Count me among the naysayers who inaccurately pre-judged the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee based on qualities other than the dynamic. First, the front styling is polarizing. Second, it is based on the same Alfa Romeo-derived front-wheel-drive platform as the Dodge Dart, and features the same standard 4-cylinder “Tigershark” engine. Third, Jeep claims the new 2014 Cherokee is a midsize SUV, when its cargo volumes clearly slot it into the compact class.
Yep, when you read about a Cherokee’s origins and specifications, and you look at pictures of a Cherokee on a page, you can jump to conclusions. Some of which, like the cargo space thing, prove accurate.
In the time that has passed since I first shared details and opinions about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, I’ve had the good fortune to drive it on demanding trails during demonstrations of its prodigious off-roading capability, and to take one for a rousing run on twisty mountain roads. This time around, I put the new Cherokee through its paces in its adopted habitat. Suburbia. Toting a couple of little kids around. Running errands. Embarking on weekend excursions involving freeways instead of forested trails.
After a week of day-to-day living with the Cherokee, I remain duly impressed.