2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4X4: Gas Mileage Test With V-6
It's winter in the Northeast, and last week's Polar Vortex luckily came along just as our weekend test car was a 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
This is the all-new compact crossover that replaces the old truck-like Jeep Liberty, going head-to-head with popular compact crossover utilities like the Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Toyota RAV4.
After the Dodge Dart launched for 2013, it's the second new vehicle from Fiat Chrysler to use front-wheel-drive underpinnings adapted from Italian Fiat and Alfa Romeo models.
2014 Jeep Cherokee FWD 4-door Sport Dashboard
Adding all-wheel drive
The 2014 Cherokee, however, has a brand-new all-wheel-drive system that is designed to be as fuel-efficient as possible while still providing all the durability and off-road prowess that Jeep is known for.
On that front, we can only say that the Jeep crawled itself through 4 to 6 inches of snow and up our steep and unplowed driveway without drama or fuss, assisted by the "Snow" setting on the all-wheel drive SelecTerrain control knob.
We'd been eager to test the new Cherokee, having recently spent time in two different versions of the new Ford Escape, as well as a few diesel luxury crossovers.
The version we got, however, was a high-end model fitted not with the base 2.4-liter engine, but the more powerful 271-horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6.
20 to 25 mpg combined
There are no fewer than eight combinations of engine, drive system, and four-wheel-drive technology listed for the new Cherokee on the EPA site. All are fitted with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
2014 Jeep Cherokee FWD 4-door Sport Trunk
The various Cherokee models range from a high of 25 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to a low of 20 mpg combined for the Cherokee Trailhawk 4WD with the 3.2-liter V-6.
Our 2014 Cherokee Limited 4x4 was rated at 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway).
And on our test route of about 268 miles, split about two-thirds highway and one-third around-town and suburban stop-and-go, we averaged 23.8 miles per gallon as indicated on the vehicle's in-dash display.
The secondary trip odometer registered 743 miles, and an average fuel economy of 23.3 mpg.