2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nice To Have a V6 If You Can Swing It
December 25, 2014
When I'm not installing car seats, I occasionally allow myself to enjoy the act of driving itself. And if you're going to drive around in a small, relatively affordable crossover SUV, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is one of the best ones out there.
The last time I drove the new-generation Cherokee, it was in a much earlier state of development. The engineers were still working on the nine-speed automatic transmission calibration, plus I was driving around Moab, Utah, which is at 4,000 feet.
Yet, our long-termer feels very much like the V6-equipped Trailhawk models I drove last year.
This is not an overtly athletic crossover SUV. It's nothing like our old Mazda CX-5 in personality. Yet, the Cherokee is likable in a different way, and the effortless torque has a lot to do with it. Even compared with the powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines in this class, the V6 is just impressive because it makes for such a relaxed driving experience. Merging and passing requires so little work. It's like the old days.
The ride quality is also quite excellent. I don't think you'll find a cushier ride in this segment. I do think our Jeep feels heavy for its size as you're going around turns. Still, it's steady at a brisk everyday driving pace and its substantial feel might be welcome if the CX-5 strikes you as lightweight and tinny.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 8,113 miles