2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: One Year and 22,000 Miles
August 21, 2015
We spent a year with a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and liked it. Mostly.
Its V6 delivered good power and even better torque, which made it a good needle for threading highway traffic. Comfortable seats, a nicely crafted interior and decent off-road ability helped the new-generation Cherokee straddle a unique niche between modern crossover and useable dirt toy.
But its nine-speed automatic transmission came in for sharp rebuke, seemingly always bogged down looking for the highest, slowest gear in a quest for ultimate fuel economy. We can't argue with the results, though. After more than 22,000 miles, we did 0.5 mpg better than the EPA estimate of 22 mpg combined.
The Cherokee's biggest flaw? Its name.
Despite the marketing rap, this Cherokee, even the burly Trailhawk edition, bears little relation to the classic, boxy
body-on-frame unibody predecessor of the 80s and 90s. For some buyers, that's not a bad thing. The last-generation "XJ" Cherokee coasted on its trail credentials until it bowed out in 2001, while its powertrain development was stuck in an 80s loop. Still, some of us, or possibly just me, rejected the new-gen Cherokee as a pretender from the very start.
Read here for more of our collective impressions and final stats on our time with the Jeep.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor