2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4X4: Gas Mileage Test With V-6 Page 2

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2014

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While we know 20 to 25 mpg may not seem high to many readers, it's 30 to 45 percent better than the fuel-economy numbers recorded by the old Jeep Liberty--and the new Cherokee is a much nicer vehicle.

Better than Subaru AWD?

Overall, we were more impressed than we expected to be at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. It's comfortable, capable in snow, and remarkably refined.

2014 Jeep Cherokee FWD 4-door Sport Grille

2014 Jeep Cherokee FWD 4-door Sport Grille

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The frontal styling is a matter of taste, of course, but the rest of the vehicle is modern--if not especially Jeep-like to our eyes. Or as one passenger remarked, "It looks kinda Japanese--is that good or bad?"

Other observations from our three-day tenure with the new compact Jeep:

  • The interior is superb, with high-quality materials--and it's a huge step up from the (admittedly less pricey) Dodge Dart
  • Rear-seat room isn't huge, though four adults will fit with a bit of horse trading
  • The 25 to 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, on the other hand, is ample--though slightly compromised for tall items by a steeply raked rear window
  • Unlike the premium European compact crossovers we tested, the Cherokee comes with tall all-weather tires, just what we needed in the snow
  • The all-wheel drive is as capable as any Subaru we've tested, probably more so--and in the Northeast, that's high praise
  • It takes awhile to adapt to the ventilation controls, which are split between knobs on the lower part of the dash and finer adjustments in the central touchscreen

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2014

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From $30K to a $37K sticker

Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 carried a base price of $29,995, and included four option packages bundled together as Customer Preferred package 26G.

The $2,155 Technology Group included blind-spot and cross-path detection, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, and automatic headlight high beams.

The Luxury Group, at $1,595, added premium leather seats, ventilated in the front; a power-operated liftgate; memory for the driver's seat, exterior mirrors, and radio; and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, which were excellent.

The 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 engine was a $1,495 addition, though it did come with twin chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

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And for $795, the Uconnect system added a navigation system, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite traffic and TravelLink data, and one-year subscriptions to both Sirius and Uconnect Access.

Adding in the mandatory destination charge of $995, the total price of our test Cherokee was $37,030.


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