Friday, April 10, 2015


There are few different kinds of Jeep Cherokee. First, there is the kind that might as well be a car, equipped with front-wheel drive and zero intention of performing anything remotely resembling a Jeep Thing.That last one is my favorite, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk pictured here. But if you’re not planning to stray far from the pavement, the other versions also deserve consideration. Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 

I drove two renditions of the 2015 Cherokee at a daylong showing occasion close Los Angeles. Indicated here is the Cherokee Limited, furnished with a 3.2-liter V-6 motor and the most essential Jeep Active Drive I all-wheel-drive setup, which I continued asphalt from driving into a dirt lot for photographs. 

The other Cherokee is the Trailhawk model, which comes standard with the most strong 4WD system accessible, alongside a wide range of other modifications designed intended to make it trail-prepared right out of the showroom. This one saw genuine off-roading action going in the mountains close Malibu, California.For 2015, Jeep adds automatic stop/start technology for the Cherokee’s optional V-6 engine in order to make it just a little more fuel-efficient. At the same time, the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine now meets Partial Zero Emission Vehicle standards in several U.S. states.

Jeep has also shuffled equipment this year, adding a standard reversing camera and automatic headlights for all models except the base Cherokee Sport, as well as a new SafetyTec option package. Trailhawk models are available with additional upscale upgrades this year, and the optional forward collision warning system is now equipped with a low-speed crash mitigation system.Jeep advertises the Cherokee as a moderate size SUV, and as far as traveler space that speaks to tenable situating. Both test vehicles had a 8- way power adjustable driver’s seat giving me a tall roost, superb thigh support, and a broad view out. Elbows lay on delicate materials, and the thick, leather wrapped guiding steering wheel is awesome to grip.

The back seat likewise offers conventional room, particularly if the driver and front traveler avoid reclining their seat backs much.People relegated to riding in back sit up nice and high, enjoying plenty of thigh support as well as decent room for knees, shins, and feet. Plus, the seat slides forward and back to help Cherokee owners create the right mix of room for people and cargo.

Still, where the Cherokee falls short, at least as far as its midsize positioning is concerned, is with regard to cargo space. With the rear seat moved all the way back, the Cherokee supplies 24.6 cu.-ft. of it, substantially less than most compact crossover SUVs. Maximum volume measures 54.9 cu.-ft., about a Miata’s worth more than a Kia Soul.

With that said, the Cherokee’s hidden compartments under the front seat cushion and cargo floor, the fold-flat front passenger’s seat, a cargo management system, and other thoughtful storage solutions help to make up for the small cargo volume numbers.Though the Cherokee is a midsize player from a mainstream brand, it is innovative beyond its polarizing design. From the available configurable instrumentation display nestled between the gauges to the optional Uconnect infotainment system with a big 8.4-inch color touchscreen display and Uconnect Access smartphone pairing technology, the Cherokee is a thoroughly modern SUV. You can even turn it into a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot and charge your smartphone on the available wireless charging pad.

Better yet, the Cherokee’s high-tech nature doesn’t translate into a vehicle that is difficult to use. No matter what you’re looking for, chances are that you’ll find it right where you expect to. The controls work intuitively and with a sense of refinement, and the Uconnect 8.4 system is one of my all-time favorites in terms of clarity, simplicity, and touchscreen responsiveness.

Jeep also offers parking sensors and an adaptive cruise control system for the Cherokee, complete with stop-and-go capability, which means it will automatically brake to a stop and then resume speed, allowing it to be used in traffic. The optional parallel and perpendicular parking assist system, though, I could live without.Every 2015 Cherokee is equipped with 10 airbags. To this, buyers can add Uconnect Access with 911 Assist technology, which puts the Cherokee’s occupants in touch with an emergency services operator with the push of a button. All models except for the Cherokee Sport include a reversing camera as standard equipment.

In addition to these safety-related features, and depending on the trim level selected, the 2015 Cherokee is offered with a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-path detection, a LaneSense lane departure warning system, and a forward collision warning system that is enhanced for 2015 with new technology designed to prevent, or substantially lessen, impacts at lower vehicle speeds.

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