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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

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 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.

2016 Dodge Durango – Test Drive, Ratings, Reviews, Specs

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A Tank on Street Roads

Despite all the attempts to over-rule the 7-seater market segment with lighter and flashier cross-overs, the classical ultra-solid domestic SUV continues prevails. Perhaps it’s the sense of safety from cruising in a tank-like vehicle, the abundance of cargo space from a box-like structure, or simply a reluctance to change that continues to capture consumer’s money.  But regardless of reason, the beating heart of the 2016 Dodge Durango remains strong.

2016 Lexus NX300h – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Top-Tier Luxury in SUV Form

A quick glimpse is all it takes to fall in love with its harmonic beauty and complexity of the Lexus NX SUV. Boasting sophisticated curves on its outer shell and a luscious interior cabin space, the Lexus NX series truly brings out all the elements that make up a top-tier luxury SUV.

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.

2015 Toyota RAV4 – Test Drive, Spec, Rating, Price

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2015 Toyota RAV4 – The Pioneers of the Cross-over

There’s one distinct element Toyota is really good at, and that’s the plan and execution of what people might want in the near future.  The Prius hybrid being the major one, but it was also the migrated mindset of turning the traditional heavy-duty SUV trend into something that was more compact-friendly and easy to use.  From then on, the Toyota RAV4 cross-over SUV was born – and that was over 20 years ago!

2014 Jeep Compass Review

2014 Jeep Compass with active 4 wheel drive

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.

First Drive: 2013 Kia Sorento

The 2014 Kia Sorento is one of the larger models of compact crossover utility vehicles (CUV). Kia appeals to car buyers with relatively low prices, eye-catching modern styles, and cars packed with desirable standard features. The 2014 Sorento is the best-selling model of Kia’s entire lineup. With its sleek, somewhat conservative external design, three trim levels (LX, EX, and SX), and choices between 4- or 6-cylinder engines and front- or all-wheel drive, the Sorento appeals to both active younger singles and small families. The LX and EX trims come standard with five-passenger seating, with an optional 50/50 split folding 3rd row. This seven-seat capacity is standard on the LX V6 and the SX trims.