Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee


Vehicles Affected: About 6,120 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 16 and April 8, 2014; Grand Cherokee SRT SUVs manufactured between Feb. 3 and April 8, 2014; and Cherokee crossovers manufactured between March 6 and April 17, 2014

The Problem: When the adaptive cruise control is engaged and the driver presses the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle's speed more than the cruise control system would on its own, the vehicle may continue to accelerate briefly after the accelerator pedal is released, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will re-flash the Driver Assistance System Module for free.

What Owner Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit, for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | June 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Probes 2012 Chrysler Airbag Recall Fix


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that it has opened a new investigation into the 2012 Chrysler recall of nearly three-quarters of a million Jeep SUVs to determine whether the automaker's fix was effective. The vehicles were recalled because of inadvertent airbag deployment; 744,000 model-year 2002-03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-04 Grand Cherokee SUVs were involved. The problem has been blamed for 215 reported incidents and 81 injuries. Since then, there have been reports of six vehicles with inadvertent airbag deployments resulting in no crashes but cuts and burns to occupants. The involved vehicles had undergone dealer repairs to prevent electrical spikes believed to have caused the deployments.

Get the full Detroit News story here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Mileage Update: 5,192 Miles

IMG_5168's long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee test car racked up a massive 2,296 miles last month after an extensive road trip that logged almost double the mileage we've recorded in our first three months of ownership. The trip from Chicago to northern New York, then in the reverse direction to Detroit and finally back to Chicago bested many of the Cherokee's previous fuel economy numbers and boosted its overall average by nearly 2 mpg.

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That trip generated big numbers for the Cherokee, exceeding the EPA's 28 mpg highway rating with a 30.97 mpg tank. If you don't recall, our Cherokee is a four-cylinder model with the base all-wheel-drive system and nine-speed automatic transmission. It's not surprising that the tank with the highest-recorded fuel economy also demolished the previous best range by 68.7 miles, going 419.7 miles before needing to be refueled. The road trip helped bump its overall average from a disappointing 20.68 mpg to a better 22.6 mpg average after 5,192 miles.

By Joe Bruzek | May 27, 2014 | Comments (5)

Get Ready for Summer With Jeep Cherokee's Custom Cooler


The 2014 Jeep Cherokee's standard cargo module rail system is one of the features we wanted to use more thoroughly before deciding if it's gimmicky or if it's a useful way to keep cargo in check while on the go in our long-term test car. Summer is just around the corner, so it's a perfect time to test Jeep's accessory collapsible cooler designed for the Cherokee's rear rail system.

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Jeep sells the cooler for $60; it's a fairly typical collapsible cooler with a padded shoulder strap, zipper top and soft flexible walls. The key difference between what you'll find on the shelf of a camping store and this cooler is the hook and strap for the Cherokee's standard cargo rail system. It's supposed to keep the cooler planted in the cargo area when on the go. We loaded up the cooler with ice and drinks to give it a whirl.

By Joe Bruzek | May 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Drivers Admit to Most Embarrassing Moments


In March, while I was driving the 2014 Jeep Cherokee long-term test vehicle between Chicago and southeastern Missouri, there was a moment when, well, let's just say I wasn't the coolest dude at the gas station. After filling up, I left my passenger in the vehicle while I headed inside to use the men's room. While I was inside, my passenger decided to get something out of the back. Because I was out of range with the key fob in my pocket, when she opened her door, the anti-theft alarm went off, causing a scene for the 3 to 5 minutes I was away — an eternity in alarm-blaring time — while my passenger had to sit there and suffer the trauma of 1,000 tiny eye daggers. Upon my return, I did what anyone would have in my situation, I said loud enough for everyone to hear: "What'd you do?"

Smart ForTwo Tops List of Most Embarrassing Cars

Although we felt very alone in the moment, we really weren't. Not even close. In fact, our gaffe was No. 9 of 17 on's list of the most common driving embarrassments. Of the 2,000 drivers surveyed earlier this year (half men, half women), 22 percent admitted to the following mistake: "Accidentally started your car's panic alarm and couldn't turn it off quickly." Like safety, there is dignity in numbers.

By Matt Schmitz | May 13, 2014 | Comments (8)'s Top 10 Most Anticipated Cars


Now that auto show season is over, the wait is over when it comes to seeing which new cars will hit dealerships soon, but now the real wait begins.

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There's plenty to look forward to, because there are almost too many new vehicles to choose from such as the redesigned, more modern Ford Mustang and the sleek, futuristic electric car from BMW, the i8. They're not all sports cars though; the tiny Jeep Renegade SUV and midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan are also on our list.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 7, 2014 | Comments (14)

Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Fiat Chrysler


Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out its game plan for the future of its many brands.

  • The Chrysler brand will shed any pretension of being a premium offering and aim its crosshairs on the Fords and Hondas of the world. Full details.
  • Dodge will become a performance-oriented brand, even more so than today, as well as reabsorb the SRT moniker and halo Viper. Full details.
  • Jeep ... keeps being Jeep but a more global-friendly Jeep. Full details.
  • We now know when to expect the next-generation of Ram pickup trucks. Full details.
  • Fiat will be adding only a few models while a reinvigorated Alfa Romeo will inundate the U.S. with a handful of new cars and SUVs. Full details.
By David Thomas | May 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

What Jeep's Future Looks Like


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is having its Investor Day gathering, where the automaker actually divulges future product plans, at the company's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Past events have proven to be extremely accurate. The first brand touched on this morning was Jeep. While there are no pictures of what Chrysler intends to do with new models (it's much too early for that), officials told us what to expect from the iconic sport utility brand.

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Jeep will expand globally from producing five nameplates in just North America to making six nameplates in six countries around the world. It's going to be FCA's global expansion brand, and here's how the company plans to boost sales to nearly 1.9 million units globally by 2018:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Mileage Update: 2,896 Miles


We knew fuel economy would be an interesting part of our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee's story. Configured with a four-cylinder engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and the base all-wheel-drive system, the Cherokee is rated at 21/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined.

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The mileage is interesting because the four-cylinder doesn't have as much of a fuel-economy advantage as you'd expect over the optional V-6 with an additional 87 horsepower; 184 hp to 271 hp. The four-cylinder's combined rating of 24 mpg is only 2 mpg higher than a similarly equipped six-cylinder's 22 mpg combined. The six-cylinder is a $1,495 upgrade, however, and we chose the budget-friendly four-cylinder.

By Joe Bruzek | April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Jeep Renegade Video

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is all-new, but visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show — where the subcompact SUV is bowing — will see a lot of familiar features. reviewer Kelsey Mays says its boxy shape, Patriot-like lines and seven-bar grille show its Jeep pedigree. However, the Renegade's similarities to the Fiat 500L hatchback on which it's based reveal some family blending as the Italian automaker and Chrysler realize their landmark merger. Watch the video for more — especially the rather novel etching of Moab, Utah, topography into storage-compartment mats.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

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