2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 4
February 17, 2015
Most of our trip into the not-so-wilds of Nevada had our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited on well-groomed dirt roads. The roads were so civilized, that we never saw the need to switch into any of the off-road drive modes. That was, until one of the locals told us that we should check out an area up in the hills.
Our Cherokee is the Limited trim. That means it's the fancy-pants luxurious one. But Limited could also mean it has limitations. Well-groomed dirt roads are one thing, but rocky trails are another altogether. That's when the Trailhawk trim makes more sense.
We headed into the hills using the old-timer's directions. Pavement turned to dirt. Dirt turned to gravel. Gravel turned to fist-sized rocks. Bigger than fist-sized rocks turned ugly.
The trail narrowed at the first choke point, with one big rock on the right and a medium-sized one (about the size of a car battery) on the left. We drove up onto the smaller rock with a little bit of a struggle, then the tire quickly lost its purchase and slipped. Unfortunately, that caused a rather ugly set of scuffs on the alloy wheel. After a few choice words, we gingerly guided the Cherokee back down the trail.
Yes, in hindsight a Trailhawk would have been the right tool for the job. It has 17-inch wheels with wider all-terrain tires, not the 18-inch all-seasons on the Limited. With any luck, repair or replacement won't cost too much.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 11,597 Miles