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2017 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 – Test Drive, Review Ratings, Specs

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A Purebred SUV Well Executed

While the main herd are bought in on the idea of cross-overs focused for flat pavement, Jeep sticks to its rock-solid purebred off-road SUV grassroots at the luxury level. And part of that statement is justifiable by its best-in-class towing capacity, award-winning 3.2L V6 pentastar engine, legendary 4×4 drive train, and an array of amenity and safety tech features including its massive 8.4″ infotainment system, blue-ray DVD player more than 70 safety tech features

For  2017 are premium features offered in the Trailhawk model incuding both heated and cooled front seats covered with Nappa leather and 8-way power adjusted seats, heating steering wheel, power liftgate, Keyless Enter’N Go, remote start system and a universal remote garage door opener.  The Overland model also receives special treatment with heated and ventilated front seats, new steering wheel design with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, Nappa seats, and standard Alpine audio system.

All models now come equipped with high-density discharge (HID) headlamps excluding the Sports model.

Available as part of the Cherokee Sport model is the best-in-class 3.2 liter V-6 engine with three choices of four-wheel-drive systems to choose from.  Part of the package also includes Jeep Selec-Train tracion control system with five customized modes that include Auto, Snow, Sport Sand/mud and Rock.  A less powerful engine altnernative is also available with the 2.4L Tigershark Multi-Air V4.

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Fuel economy looks impressive as well. the 3.2 liter v-6 engine is capable of getting up to 31 miles per galon (mpg) o the highway and even comes equipped with engine start-stop technology.  The nine-speed automatic transmission and industry-first rear-axle disconnect technology in 4×4 mode also helps with improving fuel efficiency.

Good Looks on a Grand Scale

It’s a good looking car, but more importantly, the Cherokee is a big car. Combining the two elements is never an easy task, but the Cherokee does just that. Compared to its rivals, this one is larger in all three dimensions.

 

Exterior design remains up to date with modern times. The Bi-Xenon head lights outlined by LED’s help gives off a refreshing look while its trademark vertical 7 slot grille unmistakably remarks the legendary Jeep trademark.

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No details are missed out in the rear either with slim-line LED front headlamps, sharp contours, and

Interior Spectacle

While not exactly a luxury brand per-se, but the quality of the interior space does not disappoint. Front seats are stitched with high-grade leather that are both very supportive and well cushioned. Rear seats deserve equal accolade that is also very supporting with the ability to recline.

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Overall driver controls are well laid out. The instrument cluster is made up of a large LCD display with well-designed display graphics, and massive 8.4″ infotainment system. Down in the center console is the drive-train configuration allowing its drive mode to be configured in Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock or left in Auto mode. Equipped Qudra-Lift air suspension system and 4WD low ratio mode is also controlled here.

 

On and Off the Road

On the road, the Grand Cherokee is well behaved with excellent sound isolation within the cabin space.  Weighing in at the sub 2,200 lbs, the Cherokee is no lightweight, but the abundance of torque helps make it feel lighter than what it really is. T Steering is smooth, but feels a bit numb – that’s to be expected for a car at its size though.  A significant amount of effort was put into the design of the Cherokee to deliver a sportier ride that rivals the driving performance of cross-over SUV’s.  Acceleration from the V6 is plenty powerful and responsive, and there is confidence to be had around cornering with the Jeep Cherokee.

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Specifications

  • Vehicle : 2017 Cherokee
  • Model : Cherokee Limited
  • Vehicle Type : SUV
  • Seating Capacity : 2+3
  • Powertrain Configuration : 4×4
  • Engine : 3.2L Pentastar V6
  • Transmission : 9 Speed Automatic
  • Fuel Economy: 25/31 MPG city/highway

Pros

  • Silky smooth ride
  • Excellent quality of materials used in cabin space
  • Quiet interior and rugged design
  • Great fuel economy
  • Awesome off-road and towing capability

Cons

  • May be too excessive for daily use, but fuel economy helps.

2017 Toyota 4Runner – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2017 Toyota HighlanderBig SUV’s Still a Thing

Despite the fact that the world has more or less accepted the transition to the more favorable cross-over, the ultra heavy-duty Toyota 4Runner SUV refuses to let go of its existence. Not to say that the old-school SUV is a hopeless comparison to the modern cross-over though. Towing capacity and off-road conquering is where the 4Runner reigns supreme if that’s on your priority list.

2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2017_Toyota_RAV4_Hybrid_0003An Adventurer’s Vehicle of Choice

Spacious, comfortable and reliable since 1994. The Toyota Rav4 has pretty much been the default choice for the weekend adventurers while offering family practicality with its shear amount of cargo space in a 5 passenger size factor. And as good as it sounds, it didn’t take long for others to hop onto the hot seller’s bandwagon that marked a new generation of cross-over SUV’s. Honda was quick to adapt to the market with its ever-popular CR-V and since then, many others have joined the cross-over SUV competition arena. The Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tuscon, and Ford Escape are those that come to mind when spotting 5-passenger cross-over species on the road today.

2017 Lexus NX300h – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Sporty, stylish and economical are all core factors that make the “do it all” cross-over SUV so attractive in today’s market. But why stop there? Lexus aims to elevate the expectations of a cross-over SUV to new heights with the 5-passenger NX series. Its sharp polygonal looks, smooth handling and quality finishing paves a new road for what a cross-over SUV can really become. The 2017 Lexus NX is offered in two powertrain variation, namely the NX 200t, which is a 4 cylinder turbo, or the all new NX300h hybrid variation.

2017 Lexus RX450h – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2017 Lexus rx450hMaking it Rain with the Lexus RX450h Hybrid SUV

You’ll find the Lexus RX450h somewhere on the top right corner of the Lexus website where its hefty price finds its rightful location on your computer screen. And only those financially daring enough would click that image of that ultra modern and beautifully sculpted large-size SUV.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe XL – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Fresh Looks with An Attitude

Welcome to an era where cars are expected to “do it all”. From fuel efficiency, to performance, and styling to convenience; it was really the cross-over SUV platform that transformed such ideal concept into pure reality. With that said, Hyundai certainly caught on early in development with its Santa Fe. And with the help of former Audi Designer, Peter Schyler sitting on the throne of the Korean automaker powerhouse, there’s certainly good things to be expected.

2016 Mazda CX-9 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2016 Mazda CX9A 7-seater that’s as Swift as it is Smooth

Why limit 7-passenger vehicles to just mini-vans? With the popular trend of inter-mixing modern design and performance, the CX-9 cross-over SUV extends its passenger limit to comfortably seat 7. A week’s long spin revealed that the Mazda CX-9′s got more than just good looks. Its spacious interior and peppy engine proved the CX-9 to be as convenient as it is engaging to drive.

2016 Infiniti QX60 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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A 7-Seater that’s Sleek, Stylish, and Fun

Infiniti was quick to adopt the cross-over trend in its early state of infancy. The FX35 and JX35 was what emerged as a final product of Infiniti’s virgin attempt. With that said, they did a pretty good job in execution from lavish styling, aggressive performance and versatility. As a matter of fact, they did such a great job with the JX35 that they re-introduced three-row 7-seater as the QX60.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek – Review, Ratings, Price, Specs

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A Cross-Over SUV in Legitimate Form

Crossovers have now become so mainstream that it might as well be classified as “just another one of those”. In terms of Subaru’s implementation, I had some expectations of the Crosstrek given its creator’s expertise in rally racing. On top of that, there was a bit more the Crosstrek had to offer other than a solid AWD platform. Distinctive looks and solid driving were also key factors that pushed the Crosstrek outside of the “OK” boundaries.

2016 Acura MDX – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Spec

2016 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is a Natural Habitat

The Acura MDX sits in between the extremes of clumsy cashflow, but closer towards the lines of expensive extraordinaire. Though priced in the higher end of the spectrum, its outer shell is not the brightest sight of eye candy; neither is its cabin space classified anywhere close to a luxury resort. Rather, its entire methodology revolves around basic concepts of subtle design and organic power in a 7-seater form factor.