A box with Multiair Engine in it
No bad thing, this crossover stylish but not responsive enough.
Jeep’s heritage in North America is indelibly linked to its big old brother Jeep CJ that is known as Wrangler nowadays. CJ is abbreviation of the civilian jeep. Because first manufactured Jeeps were used for military, CJ was the milestone for the public success of the company. It was world’s first mass produced four-wheel drive car as well. Hence, it is not hard to understand why Jeep Wrangler is seen patriarch of the Jeep brand.
Nowadays with five different models are in sale range including Cherokee. Jeep aims much larger market like never. One of the attractive models in the sale range is Jeep Cherokee. Our test car today is fifth generation Cherokee with Texas number plate. Its name, Cherokee comes from Indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands in old days of the North America. We made more than 1000 miles with our test car and it was pretty much fun. Let’s start more detailed review and see how we did.
Design and Comfort
Exterior looks bigger than old Dodge Nitro based fourth generation Cherokee. Reason for it was making room for upcoming Jeep Renegade, therefore, fifth generation Cherokee grew to midsize and converted to the crossover.
Especially for the exterior design, it could be nicely concluded that Cherokee is proper premium crossover. Xenon headlights is front looks so astonishing that you could want Cherokee instead of bigger and more luxurious big brother, Grand Cherokee. It is pretty new approach in the North American market in which almost every car forced to use old school halogen headlights to reduce cost.
Our limited version test car is the top spec in Cherokee’s sales range. As a result, user has lots of gadgets, for instance, on the exterior bigger aluminum rims which provide more stunning look and inside heated leather seats. Interior design gives clues that this car produced FCA (Fiat- Chrysler) factory in Ohio, so it like the Jeep Renegade. It feels good but somewhat harsh. I mean console of the car properly built, however, when you touch, push or press, or in any kind of interaction between you and the car feels somehow awkward and cheap. So, it can be concluded that interior looks good but not feels good.
Engine and Ride Quality
In terms of ride quality Cherokee feels so harsh and not like cruise ship that you would want in your long holiday. Although you always feel that premium feeling, Cherokee use it for others not for the driver. Acceleration it is not in level you would expect from decent 2.4-liter engine. Most of the time especially when overtaking other cars and on the high hill roads, it feels rather sluggish and not responsive enough. It is same for steering wheel response. Steering feel tight but not as responsive as driver would expect. When I was driving from Springfield, MO to Oklahoma City, OH through I44, Cherokee does not feel like it designed for long cruises due to its uncomfortable ride quality. Firm suspension could be good for handling performance but not to go across America like in the 18 wheels game. I would recommend softer Nissan X-trail for it. Yes, with X-trail you could travel Seattle to Miami in such an ease, but it will be painful with Cherokee.
In my way to Oklahoma City, I overnight inside of the Cherokee in the one of the biggest gas and sleeping stations of Oklahoma City. In that time, I discovered the disadvantages of the Cherokee even further. Firstly, seats could be painful unlike its component X-trail or Qashqai. Secondly, interior does not feel as special as you would expect 30-thousand-dollar car.
Three is pretty obvious improvement in the last generation Cherokee over its successor fourth generation Dodge Nitro based one. Brand – new chassis and body look wonderful from every angle especially in the top-spec limited version. However, rivals of the Cherokee are more competitive than ever. Considering how much North American market need car like Cherokee, it is easy to say that Cherokee will sell. However, real drivers still need to wait some time to buy Cherokee. Every generation amazes not only customer but also us, namely motoring journalist. So, who knows that sixth generation Cherokee will not be on-road cruise as well as off-road monster.