2014 Jeep Cherokee: A Small Crossover With an Available V6
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.
The V6 Cherokee's fuel economy obviously suffers relative to the four-cylinder, and it costs more upfront (it's a $1,495 option). But in return you get quicker acceleration, better towing performance and, more subjectively, the much more appealing sound of a V6 under the hood.
This Jeep also happens to be one of just a few 2014 crossovers that offer a V6. The Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, GMC Terrain and Mitsubishi Outlander are the others.
Of course, there are also crossovers that offer turbocharged four-cylinder engines. These can effectively take the place of a V6. Examples would include the Ford Escape and the Subaru Forester. These turbo-4s can provide V6-like acceleration but with better fuel economy. Yet if you still want a V6, whether it be for the sound or just the comfort of having a naturally aspirated engine, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a good way to go.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 2,878 miles