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Old 01-01-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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2014 Jeep Cherokee on the road

Just completed a 1500 mile drive on the interstate from Minnesota to Washington State.

With my V6 I got a 22.1 MPG, considereing highway speeds 75-80, mountains and bitter cold I am quite please.

Car has lots of power and was fun to drive

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Old 01-07-2014, 02:42 AM   #2
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Just completed a 1500 mile drive on the interstate from Minnesota to Washington State.

With my V6 I got a 22.1 MPG, considereing highway speeds 75-80, mountains and bitter cold I am quite please.

Car has lots of power and was fun to drive

I LIKE hearing that! I want to get one to tow behind our rig this year!
Happy Motoring!
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:03 PM   #3
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This past weekend we drove 1225 miles back to FLA on I-75. Started off with what I considered poor MPG - 22. Then it improved steadily. For the last full tank we travelled 339 miles (Flying J GA exit 201 to Pilot at FLA exit 329) and trip computer showed 28.1 mpg but my hand based calculation was 26.9. Of course that is subject to any error on the previous fill and the final fill. I was very pleased with the 26.9. From 329 to our place was 104 miles and the trip computer was reading 29.2 when we arrived. If that was only 28 I'm still delighted. This was better than we got with either out Escape or Flex - and it was way behind our Tahoe LTZ.

Speed was at the limit of 70 except for one 20 or so miles of construction where we were at 60 and the instant mpg graph was showing 35+ for that whole section. During the first tank full we were not seeing 8th gear very readily and I was getting annoyed. Second tank that started changing. The transmission does seem to learn. Other comments (on a Jeep forum) that it only uses 9th at close to 80 appears to be right.

Anyway, after this trip we are even more satisfied than we expected. The Lane Sense is fabulous. Some cars beep. Others shake the wheel, and some shake the driver's seat. This one simply puts you back in the centre of the lane if you don't have your signals on. I did a test at one point by taking my hands off the wheel (little traffic around at the time). It slowly wandered left and when it got to the dotted line it moved back to the centre of the lane. I kept my hands off. It then wandered a foot or so to the right to that solid line - back it went to the centre of the lane again. BUT, this time I got a message asking me to put my hands back on the wheel.

Frankly, I'd love to have the lane sense on our motorhome. It would be great.

We are finding something new in the tech area every day. At this point absolutely no regrets - other than the fact it is DW's car. I've suggested she should go back to a van and I'll let her have my T&C and I'll take the Cherokee. NO WAY.

She is (or was) not a sunroof fan. In her earlier vehicles it was always closed. Not this one -she loves it open all the way. Like being in the dome car on a train.

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How about suspension????smooth or hard & sporty-or??? and you would compare to any other short wheelbase vehicle??????...thanks in advance
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Interesting thread.

I didn't know there was a nine speed transmission out.

Can you tell when it's shifting or is it pretty smooth?

How often do you have to change the transmission fluid?

That steering correction feature would be great for the texting people who wander all over the place.
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Interesting thread.

I didn't know there was a nine speed transmission out.

Can you tell when it's shifting or is it pretty smooth?

How often do you have to change the transmission fluid?

That steering correction feature would be great for the texting people who wander all over the place.
Deleted, my bad I thought this was on the Grand cherokee
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Interesting thread.

I didn't know there was a nine speed transmission out.

Can you tell when it's shifting or is it pretty smooth?

How often do you have to change the transmission fluid?

That steering correction feature would be great for the texting people who wander all over the place.
Here's some good information on the ZF 9-speed transmission: ZF 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for Chrysler and Dodge cars
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Thank you both for the reviews. I am very excited to get our Cherokee, about 4 more weeks left.

Do either of you have the tow package. We will be getting the tow package on ours. The giant sun roof looks amazing. Our will also have this.

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Thank you both for the reviews. I am very excited to get our Cherokee, about 4 more weeks left.

Do either of you have the tow package. We will be getting the tow package on ours. The giant sun roof looks amazing. Our will also have this.

Stuart
I have every option but the winter package on mine. I have the tow package but have not towed anything yet, next monday I will test tow the Jeep with the motor home.

I have not liked the tug on the wheel with lane sense, so I drive it mostly with it off. I love the park sense and the power of the V6
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So are baseplates commonly available for towing? I understand that flat towing is only possible if you have the Active Drive II 4x4 option. Anyone flat tow yet? Wondering if you need to provide a battery charge wire or pull fuses, etc.
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So are baseplates commonly available for towing? I understand that flat towing is only possible if you have the Active Drive II 4x4 option. Anyone flat tow yet? Wondering if you need to provide a battery charge wire or pull fuses, etc.
Roadmaster Roadmaster Tow Bars, Brackets, Baseplates, Supplemental Braking & Demco Baseplate Fit List | Demco Products have base plates, but I don't think Blue Ox has released theirs yet, but you might want to give them a call.

No battery charge or fuse pulling is necessary. See complete four down towing instructions Jeep Owners | Download an Owners Manual 2004 - 2011 | Jeep
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Good information to hear, as we are in the process of ordering an Overland to replace the wife's older vehicle.
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Roadmaster Roadmaster Tow Bars, Brackets, Baseplates, Supplemental Braking & Demco Baseplate Fit List | Demco Products have base plates, but I don't think Blue Ox has released theirs yet, but you might want to give them a call.

No battery charge or fuse pulling is necessary. See complete four down towing instructions Jeep Owners | Download an Owners Manual 2004 - 2011 | Jeep
Thanks for taking time to post the links. Looks like the Cherokee will be a popular vehicle to tow.
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Good information to hear, as we are in the process of ordering an Overland to replace the wife's older vehicle.
An Overland? Do you mean the Trailhawk?
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