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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-29-2016, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Car and Driver take on the 2016 Cherokee

After doing comprehensive reviews of both the Limited and TH in the last two years, C&D did a quick take of the 2016 Cherokee. I agree with most of their comments (even though I don't have ESS ), and especially on the final verdict:

Verdict: Leave it to Jeep to create a compact crossover that charts its own rugged course in a sea of bland boxes.

What We Like: The Cherokee imparts a feeling of solidity on the road, with secure handling and a firm, controlled ride. When equipped with the optional 3.2-liter V-6 engine, itís fairly quick and sporty-feeling considering its massóthe last Cherokee V-6 we tested weighed in at 4382 pounds, nearly 1000 pounds heavier than a four-cylinder Honda CR-V. Even the Trailhawk model, with its knobby off-road tires, has decent road manners thanks to well-weighted steering and good body control. The interior looks and feels similar to that of the more expensive Grand Cherokee, and the Uconnect touchscreen, which controls navigation, audio, and climate functions, is easy and intuitive to use.


What We Donít Like: Jeep needs room to cram beefy four-wheel-drive hardware into the Cherokeeís compact-car architecture, so the interior packaging suffers even on models that lack those goodies. Rear-seat room and cargo space donít measure up to competitors like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, and the high lift-over height can make it a challenge to load large or heavy items into the cargo area. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is best avoided, as itís unrefined and struggles against the Cherokeeís substantial mass. The nine-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all models doesnít help: itís sometimes slow to kick down when the driver requests more oomph. The V-6ís power and torque help compensate for the gearboxís occasional confusion, but the engine upgrade makes for a thirsty Cherokee. Our most recent tests of V-6* four-wheel-drive Cherokee models netted 18 and 20 mpg combined, while an all-wheel-drive four-cylinder CR-V averaged 25 mpg in our care.



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Reading the parts you posted, I agree with much of their opinion. But I have yet to own a perfect vehicle aside from the closest, my 2011 Frontier SV. I would only have changed two things. Drop some of the hard plastic inside, and add more lumbar support. Well, headlights too, but every truck seems to have crappy lighting.
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Still some haters in the comment section of the article. They really need to move on from the old box to the new package.

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but the Rav4 and cr-v cant off-road like the TH or look as cool, they are made for chicks
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Every vehicle is a compromise of functions to me.
Still the best 4WD system out there in my opinion.
I love the fact that it defaults to FWD and will use 4WD as needed.
Or be set to use 4WD all the time.
That alone helps mpg.
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I agree with most of this also. They must have a heavy foot though - I have the V-6 with ADII and live in the mountains in Colorado and average 25 MPG, which is what they quote with the I-4.

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I agree with most of this also. They must have a heavy foot though - I have the V-6 with ADII and live in the mountains in Colorado and average 25 MPG, which is what they quote with the I-4.
Yeah, I thought their mpg was low too. Don't pay much attention to it though because powertrains, people's driving styles, and environmental conditions are different. I got 28 mpg combined on a tank once while trying to conserve. Most of the time a tank will average 24-25. In the winter I've got as low as 19 on a tank. I can get over 30 mpg on a tank if it's all fairly flat interstate at 65 mph.

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There doesn't seem to be a reason to compare my TH to any Toyota product since Toyota doesn't stand behind their vehicles.
My wife bought a new 2009 Corolla XRS with the deluxe alloy wheels. After 3 years, the finish on the wheels started peeling off and all the dealer would offer was to install a new set, at full price.
That was the last Toyota product we will ever buy.

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For C&D that's pretty good...seeing they have fallen in love with anything foreign! Out of all my many vehicles, mostly Jeeps I had a 2005 CR-V and couldn't wait to get back too a Jeep, traded it at 23k. Nice little car if that's what ya want and decent mpg, thought I did...nada!!


Traded the CR-V for a '07 loaded Wrangler JKU Sahara loved it, traded that for a '12 loaded JKU Sahara, loved it! Traded that for a '15 loaded TH KL, like it? Thought I'd get decent mpg's...not impressed! Off Road capabilities of the TH very impressive, more than expected! The TH pretty neat overall, unfortunately I want my JKU back!


C&D still is crap!


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Yeah, I thought their mpg was low too. Don't pay much attention to it though because powertrains, people's driving styles, and environmental conditions are different. I got 28 mpg combined on a tank once while trying to conserve. Most of the time a tank will average 24-25. In the winter I've got as low as 19 on a tank. I can get over 30 mpg on a tank if it's all fairly flat interstate at 65 mph.
MPG is very dependent on use, I think. My wife is in mid-teens on cold winter days on a short commute, but we're getting high 20s and even over 30 on the interstate at 75 mph.

BTW, what is with C&D's comment about high lift-over height for loading?
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