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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: One Year and 22,000 Miles

August 21, 2015

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We spent a year with a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and liked it. Mostly.

Its V6 delivered good power and even better torque, which made it a good needle for threading highway traffic. Comfortable seats, a nicely crafted interior and decent off-road ability helped the new-generation Cherokee straddle a unique niche between modern crossover and useable dirt toy.

But its nine-speed automatic transmission came in for sharp rebuke, seemingly always bogged down looking for the highest, slowest gear in a quest for ultimate fuel economy. We can't argue with the results, though. After more than 22,000 miles, we did 0.5 mpg better than the EPA estimate of 22 mpg combined.

The Cherokee's biggest flaw? Its name.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: A Pretty Penny for Fancy Glass

July 29, 2015

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On his last road trip in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, Dan's quick thinking prevented a pesky windshield chip from growing into a full-blown moving violation. But the ghost of that hurtling rock remains, taunting us from the peripherals of sight.

The crack may never move another millimeter, but the psychological effect of this eyesore is beginning to grow the more I see it. How much would it cost to exorcise our windshield demons?

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Park-Like-a-Jerk Assist

July 20, 2015

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Autonomous cars continue to be a hot topic in transportation today. Silicon Valley tech giants and auto makers have whetted our appetites with small tastes of technologies they've cooked up, from Google's cartoonish interpretation of personal people movers to Bobby, a racetrack-devouring Audi RS7.

On a larger scale, many consumers have already experienced small degrees of autonomous vehicle features, most commonly in parking systems like the one in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited.

These systems have been commercially available in the U.S. since 2006, appearing first in the Lexus LS sedan. With 9 years of development between now and those first-gen systems, I was curious to know how far they've come.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Makes Jump-Starting Simple

July 10, 2015

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I recently used our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited to jump start another car. I was glad to discover that the Cherokee makes the process simple. Its battery is easy to find and the terminals are readily available - unlike our former Porsche Macan.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: It Feels Heavy Cargo

July 7, 2015

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There's everyday cargo, and then there's seriously heavy cargo. Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee has plenty of cargo room, especially when you fold the rear seats down. But start filling that area with heavy metal car parts, like a pair of iron Chevy big block heads, and the Cherokee's suspension starts to feel the effects.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Automatic High Beams? No, Thanks

July 3, 2015

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Call me finicky, but I like being able to see.

It's an occasional problem in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. But it's one that I've remedied.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Caught This Cracked Windshield Quick

July 1, 2015

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Can you believe it? Our 2015 Ford F-150 just suffered a broken windshield and now lightning strikes again. This time it was the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, and I was driving. It happened just as I rolled in to the city limits of Moab, Utah after nearly 800 miles of incident-free driving.

The rock was big enough that I saw it come off the tire of a car in the opposite lane. The only reason it didn't hit dead center in front of me is because I flinched. The result: a dollar coin-sized star, about head high and a foot to the right of my direct line of sight.

And it was perfectly ugly. Based on its size, I was sure it would grow and take out the entire windshield if I waited to have it filled back in California. I had to do something. Luckily, there was a glass shop in town between my location and the hotel where I would stay that night.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Outstanding MPG on the Road From Moab

June 29, 2015

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I always enjoy my time in Moab, Utah, but I look forward the road trip to and from the place just as much. But I never like to retrace my steps if I don't have to, so I plotted out a return route that stayed north of the Colorado River.

It could have been 100 percent interstate, but that's rarely very scenic. Besides, I'd been that way before when Kurt and I passed through these parts during our 2012 Tesla Model S coast-to-coast road trip.

So I dipped off the freeway as soon as I could and put the 2014 Jeep Cherokee on a lurching path that zig-zagged south and west through tiny Utah towns such as Hanksville, Escalante and Tropic, before fueling up and regaining the interstate in Cedar City.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Off-Road in a Trailhawk

June 23, 2015

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My trip to Moab, Utah in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 was business-related. What kind of business?

The best kind.

Jeep invited me to participate in an overnight off-road excursion in a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, the Trail-Rated version that's more off-road focused than our Limited equipped with the basic Active Drive I four-wheel drive system. The off-road differences between the two are far more significant than red tow hooks and fender flares.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: A Milestone in Moab Worth Celebrating

June 19, 2015

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I know that mileage milestones are just numbers. They don't mean anything in the grand scheme. That said, I've always paid attention when the odometer in my own cars rolled over from a row of nines to a bunch of zeroes. It always felt like something just happened that was worth celebrating, if only for a moment.

That ritual has lost some of its luster since rolling mechanical odometers have given way to graphically-represented ones. There's no longer the rolling tenths digit that heralds the approaching moment, no jerky motion or temporary misalignment of the new zero digits that seemed like some sort of reluctance on the car's part to grow older.

It's much more clinical nowadays. Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4's odometer simply winked from 19999 to 20000 in an instant. It's similar to the time readout on my microwave oven or coffee maker, but without the winking colon of the passing seconds to give it some sort of rhythm.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Road Trip to Moab, Utah

June 17, 2015

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If you don't know Moab, you ought to school yourself. It's a wonderland of rock, the sort of place they might reject as too over-the-top if they ever decided to make a live-action Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner movie. Two stunning national parks — Arches and Canyonlands — are ridiculously close by, and a few more are in the neighborhood.

Every time I go there, I want to sign up for a geology course when I get home.

Business took me there this time. I could have flown. I should have flown if I'd been thinking straight. But I'll never turn away from a road trip, especially in this part of the country. For reasons that will become clear soon enough, I decided to give the job to our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fuel Economy Update for May - Big Miles, Big Gains

June 16, 2015

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Go big or go home. Well, we went big on miles and got far away from home in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in May. We put around 3,400 miles on the odometer and filled the tank 11 times. Most of those miles came from Travis's quick road trip and John's adventure in the muddy Eastern Sierras.

We also shattered some old stats.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Better Than 30 MPG on 1,000-Mile Road Trip

June 12, 2015

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In case you missed it, my brother and I went from Los Angeles to Nevada City and back in the Edmunds long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. It's 500 miles or so each way and we did the whole trip in about a day. You can read the details of the trip in the previous post, but here I wanted to follow up with fuel economy details.

The short version: we filled the tank three times and even cracked 30 mpg. Follow the jump for more.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Twenty-Four Hours and 1,000 Miles

June 10, 2015

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While 1,000 miles isn't exactly a long-distance record, that's how far I drove last weekend in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. My brother and I visited family in Northern California, but we had a small window of time to get there and back.

West Los Angeles to Nevada City is a little shy of 500 miles and, with a small detour to pick up my brother, I easily added 1,000 miles to the Cherokee's odometer. Not a bad way to get acquainted with this five-passenger crossover.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited:  In the Soup

June 4, 2015

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I already mentioned how the ground clearance of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited had me worried a bit, so in planning the next day's route, I made sure I had an "EASY" trail.

Risue Canyon Road (Forest Road #050) is 16.5 miles long and runs through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. My plan was to get to one of the primitive campgrounds at the tail end of the trail before dark. In no way is this trail the Rubicon, so I felt confident in anything AWD/4WD, with no need for a 4-inch lift, lockers, or 35-inch tires.

I was having a great time. The Cherokee was a blast and soaked up the bumpies with ease.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Ground Clearance Can't Clear a GoPro

June 1, 2015

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I recently took our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited on an extended road trip north along the Eastern Sierras. I soaked up most of the miles with the help of satellite radio, Chex Mix, and my dog, Fritz. The Cherokee is comfortable, quiet, and loaded with tech that really helps melt away the miles.

I'm an avid camper, and the plan was to have a couple days to myself before meeting up with the rest of the crew for Memorial Day weekend. I had my Eastern Sierras Off-Road trail book in hand, earmarked with many different off-tarmac byways. No particular plan in mind, just miles and time to kill.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Airbag Software Recall

May 18, 2015

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Fiat-Chrysler announced an increase in the number of 2014-2015 model year Jeep Cherokees affected by an earlier recall to reprogram airbag software. The additional 62,148 vehicles share the same potential for accidental deployment of side curtain and seat-mounted side airbags. Fiat-Chrysler said most reported incidents occurred in "harsh, off-road environments."

We called to see if our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited was part of the recall. It was.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Low on Miles But Hitting Fuel Economy Target

May 11, 2015

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Though it crossed the 15,000-mile barrier this month, our 2014 Jeep Cherokee didn't stray far from home, accumulating just 1,054 new miles. That's an improvement over the 627 miles amassed last month, but we'll need to pick up the pace if the Cherokee is to reach 20,000 miles in its final 10 weeks with us.

No new records for best fill or best range were set this month, and our Cherokee's lifetime average fuel consumption remained unchanged at 21.5 mpg.

The Cherokee V6 4x4 earns an EPA combined rating of 22 mpg, which means our Cherokee Limited is hitting its marks with 15,501 miles under its belt.

The stats break down like this:

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: How Would Our Crossover Compare Off-Road to the Cherokee Trailhawk?

May 7, 2015

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The Jeep Cherokee is unique in the compact SUV segment because it's available in three distinct 4-wheel drive, tire and suspension combinations.

Our Cherokee Limited 4x4 sits at the lower end of the Jeep off-road spectrum with the so-called Active Drive I four-wheel-drive system and 225/60R18 tires. Sport and Latitude 4x4s with the AD I system get 17-inch tires and wheels with the same rolling diameter. All of them ride on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, stand 66.2 inches tall and have 7.1 inches of ground clearance.

Step up to the optional Active Drive II system when you buy a Latitude or Limited and you'll get a class-exclusive, low-range transfer case that enables superior low-speed crawling. It also provides a neutral position for flat-towing your Cherokee behind a motorhome.

Moreover, you'll get a significant 1.1-inch suspension lift that hikes ground clearance to 8.2 inches and raises the roof to 67.3 inches. Jeep engineers had to devise longer rear trailing arms to maintain the desired rear suspension geometry, which is why the wheelbase of an AD II-equipped Cherokee is somewhat longer at 107.0-inches.

The Trail-Rated Trailhawk has what Jeep calls Active Drive Lock, which is the AD II system with low range, plus a lockable rear differential. The 1.1-inch lift is standard here, of course, but the addition of taller P245/65R17 off-road tires produces an additional half-inch boost to ground clearance (8.7 inches) and overall height (67.8 inches).

I wondered what all of this would mean for Ramp Travel Index, otherwise known as RTI. I measured a Cherokee Trailhawk some months ago, but never got around to measuring our long-term test vehicle on our 20-degree RTI ramp until late last week.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: No Major Issues After 15,000 Miles

April 16, 2015

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Midway through my morning commute, our 2014 Jeep Cherokee's odometer clicked past the 15,000-mile mark. When I exited the freeway, I documented the occasion with the above snap.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Re-Installing the Cargo Cover

April 14, 2015

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So I have an expensive purse. Most days it is worth more than the sum total of its contents, cash and credit cards included.

On the rare occasions that I need to leave it in the car, I'm careful to lock it in the trunk or hide it under the cargo cover in a minivan or SUV.

That's how I realized the cover in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee was snapped in backwards.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 7, 2015

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After road trips to Oregon and northern Nevada, our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited took it easy in March and traveled only 826 miles in mostly local driving. Our observed fuel economy hovered right around its lifetime average of 21.5 mpg, with one of three tank-fills exactly hitting the EPA's combined rating of 22 mpg.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: A Standard-Size Stroller Just Fits

April 6, 2015

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It's well documented that the current Jeep Cherokee is short on cargo capacity compared with other compact crossover SUVs. Although we've managed to fit plenty of stuff in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, the cargo bay behind the backseat is small. Too small, in my opinion.

Here is the largest and cushiest of the three strollers I own. Yes, three. We also own three car seats. And three automobiles. We're Americans and we like having options.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Radio Replaced

March 26, 2015

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Three weeks ago we took our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in to address an issue with the Bluetooth. The problem was easy to repeat. Press the phone icon on the touchscreen and the system froze as displayed in the picture above. The repair was not as simple...

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Can't Get Past The Schnoz

March 23, 2015

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With some cars the styling grows on you over time, with others it does not. I remember the first time I saw a BMW Z3 M Coupe. I was on vacation in Cape Cod, and there was one parked on the route of my daily run. I thought it was, well, kinda weird looking. After a week of running past that thing every morning, my feelings had completely changed and I wanted one. Even now, all these years later, it remains on the list of "Cars Mikey Must Have."

But in the case of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4, it's not growing on me. I just can't get beyond that schnoz.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Seat Agreement

March 20, 2015

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I agree with Mrs. Hellwig's post about the comfortable front seats in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4. I'm tempted to say my photo is a little better, but it's not a competition. Yet somehow I just made it one.  

But back to the seats: It was especially nice to get into the Cherokee the other day for me, as I was suffering from a bad cold and my whole body was aching. The Cherokee made it seem like I was plopping down into a seat of wonderfully thick pillows. Seriously, the seat bottom is that plush and inviting. It actually made my body feel better, a pretty nice thing when you've got a long drive home.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 6, 2015

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We've been putting our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited to good use over the past couple of months, and February saw us drop another 1,800 miles on our True Blue ute. We're about seven months into our time with the Jeep, and, well, how are we doing?

Numbers are on the other side.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Lights Out

March 3, 2015

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Most modern cars offer navigation and entertainment displays that range from 8 to 12 inches wide, some in widescreen aspect ratio, many with touch-sensitive surfaces. Pretty impressive technology that seems to keep in step (or at least a step behind) the latest tablet technology.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: 10,000-Mile Service

February 27, 2015

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We knew that our 2014 Jeep Cherokee was due for service soon but we snuck in a couple of road trips anyway. It had 12,925 miles when I pulled into the service drive for a 7:00 a.m. appointment at Glenn E. Thomas Dodge in Long Beach. On the agenda were scheduled 10,000-mile maintenance items and a phone pairing issue Josh encountered.

In less than 45 minutes the oil and filter were changed and the tires rotated. Then I waited. The next 2 hours and 15 minutes in the customer lounge were highlighted by a Michael Strahan versus Shaquille O'Neal dance-off and the woman seated next to me, who spilled a cup of coffee in her husband's shoe...

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Rear Air Vent

February 23, 2015

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Parked on the street with the early afternoon sun beating down on it, our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited was a little toasty inside.

I climbed into the driver seat and fired up the engine as my daughter and her pal slid into the back.

"It's spicy in here," announced Emma, which is 14-year-old-girl-speak for, "it's hot."

"I know," I said, "be patient. It will take a few minutes for the air conditioning to kick in."

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Updated Transmission Software

February 20, 2015

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It hasn't been an issue for us, but other 2014 Jeep Cherokee owners have been experiencing some problems with the shift quality from the standard nine-speed automatic transmission. According to Jeep, there's nothing physically wrong with the transmission, it simply has a few software glitches that occasionally result in abnormal operation.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Front Seat Comfort

February 19, 2015

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I absolutely love the front seats in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Every time I get in, it's like settling into a comfy leather armchair. There's just the right amount of padding and support in the seat bottom. It's soft but not squishy, firm but not stiff.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 4

February 17, 2015

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Most of our trip into the not-so-wilds of Nevada had our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited on well-groomed dirt roads. The roads were so civilized, that we never saw the need to switch into any of the off-road drive modes. That was, until one of the locals told us that we should check out an area up in the hills.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 3

February 16, 2015

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I love dogs. If I had room in my life for one, it'd be a no-brainer. Scott's dogs, Archie and Dudley, are exceptionally cool and they proved it on our Nevada road trip. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, on the other hand, was adequate but not all that praiseworthy as a hauler of larger dogs, but perhaps not for the reasons that you'd assume.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 2

February 13, 2015

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Historically, I've never been a fan of cruise control. That all changed as adaptive cruise control began appearing in cars. As we pointed the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited north on the long desert highway towards Nevada, the system proved worthy of praise.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 1

February 12, 2015

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Not too long ago, I decided to stop making excuses for not getting out and seeing the world. Opportunities to pack up and head out were surprisingly forthcoming. The most significant so far came courtesy of my buddies in the Edmunds photo and video crew.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Good Use of Old and New Technology

February 6, 2015

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Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is a great example of how to blend old and new technology in a way that's easy to use. It not only has one of the better user interface setups for its touchscreen, it also has a handful of physical knobs and buttons for the stuff you use most often.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 5, 2015

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Seven months into the year-long test of our long-term, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited has seen its fair share of road trips. Last month, Riswick took a tour of Oregon. At the end of January, I took it on a road trip into western Nevada (more on that in upcoming posts).

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Lane Keeping Works Well

January 28, 2015

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After our recent phone-pairing debacle in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, I was happy to discover a feature that's working well. Though I'm not a huge fan of lane-keeping systems, it's always refreshing to find one that's well calibrated. And that's the case in the Cherokee.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Phone Pairing Fail

January 26, 2015

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I headed home a few nights ago for the first time in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Tried pairing my phone when I jumped in but was met with the above note telling me that the "Hands-free system is loading. Please wait."

So I waited.

And waited. And waited.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Oregon Road Trip Wrap + Fuel Economy Update

January 23, 2015

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With our week in Bend, Oregon, sadly at an end, my wife and I packed up the Cherokee once again and set course 822 miles due south for what would hopefully be a full day of driving. I say hopefully, because you never know what weather or a jackknifed tractor trailer on a mountain pass might be ahead. 

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: 10,000 Miles

January 22, 2015

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Whereas Mike Magrath bought a freakin' cake for our CL65's 15,000-mile milestone, my observance of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's 10,000-mile crossover was rather less involved: I was asleep. 

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Remote Ignition

January 21, 2015

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Being in Southern California is wonderful for reviewing cars, as you can pretty much do photo shoots and track-testing every week of the year without fear of a blizzard or torrential rain. However, there are car features we simply don't get to test as you would in normal parts of the country. One such common feature is remote ignition and I got a chance to experience and appreciate it in in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited during my road trip to Bend, Oregon.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Oregon Road Trip Oil Change

January 20, 2015

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We were a mere 10 minutes or so into a 12-hour-or-so journey to Bend, Oregon, when our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's trip computer alerted me I should change its oil soon. Great, perfect timing. Looks like I would be visiting an Oregonian Jeep dealer.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Superior Adaptive Cruise Control

January 19, 2015

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I'm going out on a limb here and say for the money the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and other Chrysler-family vehicles have the best adaptive cruise control. During my road trip to Bend, Oregon, it was absolutely invaluable and an example of how to do such a system right. If cruise control was its own category in our vehicle ratings, it would get the rare 10 out of 10 from me. The fact that it's not that expensive is a 3-inch slab of icing on the cake.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Road Trip Cargo Space

January 15, 2015

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When you buy a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited instead of a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester or indeed most other "compact" SUVs, you should do so with the knowledge that it does not possess the same amount of cargo space. A major culprit for this deficiency is its higher load floor created by the large spare tire and the need for a taller departure angle. This is what you call a trade-off for the Cherokee's requisite Jeepness, but how useful is the existing space?

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Road Trip Snow Mode

January 14, 2015

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Though we made it to Bend, Oregon, free and clear with no inclement weather to challenge the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, that quickly changed. First, we drove the half hour or so up to the ski resort area of Mt. Bachelor, traversing the curving Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway to get there, the latter 20 percent of which was caked in a thin layer of snow. Even with all-season tires, we plowed through without issue. A day later, things got even more interesting.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Oregon Road Trip Notes

January 13, 2015

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The trip from Los Angeles to Bend, Oregon, should take around 12 hours. It's a distance I did coming back in the CL65 back in August, but as driving through rural Oregon after dark is a lot different than doing so in the outskirts of L.A. sprawl, a two-part journey is recommended. As we had friends meeting us in Bend who were planning to stop in Chico, California, we opted to divert there for our overnight pit stop. And of course, we stopped in Weed, California, for gas and the obligatory photo.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Oregon Road Trip

January 12, 2015

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Back in August, my wife and I ventured to Oregon in our long-term Mercedes CL65. It was such a wonderful trip, and we enjoyed Bend, Oregon, so much that we decided to return during the winter to experience it when all that green had been dusted in white.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Tidy Liftgate Opening

January 9, 2015

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Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited was closer to the 4Runner than the camera would have you believe, but not so close to impede the upward motion of the liftgate. Still, the Cherokee liftgate design has a fairly narrow opening radius that's handy when using in the confines of beach town parking on a weekend.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nice To Have a V6 If You Can Swing It

December 25, 2014

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When I'm not installing car seats, I occasionally allow myself to enjoy the act of driving itself. And if you're going to drive around in a small, relatively affordable crossover SUV, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is one of the best ones out there.

The last time I drove the new-generation Cherokee, it was in a much earlier state of development. The engineers were still working on the nine-speed automatic transmission calibration, plus I was driving around Moab, Utah, which is at 4,000 feet.

Yet, our long-termer feels very much like the V6-equipped Trailhawk models I drove last year.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Installing a Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat in the Center vs. Passenger Side

December 23, 2014

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Of course, my first inclination upon getting into our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited was to install my child's really quite enormous rear-facing convertible car seat in the rear passenger-side position. That way, I can be selfish and leave the driver seat exactly how I want it.

But when I spotted a single lower anchor point in the rear center position, I knew I had to try a rear center installation just for kicks.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Large Digital Speedometer

December 19, 2014

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In 1987 my father bought himself a new Corvette. Black. I was seventeen at the time, and it was the absolute coolest thing I had ever seen.

That car had digital gauges. Both the speedometer and the tachometer were displayed redundantly with both a colored graph that mimicked the function of an analog gauge and a numerical readout like KITT's speedometer, which the camera always zoomed in on during Super Pursuit Mode, which was awesome.

However, when I drove that Corvette, I always found myself focused on the colored graph for rpm and the numerical readout for speed. And I suspect I'm not the only one.
(Today's C7 Corvette Stingray also uses a digital instrument cluster, but its tachometer is limited to an analog style gauge, while its speedometer is a numerical readout.)

Twenty-seven years later digital gauges and speedometers come in many mutations. And the design in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is one of my favorites.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Rear Seats

December 16, 2014

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I find the driver seat in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited comfortable for me. And according to my weekend passengers, the rear seats are darn good, too.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Smells Like Jeep Spirit

December 15, 2014

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"What an incredible smell you've discovered." That was my thought when I slipped into our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. The interior has a unique sour smell to it. Or a chemical smell. Or a sharp cheddar. It's pungent with a touch of skunk.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Bearly Fit

December 11, 2014

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What happens when your 14-year-old daughter asks for a "giant teddy bear" for Christmas?

If you're me, the bear's $120 price tag makes you flinch, laugh and ultimately scoff at the sheer ridiculousness of the purchase.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Carrying the Cocoa

December 10, 2014

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'Tis the season, and our beach town neighborhood was hosting its annual tree lighting ceremony. My friend who owns a local coffee shop was scheduled to provide 12 gallons of hot chocolate to support the festivities, and I volunteered to help with delivery.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Heated Seat and Steering Wheel

December 9, 2014

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I've tested enough heated seats to know that they come in three flavors: Is it Even On?, Ooooo That's Nice and Toasty, and Holy Cow, My Butt is On Fire.

The seats in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited are of the Fire Butt variety.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Underfloor Storage

December 8, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

This is something I'd like to see in more crossovers, including my wife's GMC Acadia.

The underfloor storage in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited keeps small items, like athletic shoes and my 1981 issue of Street Freaks, from ping-ponging around the vehicle's vast expanse of cargo space.

Smartly, its four bins vary in size and shape, and they're just deep enough to be truly useful.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Six-Foot Ladder Fit

December 4, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

That's a six-foot ladder in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. It fit, and yes I could close the hatch.

I had my doubts as I walked the metal monstrosity over to the crossover, but it quickly became clear that it was going to work.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 3, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

We added approximately 2,700 miles to our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's odometer since its last fuel update, and a few short trips made up the bulk of those miles.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Good and Bad Parking Aids

November 3, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Mysterious Tire Pressure Monitoring System Error Warning

October 29, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee

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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Rearview Display Delay

October 24, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

Donna mentioned in a recent post about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's slow-shifting transmission. But that's not its only slow shift.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Unnecessary Wood Trim

October 22, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

"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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Slow Transitions

October 17, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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?

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Proper Plug Placement

October 16, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nice, Clear Gauges

October 10, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: 5,000 Miles

October 8, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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.

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