The long wait for the all new Jeep Cherokee is apparently over. The 2014 Cherokees started arriving in dealerships on October 23, after being delayed for several months.
The new Cherokees replace the Liberty and look much more like the traditional Jeep. The sleeker vehicle is expected to help Chrysler compete in the popular compact crossover SUV segment. It will compete with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV.
Chrysler held the Cherokee, while trying to work out bugs in the new nine-speed transmission. A software update supposedly helps the transmission shift more smoothly. Chrysler says that the new Cherokee will get up to 31 MPG on the highway.
The Jeep nameplate has been synonymous with off road and four-wheel-drive systems for decades. The new Cherokee will be available with three different four-wheel-drive configurations.