November 3, 2014
Our Jeep Cherokee has plenty of technology. From its adaptive cruise control system to its excellent rear parking camera, it's loaded. But there's one system I could do without.
That would be the automated parallel parking system. It's a popular addition to numerous cars these days. It promises to take the anxiety out of squeezing into a parking space on the street with the touch of a button.
October 29, 2014
I had a lot going on this past weekend, and found myself crisscrossing L.A. and Orange counties in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Saturday morning's chosen road was particularly pleasant and I was really enjoying myself until...
...the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) warning light started blinking.
The pressure display screen automatically popped up on the driver display screen, but it showed all four tire pressures to be bang-on the specified pressure of 33 psi. I pulled over and confirmed this with a quick check, but as I was doing it I knew it wasn't necessary.
A blinking light, you see, means a problem with the system itself, not the tire pressure. A steady light means you have a low tire. This distinction is coded in the TPMS regulations and noted in the owner's manual.
So I made a mental note and went about my business.
October 24, 2014
October 22, 2014
"Why's this wood panel here?" Megan asked. It was the first thing she noticed when she sat in the passenger seat of our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. "It isn't even real wood. Is it supposed to match the brown door panel or something?" Megan is a good friend of mine and she's ridden in many of our long-term cars, so I trust her to give me her honest opinion. This time, she pointed out something I hadn't really noticed before and I wasn't exactly sure how to respond.
October 17, 2014
When I heard that the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited has a nine-speed automatic transmission, I thought, this is getting ridiculous. What's next, a 47-speed automatic transmission? Does it really help with fuel efficiency and ride comfort? Does it ever even get up to 8th and 9th gear?
October 16, 2014
Putting all sorts of connectivity options in a new car is a great idea. Putting those connections somewhere that makes them useful is an even better idea.
October 10, 2014
One of the biggest drawbacks to having a new car with tons of technology is the desire to show it off. Not by the owner, but by the manufacturer. They often try to cram everything possible into the instrument panel so the owner is reminded how much new stuff they have at their disposal.
Thankfully, our Jeep Cherokee doesn't have this problem.
October 8, 2014
This week our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's odometer crossed the 5,000-mile mark.
The Cherokee's first 90 days in our test fleet have largely been spent running around town, with the exception of a weekend road trip from L.A. to Monterey.
October 7, 2014
We added about 1,800 miles to our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in September. About 500 of those miles were added by Jay Kavanagh. During that time he earned the new best fill number of 25.5 MPG and a best range of 316.2 miles.
October 1, 2014
One of my favorite features about my old XJ Cherokee is that it can fit my 9'2" Becker longboard inside the cabin. Nose in the right corner of the dash, tail angled toward the spare tire, the log is supported by the front passenger seat headrest (seat generously reclined) and the top of the rear bench seatback.
September 29, 2014
Now that my only child is safely in high school, I took the liberty of cleaning out our home arts 'n crafts closet which has been accumulating googaley eyes, multi-colored pipe cleaners, felt squares and countless jars of Mod Podge over the past decade.
September 26, 2014
THAT's a Cherokee, on the left.
(say with Crocodile Dundee drawl for full effect).
I've been waiting more than a year to do this post. From when we first started seeing mule photos of the new Cherokee to taking delivery of our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, I've wanted to line this pretender up against the real thing. I'm glad I've held on to my old Heep (156,000 miles) and not just for this shot.See full article and comment.
September 22, 2014
I may be the first one to take our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in the dirt, but I say that with some qualification. This wasn't a core wheeling excursion by any means, but only a chance to see how this Dart-ish thing that calls itself a Cherokee would feel on loose terra.
I drove out to the Holy Jim trailhead in Trabuco Canyon, a part of the Cleveland National Forest that divides Orange and Riverside counties. The trailhead is less than 5 miles from the paved two-lane that cuts through the canyon, and the first two miles of that is just washboard gravel track. Once you hit the boundary of the national forest though, the road narrows, the ruts deepen and gnarly jagged rocks litter the primary driving line.
September 19, 2014
A few days ago some neighbors of mine wanted to check out our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited I had parked in my driveway. As I was showing them the Cherokee and walking them through its various features, I realized this was a good opportunity for me to really sum up the Cherokee's strengths and weaknesses. In the end, I came away convinced that Jeep's got a solid crossover SUV on its hands.
September 18, 2014
There are other things about its powertrain calibration I find suboptimal, too.
September 16, 2014
Sometimes, it's as simple as that. You drive a car for a while and it just makes a good impression. For me, our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is like that. I took it on a weekend roadtrip from L.A. to Monterey and it cemented things for me.
But what, exactly, makes the Cherokee good?
September 12, 2014
I have two small children and I'm often wrangling their child safety seats in and out of Edmunds.com's test vehicles. As the small crossover SUV segment is a popular choice for families, I decided to see how well my child safety seats fit in our new long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
September 9, 2014
We added about 1,300 miles to the odometer of our 2014 Jeep Cherokee during the month of August. Nobody went on any big trips last month, so we accumulated those miles just commuting around Southern California.
September 3, 2014
One of the appealing qualities I like about our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is that its front-end styling stands out in the crowd. A lot of small crossover SUVs seem to fade into the automotive background because of their all-too-similar styling. But just a quick glance at the new Cherokee is all you need to know what it is.
September 2, 2014
Rearview cameras are getting pretty commonplace these days and will in fact be required by law in a few years. Yet I'm still surprised by how nicely the rearview camera works in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee thanks to the large 8.4-inch display screen.
August 29, 2014
One thing I really like about our 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the way it drives on the highway. This small crossover really could be an ideal road trip companion.
August 28, 2014
For understandable reasons, the majority of small crossovers on the market come with four-cylinder engines. But there are shoppers out there who desire more. Fortunately for them, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers a V6 engine as an upgrade.