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Cherokee specs clarified, compared

Jeep representatives have clarified specifications for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, and we have added a new one: water fording of up to 20 inches at 5 mph.

The previously stated 8.7 inches of minimum running ground clearance applies to both Trailhawk and any 2014 Jeep Cherokee with Active Drive II (which includes a low-speed power transfer unit). Cherokees with front wheel drive or Active Drive I, which is ideally suited for slippery or dirt roads or relatively easy paths, have 7.7 inches of ground clearance — even then, over an inch more than Toyota RAV4.

1997 2014 Cherokee 2011 2012 2013 2013
Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 I 4×4 II
Liberty Patriot RAV4 4Runner
Approach angle 38° 29.9° 18.9° 21° 39.1° * 29.0° 29° 33°
Breakover angle 24


22.9° 19.5° 21.7° 20.4° 23.7°  ? ?
Departure angle 32° 32.2° 25.0° 27.3° 32.1° 33.9° 22° 26°
Running clearance 10.2” 8.7” 7.7” 8.7” ? 9.1” 6.3” 9.6”
* With front fascia lower trim removed. Trailhawk tested with the lower trim in place.

Other sources told Allpar that highway mileage for the front-wheel-drive V6 version will be reasonably close to the four-cylinder’s 31 mpg (most likely around 27-29 mpg).  City mileage has not yet been disclosed. Update: V6 gas mileage is 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway.

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?


In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval


San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?


NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

Categories: Chrysler.

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Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?
Proxy service advises merger approval

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