Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jeep Cherokee - hybrids may be coming

The Jeep Cherokee was one of the first true sport-utility vehicles, pairing tolerable on-road manners with excellent off-road capability. Since then, automakers have been trying to balance out both sides of that equation, but the Cherokee may be the first to do both better than any other compact SUV.
Jeep calls the new Cherokee a mid-sizer, however it’s really sized quite closely with compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4—at about 182 inches long, with a wheelbase of about 106.3 inches
While several models in this class have gone all-four-cylinder, the Cherokee offers a choice between a four-cylinder or a V-6. The standard 2.4-liter in-line four turns in a well-adjusted 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque; it's plenty so long as there's less weight aboard, and it's plenty smooth and preternaturally quiet, given its world-engine roots. A new 3.2-liter V-6 makes 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque; it's torquey and generally happy with whatever work you throw its way.