2014 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep has been an icon since WWII helping soldiers get from one bunker to the next. This
rugged war machine was first introduced to civilians in 1945, making it the oldest off-road vehicle brand. Each decade brought new features and modifications, slowing morphing this battle bound vehicle into a well-equipped civilian SUV.
It would only make sense that the modern Jeep lineup would consist of sport utility vehicles only. For 2014, Jeep says goodbye to the Liberty and sees the return of the beloved Cherokee with a radical new design language.
Are fans still going to love the Jeep Cherokee despite its strange sheet metal or has Jeep gone too far from the classic style we all know and love? We think that after the initial shell shock brought on by its full makeover fans will fall in love with it all over again. Many Jeep fans will love it no matter what but its exterior styling is certainly controversial. Thank goodness its interior makes up for its strange alien-like outer shell and fans may easily find themselves in a love-hate relationship.
The Cherokee’s boxed cabin, last seen in 2001, is replaced with a sweeping aerodynamic profile. Its prominent front end features a contoured one-piece grille/hood and LED accent lighting. Its interior has that appealing warm embrace that many Americans desire although hard-care Jeep fans could probably care less. It offers inviting bucket seats, an 8.4-inch color touchscreen, a backup camera a heated steering wheel and remote start. An adjustable 3-mode Selec-Terrain® traction control system will be offered in the Limited.
It is important to note that Jeep will be implementing the Dodge Dart platform into the 2014 Cherokee, transforming it from a rugged, truck-like SUV into a subdued car-like crossover.
It will feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that will offer best-in-class driving range of up to 490 highway miles. An all-new 271 horsepower 3.2-liter V6 will be offered on upper trim levels. It boasts a 28 percent improvement in performance over the previous generation V6, 239 lb-ft of torque and best-in-class towing capacity of up to 4,500 lbs. (when properly equipped of course).
Jeep claims that the new Cherokee will return up to a 45 percent increase in fuel economy over the outgoing Liberty. It will also feature a disconnecting rear axle. It’s an industry first that will further improve its fuel efficiency without sacrificing off-road performance.
Four well equipped trim levels will be offered: base Sport, Latitude, Limited and the trail rated Trailhawk. Prices are set to start at $23,000 and climbs to over $30,000 for the top notch Trailhawk.
Unique styling; good fuel economy expected from V6; lots of tech features; nine-speed automatic transmission
Unique styling is far from rugged; crossover foundation will limit its off-road abilities