2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4X4

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

JEEP’S NEW SMALLER SUV CAN DO IT ALL Jeep’s 2013 sales figures continue to beat the competition and now Jeep ups the ante by introducing the all-new

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4X4 that is Trail Rated.  This all-new mid-size Jeep raises the bar with legendary Jeep world-class on-road and off-road driving dynamics and capability, surprising fuel economy figures, revolutionary Jeep exterior design with world-class craftsmanship inside and out with an array of advanced safety and technology features.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Beauty Right S
I tested the Cherokee with the top-of-the-line Trailhawk off-road model and was improved from the start.  The Trailhawk that I tested includes a V6 engine, Jeep active Drive Lock with two-speed PTU, low range and locking differential, Jeep’s new Select-Terrain traction control system with up to five customized modes-Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock, best-in-class 4,500 towing capacity, Jeep Trail Rated capability/up to a 56:1 crawl ratio, a 90% improvement versus the outgoing model.  Fuel economy is much improved with the segment’s first use of a nine-speed automatic transmission, an industry-first rear-axle disconnect resulting in reduced energy loss when 4X4 capability isn’t needed-improving fuel economy, and the first use of Chrysler Group’s new 3.2 liter Pentastar V6 engine returning an excellent 18mpg/city and 25mpg/highway.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Beauty Side S
The all-new Cherokee Trailhawk’s styling is unique and bold.  Jeep designers were inspired to create a vehicle that moves Jeep into the next era with a shape that is aerodynamic and efficient without losing Jeep DNA and design heritage.  It is a vehicle that not only looks efficient and capable, but is efficient and capable-in all on-road, trail and weather conditions.  Fluid, sleek exterior lines highlight the efficient, wind-splitting upper body of the truck.  The rugged, protective lower body conveys the legendary capability that is characteristic of every Jeep.  The Cherokee has a powerful stance, an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion and a commanding road presence.  The aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to the best-in-class capability.  The first key feature in the front is the waterfall hood with the iconic peaked, seven-slotted grille which includes a crisp, horizontal snap-a feature in many classic Jeep vehicles.  The hood is clearly defined and separated from the front fenders in a modern twist of Jeep heritage.  The one-piece hood and grille assembly ensures a precise build.  Advanced LED lighting technology is used throughout the all-new Jeep Cherokee.  Forward lighting features a unique daytime running lamp shape that plays a dominant role in the fresh front-end proportion giving the impression of a slim headlamp.  Projector beam headlamps are below and round foglamps are placed on the lower bumper to lighten up the night.  Contemporary full LED tail lamps are an integral part of the rear backlight graphic, making the vehicle look stronger yet harmonious.  This graphic is the connection between the upper and lower bowed-out rear and brings a unique presence specific to this all-new Cherokee.  The Cherokee Trailhawk model also features rugged flared fenders with overfenders, two red front tow hooks, skid plates underneath, black graphic in the middle of the top of the hood, color-keyed pull-out door handles, full-perimeter black lower bodykit, rear upper spoiler, dual chrome tipped exhaust pipes and another red tow hood on the left side.  Black Cherokee badges are placed on each front door, the Trailhawk badge is place on the rear power liftgate and the red Trail Rated badge is placed at the top ear of the front fenders showing the Trailhawk’s rugged off-road capability.  Also showing the off-road capability of the Cherokee Trailhawk are the standard 17X7.5 inch, 5-twin-fork, polished aluminum with painted pockets wheels that are wrapped with meaty Firestone 245/65R17 inch Destination A/T tires.  Nothing else on the market for mid-size SUVs can match the overall look of the all-new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Beauty Rear S
My Cherokee Trailhawk came equipped with the new, powerful, 3.2 liter, DOHC, 24-valve, all-aluminum V6 engine with VVT.  It generates 271hp at 6,500rpm and 234lb.ft. of torque at just 4,400rpm to bust through any obstacle on the trail or climbing up steep terrain.  This smooth and quiet new V6 engine is mated to the all-new Chrysler Group’s 948TE nine-speed automatic with sequential shifting.  This is the first time that a nine-speed automatic has been used in the segment and comes standard in all Cherokee’s.  The nine-speed automatic delivers several benefits that I really liked-aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Engine S
Driving the all-new Cherokee Trailhawk is fun and easy-on-road or off-road.  It sports a new front independent suspension with MacPherson struts, long-travel coil springs, aluminum control arms, aluminum front crossmember, stabilizer bar and a one-piece aluminum subframe to negate any noise/vibration or harshness (NVH).  It provides 6.7 inches of travel.  The new rear 4-link independent setup includes a trailing arm, aluminum lateral links, coil springs, gas-charged shocks, stabilizer bar and an isolated high-strength steel rear cradle to further lessen any NVH.  It provides up to 7.8 inch of travel for better articulation.  The isolated rear   cradle, aluminum front crossmember and superior torsional rigidity all contribute to the quieter, smoother ride and superior handling characteristics that I experience behind the wheel of the Cherokee Trailhawk.  Off-road excellence in the Trailhawk model exemplifies Jeep 4X4 capability with its distinctive aggressive look backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, for the most capable Jeep Cherokee model and most capable mid-size SUV in the segment.  The Trailhawk includes aggressive approach and departure angles, complements of the unique front and rear fascias, one-inch factory lift, Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential, skid plates and the aforementioned three red tow hooks.  The locking rear differential is selectable in any low range terrain mode-but will lock automatically when in certain modes-Rock, to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.   The Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a departure angle of 32.1 degrees, and a Breakover angle of 23.3 degrees.  Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches.  Making on-road and off-road capability even easier is the Selec-Terrain traction control system which allows me to choose the on-and off-road setting for optimum performance.  Up to five customized settings are offered-Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock.  Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).  Now that is off-road ability.  Furthermore, the Cherokee Trailhawk is Trail Rated to denote that the truck is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories-traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.  It does it all-on-road and off-road, with aplomb.  Great fun indeed, Jeep does it again!
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Guiding me on my on-road and off-road direction is the new electronic power rack & pinion steering system (EPS) that improves fuel efficiency and contributes to the Cherokee Trailhawk’s nimbleness with a turn circle of 39 feet.  With EPS, all of the power assist is provided via an electric motor system rather than the traditional hydraulic system.  Because the system is fully electronic, I experience optimal effort at all speeds, and there is less noise and better fuel efficiency since there is no parasitic loss from a power steering pump.  I felt good feel for the road with quick reaction to my inputs and great on-center feel.
Big, power-assisted steel disc brakes quickly slow the new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk down from speed.  Up front are 13.1 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.6 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Standard ABS and ESC work together to keep me in control of my direction when riding on wet, slick and slippery road surfaces.  The pedal feel is very linear and correct.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Embroidered Front Seat S
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s body structure has a high-strength steel content of roughly 65%.  Hot stamped, high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel are used to construct a strong, lightweight and solid vehicle architecture.  This contributes to the great on-road/off-road manners and the superior off-road capabilities.  The rigid and torsional body structure also contributes to an interior that is quiet with no vibration for a smooth ride on-road.  The triple-sealed glass keeps outside noise to a minimum.  The cabin is modern, very inviting and very comfortable for up to five passengers.  It features a refined design with hand-sculpted forms, signature Jeep design cues, high quality materials featuring metal and chrome accent trim, a dashboard top with contrasting red single needle stitching, soft-to-the-touch materials on the dashboard and door.  The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive and also feature single needle stitching on the leather surfaces.  This craftsmanship and attention-to-detail raises the bar in the mid-size SUV segment.  The driver-oriented cockpit features an eight-way power bucket seat with power lumbar support/4-four-way adjustable front passenger seat with Trailhawk embroidered on the seatbacks.  It is loaded with easy-to-use useful technology, clever, thoughtful storage features and more than 70-available safety and security features including 10-airbags giving me and my passengers everything they want for any adventure we may undertake.  The instrument cluster features the world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) LED 7 inch full color configurable instrument cluster allowing me to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer while keeping my hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.  The center stack features the award-winning 8.4 inch multimedia command center-the largest in the segment.  My all-new 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk came equipped with the Uconnect system that allows me to control the audio, dual-zone climate control, heated seats/steering wheel and much more from the touchscreen, redundant controls located on the center stack below the touchscreen or with voice commands.  The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-use at a glance.  The 8.4 inch color touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM radio, music, apps (Pandora, Aha, iHeartRadio and more), voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability.  The class-exclusive Jeep Cargo Management System makes the most of the cargo space in the all-new Jeep Cherokee.  A universal module rack is mounted on the side in the rear cargo area and provides for hooks and a removable grocery bag.   Other optional accessories compatible with the system include a tow rope, gloves and more: cargo bin, cargo mat, foldable cooler and first aid kit/emergency kit are just some of the accessories available that mount securely to the rack for secure storage solutions the adventurous customer desires.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Dashboard S
Standard equipment in the all-new Cherokee Trailhawk not mentioned above include audio jack input for mobile devices, remote SD card slot, ambient LED interior lighting, leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel, shift knob, power front windows with front express up/down, power door locks, push button start/stop, electronic parking brake, variable speed wipers/washer, fold-flat front passenger seat with storage under the seat bottom, rear washer/wiper, cruise control, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, center console with dual cupholders/dual-tiered storage box with padded armrest, pop-up storage box on top of the dashboard, grab handles at each door, air-vents behind the center console, 60/40-split rear bench, Brake Stability Control, Trailer Sway Damping, pull-out rear armrest/dual cupholders, dual cargo lamps, storage slots in each door, 3-12-volt plugs, 1-120-volt plug, and remote fuel-filler door and remote liftgate unlock.  Options that my test Cherokee Trailhawk came with includes the customer preferred package-ParkView rear back up camera, power liftgate, remote start system, passage entry-Keyless Go, A/C auto temperature control with dual zone control, auto-dimming rear mirror/microphone, power 8-way driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support, automatic headlights, security alarm, Universal Garage Door Opener, Tonneau Cover, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, dual bright exhaust tips, Black hood decal, Uconnect AM-FM-CD-HD radio with 7-speakers, SiriusXM Travel Link/Traffic and rubber floor mats.
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Cluster S
Standard safety features include advanced multi-stage front airbags, supplemental side curtain front/rear airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, supplemental rear seat side airbags, driver/front-passenger inflatable kneed bolster airbags, 5-3-point seatbelts with front pretensioners/load limiters, LATCH system for child seats, engine immobilizer, panic alarm, electronic roll mitigation, and a tire pressure monitoring system.  Optional safety systems include ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, 9-1-1 assist call, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross path detection.
This all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee with the Trailhawk trim is amazing.  I loved every minute behind the wheel.  It’s smooth, responsive, high-performing on the road and an off-road warrior.  I received a combined MPG spec of 23.6 during my 400 mile test drive.  The looks are unique and bold with an interior that can’t be beat for comfort, design, ergonomics, connectivity and safety.  It is the mid-size SUV for all enthusiasts!
COPYRIGHT: 2014: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
SPECIFICATIONS
Wheelbase: 107 inches
Total length: 182 inches
Total width: 74.9 inches
Total height: 67.8 inches with roof rack
Track: f/r-63.5/63.5 inches
Load floor height: 30.9 inches
Coefficient of drag: 0.332
Fuel tank: 15.9 gallons
Chassis height: 9.8 front underbody skid plate/10 under fuel tank/10.4 under front axle/9.7 inches under rear axle
Headroom: f/r-39.4/38.5 inches
Legroom: f/r-41.1/40.3 inches
SAE cargo volume: 24.6-rear seats up/54.9 cu.ft. rear seats folded
EPA interior volume: 128 cu.ft.
Cargo volume with front seat passenger seat and rear seat folded-58.9 cu.ft.
Price: $29,595.00/$36,269.00 as tested including $995.00 destination charges