April 16, 2015
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.
April 14, 2015
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.
April 7, 2015
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.
April 6, 2015
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.
March 26, 2015
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...
March 23, 2015
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.
March 20, 2015
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.
March 6, 2015
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.
March 3, 2015
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.
February 27, 2015
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...
February 23, 2015
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."
February 20, 2015
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.
February 19, 2015
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.
February 17, 2015
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.
February 16, 2015
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.
February 13, 2015
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.
February 12, 2015
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.
February 6, 2015
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.
February 5, 2015
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).
January 28, 2015
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.
January 26, 2015
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.
January 23, 2015
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.
January 22, 2015
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.
January 21, 2015
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.
January 20, 2015
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.
January 19, 2015
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.
January 15, 2015
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?
January 14, 2015
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.
January 13, 2015
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.
January 12, 2015
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.
January 9, 2015
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.
December 25, 2014
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.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Installing a Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat in the Center vs. Passenger Side
December 23, 2014
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.
December 19, 2014
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.
December 16, 2014
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.
December 15, 2014
"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.
December 11, 2014
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.
December 10, 2014
'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.
December 9, 2014
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.
December 8, 2014
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.
December 4, 2014
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.
December 3, 2014
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.
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.