2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fold-Flat Front Seat Wins
October 1, 2014
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.
It's the preferred method for speed and convenience with the board riding on the roof only when I've got passengers. It's not necessarily the best precaution for rollover safety or board longevity. I really should just spend a few extra minutes and rack the thing up top. But it's nice for security when out for a post-surf burger and the Jeep is out of sight.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited can do the same trick, but in a modern way. The board would ride too high if suspended atop the seatbacks and extend too far for the tailgate to close. But dropping the rear seat and folding the front seat flat allows the board to lay flat on the cargo floor. Nice. This is a better arrangement than the XJ.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor