The all new 2014 Jeep Cherokee First Drive Review: Beauty or a Beast?

2014 Jeep Cherokee First Drive Review: Beauty or a Beast?
2014 Jeep Cherokee First Drive Review: Beauty or a Beast?

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been completely redesigned from its looks to its capability to its technology and safety. It’s a Jeep through and through, but with a slew of new features that make it far more than its predecessor.

Improvements begin with three new four-wheel-drive systems designed to let you use the 2014 Jeep Cherokee to your best advantage depending on the driving conditions. There is Active Drive I, II and Lock which adjust for a progressively more challenging road.

There’s also a new Selec-Terrain traction control system that will let you choose from five different customized settings; Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Combine this with best-in-class V-6 towing of 4,500 pounds and a 90% improved crawl ration of 56:1 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is ready to take you anywhere.

Fuel economy is now something that won’t make you cringe every time you pass the pump with 31 MPG on the highway. This is the first SUV to sport a 9-speed automatic and also sees the first use of Chrysler’s new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 under the hood.

It’s got an industry-first rear-axle disconnect which reduces energy loss and helps fuel efficiency when not in 4×4 mode. There’s also a 45 percent fuel economy improvement over the outgoing model thanks to the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I-4.

There have been plenty of tech upgrades to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee including a reconfigurable 7″ TFT instrument cluster and an 8.4″ Uconnect touchscreen. You can even access the Uconnect system via your mobile device.

Another new feature that’s a first for the Chrysler Group is the Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System. Take your hands off the wheel and the car will park itself. All you have to do is manage the brakes.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is also loaded with features that make it a versatile and very functional vehicle. It has a 60/40 split second row that moves forward and back for more flexibility loading cargo, a fold-flat front passenger seat with in-seat storage, and numerous additional storage compartments.

The vehicle has also received an updated exterior design that gives it a more modern look combined with classic Jeep styling. The most striking changes are to the front of the vehicle including a new waterfall hood with that iconic seven-slotted grille. It still looks the part of a Jeep, but now it’s the Jeep of tomorrow instead of yesterday.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee combine striking looks with improvements inside the passenger compartment and under the hood that make it a car you’ll want to drive home.

Check out Nathan’s and Roman’s first drive review below.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.