The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Looks like a Dinosaur

A photo of my Harley and I taken by my friend Katie.
Yeah, thats right. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee looks like some kind of angry dinosaur. My first thought was a velociraptor, but I honestly couldn't tell you why and I'm not sure who would agree with me. If I had to guess, I'd say that ugly looking abomination of a grill reminded me of a row of big teeth.

I currently drive a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport with around 170,000 miles on it. The thing is a champion and I love it to death. Sure it needs a little tender love and care every now and then, and sure it has its fair share of rust from having lived through a good number of New York winters, but the damn thing has never failed me when I needed it.

I love my current Jeep for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, it's a simple freaking machine that does a few things very well. It has a high-output 4.0L straight-six engine that has served me well despite a limited towing capacity.

It is also generally pretty easy to fix things on a Cherokee when they break.

But more than anything it doesn't have any frills. I don't have cruise-control and I don't have AC. I did install aftermarket Sony speakers and a totally legit receiver with HD-Radio and USB inputs, but that's about as fancy as I was willing to make the old girl.

So the Cherokee has been off the market since 2001 in the United States (although the Liberty was sold
under the name in Europe). People praise the damn thing and love it to death, etc, etc. I'm not going to get too deep into why I'm emotionally attached to my Jeep, I just am. Fast forward to today, and the Chrysler Group, now owned by Fiat, is introducing a dramatically different looking Cherokee that bears little to no resemblance to its predecessor. I honestly don't know what to think.

The Grand Cherokee has always been a little too much vehicle for what I need. The old-style Cherokee landed right in my sweet-spot as a truck that got the job done without going overboard. The new 2014 Cherokee would appear to be the same truck and more and starts at a reasonable 22k price-point for the base model.

Presumably after I complete my graduate degree program a year from now, one of the first things I'll do is buy a new Jeep (and obviously adopt a rescue dog). I would love for that Jeep to be the new Cherokee but I'm prepared to take a wait-and-see approach once some of the initial reviews come in and I can actually get behind the wheel of one.

Hey and if worse comes to worse, I can always turn to the Wagonmaster.

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A photo of my Harley and I taken by my friend Katie.