Up until this year, Jeep Cherokee models featured a boxy body style, and were considered compact in size. For the first model year of the Cherokee’s fifth generation, however, Jeep had something entirely different in mind. The all-new, completely redesigned 2014 Cherokee was the surprise of the year, and was what Jeep brand fans were hoping to see when this model was finally revealed to the public. A bold new exterior styling made the newest Cherokee immediately stand out from all previous model years, and made it instantly recognizable on the streets and highways of America. The new sculpted shape of the midsize crossover allowed for enhanced aerodynamics that the outdated boxy style did not allow. As always, the Jeep Cherokee delivered class-leading off-road capabilities that other brands could not match, as well as plenty of on-road practicality. The standard 2014 Cherokee came equipped with a 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine that was capable of producing 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The only other powerblock option was a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 which was noticeably more powerful with a horsepower rating of 271, delivering a responsive 239 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines came with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the 2014 Cherokee was available with either front wheel drive, or Jeep’s capable off-road four-wheel drive system. Properly equipped, the 2014 Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is more than impressive for its midsize crossover designation. The 2014 model year of the Cherokee was also important in terms of advanced safety technology and connectivity features, both of which were not widely available on previous model years. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross path detection systems were all optional for the first time in the Cherokee’s history, making it even more appealing for buyers looking for an affordably capable pre-owned version in 2017. All in all, this Cherokee model represented a rebirth of one of Jeep’s longest running nameplates in history.