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2017 CHEROKEE OVERLAND IS THE IDEAL DAILY RIDE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
THE RIDE: Four-door, five-passenger 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4X4 midsize SUV.
DOWN THE ROAD: Overland is a sort of premium Jeep trim with cushy Nappa leather seating and a forceful power train. It assures you a safe and adequate ride with superb handling and overall balance.
TECH & PERFORMANCE: Power is routed via a 3.2-liter V-6 cylinder engine, which develops 271 hp @ 6500 rpm and 239 pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm. An optional but astounding 9-speed auto gearbox will save you loads at the gas station because of its fuel-efficient features. Keeping the Jeep stable enough to soak bumps is an independent suspension of front MacPherson strut and a four-link rear. The electric power rack-and-pinion steering is quick, precise and direct. Depending on road/weather conditions, Selec-Terrain enables the driver to choose auto, snow, sport, sand/mud and rock modes.
LOOK & FEEL: A waterfall hood with the familiar seven-slotted chromed grille, surrounded by bi-xenon HID black headlights/bezels, portrays an aggressive appearance. Displaying exquisite taste and tailoring, the cabin features a 7-inch programmable multi-view gauge cluster. The Chrysler 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen offers effortless navigation, audio and phone controls. Comforts include dual-zone a/c, four-way power front seats, power lift gate, 9-speaker audio sound system with subwoofer in cargo area, full-length floor console and the classic mix of wood and leather on the robust steering wheel. 
SAFETY FIRST: Dual front, side and knee airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, electronic roll mitigation and hill start assist, rearview camera, remote start, blind spot monitor and cross-path detection system, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
OUT THE DOOR: $37,695, plus tax, tag, delivery and destination charges.
WHY DIG IT: Meager fuel mileage and Jeep have been synonymous in the past. But not any more. We beat EPA estimates by eking out 21.9 mpg in city and 27.5 on highway. Partial credit goes to the gas-saver 9-speed transmission. Besides, the Overland model is versatile and spacious. For the daily grind, the Cherokee is as alluring as any other midsize SUV on the road.

CHEROKEE (OVERLAND)
Tires: P225/60R18
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 182 inches
Weight: 4,046 pounds
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Fuel capacity: 15.9 gallons
Web site: www.jeep.com

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