Nine Things About the Jeep Cherokee's Nine-Speed Transmission

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One of the most ambitious features of the Jeep Cherokee's rebirth in 2014 was its standard and highly technical nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In fact, one of the reasons Cars.com purchased the redesigned Cherokee as a long-term test car was to test this new unit during a year of driving.

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The nine-speed is big news for lots of reasons. First off, it's innovative: The Cherokee is one of the only SUVs to use such a transmission and to cram nine gears in the limited space of a front-wheel-drive transmission, it uses a unique construction. Secondly, the little sucker delayed the Cherokee's launch for months as Jeep worked out powertrain programming issues.

After 14,000 miles of owning a four-cylinder Cherokee with all-wheel drive, here are nine things we've observed about our Jeep's nine-speed automatic transmission:

By Joe Bruzek | January 26, 2015 | Comments (8)

Only One Editor Used Our Jeep Cherokee's CD Player

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Our long-term fleet cars get around. Almost everyone on our editorial staff gets behind the wheel at some point, and a lot of those excursions are of the road-trip variety. Most are regular commutes of course, but with a long-term car the stereo is probably used more often than cars in for shorter examinations.

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Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee came with an optional — yes optional at $195 — CD player, which is located in the center console cubby, not in the dash. Most of our test drivers plugged in their smart devices via USB or tethered wirelessly via Bluetooth during trips adding up to 15,000-plus miles. There were also options for terrestrial and satellite radio. Those seemed to be enough choices for hours upon hours of listening for our staff ... all except for one.

By David Thomas | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

What It Cost To Own Our Jeep Cherokee After 14,000 Miles

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Our long-term Jeep 2014 Cherokee received a lot more than its second oil change when we took the SUV in for service at 13,300 miles. In fact, the Jeep received its second engine. Replacing the 2.4-liter four-cylinder was a roundabout way of changing the oil, but it came at no cost to us since it was covered by Jeep's five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Related: Why Jeep Replaced Our 2014 Cherokee's Engine

Since our previous quarterly update, editors accumulated 2,723 miles to the tune of $391 in fuel. Otherwise, our wallets haven't been lightened by the Cherokee aside from fuel, the first scheduled maintenance as well as the Jeep accessories we purchased: a dog kennel ($142.41) that attaches to metal cargo hooks in the cargo area and a cooler ($60) that uses the Cherokee's built-in cargo rail system.

By Joe Bruzek | January 7, 2015 | Comments (1)

Why Jeep Replaced Our 2014 Cherokee's Engine

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Jeep replaced the engine in our 2014 Cherokee. Here's why.

It seemed simple enough. Drop off Cars.com's long-term Cherokee at our local dealership to diagnose an occasional drivability issue and get the oil changed. Our Cherokee had thrown a tantrum a few days earlier where the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine stalled multiple times, but, of course, it was driving perfectly fine en route to the dealership.

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We thought maybe the Jeep needed a software flash update to the engine's computer, or maybe a rat had chewed through an engine harness while the SUV sat outside in these cold Chicago temps, as had happened to our Chevrolet Volt. The last thing we expected to hear was that our Cherokee was getting a new engine at only 13,300 miles. After all, the four-cylinder didn't spectacularly fail in a burst of shattered pistons and connecting rods leaving us stranded on the side of the road. We drove the Cherokee into the service bay under its own power, as it was operating fairly normally.

What the technician found there was surprising, though: excessive amounts of oil had crept into the intake side of the engine, coating the intake manifold, hoses and an engine management sensor.

By Joe Bruzek | December 22, 2014 | Comments (14)

What Mileage Does the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Get After 13,000 miles?

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After climbing to its maximum average of 23.67 mpg, our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee test car just dipped below 23 mpg after 13,000 miles. A 16.8 mpg refuel marks the lowest recorded tank since our purchase of the four-cylinder all-wheel-drive Cherokee in March and was one of four fill-ups below 23 mpg since our last update 982 miles ago: 16.8 mpg, 19 mpg, 21.9 mpg and 22.8 mpg.

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By Joe Bruzek | November 26, 2014 | Comments (6)

Five Ways the Cherokee Reminds You It's a Jeep

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If there's any automaker that doesn't have an identity crisis, it's Jeep. The rugged necessity from which the iconic wartime Willys was birthed in 1941 is still prevalent in Jeep's modern design, most notably in the Wrangler and sprinkled throughout Jeep's lineup. Even Cars.com's front-wheel-drive-based 2014 Jeep Cherokee long-term test car has its share of shoutouts to Jeep's past; some are easier to find than others.

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The cues and "Easter eggs" hidden throughout our long-term tester make you feel as if you're part of an elite club. You know, like the the bumper sticker, "It's a Jeep Thing, You Wouldn't Understand." Even if the Cherokee isn't the most Jeep-like of Jeeps given we own a four-cylinder all-wheel-drive model and it's based on a Fiat chassis, there's still a sense of Jeep pride when you see the following cues scattered throughout the Cherokee's interior.

By Joe Bruzek | November 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Zero Percent for 84 Months Hits Midwest Chrysler Dealers

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We reported recently on the growing trend of the seven-year car loan, but as we head into the holiday car-shopping season some dealers in the country's heartland are adding a twist to the lengthy term.

Related: Seven-Year Car Loans More Popular, but Beware

Chrysler dealers in certain Midwest states including Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin are offering 84 month financing deals with zero percent interest through Chrysler Capital the company confirmed with Cars.com. The deal is also only good on three models at this time — the 2015 Chrysler 200 (excluding LX trims), 2015 Chrysler Town & Country and 2015 Dodge Grand Caravans — and runs through Dec. 1.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (8)

What Mileage Does the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Get After 12,000 miles?

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With both summer and road-trip season coming to an end, the Cherokee spent the last couple months primarily as an everyday commuter, ferrying our editorial staff to and from work. Like our last update, overall average mileage is down slightly from 23.54 mpg to 23.27 mpg after accumulating 2,046 miles during the past two months.

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Winter is quickly approaching and we expect to make good use of the Cherokee's remote start system, which could ding the fuel economy even more depending on how greedy we are and how cold the temperatures get.

By Joe Bruzek | October 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

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By Matt Schmitz | October 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | October 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

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