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New for 2014: Jeep

By: Jeff Youngs, 9/24/2013
2014 Jeep Overview

The Jeep brand grows by one with the debut of the midsize 2014 Cherokee, an all-new Fiat-based crossover showcasing what is perhaps the brand's most contemporary design to date that Jeep estimates will get up to 31 mpg on the highway. Available with three different 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems, Jeep aims to bridge the gap between the cute, smaller Jeep Compass and increasingly luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 2014 Cherokee.

Jeep has made changes to the Compass and Grand Cherokee for 2014, with the Compass sporting a new automatic transmission, standard front-side air bags, and minor styling tweaks. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrives with a new optional diesel engine, revised appearance inside and out, standard 8-speed automatic transmission, added safety features, new Summit variant, and an updated gauge cluster. The small Jeep Patriot, like the Compass, is being offered with a new 6-speed automatic transmission and more standard air bags, while the Wrangler greets the 2014 model year with new packages, colors, and a new Rubicon X trim level.


2014 Jeep Cherokee
For 2014, Jeep is reintroducing a Cherokee model to its lineup, but this new Fiat-based 5-passenger crossover is nothing like the boxy SUV of years past. Equipped with a 4- or 6-cylinder engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the uniquely styled 2014 Cherokee offers buyers the choice of front-wheel-drive (FWD) or 4WD capability, four trim levels, and amenities including lane-departure warning, intelligent cruise control, push-button start, and 8 air bags.

What's New:
  • All-new SUV
  • Jeep-estimated 31 mpg on the highway
  • Choice of 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or 4WD
  • Three optional 4WD systems
  • Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim levels


2014 Jeep Compass
The Cherokee's smaller sibling, the 2014 Jeep Compass, has been updated with slightly revised styling, standard front-side air bags, new available 6-speed automatic transmission, and an optional rearview camera. Two 4-cylinder engines are available, as are three trim levels, FWD or 4WD capability, and packages such as a Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group consisting of extra skid plates, upgraded alternator, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, and tow hooks.

What's New:
  • Available 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Mild styling updates
  • Standard front-side air bags
  • Optional rearview camera


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
While it may not be all-new like the Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has certainly undergone some changes for the 2014 model year. Chief among them is the addition of an optional 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Other updates include revised styling, new top-of-the-line Summit trim level, increased capability and fuel economy, added safety features, and a host of new infotainment technologies in the performance-oriented Grand Cherokee SRT model.

What's New:
  • Available diesel engine
  • Improved fuel economy
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Summit trim level
  • Optional HID headlights
  • Lower 4WD crawl ratio
  • Standard paddle shifters
  • Eco Mode
  • Increased towing capacity
  • Updated interior and exterior styling
  • Updated UConnect infotainment system
  • Revised traction control system
  • Driver-selectable speed setting for hill-hold control feature
  • Newly designed shift lever
  • Redesigned steering wheel
  • Forward-collision warning system
  • Revised track mode delivers more torque to the rear wheels (SRT)
  • Standard launch control (SRT)
  • Newly designed liftgate and rear spoiler (SRT)
  • Smartphone-linked music streaming (SRT)
  • Available Bing Internet search capability (SRT)
  • Voice-to-text capability (SRT)
  • 7-inch gauge cluster (SRT)


2014 Jeep Patriot
Like Jeep's other small crossover model, the 2014 Patriot arrives with a new available 6-speed automatic transmission and standard front-side air bags. This 5-passenger, 4-door utility vehicle is offered in three trim levels with FWD or 4WD capability and power coming from one of two 4-cylinder engines.

What's New:
  • Available 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-side air bags


2014 Jeep Wrangler
The rugged 2-door Wrangler and 4-door Wrangler Unlimited models are updated for 2014 with a variety of new paint colors, optional 32-inch tire and wheel package, and a trail kit that includes d-ring shackles, tow strap, gloves, and a storage bag. A Dragon Edition package also debuts for 2014 and features black paint, Bronze Satin Gloss accents, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, premium leather upholstery, heated front seats, and special decals. That available package is joined by a new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X model that's equipped with electronic locking front and rear axles, 6-speed manual transmission, off-road bumpers, rock guards, unique gauges, 4.10 axle ratio, and distinctive 17-inch alloy wheels.

What's New:
  • Dragon Edition package
  • Rubicon X model
  • Optional trail kit
  • Clear parking lights and turn signal lenses
  • Amp'd, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal, and Hydro Blue paint colors
  • Available 32-inch tire and wheel package

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