The 2014 Jeep Cherokee As a Daily Driver

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee embodies all of the contradictions of what we have come to expect in an SUV. Its styling is sleek with rounded edges, giving it a look of smooth refinement. The cabin is full of rich materials and textures typically available only on pricier models. New color schemes and trim options rival those of any luxury vehicle. It provides a comfortable and stylish ride -but it's true home is on the trail.

But don't think that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has lost sight of what lies at the heart of an SUV, off-road performance. The Jeep Cherokee's drivetrain lineup comprises a choice of three different AWD systems. All models with 4WD have the Selec-Terrain system, with separate 'smart' modes for Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Rock. It promises and delivers superior off-road performance.

Any review of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee must consider both its utility as a daily driver and its off-road performance.

2014 Jeep Cherokee as a Utility Vehicle
Any crossover vehicle will spend as much time on the pavement as it does climbing cliffs and descending steep inclines. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee performs as well around town as it does on the trail. It is fitted with elegant features that can make you forget its off-road ruggedness.

Jeep Cherokee Safety Features
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee comes with standard safety options of ten airbags, including rear-seat side airbags and driver and front passenger knee airbags. Stability and traction control and tire-pressure monitors are also standard. The safety feature list is enhanced by options like adaptive cruise control that can bring it to a full stop if an impending collision is detected; lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, blind-spot monitors and parking sensors that can also trigger the vehicle to a full stop at low speeds, if obstacles are detected.

Under the Jeep Cherokee Hood

The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 4-cylinder engine, using a high-tech electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system, the 2.4-liter engine produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Commuters will be happy to know that the V4 has an estimated 31-mpg highway fuel economy rating.

The Cherokee is also available with a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 271 horsepower, 239 lb-ft of torque and delivers best-in-class V6 towing of 4,500 pounds.

The 9-speed automatic transmission, a first in the segment, is standard equipment in all models of the new Cherokee.

Jeep Cherokee Standard Equipment

Standard equipment includes Uconnect 5-inch touch-screen media center with Bluetooth for hands-free phone and streaming audio, a media hub that offers USB, SD and auxiliary ports and charging capability, a 3.5-inch full-color center cluster, anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, Hill-start Assist, electric power steering, an electric park brake, air conditioning with rear outlets, and remote keyless entry. The Jeep Cargo Management system includes standard hooks and a storage tote, and accessories are available.

See why the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is equal parts trail master and city slicker with a test drive today. Contact Doug Smith Autoplex to schedule your spin in the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.