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MSRP: $22,995 - $30,095
Invoice: $22,636 - $29,069
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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Jeep Cherokee Review

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee ranks 9 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jeep Cherokee, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Test drivers say the all-new Jeep Cherokee offers great off-road capability, a powerful V6 engine and an upscale interior.

The 2014 Cherokee comes with a four-cylinder engine that reviewers say provides adequate acceleration, or an optional V6, which they prefer for its lively acceleration and power. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, which is a first for the class. Test drivers say it shifts smoothly and responds quickly in most driving situations. The base Cherokee earns fuel economy estimates of 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is respectable for the class, but isn't among the top estimates for a compact SUV. The Jeep Cherokee can be equipped with a choice of three available four-wheel drive systems. Reviewers agree that the Cherokee handles well in most driving conditions, with impressive off-road capability and solid performance for daily driving. Test drivers are divided on the Cherokee's handling around corners. Some say it's poised, while others wish it was more composed through turns.

Critics are pleased with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee's interior and say the cabin is attractive and outfitted with premium materials. The Jeep Cherokee also earns praise for its comfortable, supportive seats, which some reviewers note are trimmed in attractive, high-quality standard cloth or optional leather. Test drivers also like the spacious back seat, which they say offers plenty of legroom. The 2014 Cherokee has less cargo space than several rivals, but most test drivers say it has ample small-item storage in the cabin and note that the sliding rear seat can be adjusted for more cargo or back-seat passenger space. The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, a 5-inch touch-screen display, a USB port, an auxiliary input, an SD card reader and Bluetooth. The Cherokee can be equipped with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a wireless charging pad for your smartphone, navigation, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, a park assist system and blind spot monitoring. Automotive journalists are impressed with the design and functionality of the Cherokee's standard and optional gauge screens, which display information like fuel economy and drive modes.

  • "The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has more off-road capability than anyone expects from a crossover, but the bigger story is that it's civilized and comfortable enough to drive to work every day. It's worth a look if you're shopping for a small SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "Like the Dodge Dart it is based on, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee's driving character isn't a match for the best in the class, but this new crossover is competitive as an on-road driver and by far the best in class for off-road prowess. The interior is another strength, boasting quality materials and the latest in connectivity. Unfortunately, like other new compact crossovers, pricing reaches into the mid-$30,000 range all too easily." -- MSN Autos
  • "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. But even as we were effortlessly negotiating the precarious cliffs of the Moab, Utah, landscape, we had to wonder, ‘Does it make any difference?’ You might be able to answer that based on your own expectations, but if you are considering a Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 or market-leading Honda CR-V, 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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is as trail ready as its predecessors, but it's way more relevant to the overwhelming majority of buyers who think of their SUV as a car. The Cherokee brings the same level of product execution that the Grand Cherokee possesses but into a smaller segment." -- Car and Driver

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Chevrolet Equinox has more cargo space than the Cherokee, as well as slightly better fuel economy estimates. Reviewers like the Equinox's spacious sliding rear seats, which they say are comfortable and supportive.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek comes with standard all-wheel drive that reviewers say provides great traction. The XV Crosstrek also earns better fuel economy estimates than the Cherokee.

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Details: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission are standard, while a 3.2-liter V6 engine and a choice of three four-wheel drive systems are available. The Cherokee is reintroduced as an all-new model for 2014 and is available in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk trims. The last time the Jeep Cherokee was sold in the U.S. was for the 2001 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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