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Old 11-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #29
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Can somebody point to the source of the spec. 4,500 lb tow rating, cause I couldn't find it, although I did see a video of it parallel parking by itself, and pictures of audio systems, etc. etc.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:36 PM   #30
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Can somebody point to the source of the spec. 4,500 lb tow rating, cause I couldn't find it, although I did see a video of it parallel parking by itself, and pictures of audio systems, etc. etc.
Well if I were tech smarter , I could add a link for you but that's not working . However ... If you go to Cherokee 2014 , you will find there are choices . The 3.2 - 4x4 with factory tow (an appr. $500. option ) has 4500 tow capacity.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #31
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Can somebody point to the source of the spec. 4,500 lb tow rating, cause I couldn't find it, although I did see a video of it parallel parking by itself, and pictures of audio systems, etc. etc.
I clicked on ZDR's link (in post #20) and clicked on "capabilities", then scrolled down to the bottom for towing info.

Sizewise, it's nearly the same as the new Escape. But weightwise it's more like my Highlander, about 3800 lbs. Comes with a 9 speed automatic.
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I went to the site linked in post #20 and got nowhere as far as finding tow capacity. I'm not about to fill in a build form to get there. I was only interested for a buddy who may be in the market.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:23 PM   #33
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Actually one can get all info by going to 2014 Jeep Cherokee Specifications - Truck trends and scroll down to "2014 Cherokee Technical Specifications "
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If you go to the header on that page and copy the address www.etc and then paste that into your post here, the link will appear here.
Just FYI, not asking you to do that.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:57 AM   #35
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Sizewise, it's nearly the same as the new Escape. But weightwise it's more like my Highlander, about 3800 lbs. Comes with a 9 speed automatic.
Nice... this is the 1st vehicle I have heard of with a 9 speed.
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I went to the site linked in post #20 and got nowhere as far as finding tow capacity. I'm not about to fill in a build form to get there. I was only interested for a buddy who may be in the market.
2014 Jeep Cherokee - Efficient All-Weather Capability SUV

The forum automatically supplies a title for the link. Here, let me try leaving some spaces in judicious locations...
http:// www. jeep.com /en/2014/cherokee/capabilities/
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Nice... this is the 1st vehicle I have heard of with a 9 speed.
With 9 speeds, one would think that the mfr could gear it so it felt like a rocket. But reviewers say it feels heavy and not very fast at acceleration. Go figure.
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That's one irritating web site.
So, I can tow a 4,500 lb. boat, but only a 3,500 lb. trailer? What is in the tow package?
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #39
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Looking at the fueleconomy.gov website, it looks like most people are reporting lower (about 3 MPG less) gas mileage than advertised for the 2.0L Escape for the 2013 model. No user data for the 2014 models of the Escape or Cherokee though.
One of the big advantages of the 9 speed trans on the Cherokee would be the ability to keep the RPMs closer to the best torque band, where one of the big advantages of the turbo in the Escape should be to help maintain power at higher elevations.
Both look nice but that Jeep Cherokee sounds a little nicer to me (I liked my old Escape and my old Cherokee, both 4 cyl models).
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We bought our 2013 Escape with the 2 liter ecoboost (turbocharged) specifically to tow a ParkLiner. ParkLiners weigh in at 2100#s dry, so we do not expect any trouble towing with it. I still need to wire it for 7 pin RV wiring, but can tell you unequivocally there is no turbo lag with these cars. They are veritable rockets with lots of power. Plus we get 30 mpg on trips. We love our Escape so far.

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With 9 speeds, one would think that the mfr could gear it so it felt like a rocket. But reviewers say it feels heavy and not very fast at acceleration. Go figure.
9 speeds means at least 9 shift solenoids...And what do you suppose is the most common failure part on electronically controlled automatic transmissions?
Maybe a CVT would be more reliable...
Nah,... I think I'll stay with a stick-shift until they tell me that I don't want one anymore!
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #42
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I was checking the tongue weight on 17' SD Casita, looks like MFG suggest to use 400-500 lb tongue load hitch, which reminds me someone has mentioned this on the threads, something like "the towing vehicle needs to support that weight, not just hitch, but also transmission, engine, suspension and body frame...etc". So I think the Ford Escape might be eliminated. Actually, my wife like Escape more than Cherokee , but from safety standpoint, Cherokee is more secure. I don't mind the acceleration on Cherokee is slower than Escape, as long as it can handle my 17' SD. Safety is the way to home, and I don't want to worry anything when we traveling.

In regards the Cherokee, as a towing vehicle, do we need 4x4? we will choice limited trim, and there are two 4x4 options on this trim. Active Drive I and Active Drive II. Here are their description from Jeep.

The single speed Jeep® Active Drive I 4x4 system with brake traction control is ideal for those who want an SUV with a 4x4 system that is easy to use with all-weather capability. The industry-first rear axle disconnect+ feature only engages the 4x4 system when necessary for improved fuel efficiency.


The Jeep® Active Drive II 4x4 system with low-range is great for extra low-speed traction and has a neutral mode for flat towing behind an RV.


How do you think?

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