By Matt Schmitz on March 29, 2013
Yeah, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee — now bowing at the 2013 New York International Auto Show — bears a resemblance to the froggy-faced Nissan Juke. But give Jeep credit for an uncharacteristic departure as it replaces the Liberty with the first Cherokee in a dozen years.
Those squinty, high-set LED running lights and low-lying headlights aside, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder observes that the side and rear profiles are as mundane as most SUVs. The automaker keeps things interesting with new innovations: a nine-speed automatic transmission and optional 271-horsepower, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6. The interior is impressive and tech features abundant, though the claustrophobia-inducing backseat and cargo space fail to honor the "midsize SUV" designation. Watch the video below.
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