Overall, a pleasant car. Drives well, with the V-6 engine the power is more than adequate and the fuel economy is excellent. The transmission is the odd part of the performance picture. It has nine speeds, but it sometimes feels like it cannot decide which of the nine speeds is the appropriate one for the situation. There is a large gap in the lower gears, and sometimes it lurches when it downshifts at a speed just above idle as it shifts to a lower gear. Conversely, it is often lazy about shifting down a gear at higher speeds and it seems to lug a bit before finally changing down a gear. We have adapted to these behaviors, but I cannot say that we are really happy with them overall.
At 40000 miles it had a massive oil leak. At 41000 miles it was back in the shop due to problems with the ignition coils or something. From the beginning It has felt like the transmission is not shifting correctly. It was in the shop twice for it and they say nothing is wrong. Only solution given to me was drive it until it really breaks down. (That's good sound advice. Just hope the wife kids are not on the highway when it does break down).
I love Jeep cars and when the Cherokee came back out again, I rushed to the dealership to trade my One year old Tacoma. My only regret was. It getting one with the tow package as you never know when you'll need it. The factory tow will give you a tow capacity of 4500. Without it, even adding an aftermarket hitch, you'll only get 2000 lb tow capacity because if the gear ratios and engine cooler. This car has plenty of acceleration when you need it and the creature comforts and technology are great. I am currently tranding this car for one that is a year newer with the factory tow package!
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