Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Cloth Seats, Rear View Camera, Remote Start, Uconnect 5” Touch-Screen Media Center with Bluetooth, Media Hub (USB, SD & Auxiliary Ports), Keyless Entry, Windshield Wiper De-Icer, Trailer Tow Package, 3.2L V6, 9-Speed Automatic, Select Terrain System and 154,200 kms
The new-for- 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV has more off-road capability than most of its buyers will ever think of using. In classic Jeep fashion, it will take on boulders and swamps that other vehicles in its class dare not confront. You should be aware that the Cherokee is different animal: Not only can it climb mountains, but it offers creature-comforts that might well be the best in class. That’s why KBB named it one of the 10 Best SUVs for 2014.
A very clever chameleon, its on-road behavior is in keeping with everything else in the class – perfectly acceptable. But when you get the Cherokee off pavement, the world changes. Equipped with the 4WD system – Jeep Active Drive I, the Cherokee offers class-leading off-road prowess. One key reason is the standard Selec-Terrain traction-control system, which allows the driver to choose settings for optimum performance, including settings for Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. It also has an “Auto” setting that decides for you, based on what the Cherokee’s systems sense.
9-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION – Developed by global transmission giant ZF, Chrysler Group’s 9-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment in all models of the new Cherokee. We appreciate its smooth launches and excellent power delivery, and the biggest plus is fuel economy.
SELEC-TERRAIN – Instead of relying on sheer muscle and torque multiplication, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 separate vehicle systems to deliver control tailored to the environment you are traversing. Among the systems that get its special touch are the drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control, transmission, and powertrain controller.
Both Jeep heritage (the trapezoidal “center stack”) and Americana (an instrument panel layout that mimics the spread wings of an eagle) are represented in the 2014 Cherokee’s attractive, upscale interior. The ergonomically designed seats offer good support and are trimmed with attractive cloth. The 60/40-split 2nd-row seats move forward and backward for increased passenger comfort and cargo flexibility. Also a cool feature is the glovebox so large “you could put a turkey in it”.
While many models in the segment are ditching their 6-cylinder variants to concentrate on the fuel-economy of the 4-cylinders, Jeep is adamant about offering a V6 version of the Cherokee. Its 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 271 horsepower, 239 lb-ft of torque and delivers best-in-class V6 towing of 4,500 pounds.
Bottom line: the Cherokee performs very well as a daily driver, while at the same time offering you more traction enhancement than you’ll probably ever need.