2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Unnecessary Wood Trim
October 22, 2014
"Why's this wood panel here?" Megan asked. It was the first thing she noticed when she sat in the passenger seat of our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. "It isn't even real wood. Is it supposed to match the brown door panel or something?" Megan is a good friend of mine and she's ridden in many of our long-term cars, so I trust her to give me her honest opinion. This time, she pointed out something I hadn't really noticed before and I wasn't exactly sure how to respond.
I tapped on the piece of trim and a hollow, plastic sound came off it.
"You're right. This thing feels cheap," I said. "But otherwise, it's pretty nice in here, right?" Though neither of us initially thought this piece was real wood, it turns out that it is.
According to the Jeep Cherokee's brochure, the "unique pairing of Indigo Blue and Jeep Brown, mirrors the evening hues of Italy's Mount Vesuvius. Open-pore Zebrano wood trim, Silver-colored bezels and accent stitching finish the vision."
In the Limited trim, I really like our Cherokee's interior. The dashboard surfaces feel like they're made of high-quality materials. This piece of trim is a bit out of place though. It could easily be replaced by the same standard plastic that it butts up with on its lower seam without giving the door panel such a mismatched feel.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 5,580 miles