2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Ground Clearance Can't Clear a GoPro
June 1, 2015
I recently took our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited on an extended road trip north along the Eastern Sierras. I soaked up most of the miles with the help of satellite radio, Chex Mix, and my dog, Fritz. The Cherokee is comfortable, quiet, and loaded with tech that really helps melt away the miles.
I'm an avid camper, and the plan was to have a couple days to myself before meeting up with the rest of the crew for Memorial Day weekend. I had my Eastern Sierras Off-Road trail book in hand, earmarked with many different off-tarmac byways. No particular plan in mind, just miles and time to kill.
Just after Bishop, Calif., I split off the 395 and travelled north Highway 6 into western Nevada. The landscape opened up and eventually I pulled over to stretch the legs and let the dog run around.
In my mind, Jeeps are solid-axle, slick rock-conquering legends that take on anything and laugh. I've seen them roll, flip, break, and burn all in the spirit of adventure. So if you were to ask me about this particular model, I'd say it's a Jeep. Kinda.
Now before I go further, I'm well aware this is not the Trailhawk. I'm simply playing the hand I was dealt. With a GoPro in hand, I set it up for a couple of landscape drive-by shots.
As the video illustrates, our Cherokee's 7.1-inch ground clearance wasn't enough for the camera to escape unscathed. Honestly, I was a bit surprised, but I chalked it up as a bit of a reality check. As a precaution, trails that featured any sort of "MODERATE" terrain would be off the list for the rest of the trip. No big deal, as there was plenty to see and do on well-travelled "EASY"-rated track.
More on that to follow.
John Adolph, Senior Production Manager @ 17,859 miles