2014 Jeep Cherokee Mileage Update: 5,192 Miles

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Cars.com'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

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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

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In March, while I was driving the Cars.com 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 Insurance.com'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)

Cars.com's Top 10 Most Anticipated Cars

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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.

Check out the top 10 new vehicles the Cars.com reviewers can't wait to drive:

By Jennifer Geiger | May 7, 2014 | Comments (13)

Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Fiat Chrysler

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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

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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.

Related: We Bought a 2014 Jeep Cherokee

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

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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. Cars.com 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)

2015 Jeep Renegade: Up Close

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Few topics get automotive enthusiasts riled up like a discussion of the future of the Jeep brand. Should they remain true to their boxy, off-road military origins with products like the Wrangler, or go more on-road friendly with swoopy, daring designs like the new Cherokee? Jeep itself seems conflicted, giving us a range of styles and capabilities to choose from, but the brand's global push in the next couple of years will be with this model, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. It debuted at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show and appears this week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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It's a mix of both worlds — built on a platform shared with a tiny Fiat crossover, the Renegade did not start life as an off-roader. But you wouldn't necessarily know that from looking at it — this is a traditional Jeep look, with boxy upright styling, round headlamps, the iconic seven-bar grille up front and square taillights out back.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Jeep Renegade Photo Gallery (45 Photos)

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Jeep continues to take heat for the non-traditional styling of its new-for-2014 Cherokee, and by the looks of its newest SUV, the 2015 Renegade, opinions are likely to be just as divided.

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Jeep fans will welcome its boxy silhouette and overall rugged look, but its tiny footprint might give shoppers pause. The all-new SUV shares a platform with the Fiat 500L and is subcompact in size, matching up with the tiny Buick Encore.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (6)

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