Long-Term 2014 Jeep Cherokee: Life With the Uconnect System

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It's been nearly a year since Cars.com bought a long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which gave us plenty of time to pit the vehicle against other small SUVs, observe real-world gas mileage and document long-term maintenance.

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

We also logged plenty of time with the Cherokee's 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen — specifically, the Uconnect 8.4AN. We came away generally impressed, though we had a few issues with the system too.

After 11 months, what's our verdict on Uconnect? Read on.

By Kelsey Mays | February 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

It's Getting Hot in Here: Jeep Cherokee's Heated Seats are Scorchers

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Cars.com's long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited test car has a fantastic pair of heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. So much so that if I lived in a primarily wintry area I might be able to live with our Cherokee's pokey engine and erratic nine-speed automatic transmission every day. That's a big "might," but it could be worth the instant warmth and comfort the Cherokee's seats provide after they've had a long night in the cold.

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Our chilly home base in Chicago provides plenty of frigid weather for testing different types of bum warmers in vehicles. Some work better than others; the Cherokee Limited's standard heated seats and heated steering wheel stand out. To see to how hot they get and how quickly it happens, I took an infrared temperature gauge to the leather-covered surfaces.

By Joe Bruzek | February 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 168,092 model-year 2014-15 Jeep Cherokee SUVs

The Problem: In the affected vehicles,the side curtain and seat-mounted airbags could inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash. FCA said it is aware of a "small number of inadvertent deployments involving drivers who executed extreme maneuvers." The automaker is unaware of any related accidents or injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will upgrade and recalibrate the related software for free.

What Owners Should Do: FCA has not yet announced an owner notification schedule. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 2, 2015 | Comments (1)

Take the Trail With You With Jeep's Hood Map

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Car customization and decals go hand in hand, and that's especially the case in the Jeep camp. There's no shortage of catchphrases and stickers plastered on lifted Jeeps across the country: "It's a Jeep Thing. You Wouldn't Understand," "This Side Up" and so on. Jeep's Mopar accessory division is getting in on the fun with one particularly unique, large and customizable hood decal.

Related: More Jeep News

Owners of certain models can select a stylized topographical map of off-road trails such as the Rubicon Trail or Hell's Revenge for their Jeep's hood. Owners can also pick a custom geographic area using Jeep's online tool. We tried it out and input Cars.com's long-term Jeep Cherokee in its factory color with a map of our downtown Chicago headquarters location, which actually looks pretty cool as a hood decal.

By Joe Bruzek | February 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

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 (9)

2015 Jeep Renegade Video

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says Jeep's tiny new SUV is both on-road friendly and off-road capable. Hanley likes the Renegade's rugged styling but isn’t impressed with all of its interior materials. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Jeep Renegade Starts at $18,990

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When Jeep's rugged new subcompact crossover goes on sale in March, it'll start at $18,990, including a destination charge. The 2015 Jeep Renegade joins a growing group of tiny 'utes, including the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X and Honda HR-V.

Related: 2015 Jeep Renegade Expert Review

The Renegade is based on the Fiat 500L and offers a choice of two engines; a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base price is for a two-wheel-drive Sport model; four-wheel-drive Sports start at $20,990. Two-wheel-drive versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax start at $20,995; pricing has not yet been announced for the 2016 Honda HR-V or the 2016 Fiat 500X.

Continue below for full Renegade trim level pricing (all prices include a $995 destination fee):

By Jennifer Geiger | January 23, 2015 | Comments (10)

2015 Jeep Renegade Review

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"Jeep purists might smirk, thinking the Renegade has a fitting name, but this subcompact SUV is no Benedict Arnold: It delivers big-time off-road performance in Trailhawk form without sacrificing on-road driving refinement," says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

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Cars.com photo by Mike Hanley

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.

Related: More on Our Long-Term Fleet

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)

Jeep's Recall Repair Rates 'Woeful'

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More than 1 million Jeep SUVs have yet to be fixed in the 18 months since a recall was issued for the 2003-07 Liberty and 1993-98 Grand Cherokee models because they can catch fire when rear-ended, reports Bloomberg News.

Related: More Jeep News

Since the initial recall in June 2013, six people have died in crashes, according to the Center for Auto Safety. The group's executive director, Clarence Ditlow, said the slow repair rate was "woeful" and that Jeep, and its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, must do more to fix the affected vehicles.

FCA US responded that it's doing the best it can to find the owners for vehicles that are possibly on their second or third owners.

Read the full story here.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

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