June 29, 2015
I always enjoy my time in Moab, Utah, but I look forward the road trip to and from the place just as much. But I never like to retrace my steps if I don't have to, so I plotted out a return route that stayed north of the Colorado River.
It could have been 100 percent interstate, but that's rarely very scenic. Besides, I'd been that way before when Kurt and I passed through these parts during our 2012 Tesla Model S coast-to-coast road trip.
So I dipped off the freeway as soon as I could and put the 2014 Jeep Cherokee on a lurching path that zig-zagged south and west through tiny Utah towns such as Hanksville, Escalante and Tropic, before fueling up and regaining the interstate in Cedar City.
June 17, 2015
If you don't know Moab, you ought to school yourself. It's a wonderland of rock, the sort of place they might reject as too over-the-top if they ever decided to make a live-action Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner movie. Two stunning national parks — Arches and Canyonlands — are ridiculously close by, and a few more are in the neighborhood.
Every time I go there, I want to sign up for a geology course when I get home.
Business took me there this time. I could have flown. I should have flown if I'd been thinking straight. But I'll never turn away from a road trip, especially in this part of the country. For reasons that will become clear soon enough, I decided to give the job to our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4.
June 16, 2015
Go big or go home. Well, we went big on miles and got far away from home in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in May. We put around 3,400 miles on the odometer and filled the tank 11 times. Most of those miles came from Travis's quick road trip and John's adventure in the muddy Eastern Sierras.
We also shattered some old stats.
June 12, 2015
In case you missed it, my brother and I went from Los Angeles to Nevada City and back in the Edmunds long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. It's 500 miles or so each way and we did the whole trip in about a day. You can read the details of the trip in the previous post, but here I wanted to follow up with fuel economy details.
The short version: we filled the tank three times and even cracked 30 mpg. Follow the jump for more.
June 10, 2015
While 1,000 miles isn't exactly a long-distance record, that's how far I drove last weekend in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. My brother and I visited family in Northern California, but we had a small window of time to get there and back.
West Los Angeles to Nevada City is a little shy of 500 miles and, with a small detour to pick up my brother, I easily added 1,000 miles to the Cherokee's odometer. Not a bad way to get acquainted with this five-passenger crossover.
May 11, 2015
Though it crossed the 15,000-mile barrier this month, our 2014 Jeep Cherokee didn't stray far from home, accumulating just 1,054 new miles. That's an improvement over the 627 miles amassed last month, but we'll need to pick up the pace if the Cherokee is to reach 20,000 miles in its final 10 weeks with us.
No new records for best fill or best range were set this month, and our Cherokee's lifetime average fuel consumption remained unchanged at 21.5 mpg.
The Cherokee V6 4x4 earns an EPA combined rating of 22 mpg, which means our Cherokee Limited is hitting its marks with 15,501 miles under its belt.
The stats break down like this:
April 7, 2015
After road trips to Oregon and northern Nevada, our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited took it easy in March and traveled only 826 miles in mostly local driving. Our observed fuel economy hovered right around its lifetime average of 21.5 mpg, with one of three tank-fills exactly hitting the EPA's combined rating of 22 mpg.
March 6, 2015
We've been putting our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited to good use over the past couple of months, and February saw us drop another 1,800 miles on our True Blue ute. We're about seven months into our time with the Jeep, and, well, how are we doing?
Numbers are on the other side.
February 5, 2015
Seven months into the year-long test of our long-term, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited has seen its fair share of road trips. Last month, Riswick took a tour of Oregon. At the end of January, I took it on a road trip into western Nevada (more on that in upcoming posts).
January 23, 2015
With our week in Bend, Oregon, sadly at an end, my wife and I packed up the Cherokee once again and set course 822 miles due south for what would hopefully be a full day of driving. I say hopefully, because you never know what weather or a jackknifed tractor trailer on a mountain pass might be ahead.
December 3, 2014
We added approximately 2,700 miles to our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's odometer since its last fuel update, and a few short trips made up the bulk of those miles.
October 7, 2014
We added about 1,800 miles to our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited in September. About 500 of those miles were added by Jay Kavanagh. During that time he earned the new best fill number of 25.5 MPG and a best range of 316.2 miles.
September 9, 2014
We added about 1,300 miles to the odometer of our 2014 Jeep Cherokee during the month of August. Nobody went on any big trips last month, so we accumulated those miles just commuting around Southern California.
August 11, 2014
Our deep blue 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited posts its first fuel consumption figure this month, and the results look good. Unlike another new addition to our long-term fleet, the Cherokee doesn't reward leadfoots with whiplash-inducing acceleration or rifle reports from its exhausts on throttle liftoff. As such, it was much easier for our crossover to achieve fuel economy within spitting distance of EPA combined numbers.