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2016 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Published on Sep 18, 2015

The Jeep Cherokee is a compact SUV that bridges the gap between city-friendly crossovers and serious off-roaders. The nameplate had disappeared in 2001, but was revived in the 2014 model year.

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Earns Four-Star Safety Rating

2016 Jeep Cherokee Earns Four-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government


WASHINGTON — The 2016 Jeep Cherokee SUV earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Five stars is the highest rating.

On sale now at Jeep dealerships, the 2016 Cherokee received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

The rating applies to two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions of the 2016 Cherokee.

Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, electronic stability control and 10 airbags.

Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection and adaptive cruise control.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Cherokee.


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2016 Jeep Cherokee: Trailhawk

2016 Jeep Cherokee: Trailhawk runs the trails, others run the gamut

November 04, 2015

Among Jeeps, only Wrangler is restricted to what amounts to just two choices: take it or leave it. Sure, that open-air roughneck wants to be as civil as possible, but — first and foremost an off-roader — it never compromises trail capability to be socially acceptable.

Cherokee, on the other hand, wants to make friends and influence people, with myriad models ranging from the stay-on-pavement front-drive Sport to the rock-crawling Trailhawk.

So, it's reasonable to ask: How does a vehicle that shares its basic platform with a pair of compact sedans — the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart — get from the front-drive Sport to the bushwhacking 4WD Trailhawk?

Answer: technology — and about seven grand.

The base Sport starts at $24,390. Trailhawk starts at $31,590. And, if capability is really what you're about, you can add another $1,745 for Trailhawk's optional V-6. Thus, for about 33 grand — perilously close to Grand Cherokee territory — you've got a trail-tough Cherokee that's also quite civilized.

In addition to Trailhawk, Cherokee is available in Sport, Latitude and Limited trim. All, save Trailhawk, are front-drivers with 4WD an available option in either Active Drive I (essentially all-wheel drive) or Active Drive II (added low-range gearing for more tractive talent). Trailhawk, however, is the only one with Active Drive Lock, a standard Trailhawk feature that adds a locking rear differential for the really rough stuff. Then Trailhawk adds higher ground clearance, more aggressive approach and departure angles (thanks to unique front and rear fascias), chunky off-road rubber, front tow hooks, skid plates and a Rock setting on its five-mode drive selector, which on lesser 4x4 Cherokees includes just Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

There's also a cool Selec-Speed feature, which maintains a constant, driver-selectable, off-road speed between 1 and 5 mph. Think of it as off-road cruise control.

Yep, Trailhawk's got the techy trail goods — particularly if you order the optional 271-hp V-6. A 184-hp four is standard on all Cherokees, as is a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Trailhawk also is a fine companion in town, with its civilized ride, quiet cabin and, like other Jeep products, best infotainment interface in the business if you order the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen.

Styling? It's more polarizing than politics, but we're starting to warm to it.

In any event, there's no denying the Jeep-proprietary 4x4 technology on Trailhawk is a peek at the future of 4WD.



TYPE: Crossover SUV


BASE PRICE: Sport: $24,390; Latitude: $26,190; Limited: $29,890; Trailhawk: $31,590

PRICE AS DRIVEN: $37,565; a Trailhawk with $1,745 V-6; $1,695 Comfort / Convenience Group (power liftgate, keyless start, 8-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, more), $1,045 Safety Tec Group (rear park assist, blind spot alert, more), $845 Uconnect 8.4 w/navigation; $645 Cold Weather Group (heated seats, steering wheel & outside mirrors; wiper de-icer)

ENGINES: 2.4-liter I-4; 3.2-liter V-6

HORSEPOWER: I-4: 184 at 6400 rpm; V-6: 271 at 6500 rpm

TORQUE: I-4: 171 lb.-ft. at 4600 rpm; V-6: 239 lb.-ft. at 4400 rpm

REQUIRED FUEL: I-4/V-6: Regular

TRANSMISSION: Nine-speed automatic

SUSPENSION: Fully independent

BRAKES: Four-wheel disc, ABS, stability and traction control

EPA MPG: I-4 2WD: 22 city/31 hwy/25 combined; I-4 4WD: 21/28/24; V-6 2WD: 21/29/24; V-6 4WD: 20/28/23; Trailhawk I-4: 19/25/22; Trailhawk V-6: 19/26/22

WHEELBASE: 106.3 inches

LENGTH: 182 inches

CURB WEIGHT: 3,655-4,108 lbs.

CARGO (seat up/down): 24.6/54.9 cu. ft.

TOWING.: I-4: 2,000 lbs.; V-6: 4,500 lbs.

WHERE BUILT: Toledo, Ohio

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Press Kit: 2016 Jeep Cherokee

Press Kit: 2016 Jeep Cherokee

2016 Jeep® Cherokee: Most Capable Mid-size SUV Sets the Standard for the Segment

Best-in-class capability
3.2-liter V-6 engine now available on Cherokee Sport model
Three available four-wheel-drive systems that raise the standard for mid-size SUVs
Jeep® Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five customized modes – Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock
Best-in-class V-6 towing capability – 4,500 pounds
Up to a 56:1 crawl ratio for low-range traction
Jeep Cherokee is Four Wheeler Magazine’s 2015 Four Wheeler of the Year
Fuel economy – up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway
Standard Engine Stop-Start technology on 3.2-liter V-6-powered Cherokee models
Only mid-size SUV with standard nine-speed automatic transmission
Industry-first rear-axle disconnect resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed; improving fuel efficiency
More than 70 available advanced safety and security features

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2015 -

The 2016 Jeep® Cherokee delivers the on-road driving dynamics, features, fuel economy and 4x4 capability that mid-size SUV customers desire.

For 2016, the Jeep Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, fuel ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, superior on-road ride and handling, a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 available advanced safety and security features.

New for the 2016 model year are Rhino Clear Coat and Light Brownstone exterior colors and driver comfort enhancements to the steering column tilt, instrument cluster and front seats.

For 2016 Jeep Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free and Do-Not Disturb.

Drag and Drop Menu Bar: Jeep Cherokee owners now have the ability to personalize their touchscreen controls to fit their lifestyle and have one-button access to the features and services they value most. From Travel Link and Yelp to heated or cooled seats, drivers now can simply drag their favorite feature or service icon from the apps menu and move them to their Uconnect system’s main menu bar

Siri Eyes Free: An extension of voice recognition via the voice button on the steering wheel and compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s or later, with Siri Eyes free, drivers can speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions. Driver’s will simply push and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel until the Siri screen appears on the 8.4-inch touchscreen and hear the audible tones

Do Not Disturb: Vehicle owners who prefer not be interrupted with phone calls or text messages while driving can choose to turn on the new “Do Not Disturb” and “Reply with Text Message” feature. Located within the Uconnect system’s phone screen, once enabled with a the push of a button or via voice command, the Do Not Disturb icon will route all incoming mobile calls to voicemail and suppress text messages. If the vehicle owner chooses to enable the Do Not Disturb feature, they also have the ability to send a default or customized response once a call or text message is received

Jeep 4x4 capability
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee provides a choice of three innovative 4x4 systems for best-in-class 4x4 capability in all weather conditions. The Jeep Cherokee is the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed – improving fuel efficiency. The rear-axle disconnect seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver.

The Jeep Cherokee offers best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds.

Jeep Active Drive I

Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive I features a single power transfer unit (PTU), which is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed. The system does not require any driver intervention or feedback, delivers yaw correction during dynamic events and improves both understeer and oversteer conditions.

Jeep Active Drive II

Available on the Cherokee Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. The 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low-speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction. The gear reduction allows for enhanced climbing ability as well outstanding crawl ratios for severe off-road conditions. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee with Jeep Active Drive II gives the off-road adventurer a ride height that is increased by an inch, and a crawl ratio of 56:1 when powered by the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine and 47.8:1 when powered by the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – up to a 90-percent improvement versus the outgoing model.

Jeep Active Drive Lock

Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed power for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.

All 4x4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s renowned Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Up to five customized settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including: drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: Trail Rated
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model exemplifies Jeep 4x4 capability with a distinctive, aggressive look, backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, for the most capable Jeep Cherokee model and the most capable mid-size SUV in the segment. The Trailhawk includes, as standard equipment, aggressive approach and departure angles, complements of the unique front and rear fascias, one-inch factory lift, Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential, skid plates and signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low range terrain mode, but will lock automatically when in certain modes, such as “Rock,” to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a departure angle of 32.1 degrees and breakover angle of 23.3 degrees. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches.

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model with the standard off-road package is Trail Rated. The “Trail Rated” badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Superior on-road performance and fuel efficiency
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee premium on-road manners and fuel efficiency are a result of a number of efforts by Jeep engineers.

Powered by the choice of two engines mated to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission,
the Cherokee delivers the power drivers appreciate on the road without sacrificing fuel efficiency.
With highway fuel economy ratings of up to 31 mpg and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee delivers drivers a no-compromise ownership experience.

Engine Stop-Start (ESS) Technology

ESS technology, which is standard on Cherokees equipped with the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, increases fuel efficiency by shutting the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Amenities (radio, gauges, heating or air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate, making the operation transparent to the driver. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake, allowing seamless acceleration.

ESS is activated automatically and requires no input from the driver. A system disable switch is located on the dash if the operator wishes to suspend the feature.

Safety and Security

The Jeep Cherokee was engineered with more than 70 available safety and security features.
The Cherokee starts with a strong foundation, constructed with 65 percent high-strength steel. Engineers then added both active and passive safety and security features, including ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus; Forward Collision Warning-Plus; LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus; electronic stability control (ESC); electronic roll mitigation; Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, 10 standard air bags and much more.

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee competes in the mid-size SUV segment, the largest SUV segment in North America, with more than 2 million sales in 2014.

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee boasts numbers that make the difference for the SUV customer who cares about fuel economy and capability in all weather conditions: fuel economy of up to 31 mpg, more than 70 safety and security features, numerous industry and segment “firsts,” a nine-speed automatic transmission, a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, a 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine with 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, nearly 500 miles driving range on a tank of gasoline and three new, innovative 4x4 systems that deliver legendary Jeep capability including crawl ratios of 56:1 with the 2.4-liter engine and 47.8:1 with the 3.2-liter engine.

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in dealer showrooms in the third quarter 2015. Customers can choose from the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and the rugged, Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

The Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV will offer consumers 10 different exterior colors from which to choose: Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Light Brownstone Clear Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat, Eco Green Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Rhino Clear Coat.

The Cherokee is built in the United States at FCA US Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant.

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Jeep® Expands Cherokee Lineup With Premium Overland Model

Jeep® Expands Cherokee Lineup With Premium Overland Model

New 2016 Jeep® Cherokee Overland debuts at New England International Auto Show
More premium Jeep Cherokee model boasts an unmatched combination of luxury and capability in the mid-size SUV segment
Cherokee Overland delivers sophisticated styling, a well-appointed interior, a long list of premium standard features and legendary Jeep capability
New premium Cherokee Overland available in Jeep showrooms this spring
Jeep Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015

January 14, 2016 , Boston

The Jeep® brand is introducing its new Cherokee Overland today at the New England International Auto Show, expanding the brand’s lineup to deliver consumers a new level of luxury combined with unmatched capability in the mid-size SUV segment.

“The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4x4 capability that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package loaded with premium amenities,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015, and we expect the new Overland model will attract even more consumers into our Jeep showrooms going forward.”

The new Cherokee Overland joins Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in the Cherokee lineup. With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $34,695 (plus $995 destination), Cherokee Overland arrives in Jeep dealerships this spring.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
An exclusive style, premium amenities and enhancements and a long list of standard equipment elevate the new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model to new levels of refined elegance and comfort.

The exterior of the new Cherokee Overland model features new body-color fascias with a bright front grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, new 18-inch fully polished bright aluminum wheels, standard HID bi-xenon headlamps and “Overland” badge on the liftgate.

Inspired by the award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model, the Jeep Cherokee Overland interior includes a host of premium enhancements, including a leather-wrapped instrument panel, power front driver and passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, a new Jeep steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door sill plates, Berber floor mats, standard Nappa leather seats with ventilated/heated front seats, standard Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, Uconnect Access Advantage, and standard memory driver’s seat, radio and exterior mirrors.

In addition to the interior and exterior design enhancements and the standard equipment found on the Jeep Cherokee Limited model, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model adds the following as standard equipment: power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and rear crosspath detection, Parksense rear backup assist system and a premium insulation group. The new Jeep Cherokee Overland 4x4 model comes standard with 8.2 inches of ground clearance to help drivers reach the most demanding destinations.

Living up to the “Overland” name, each Jeep Cherokee Overland 4x4 model comes equipped with the Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 system, which includes a two-speed power transfer unit, low range and an industry-first disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency when 4x4 capability isn’t needed.

In addition, the Jeep Active Drive II system features the Jeep brand’s Selec-Terrain traction control system. Selec-Terrain allows the driver, with a push of a button on the Selec-Terrain dial, to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Four customized settings are offered on the new Cherokee Overland model: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

Selec-Terrain is designed to optimize the four-wheel-drive systems for unsurpassed control and capability. Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control, including drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, ESC, transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control). The system also includes Jeep Selec-Terrain, allowing drivers to choose between four modes (auto, sport, snow and sand/mud), which optimizes the 4x4 system to the driving conditions.

Optional features on the 2016 Cherokee Overland model include:

Heavy Duty Protection group includes skid plates and full-size spare tire, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start (ESS) fuel-saving technology, producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque
Technology Group includes advanced Brake Assist, auto high beam headlamp control, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with crash mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense front and rear park assist with rear stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers, wireless charging pad, remote CD player, engine block heater and sunroof.

Jeep Cherokee

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, superior on-road ride and handling, world-class craftsmanship, clever functionality and versatility, more than 70 available safety and security features and advanced user-friendly technology. The Jeep Cherokee stands out against competitors with unmatched off-road capability while not sacrificing on-road ride and handling, comfort or segment-leading features.

About Jeep Brand

Built on 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

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The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk:

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: why did it win Four Wheeler’s 2015 Four Wheeler of the Year Award?

February 1, 2016

We knew we were in for a serious beating from our loyal followers as soon as we tallied the votes. How could we let the car-based and polarizingly shaped Cherokee beat the old-school Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro for Four Wheeler of the Year honors? Impossible! Blasphemy! Unfollow! Cancel my subscription! All of us who participated in the week-long testing process knew why it was so well deserved. The Toyota drives and feels like a 10-year-old truck. The Cherokee feels like tomorrow’s SUV. It’s stylish, smooth, quiet, sporty, and efficient. The interior is modern, comfortable, and smacks of quality materials and assembly. Most important of all, it’s extremely capable and fun to drive in the dirt, and if you’re one of the many doubters of its off-road chops, you should really experience one on the trail before you pass judgment.

Jeep should be awarded just for making the investment in this highly unique drivetrain. Low range is achieved without a transfer case by putting the gear reduction in the axles, and the combination of a very good crawl ratio and a selectable rear locker in a compact crossover works way better than you’d expect. Yes, there’s very little suspension articulation, but that doesn’t impede progress. The result is the occasional tire being lifted in the air with no delay in forward movement. Further testing since our long-term Cherokee arrived has revealed that this chassis is also quite a performer on twisty blacktop, feeling much sportier that we remember from Four Wheeler of the Year testing, which is mostly focused on dirt roads. The only drawback on the street is the Firestone A/T tires, which lose grip in the corners way before the chassis wants to give up. The ability to cruise at highway speeds quietly and comfortably, carve up paved mountain roads at high speeds, and then be able to hit the trail is very unique and gives the Cherokee a dual sporting personality. One more interesting point is that this is the first time a transverse-engine vehicle has won our award.

Most of the criticism we’ve seen about the Cherokee so far has stemmed from its ZF-sourced nine-speed transmission, but it appears the one we’ve received for long-term evaluation has the latest software and so far has acted very well. Ninth gear is so tall (0.48:1) that it’s rarely selected, even in steady speed cruising on freeways, and seems to be reserved for downhill or downwind stretches only.

So far one of our only serious complaints is about lack of range caused by the low fuel capacity (15.9 gallons), with the typical distance between fill ups being just shy of 300 miles. That’s acceptable, but we like rigs that can outlast one’s bladder on long distance road trips. All other misgivings are regarding some of the electronic systems, and we’ve just learned that Cherokees in particular are susceptible to hacking via its Uconnect system, with a viral video showing hackers able to change climate control, radio settings, and even shutting down the car. A free software refresh is available to prevent that from happening.

Other technologies that so far appear to be well intentioned, but not quite ready, are the adaptive cruise control and lane-departure assist. The cruise control works well at relatively steady speeds, where traffic is ranging between 50 and 75 mph, but stop-and-go traffic throws it into fits, constantly triggering the crash mitigation system while chiming and flashing a message on the info screen to brake immediately or leaving much too large a gap in front of the car when speeds recover. The problem is that it can’t anticipate slowing and accelerating traffic several cars ahead, so it tends to overcorrect in both directions. The lane departure assist system occasionally mistakes grooves and other lines in the road for lane markers and tries to follow them. We’re still not accustomed to the car trying to steer itself, but we’ll leave this feature on until it either becomes a welcome addition or relegated to being just another annoying nanny. The crash mitigation system is fantastic, and it’s hard to imagine what it would take to actually crash into something while it’s activated. Not only does it give you a visual and audible warning, but it applies the brakes as well, completely stopping if necessary. The price to be paid is the system occasionally mistaking a car turning into a parking lot that’s actually clear of your path as a hazard, automatically slamming on the brakes and pleading that you to apply the brakes as well.

The baby 3.2L Pentastar V-6 is very smooth and makes strong midrange power, but it runs out of breath on the top end. Overall the experience is of adequate, but not fast, acceleration (8-second 0-60) and better-than-expected efficiency. We’re curious just how much efficiency is gained by removing only 400 cc of displacement from the larger and ubiquitous version.

So far we’ve explored our local Wildomar OHV Park, the backcountry around Big Bear Lake, and a road trip to California’s Central Coast. Next on the agenda is to head back to the hill near Convict Lake, California, that sent our previous tester back to the shop. As usual, we’ll be keeping track of the overall experience for a year and will report everything, good and bad.

Options as tested:

SafetyTec Group – Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, Power Multi-Function Mirrors with Manual Fold-Away ($1,045), Technology Group – Full Speed Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Advanced Brake Assist, Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signals, Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning ($1,495), Comfort / Convenience Group – Power Liftgate, Remote Start System, Keyless Enter-N-Go / Passive Entry, A/C Auto Temperature Control with Dual Zone Control, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror w/Microphone, Power Eight-Way Driver Seat, Power Four-Way Driver Lumbar Adjust, Security Alarm, Universal Garage Door Opener ($1,645), Leather Interior Group – Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel ($1,495), 3.2-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine with Stop/Start – Stop / Start System, Dual Bright Exhaust Outlets ($1,745), Black Hood Decal ($199), Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/SXM/HD/BT/NAV – GPS Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link / 5-Year Subscription, SiriusXM Traffic / 5-Year Service ($845)

Report: 1 of 4

Previous reports: None
Base price: $30,395
Price as tested: $39,895
Four-Wheel-Drive system: Full-time, electronically controlled, two-speed

Long Term Numbers:

Miles to date: 3,791
Miles since last report: n/a
Average mpg (this report): 19.5
Test best tank (mpg): 23.5 (Highway between 70-75 mph)
Test worst tank (mpg): 17.1 (Mostly city)


This period: None
Problem areas: Hackers (if you believe the internet)

What’s hot, what’s not:
Hot: Fun, stylish, sporty
Not: Range, tires, finicky electronics.

Logbook quotes:

“The chassis writes a check that the tires can’t cash”
“Speed bumps confuse traction-control software”
“Way more fun on paved twisty mountain roads than you’d expect”

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