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2014 Jeep Cherokee Review

The Jeep Cherokee has a handsome interior, a pleasant ride, and superb off-road performance. Its reliability, however, is suspect. 

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road capability
  • Luxe interior
  • Strong V6
  • Many available safety features
  • Low reliability rating
  • Below-average cargo space

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee's #11 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. Currently the Jeep Cherokee has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Is the 2014 Jeep Cherokee a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee doubles as a daily driver and a pretty good off-roader. It wraps passengers in a pleasant cabin and delivers a comfortable ride. It also performs well in crash tests. Cargo space is a disappointment, but that isn’t this SUV’s biggest problem. Reliability is. It’s a good compact SUV, but other options hold up better.

The 2014 Cherokee’s base engine is a 184-horsepower four-cylinder. A 271-horsepower V6 is available. Both engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available. The four-cylinder provides decent acceleration and fuel economy (21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway), but it struggles on the highway. The V6 offers better pickup without a big drop in efficiency (19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway). The Cherokee rides smoothly on road and delivers great off-road traction. Models with the Active Drive II system (including the Trailhawk) provide high- and low-range gearing. When properly equipped, Cherokee V6 models can tow 4,500 pounds.

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The Jeep Cherokee seats five and has soft-touch materials throughout. Base models have cloth upholstery; upper trims add leather, as well as power-adjustable and heated front seats. The Cherokee’s front seats are comfortable, as are the roomy rear seats that recline for extra passenger comfort, slide forward to help fit large items, and fold flat to boost cargo space from 24.6 to 54.9 cubic feet (small for the class). There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row.

The Cherokee’s dashboard has excellent fit-and-finish and logically arranged controls. Base models have a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Higher trims add an 8.4-inch touch screen with text message assist, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. The larger touch screen has Jeep’s user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system, which has simple menus, large on-screen buttons, and quick response times. Other available features include a CD player, satellite navigation, and a power liftgate.

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Used 2014 Jeep Cherokee Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Jeep Cherokee ranges from about $14,700 for a base model Sport trim with front-wheel drive to around $22,300 for the Trailhawk trim. Prices depend on demand and the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a poor reliability rating, earning J.D. Power and Associates’ lowest score of two out of five points. Class leaders for reliability include the 2014 GMC Terrain and Honda CR-V.

How Safe Is the Cherokee?

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee performed well in crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Cherokee a score of Good, the highest rating possible, in four areas tested. The Cherokee received a score of Marginal in the IIHS’ small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Cherokee four out of five stars overall, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash testing. It earned a perfect five stars in side impact testing.

There are no standard active safety features in the base model. Limited and Trailhawk models offer several active safety features with the available Technology Group. These include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, parallel parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cherokee?

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the first model year of the SUV’s fifth generation. The Cherokee saw only minimal updates for the 2015 and 2016 model years. Newer models will have fewer miles and less wear, but you’ll pay more.

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Which Used Jeep Cherokee Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The base Cherokee Sport has a 5-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, keyless entry, air conditioning, and cloth upholstery. The Cherokee Latitude offers an available V6 engine. The Cherokee Limited adds an 8.4-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Cherokee Trailhawk adds skid plates, a higher ride height, a locking rear differential, and high- and low-range gearing.

The Cherokee Limited is the best option in the lineup for hauling passengers, thanks to its available active safety features (found in the Technology Group package). These features could keep you out of an accident. They aren’t available in Sport and Latitude models.

Because of the Cherokee’s poor reliability score, you may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned Jeep vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We researched 24 data points to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Cherokee or 2014 Jeep Compass?

The 2014 Jeep Compass and Cherokee share a few shortcomings. Neither scores well for reliability nor has a lot of cargo space. That said, the demerits continue for the Compass. It has a cheap-feeling interior, poor ride quality, inferior engine and off-road performance, and none of the Cherokee’s available active safety features. There’s a reason you’ll find used Compass models for thousands of dollars less than their Cherokee cousins. Between the two, the 2014 Cherokee is the better compact SUV.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Cherokee or 2014 Honda CR-V?

The 2014 Honda CR-V doesn’t dazzle like the Cherokee. The Jeep offers advanced safety features that the CR-V just can’t match, including a self-parking function and forward collision warning. It also has a more upscale interior, heartier engine performance, and a much larger towing capacity. However, if you can look beyond the CR-V’s fumbles, you’ll find the sweeter deal. The CR-V is a much more practical vehicle thanks to its superb reliability rating and roomier cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Cherokee or 2014 Ford Escape?

The 2014 Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee rank toward the back of the compact SUV pack because of their below-average reliability ratings. That said, both deliver agile handling and confident acceleration. The Cherokee has roomier rear seats, nicer cabin materials, advanced safety features, and a simpler infotainment system. However, the Escape has a much larger cargo area and often costs less. Be sure to cross-shop higher-rated competitors before settling on either of these SUVs.

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