First drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee | Driving

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2014 Jeep Cherokee with plenty of muscle

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. — The are best kept rolled up this particular off-road nestled deep within the of California. Not so much because hot outside, but because even the breeze kicks up a wall of

Still, whether its windows are up or the 2014 Jeep Cherokee cuts through the trail#8217;s trenches, steep ridges and rocks. As a matter of fact, as as you’re in one wearing the Trailhawk you’d be forgiven if you couldn’t this Jeep is underpinned by a car.

Both names the world to Chrysler: the Trailhawk is reserved only for Jeeps the most dedicated skill set of muscle. As for Cherokee? Well, its boxiness practically invented the SUV segment when the second-generation XJ was in 1984.

Thirty years later, the is back, replacing the tepid Chrysler doesn’t even you to compare the latest Cherokee to the it sees this as an opportunity for a slate. Deep down, the is a sport-cute, sharing a platform the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Dart, but — and I know I’m breaking wish here — it is miles of the Jeep Liberty in every way.

The Cherokee is powered by choice of two engine options. The is the 2.4-litre Tigershark inline-four shared with the Dart. It out 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft. of torque.

you opt to send power to the front the inline-four sips as little as 9.6 km in the city and 6.4 on the highway, according to

Unlike a handful of its competitors, the powerful engine in the Cherokee isn’t a juiced-up turbo-four. Jeep stuffed a 3.2-litre of its Pentastar V6 under the hood, 271 horsepower and 231 lb.-ft. of torque. It may be on twist compared to the likes of the Fe Sport and Escape, but the icing on the is that the V6 is available on every level, including the base Sport model.

In 4#215;2 Chrysler rates the six-cylinder at 10.8 L/100 km in the city and 7.0 on the The four-wheel-drive models are a little at 11.1 city and 7.7 highway.

No, Scratch that. The icing on the is not the engine, but the transmission. Both and six-cylinder engines are mated to nine-speed automatic, a first in the segment. Paired with the V6 and the 4#215;4 option box ticked, is a wonderfully smooth gearbox delivers nearly seamless

Once it settles into gear, the Cherokee is a remarkably cruiser on the highway.

Jeep Cherokee

Unfortunately, the inline-four and nine-speed automatic feel worlds different power is sent to just the axle. Shifts are still but somehow in this application, the seems slower to kick Do yourself a favour and stick the V6 and 4#215;4 combination; that is the sweetheart pairing of choice.

the Cherokee is just a front-wheel-drive without a kick-… drivetrain.

of the drivetrain, the Cherokee is available in different flavours. Active I is your standard, run-of-the-mill that directs power to any that are slipping. Step up to Drive II and things become a more interesting: It offers a gear range as well as descent control.

Both systems are available all trim levels, and both include Jeep’s Selec-Terrain control system, which power based on a pre-selected Choosing between Snow, and Sport alters how much is sent to the wheels. You can definitely it when Sport mode is and feeds more power to the wheels.

Finally, there is Active Drive Lock, the Cherokee its so-called Trail seal of approval. This the Active Drive II system and a locking rear differential to the mix as as a Rock mode to the traction system. The $30,695 Cherokee seems to be pretty much with those two additions.

other midsize crossovers tuck their tails their legs and scurry off at the suggestion of off-road driving, the Trailhawk rips off its shirt, its muscles and cries out, it on!

The Trailhawk slots below the Limited 4#215;4 in the Cherokee level hierarchy. In addition to the advanced 4#215;4 system, you get a suspension as well as more approach and departure angles – and 32.1, respectively. Of course, in its in becoming a badass, the Trailhawk a whole host of cosmetic including matte black and trim instead of chrome, a set of 17-inch diamond cut alloy wrapped in Firestone all-terrain and bright red tow hooks.

Looks are a point to evaluate, but the general seems to be that the Cherokee’s end is polarizing at best. Rest the most time you’ll be in the Cherokee is behind the wheel, you can’t even see the front Instead, you’ll be immersed in a cabin with superb throughout.

There is no second-guessing the layout as is where it needs to be and the Cherokee is with UConnect, Chrysler’s intuitive entertainment system.

out of a Trailhawk blanketed by dirt, clear the Cherokee has many beneath its well-concealed Italian On one hand, you have a compact with a marvel of a V6 engine and a smooth transmission that can on whatever weather is thrown at it. you have the Trailhawk, a bona off-roader that doesn’t off at the idea of taking the path lined with deep and jagged rocks.

Is the 2014 Cherokee worthy of its name? a tough one, so we’ll it for the Jeep aficionados to decide.

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