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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Chrysler Reports Initial Fuel Economy Numbers


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Just the Facts:
  • Official fuel economy ratings are in on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 versions with the Jeep Active Drive I system, with one version returning 28 mpg on the highway.
  • The 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 Jeep Active Drive I with the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir inline-4 engine returns 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, said Chrysler.
  • Equipped with the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the Cherokee 4x4 Jeep Active Drive I returns 19 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Official fuel economy ratings are in on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 versions with the Jeep Active Drive I system, with one version returning 28 mpg on the highway.

The initial numbers are crucial, since Chrysler has said the Cherokee was created with fuel efficiency in mind. The Cherokee gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission, which sets it apart from its competition and presumably improves fuel economy.

The Cherokee features three new four-wheel-drive systems. It is expected to go on sale in the third quarter.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 Jeep Active Drive I with the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir inline-4 engine returns 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, said Chrysler.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 Jeep Active Drive I with the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine returns 19 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway.

As of noon Tuesday, the EPA had not posted official Cherokee fuel economy numbers at fueleconomy.gov.

Kathy Graham, a Chrysler spokeswoman, told Edmunds on Tuesday that she did not have a timetable for the release of the rest of the ratings. She said the EPA is in the process of its testing.

The first ratings released by Chrysler refer to Cherokees with the single-speed, light-duty four-wheel-drive system. The more advanced four-wheel-drive system is expected to result in lower ratings. The front-wheel-drive models are expected to have different ratings as well.

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show, Chrysler predicted that the Liberty replacement would return up to 31 mpg.

At the time, Chrysler said the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir inline-4 engine "delivers a more than 45 percent fuel economy improvement versus (the) outgoing model and nearly 500-mile range."

The 2012 Liberty comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Liberty is rated at 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg highway by the EPA. There is no 2013 Liberty.

The 2014 Honda CR-V 4WD model, one of the Cherokee's chief competitors, returns 22 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The CR-V is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Ford Escape AWD, another Cherokee competitor, returns 22 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway when equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, according to the EPA.

Gas prices have dipped recently, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. stood at $3.54 on Tuesday versus $3.69 a year ago.

Edmunds says: Some versions of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee don't hit the magic 30-mpg number. But it's hard to draw conclusions until the EPA publishes its complete ratings.

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