2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Fuel Economy Update for May - Big Miles, Big Gains
June 16, 2015
Go big or go home. Well, we went big on miles and got far away from home in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in May. We put around 3,400 miles on the odometer and filled the tank 11 times. Most of those miles came from Travis's quick road trip and John's adventure in the muddy Eastern Sierras.
We also shattered some old stats.
We averaged 25.4 mpg for the month, significantly better than the EPA combined rating. Travis managed 31.0 mpg on the return leg of his road trip, also higher than the EPA highway rating. We set a best new range of 411.7 miles, and had some other impressive long-distance fills in there as well (361.9 and 374.4, for example).
Our occasionally intentional hypermiling helped us bump the Cherokee's lifetime average to 22.0 mpg (up 0.5 mpg from last month), which is dead-on with the EPA combined rating. Say what you (and we) will about the awkward, nine-speed automatic transmission, but it's proving its worth. Now just two weeks into June, things are looking even better, but more on that later.
For now, let's see if we can hold onto our gains through the last month of our test.
Worst Fill MPG: 12.8
Best Fill MPG: 31.0
Average Lifetime MPG: 22.0
EPA MPG Rating: 22 Combined (19 City/27 Highway)
Best Range: 411.7
Current Odometer: 18,865
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor