2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Better Than 30 MPG on 1,000-Mile Road Trip
June 12, 2015
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.
We left LA with about a half-tank of fuel, so filled up three times on the trip: Once in central California while northbound, again in the same area while southbound and a final fill in Los Angeles before parking the Cherokee at the Edmunds offices.
These three fills came in at 24.9 mpg, 28.3 mpg and 31.0 mpg, respectively. The latter marks a new best fuel economy record for the Jeep, better than even the EPA's 27 mpg highway estimate. The second tank also set a best-range record of 411.7 miles.
The trip home included flat highways and a 65-mph speed limit most of the way. I settled down in the slow lane and used cruise control for maximum efficiency. This is the same strategy I used to finally crack the highway-EPA estimate on our long-term Nissan Rogue.
I genuinely like this kind of driving. Don't get me wrong, I'd much rather be at a track day in the F-Type, but this driving is much less stressful. Flat-footing it requires more frequent gas stops and ultimately a longer trip, with the added worry of getting pulled over. In the end, this tactic kept me relaxed, allowed my brother to sleep in the passenger seat, and helped us achieve two new records for the Jeep during its eleventh month in our fleet.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 17,330 miles