That’s less than the Equinox, at 31.5 cubic feet, as well as the Subaru Forester at 33.5, Escape at 34.3, CR-V at 37.2 and RAV4 at 38.4 cubic feet. If these early build vehicles are an indication, quality should be top notch. Added standard niceties include a fold-flat front-passenger seat with under-cushion storage space, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a 115-volt outlet. Instead it concentrates on a variety of equipment that add off-road capabilities. A very clever chameleon, its on-road behavior is in keeping with everything else in the class – perfectly acceptable but largely uninvolving. The Limited has even more convenience features, while the Trailhawk is the “performance” model. Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. Jeep figures the Latitude model will be the best seller, and its prime calling card is the availability of the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine. Off-road, the Grand Cherokee remains one of the most capable all-terrain-vehicles ever made — not that 99% of Grand Cherokee owners will ever experience this. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing.

If you do light-duty off-roading or no off-roading at all, other vehicles offer more interior space. The Jeep Cargo Management system includes standard hooks and a storage tote, and accessories are available. The exterior design of the Cherokee is nothing if not controversial. Jeep rates the SRT Grand Cherokee at 4.8 seconds from zero to 60 mph, but I discovered that this is a conservative figure: Using the SRT’s onboard software and a special launch button, I was able to consistently rip off 4.5-second zero-to-60 times, and SRT engineers say that they’ve been able to achieve 60 mph in 4.2 seconds under perfect conditions.

Two engines are carried over from 2013: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 making 290 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque and a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 pumping out 360 hp and 390 pounds-feet of torque. To add more, remove at least one or narrow your list. Each electronically activates the appropriate combination of 12 different powertrain, brake and suspension settings to optimize traction and ground clearance. Touches of metallic flash exude luxury, and in fact nothing inside really speaks to this being a Jeep in the traditional sense. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee comes relatively well-equipped at a starting price of $23,990, including destination, for the 4×2 and $25,990 for the 4×4. Sandwiched between that testing were a few hours of slow-speed rock-climbing and off-road trails in Moab, Utah, renowned for its adventurous terrain. Using an electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system, the 2.4-liter engine produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque.

Excellent Ride . The Cherokee comes with 10 standard airbags including driver and front passenger knee bolster airbags. There was no attempt to make the inside look like it belongs in a military vehicle. The Jeep Cherokee is all-new for 2014, replacing the late and largely unlamented Jeep Liberty. Steering-wheel paddle shifters are also present. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. SRT). The ergonomically designed seats offer good support and are trimmed with attractive cloth or Nappa leather. The 2014 SRT Grand Cherokee (the “8” has been dropped from the name) is just plain wicked. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties. The release of an all-new Jeep model is not an everyday occurrence. or