2014 Jeep Cherokee? New Model Surprises

    December 7, 2013
    Tina Volpe
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The familiar Jeep Cherokee that has been around for decades has given us some new surprises in its 2014 models. The new look is the first thing you’ll notice, quite different than the Jeep you are used to seeing. It’s been upgraded to look sleeker and more modern – loaded with updated safety features, and much more pleasant to handle on the road.

It also has the first nine-speed automatic transmission. Using a platform that’s based on cars from Jeep owner Fiat of Italy.

Cherokee offers safety equipment that’s usually only seen in luxury cars and includes lots of extras such as unique storage nooks, and seats that slide much further forward and back than most other SUVs. The legroom in the back has been enhanced, giving passengers over 40 inches of space.

The Cherokee, just as before, offers 4×4 off-road options, and is a heavier body than most others in its class. However, it is not standing up to the others in gas mileage.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s best mileage rating from the federal government is 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway with the standard, 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

Cherokee also offers an optional, 271-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6, with mileage at 19 city and 27 highway.

The 2014 Cherokee has a starting retail price of $23,990 for a front-wheel drive Sport model with the turbocharged four cylinder and nine-speed automatic. They don’t offer a manual transmission though.

A 4×4 Cherokee starts at $25,990 with the 4-cylinder engine.

The lowest retail price for a 2014 Cherokee with the V-6 is $26,985, and this isn’t the 4×4 model. Buyers can step into a four-wheel-drive, V-6 Grand Cherokee for as little as $31,790 with the Laredo trim. Jeep offers the Limited and Summit trim as well; the Overland model is a bit pricier, at $47,190. These starting costs are for standard equipped models.

The safety additions are awesome. Standard safety equipment on all 2014 Cherokees includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. A rearview camera is either standard or optional on all models.

Trailhawk and Limited models are available with a large option package that includes a forward collision warning system (with automatic brake intervention in potential collision situations), a lane departure warning system that will give the steering wheel a nudge if you veer out of your lane on the highway, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts.

See all of the new models at your local Jeep Cherokee dealer – you might just drive off with one.

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  • Robert Bond

    Unfortunately – this doesn’t look anywhere near what a “JEEP” should look like. GM has lost the lines and looks of the jeep somewhere along the way. I still have a 98 Cherokee with almost 250K miles, and is one of the best vehicles I’ve ever owned. GM – remember Jeeps roots, and get back to it… Although I’m looking for a new car soon, I will not by a JEEP… sorry… just not the same..

    R Bond
    San Antonio, tX

    • http://www.yahoo.com djc

      I, too, own a ’98 Jeep Cherokee Sport and agree 100% it’s one of the best vehicles on the road. It climbs hills with no problem whatsoever, it’s extremely responsive upon acceleration and doesn’t give me a lot of engine or transmission problems. I got mine used at 93,000 miles with a current mileage at 111,000 miles. Runs just as strong as when I first bought it. I may get another vehicle, brand new, but this one I will definitely keep!! I like the 2008 models and contemplated getting one but money wouldn’t stretch. It’s ok, I’m still happy with this one!!!

      • sk

        R Bond…last time I checked, Jeep is part of Chrysler which is not part of GM. Direct your comments to Chrysler

      • Rich Klein

        Umm- Jeep is Chrysler not GM dummie.

    • Rick

      You DO have problems if GM built your Jeep.

  • David Wirt

    This new Jeep sounds like a winner. Now if only Mopar would build a Dodge version, they would have a double barrel winner.

  • needfulthings

    My 2012 Explorer has all above listed options except “Lane Departure” – “Heated steering wheel”but it does have 2nd row airbags (side & belt). I like it but N.B.F.D.

  • Alex

    The 2.4L 4 cylinder isn’t turbocharged but it does use Fiat’s Multiair technology eliminating the intake camshaft for a bank of solinoids allowing for variable valve timing, lift, deration, etc. They are very nice inside and out. All the Jeep fanboys complaining about the design, guess what?! Its 2013 for crying out loud!! You cant sell a breadbox with wheels and expect people to buy it. People buying these things don’t care about solid axles and off roading, they care about fuel economy and getting the kids to soccer practice.

    • Anne-Marie

      Guess what, “people” do care about off road capabilities in their SUVs. Designers and marketers are obviously targeting “people” who live in urban areas with no snow or dirt roads to contend with. I want my Jeep to get good fuel economy and to handle off road as well as it does on – but here in the wilds of Wyoming we need the reality of a 4X4, not the soccer mom fashion statement. If my vehicle can’t handle ice, snow and REAL mountains, it isn’t going to be kept long. On that, I had a ’94 Grand Cherokee that did everything but climb trees (or handle a really ugly v-shaped dip off road at the end). It also averaged 24 mpg on the highway and 15 – 19 in town. THAT’S what the average Jeep driver wants!

  • fat marty

    I’m as old as dirt. First jeep, 97 wrangler purchased 2 years ago in rust-belt pennsylvania. Love it, love the looks, 80K and will keep it running forever. No need for a new one, especially one crapped up with a bunch of shit that only the “Service Department” knows where it is, and how to fix it. Todays Jeep is a sadly different breed from the one I muscle through soft sand on the Jersey beaches. Looks like metroEuroworms infested the CAD files.

  • Glenn Kennedy

    I purchased a 2014 Cherokee 6 Cyl the last week of November. So far I am averaging 14.1 MPG combined City and Highway. Not at all near what I expected when I decided to look for a slightly smaller and more gas efficient replacement to my previous 2011 Ford Edge. The Edge averaged about 18.2 MPG after 27k miles. Also, I am not sold on this new 9 speed transmission as it hesitates on initial acceleration into traffic and RPMS rev to 4500-4800 shifting between what seems to be gears 3 and 4 – and then shifts hard between them. I am taking it back to the dealer next week to have it checked out, but my guess is there is some tuning to the transmission needed to get it right.

  • blue water