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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Seat Agreement

March 20, 2015

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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: Rear Air Vent

February 23, 2015

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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: 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: Good Use of Old and New Technology

February 6, 2015

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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

December 23, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

"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: Heated Seat and Steering Wheel

December 9, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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: 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: 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: 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: Fold-Flat Front Seat Wins

October 1, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Child Safety Seat Install

September 12, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Weird Dead Pedal Step

August 25, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

Look at the above photo of the dead pedal in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and note the odd step at the bottom where your heal should be. This has to be an unavoidable flaw with the car's design, because I can't fathom the reason someone would desire a dead pedal step. My heal either sits awkwardly on top of it, awkwardly on its edge or awkwardly in front. Either way, this certainly can't be what someone envisioned.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: I Like Back-Up Cameras

August 12, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee

Diagonal parking spots are much easier to pull in and out of than other types. That's the hypothesis, anyway, but it all breaks down when a windowless extendo-van parks in the adjacent upstream spot. That's exactly what happened to me the other day when I was driving our 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

As you can see, my view was totally blocked. My most emphatic head-check was no match for the looming Ford Econoline.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Secret Squirrel Seat Storage

July 31, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

I spy with my little eye on our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's passenger seat bottom a little pull-loop.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Front Seat Small-Item Storage

July 24, 2014

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The front seat in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a nice place to be. Materials quality is high and I love the seats (more on that later), but there isn't much room for accessories, rubbish, contraband, paraphernalia, knick knacks, bric-a-brac, accoutrements, or other various flotsam and jetsam. Ya know, your stuff.

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