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

ScreenHunter_371 May. 07 23.34

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 3.0 liter diesel engine, legendary 4×4 drivetrain with Quadra-lift air suspensions 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

2016 Acura RDX Elite

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Matured Luxury with Youthful Optimism

Make no mistake that the sole Acura brand revolves around spirited driving. But despite the difficulties in retaining that achievement in an SUV package, the Acura RDX still manages to provide adequate interior real estate, luxury looks and feel, and an overall smooth and fun car to drive.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4

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Unprecedented Jeep performance off the road.

Ask anyone with a half decent education in off-road vehicles what a Jeep Cherokee is.  Chances are, you’ll hear great things about its torn up trail pounding capabilities.  But it’s important to realize that the Jeep Cherokee Limited is not just a conventional SUV that can take a beating.  Over years of  historical accolade, the Cherokee name is a brand statement portraying the ultimate off-road machine in the upper class scale.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Photo Gallery

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When it comes to supreme off-road performance, look no further than a Jeep.  No seriously!  With half a century’s worth of mud-grinding experience coupled with the primary vehicle used for every US military service, the accumulated lessons learned helped bring out one of the best off-road vehicles ever built.  But that’s enough with the pep talk and let’s get down to true matters.  The 2014 Grand Cherokee is a 5-passenger Sports Utility Vehicle promised to deliver exceptional off-road performance with all the expected luxury bells and whistles.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel | First Drive

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

When it comes to supreme off-road performance, look no further than a Jeep.  No seriously!  With half a century’s worth of mud-grinding experience coupled with the primary vehicle used for every US military service, the accumulated lessons learned helped bring out one of the best off-road vehicles ever built.  But that’s enough with the pep talk and let’s get down to true matters.  The 2014 Grand Cherokee is a 5-passenger Sports Utility Vehicle promised to deliver exceptional off-road performance with all the expected luxury bells and whistles.

2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport – The ZEN Luxury Car

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2014 Lexus IS350

2014 Lexus IS350 Overview

Ask any automotive historian about a Lexus, and he or she will likely rave about the luxury qualities it has to offer.  What they won’t rave about is its boring styling and numb driving behaviour.  ”Its an old man’s car!” was a common statement directed towards the Lexus brand during my days in Math 12 class. Regardless of the fact that it was a statement between rookies that thought they knew a lot about cars, I’d have to agree.  It was the perfection and attention to every small detail that earned them the strong reputation of both luxury and reliability minus the aggressive styling and exceptional driving experience that other auto manufacturers had to offer at that time.

2014 Jeep Compass Review

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2014 Jeep Compass

2014 Jeep Compass Overview

No matter where you are in the world, the Jeep brand will always be conceived as the ultimate off-road machine.  While its supremacy reigns, the fuel efficiency of any Jeep specimen has always been subpar at best.  With that being said, the entry level 2014 Jeep Compass aims to fuse the Jeep off-road genetics with fuel efficiency into a single package.   This is certainly a promising idea on paper, but we’ve seen often enough that when automakers try to combine two dissimilar automotive elements, the overall product is good in neither aspect.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

For the longest time, the Nissan Pathfinder has always retained its renowned discipline in hauling, occasional off-road adventuring and towing capabilities.  However, its downsides include cramped rear seats, truck-like driveability and unsatisfactory fuel economy in today’s strict standards.  In Nissan’s attempt to fall in phase with consumer expectations, the 2013 Pathfinder now offers a more comfortable ride quality and better fuel economy.

Nissan also figured out the demand for rugged off-road  capabilities has phased out.  This is why the Nissan Pathfinder inherited much of its design efforts from the Infiniti Jx35 Crossover.  The vehicle is merely 500 lbs lighter than its predecessors.  As what you might have guessed, the lighter and better fuel efficiency sacrifices for less towing capacity than its older brothers, but it can still haul up to 5,000 lbs.

A lot of positive comments can be said about the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, namely the silky smooth acceleration and luxurious cabin space.  Even so, it still faces stiff competition from other automotive giants including the Mazda CX9, and Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot.

Powertrain and Performance

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is propelled by its well renowned 3.5 liter six cylinder engine, producing 260hp, and 240 ft-lbs of torque.  The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder comes standard with front wheel drive coupled to a CVT transmission.  The powertrain can be upgraded to Nissan’s all-wheel-drive system, which allows the user to select between all-wheel-drive mode, which dynamically splits power delivery between the front and rear axle, or locks the power delivery to 50/50 between the front and rear axle.  The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder fuel economy scores in at an estimated 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 22 combined.  These numbers are not mind boggling, but for its power capability and features, these scores deserve honorable mention.  Our 0-60 acceleration test scored in at about 8.0 seconds, which passes the average score numbers.   When equipped properly, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder towing capacity is rated up to 5,000 lbs.

Interior and Styling

The interior cabin space of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is unbeatable to any other in its class.  The cabin space is very welcoming with its soft-quilted leather, and beautiful wood trim surrounding the center console.  Once seated, you will notice the panels are also bordered with soft leather and economic controls.  The front seats are designed around aeronautical research, and by no surprise, are one of the comfortable seats we’ve sat in.  The same can be said about the second row seats.  The third row provides adequate  headroom for 6-foot passengers, but clearance will begin to diminish beyond this point.

Nissan’s infotainment system deserves compliment.  It is intuitive and responsive to user feedback.  Steering wheel controls are also very conveniently placed for changing stereo settings and answering phone calls over Bluetooth.  We also like to mention one of Nissan’s amazing panoramic camera system (only included in the platinum trim level), which projects a bird’s eye-view image of the vehicle while parking to avoid colliding with obstacles.

Driving Impression and Final Thoughts

The 2013 Nissan Path finder shares its genetics with its upscale sibling, Infiniti JX35.  As a result, the ride quality of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder falls nothing short of expectation.  It delivers a very quiet and pleasant ride.  Acceleration is very smooth and the overall ride quality is very calm and composed.  Compared to beefier 7 seater vehicles such as the Ford Flex and Mazda CX9, acceleration is a bit sluggish when pulling off from a standstill.  The steering and handling of the Nissan Pathfinder also feels lazy and susceptible to body roll when cornering.  Nevertheless, the silky smooth ride, unbeatable interior cabin space and great fuel economy is difficult to beat in its class.