More than three decades ago, the Jeep Cherokee downsized the notion of off-roading wagons–and helped deliver the SUV to the masses. The Jeep Cherokee is back for 2014!
From the 4×4 Cherokee Trailhawk for the off road bound owner, to the FWD Cherokee Sport for the owner who occasionally hops a curb to get a better parking space, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is all about choices.
Motor Trend says, “the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will impress even the hardest-core enthusiast with its capabilities. More important, it advances the Jeep cause with an ingenious drive system, a polarizing design, and a well-appointed interior. It looks like no other and behaves like no other, but it is still a Jeep all the way through its Italian platform.”
The new Cherokee does have a couple of Jeep styling cues: a seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheelhouses. However it has a unique style with it’s high slanted day time running lights that give it a distinctive look.
The Cherokee’s interior has more in common with the Grand Cherokee than the Liberty the Cherokee replaces. It’s comfortable, well-laid-out, and uses a combination of choice materials that make it feel more like a luxury car than an off road vehicle. In passenger space, however, the Cherokee rivals its bigger brother; in fact, it has more rear-seat legroom.
The cabin layout is very driver friendly. Two analog gauges bookend either a 3.5-inch or 7-inch info screen that offers a half-dozen different configurations for real-time information. The center stack includes a 5-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen interface that governs audio and phone functions. You can add factory navigation for an extra charge, while all Cherokees offer a rearview camera.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has something most rivals don’t: an optional V6. The 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 has 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque which mated to the nine-speed transmission give the Cherokee smooth acceleration and excellent power. The base-model Cherokee is powered by Chrysler’s 2.4-liter MultiAir2 TigerShark I-4 that creates 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. The engine provides more than enough power; it can quickly get up to and cruise along at 80 mph. The biggest advantage of the four-cylinder engine is that Jeep estimates it will get at least 31 mpg on the highway, but final EPA testing has not been completed.
We could go on and on about the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee… The Motor Trend review of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a very complete review.
Brown Motors now has the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Petoskey.