2014 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee Review
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee ranks 1 out of 23 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.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is ranked:
The all-new Jeep Cherokee is a top pick by reviewers, who say it offers class-leading off-road performance, a premium interior and a lively V6 engine option.
The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee comes with a four-cylinder engine that test drivers say provides adequate acceleration, or an optional V6, which reviewers 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. The base Cherokee earns fuel economy estimates of 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is respectable for the class, but isn't among the most fuel-efficient compact SUVs available. 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 exceptional off-road capability and solid performance for daily driving. Test drivers are also impressed with the Cherokee's composed handling over rough roads and around corners, and they say it's easy to drive.
Automotive journalists are pleased with the Cherokee's interior and say the cabin is attractive and outfitted with premium materials. The Jeep Cherokee also earns praise for its comfortable and supportive seats, which some reviewers note are trimmed in attractive, high-quality standard cloth or optional leather. The 2014 Cherokee has less cargo space than several rivals, but some test drivers say it has ample small-space storage 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 a number of optional features including 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 backup 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 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
- "Jeep would probably rather we didn't say this, but the 2014 Cherokee actually does what the Liberty was meant to do: combine Jeep off-road capability with a fine interior without the punishing twin tariffs of crude on-road manners and poor fuel economy." -- Autoblog
- "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
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.
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.