2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: A Standard-Size Stroller Just Fits
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.
This stroller, a Maxi Cosi Foray LX, is a pain to fold and unfold (yeah, yeah, I should have done more research before buying it off Craigslist). But it happens to be my daughter's favorite, so I took it along for a recent lunch outing with friends. As you see, it fits just fine in our Jeep Cherokee's cargo bay. When folded, its footprint is roughly 40 inches by 24 inches. No problem, right?
Right. Unless, of course, I'd wanted to stop off at the grocery store, in which case, I would have had to pile the bags on top of the stroller. That's no problem if I'm just going home afterward, but if I need to use the stroller again, it's a hassle to retrieve.
For perspective, here's a really terrible photo I shot at night of the same stroller in an A3 sedan. It's not our long-term 2015 Audi A3 obviously, rather a TDI model we recently tested. The Audi's trunk measures a paltry 10 cubic feet compared to the Cherokee's 24.8-cubic-foot cargo bay.
Yet the A3's trunk is deeper, so I can fit the stroller in with the handlebar-side out and stuff some groceries in on the side. Certainly, the Jeep has more hauling capacity when you drop the rear seats, but for everyday use, the advantage goes to the Audi.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 14,652 miles