Auto Moto Tube has dropped in a video from the Geneva Motor Show of a concept version of the 2015 Cherokee Overland. Overland is a premium trim for the Grand Cherokee marquee and may be coming to the Cherokee. Video from AMT and photo analysis below:
Let us know how your Cherokee has performed for you. With all the new technology introduced in this model there may be a few bumps and scrapes along the way. Is your Cherokee navigating Moab and the shopping mall with aplomb? Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration completed their safety evaluation of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
In front impact it received 4 out of 5 stars
In a side impact it received 5 starts
For risk of rollover it received 4 out of 5 stars
The NHTSA has not given the reason for the 4-star reviews for front impact and rollover. From review of the video it is our assumption that the windshield cracked when the airbags deployed and perhaps some impact of the passenger’s hand with the dashboard. For rollover, any taller vehicle will have greater ability to rollover than a car. The risk of rollover in a crash according to the NHTSA is 16.9%.
You have to give it to Canadians, they have good taste! The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada have just bestowed the Jeep Cherokee wight the title of 2014 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, beating out all other SUVs. Not only that, but it also received the award for Best New SUV/CUV under $35,000.
Consumer Reports, reviewers of everything from blenders to back massagers, has again said that a Jeep is not what they expect in a commuter car such as a Civic or Corolla. They also draw conclusions that are incongruous with many other reviews.
We won’t link to their article because Consumer Reports tends to write provocative reviews in order to get traffic to their website. Suffice to say the reviews from Consumer Reports are not at all aligned with reviews from real automotive gurus, of which some are available on this site. As a matter of fact, a quick perusal of Consumer Reports reviews of other Jeep models shows they dislike the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Liberty. Suffice to say we don’t recommend their review methodology.
Allpar has a interesting opinion piece on Consume Reports you may want to read.
Word is out that Jeep will now offer two diesel versions of the Cherokee in Europe, a 170hp version with our beloved 9 speed transmission and a 140 hp version with a 6 speed manual. No word about these models being released in the US or Canada.
Jeep has added the Cherokee to the models that are available in the limited edition Altitude trim level. At a starting price of $24,995 and as a limited edition, you should start trying to book one early if you want it.