The 2014 Jeep Cherokee may not look pretty, but it can traverse any surface you put it on, while saving fuel and offering plenty of cabin space.
When it comes to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, buyers must be willing to set aside first impressions and take the time to drive the vehicle — preferably on an unpaved, snow-covered and steep road. This mid-size SUV does not carry the external DNA of most other Jeeps, but once you get behind the wheel, there will be no confusing the brand at your fingertips.
Awkward Exterior Design
The exterior design of the Cherokee is unique and quite frankly downright ugly. Admittedly, it does look a little better in person, but if everyone bought a car based on first impressions, this one would seldom leave lots. The badging and the (just) recognizable grille are the only exterior details that relate this Jeep to its family. The trademark grille features a horizontal kink in the middle as it spreads from the front end to the top of the hood. The thin daytime running lamp and turn signal modules are placed wide on the front end with the headlights below. This awkward placement will leave onlookers confused. Relief won’t be found by moving up in any of the four trim levels available, but the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires will give it a more assertive look on the road.
If you can make it into a Jeep Cherokee, the interior will be more pleasing to the eye of the Jeep enthusiast. With its simple layout and clean design, the Cherokee’s interior has a high-quality look that stands above the competition. The cabin is surprisingly large for the midsize frame and draws comparison to the Grand Cherokee. Rear passengers are treated to ample headroom and the legroom is also acceptable. It is easy to get comfortable anywhere in the Cherokee, but that does come at the expense of cargo space, which is limited in comparison to other compact SUVs. The tech specs of the Cherokee are quite sophisticated, but remain easy to use. If potential buyers can make it into the cabin of this vehicle, they will be pleasantly surprised and if they get as far as a test drive, they might just be sold.
World-Class Transmission and Capability
The Jeep Cherokee features the world’s first nine-speed transmission ever, which comes standard with all Cherokees. This transmission is truly special as the car will always be in the right gear, since there are so many to choose from, allowing it to conserve fuel. Drivers have a choice of two engines, the 2.4-llitre four-cylinder that produces 184 horsepower and 171 pound feet of torque or the 3.2-litre V6 that generates 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque.
An additional feature that enhances the driving experience of the Cherokee, aside from the all-wheel drive, is the Selec-Terrain dial which allows the driver to control traction based on driving conditions. Drivers have the option of Auto, Snow, Sport or Sand/Mud. The Cherokee is able to handle steep slopes and difficult driving terrains, solidifying its presence as a Jeep through and through.
So, don’t count the Jeep Cherokee out. If you can get past the exterior look of Cherokee, you may be surprised by the refinement and capabilities of the midsize SUV.
For more information on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, read our full review of the vehicle.