable seat, cruise control, air Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary jack, two USB ports, a 60/40 rear seat, and 17-inch wheels with wheel

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The $24,995 Latitude fog lights, front passenger under-cushion storage, a 115-volt outlet, LED ambient interior tinted window glass and wheels.

The $27,995 Limited leather upholstery, an 8-way driver’s seat, heated seats, heated steering a Uconnect 8.4-inch touch with rearview camera, a color TFT instrument cluster and polished alloy wheels, as as other goodies.

The $29,995 Trailhawk comes cloth and leather upholstery, hill descent and ascent skid plates, a raised and 17-inch all-terrain tires.

options include a navigation a Class III trailer hitch, starting, Nappa leather lane departure warning, high beams, forward warning, blind spot adaptive cruise control and an parking system with and perpendicular parking functions.

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Under the hood

The 2014 Cherokee offers a choice of V6 or power. The base engine is a 4-cylinder that produces 184 and 171 lb-ft of torque. It features -sourced MultiAir technology, is an electro-hydraulic means of controlling the valves to improve both and fuel economy. Optional for all is a new 3.2-liter V6 engine based on ‘s 3.6-liter V6.

It makes 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of Both engines are mated to a new automatic transmission with shift capability.

Environmental Agency fuel economy for the 2.4-liter are 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway front-wheel drive and 21/28 mpg 4WD. The V6 is rated at 19/28 mpg front drive and 19/27 mpg 4WD.

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The Cherokee is offered three 4-wheel-drive systems. The system is called Active I. It is basically an all-wheel-drive arrangement can send as much as 100 percent of the to the rear wheels when the wheels slip. Active II adds low-range gearing for off-road capability.

Active Lock, which is standard on the furthers the off-road prowess a locking rear differential. All 4WD come with a Selec-Terrain with settings for Automatic, Snow and Sand/Mud. Active Lock adds a Rock that is only available low-range gearing is engaged.

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Hop into a Honda or Toyota RAV4. the compact leaders, and you’ll notice a lot of plastics. The new Jeep Cherokee has a more inviting environment, soft-touch materials on the dash, panels and center console.

Jeep has also put considerable into the Cherokee’s interior Buyers can choose from different interior environments colors influenced by the hues of For instance, Vesuvio features brown and dark blue with white accents and trim, while Kilimanjaro brown with red, and is mostly black with accents.

For the most part, these are interior colors, but some of the are unique. All choices are attractive.

buyers also get the latest in connectivity. The base trim with a 5.0-inch touch with voice controls, and versions come with 8.4-inch Uconnect touch and a 7-inch TFT customizable instrument The 8.4-inch screen is one of the best systems on the market. The layout is the large screen makes the buttons easy to access, and the times are pretty quick.

The instrument display also drivers choose the information want to view at a glance.

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A crossover needs space for and cargo, and the Cherokee delivers. room is excellent, thanks to a front seat and a rear that slides fore and aft up to six Front-seat passengers sit on comfortable and the elevated driving position a good view of the road.

While the Cherokee has less cargo space than of its competitors, that space is thought out and quite useful. the rear seats down, the has 54.9 cubic feet of volume compared to 68.1 in the Escape and 73.4 in the Toyota However, Jeep offers useful features, including a front passenger seat, under the cushion of the front seat, and a rear cargo system.

This system a track on the side of the cargo with four utility and a reusable grocery bag. items, such as an off-road kit, a cargo bin, a mat, and a foldable cooler, are available as accessories.

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