SUV Spotlight: Range Rover Sport SVR

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Range Rover Sport SVR ©Jaguar Land Rover Limited

While the Range Rover Sport SVR isn’t new for 2016, I felt as the fastest Land Rover ever produced, it deserved its turn in the Automobheels “SUV Spotlight”.   This baby did the infamous Nurburgring in a cool 8 minutes and 14 seconds, giving it one of the fastest times ever recorded by a SUV in standard production.

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Range Rover Sport SVR ©Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Many car consumers like to take a look at the inside of a vehicle. They are interested only in the creature comforts it can offer.  Does it have heated seats?  Does it have a sunroof?  Does it have navigation and streaming audio?  Does it have programmable seats and mirrors?  While I am a fan of all of these features, first and foremost, I want to know what lurks beneath the hood.  I don’t care how many features a car has, if it is gutless, I want no part of it.

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Range Rover Sport SVR ©Jaguar Land Rover Limited

The SVR delivers on everything.  Her contoured hood houses a beast of an engine, the range-topping 5.0-litre supercharge V8, producing 550PS and 680Nm.  The accompanying ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic  transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis help keep the beast in line, no matter what the weather conditions.  She’ll do 0-60mhp in 4.5 seconds and maxes out at an electronically controlled top speed of 162mph.  Working in tandem with the powerful engine, the transmission shift strategy is constantly monitoring the acceleration, brake inputs, lateral cornering forces, kick down requests and gradient severity to choose one of the 25 pre-determined programs to ensure the SVR seamlessly adapts to the driver’s behind the wheel behavior and road conditions.  The transmission also allows for driver control by offering paddle shifters along with the standard gear lever.  Drivers can easily swap between automatic and manual mode.

Range Rover SVR Interior

Range Rover Sport SVR Interior ©Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Some would say given the amount of attention given to the engine, the refinement and luxury might have been slightly overlooked.  Not so, it delivers again on all fronts.  The SVR has received several enhancements to its exterior.  The front bumper has been fitted with beefy looking trapezoidal air intakes, while the hood receives Range Rover script, revised vents and a new grill.  Further contouring the vehicle, the side has been fitted with new, distinctive moldings, while the back has been given a high level spoiler and SVR-unique quad exhaust pipes.  At first glance one might think these revisions were for visual effect only.  However, Land Rover made no adjustments that do not serve a specific purpose.  The larger air intakes on the front allow for more airflow to the charge air coolers that channel air into the engine, the new front bumper’s NVH comb is fitted to ensure wind noise is reduced, along with front-end lift, allowing the front tires to retain a high level of grip, and the rear spoiler reduces lift and balances the new front bumper.

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Range Rover Sport SVR ©Jaguar Land Rover Limited

The SVR is available in seven colors, including the SVR exclusive Estoril Blue.  A contrasting Santorini black roof comes standard and works with the body-color side moldings, giving it an intimidating look and feel. Throw in the comfy, yet distinctive leather sport seats and the interior gives the driver the ultimate high-performance vehicle experience.  The interior is available in four rich colors with standard aluminum trim detail.  Carbon fibre trim for the door panels, center console, dashboard and steering wheel is optional.

Range Rover Sport SVR

Range Rover Sport SVR ©Jaguar Land Rover Limited

“The Range Rover Sport SVR is the ultimate in premium performance,” said Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern. “Crafted by Land Rover’s ‘Special Vehicle Operations’, its performance-focused design revisions clearly differentiate the most powerful Land Rover ever produced from existing derivatives with its ground-hugging, assertive stance and additional road presence. This striking evolution retains the trademark DNA for which the Range Rover Sport is so widely acclaimed.”

With a base MSRP of $111,350, the price does limit the amount of consumers able to take advantage of the enviable performance, engineering and style this SUV delivers.  However, for those of you who do have over a hundred grand to drop on a mode of transportation, little else will get you where you want to go as quickly or as fiercely.  Happy Driving.

Say Hello to the New BMW M2

M2 sketch drawing Photo courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2 sketch drawing
Photo courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

The highly anticipated, all-new BMW M2 has finally made it’s debut and it’s looking to be an impressive one.  This compact high-performance model joins the rest of BMW’s elite line-up of M Sport vehicles boasting a high-performance six cylinder in-line engine, an agile rear-wheel-drive, lightweight aluminum suspension, and of course, impeccable styling.

M2 Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2
Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

The M2 clearly takes inspiration from its predecessors, the original E30 BMW M3 and the classic BMW 2002 turbo.  With a single glance, enthusiasts will recognize the signature M finishes, such as the low front apron with large air intakes, the large, muscular flanks sporting classic M gills, the 19 inch aluminum wheels with standard M double-spoke design and an M specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system.

M2 Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2
Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2 Twin Tailpipe Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2 Twin Tailpipe
Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

Also shouting classic M Sport is the interior design of the car.  We find the Alcantara of the door cards meeting the carbon fibre of the center console, along with the blue contrast stitching and M embossed details.  Throw in the sports seats, M sports steering wheel and the M gearshift lever and you’ve got a sexy, sporty interior providing the perfect ambience for the M driving experience.

M2 Interior Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2 Interior
Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M Embossed Gear Shift Photo Courtesy BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M Embossed Gear Shift
Photo Courtesy BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

Where this car shines, like most BMWs, is under the hood.  There you will find an engine that is truly the benchmark for the high-performance compact sports car segment.  The newly designed three-liter six-cylinder engine utilizes cutting edge M TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver 370hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, all while being extremely fuel efficient.  The engine gets 33.2 mpg with an incredibly low CO2 emission, 199 g/km.  The M2 will do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and has a current governed top speed of 155 mph.  Both a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed automatic M Double Clutch Transmission are available. The M DCT technology delivers gear changes at extraordinary speed with no interruption to the flow of power.

M2 Engine Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2 Engine
Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

The car also comes equipped with plenty of standard equipment to keep pace with its performance-focused engineering.  A large selection of driver assistance systems and mobility series is available from BMW ConnectedDrive.  ConnectedDrive Services enables the use of innovative apps, integrating them into the car seamlessly.  The GoPro app, for example, allows the driver to record laps done at the track with an action camera mounted to the dash using the iDrive Controller and Control Display.  The M Laptimer app will analyze the driver’s individual style behind the wheel while running track laps and allows for easy sharing of the information captured via email or Facebook.

M2 Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

M2
Photo Courtesy of BMW GROUP ©BMW GROUP

Judging from the press release, the new M2 has everything you could want and more from the compact high-performance sports car segment: a stylish interior and exterior, plenty of gadgets to keep the tech savvy happy, and a beasty, yet efficient, engine under the hood.  I’m counting the days until I can check out this beauty in person at the LA Auto Show.

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Furious 7 and the Lykan Hypersport

Furious 7 Photo Credit: Universal Studios

Furious 7 Photo Credit: Universal Studios

The gang is (mostly) all back for the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7, and this one is the biggest movie in the line-up yet.

We left off in Fast and Furious 6 with Owen Shaw’s older, meaner brother Deckard (Jason Statham), coming after Dominic for some vengeance. One death and a few explosions later and Dom (Vin Diesel) , Brian (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) are back at it, looking for ways to defeat Deckard.  This is easier said than done.  Statham’s character is former British black ops.  In other words, a trained killing machine.  They also get recruited by the US government, once again, to help bring down a crew of mercenaries, led by Djimon Hounsou, who have kidnapped a hacker named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel).  Ramsey has created a program called God’s Eye, that can be used to find anyone, at any place, at any time in the world.  If Dom and his crew help Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), find Ramsey and God’s Eye, he will let them use the program to locate and take out Deckard.

The story is all over the map, literally, starting with the crew parachuting cars out of a plane over a remote, unreachable part of the world, followed by a quick, and destructive, stop in Abu Dhabi, and finally bringing the characters back to their beloved home turf, Los Angeles.

Furious 7 has everything we’ve come to expect from the franchise: action, humor, death-defying stunts, and the most important component, fast cars.  I love that these movies continue to showcase old school muscle cars.  Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger, a character in and of itself, makes yet another spectacular appearance.  The sound of the 528ic supercharged Hemi onscreen never gets old for me.

$3.4 million Lykan HyperSport Photo Credit: W Motors

$3.4 million Lykan HyperSport Photo Credit: W Motors

The latest character introduced in Furious 7 is the $3.4 million Lykan HyperSport.  Made by W Motors, the first Arab supercar company, the Hypersport is the third most expensive car ever made.  The HyperSport boasts 770hp, will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and reaches its top speed at 240 mph.  Some of the impressive features $3.4 million will buy you include Digital Automotive Technology, complete with a customizable screen that provides access to key driving information, including several performance and efficiency settings, diamond encrusted LED lights (yellow diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are also available), a concierge service available 24/7, and a team of “car doctors”, W engineers, who will fly anywhere in the world to service the HyperSport, a 9″ hologram screen with interactive motion and gesture recognition.  Don’t get too attached to the HyperSport though.  Dom and Brian use it for a high speed getaway that includes jumping the car between three high rise buildings in Abu Dhabi before bailing out of the car and sending it to its death, stories below, with a spectacular crash.  Car enthusiasts will no doubt be crying at this point in the film.

While always over the top, you can’t help but enjoy the Fast and Furious movies and Furious 7 is no different.  After one particularly intense scene, audience members actually cheered and pumped their fists.  Moviegoers also won’t be able to escape the reality that this is Paul Walker’s final screen appearance.  There is a very touching tribute to him at the end.  While I always enjoy a movie from this franchise, I can’t help but hope that this will be the last one.  They’ve ended it well and I just cannot imagine these movies without Paul Walker.

Porsche Boxster Spyder Premiere: NYC

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Credit: Porsche

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Credit: Porsche

This week Porsche debuted the latest incarnation of the Boxter Spyder at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, just in time for convertible weather. According to the press release, Porsche is characterizing the car as a “pure sports car”.

From a performance perspective, the Boxter Spyder is right on par. They’ve given it a firmer suspension by lowering it 20mm, given it the 911 Carrera S braking system, better steering and a beefier 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cyclinder engine that will now deliver 375 hp instead of the 265-315 hp found in the 2014 model.  This lady has also lost some holiday weight and is the lightest and most powerful Boxster to hit the assembly line yet.  She’ll do 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and top out on the track at 180 mph, which means you’ll definitely feel the wind whipping through your hair.

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Credit: Porsche

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Credit: Porsche

What I find less impressive about this car is the still manual top.  If I’m paying $82,000 for a car, I’d like to be able to push a button and have the top lowered for me.  Another issue for me is that neither air conditioning nor a radio are standard equipment. According to Porsche this ensures the Boxster still retains its “traditional roadster character”.  The car is lighter weight without the aforementioned characteristics, so from a performance perspective, a die hard would happily give up these features.  For me, I need an automatic top, some tunes and cool air to accompany my need for speed.  The saving grace is an audio system and air conditioning are available at no extra charge for those who don’t mind a little extra weight.

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Interior Photo Credit: Porsche

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Interior Photo Credit: Porsche

One thing I do love about this model is it’s only available in a manual transmission.  I know you LA drivers are probably cringing, thinking of battling traffic in a manual. However, I applaud Porsche for this decision.  Real sports cars should be stick shift and they should be driven by people who know how.  As nice as the new dual clutch automatic transmissions are, there is just something about an old-school manual transmission.  YOU are in full control of the car and YOU say when it’s time to shift gears.  For me, that is the ultimate driving experience, and Porsche has taken great care with this model to ensure their consumers get it.

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Credit: Porsche

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Credit: Porsche

I also think this is the most beautifully designed Boxster Spyder to date.  The lines are elegant and refined and Porsche kept it classic by paying tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 60’s with the streamliners that extend along the rear lid behind the headrests.  They also made sure to keep the vehicle’s silhouette in tact with the fins that stretch from the top to the rear and with the front and rear fascias.

Overall, the look and styling of the car make it appealing, as does the faster engine. Porsche continues to keep its cars uniquely “Porsche”, which is perfect considering that’s why most people buy the brand.  If you’re okay with putting the top down with your own two hands, then based on the specs, this could be the car for you.

The McLaren 650s: The Perfect Supercar for Enthusiasts

The new McLaren 650s in the Calabasas showroom ©automobheels.com

The new McLaren 650s in the Calabasas showroom
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This past weekend I had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the new McLaren 650s and I have to say, it was arguably one of the best test driving experiences I’ve had to date.  The 650s, modeled after the McLaren P1™, joins the still in production 12c in the family of McLaren vehicles.

What is unique about this car is the combination of Formula 1™ race car performance and luxury.  This car will take to the track like a bat out of hell in one moment, and provide you with a smooth ride to the grocery store in the next.  Yes, the 650s incidentally does provide trunk space in the front of the car with room for your groceries, making this the most capable supercar available on the market.  Do not let that fool you though.  This car is very much a supercar.

The McLaren 650s ©automobheels.com

The McLaren 650s ©automobheels.com

The 650s gets its moniker from the amount of horsepower (650) available, with the “s” standing for ‘Sport’.  This beauty will do 0-100 km/h (62mph)  in three seconds flat, powered by the British-built 3.8-liter M838T twin-turbo V8 engine.   The car sits on a Formula 1™ inspired carbon-fibre chassis that weighs in at a mere 75kg.  The full wishbone suspension, mid-engine design, standard carbon ceramic disc brakes and active aerodynamics, along with the lightweight body, all contribute to the overall driver experience.

McLaren 650s carbon fibre chassis ©automobheels.com

McLaren 650s carbon fibre chassis ©automobheels.com

The first thing I noticed when I got into the car was the simple, elegant and functional interior design.  The car is loaded with features you would find in a luxury vehicle, such as navigation, bluetooth, streaming audio, and a touch screen, yet it was so perfectly understated in its design, it offered no distraction to me while driving.  While the car is quite lightweight, it feels solid around its passengers, and the cockpit still manages to feel spacious even though it is a two-seater.

McLaren 650s Interior ©automobheels.com

McLaren 650s Interior
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Paired with a race car driver for my test drive, I began the loop in the passenger seat.  As we pulled away from the dealership, he gave me an overview of the car’s features, where everything was located and what the car was capable of.  Then, a short ways down the road, the moment of truth came.  I slipped behind the wheel, adjusted my seat and mirrors, put the top down (I test drove the Spider of course), put my foot on the pedal and away we went.

Taking the 650s for a spin ©automobheels.com

Taking the 650s for a spin ©automobheels.com

The responsiveness of the car was incredible.  The 7-speed dual clutch system, with McLaren engineered clutch control software, ensures there is no drop in speed as the driver upshifts.  The acceleration was so smooth I didn’t realize how fast I was going until I looked at the speedometer.  The car also has a high level of torque, at 500 lb.-ft.  Quite a bit of attention is also put towards aerodynamics and downforce on the 650s.  Downforce levels are increased 24 percent at 150mph and the door blades located just behind the front wheels are designed to send air from the edges of the front splitter, which gives more grip and balance.

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During the test drive, I hit the acceleration from second gear at 15mph and got up to about 80mph, then slammed on the brakes to test the Airbrake.  The result was impressive.  The Airbrake technology swiftly slowed the car with little to no force felt in the cockpit.  The car felt so stable I had no reservations it would stop on a dime under any circumstances.  The steering is also very stiff and responsive, a characteristic I love.  While driving you feel very much engaged with the road while not having to experience every single pothole.  McLaren’s mission to fully engage the driver in the experience is more than met.  Cruising on Mulholland Drive, wind in my hair, I was able to fully experience the power of the engine while appreciating the luxury of the car.

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©automobheels.com

When taking in the complete McLaren 650s package, it’s hard to find fault with the car.  For those consumers looking to buy a supercar, it checks every box.  McLaren has set out to create a supercar that provides the expected level of performance (and then some) as well as luxury and they have absolutely succeeded. The power and performance aspect is spot on, the styling impeccable.  You can see the care that went into designing the 650s, even down to the LED lights, which incidentally, are designed in the shape of the McLaren logo.  The interior is well thought out, both simple and elegant.  My only complaint about the drive is I didn’t get to really open it up on the road or test it in ‘Track’ mode.  The event was on day three and the local police were clued in to the test route, handing out tickets.   Toward the end of the course I did have a Mazda 3 come flying past me on a two lane road as I was cruising at 45mph, taking in the features and asking questions.  He was pretty proud of himself for blowing past a McLaren until I sidled up next to him at the light, put the 650s in ‘Sport’ mode, spun out and left his everyday runaround car in my Supercar’s dust.  I think my race car driver companion was sufficiently impressed.

Ford GT Supercar

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford recently unveiled the latest in its performance vehicle production line-up, the all-new Ford GT Supercar. The unveiling was accompanied by the news the GT will go into production late next year in celebration of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans 50th anniversary, where the Ford GTs took first, second and third place.  The Ford GT Supercar will join more than 12 new performance cars slated to hit the market by 2020.

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

The GT is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine dynamo, engineered to be as sleek and aerodynamic as possible.  Within the mid-engine mount, enthusiasts will find the most powerful V-6 Eco Boost engine designed to date.  This twin-turbo boosted baby will crank out more than 600 hp without batting an eye, and that’s just the beginning of its modern design aesthetic.

In order to facilitate the car’s power, handling, efficiency and braking capabilities, Ford had to look to the weight of the car, as well as engine design.  The GT is comprised of lightweight, yet strong materials.  The passenger cell is made from carbon fiber, with the front and rear subframes made of aluminum encased in structural carbon fiber panels.  This gives the vehicle one of the best power-to-weight ratios in production. Likewise, the seating design is integrated directly into the passenger cell, further reducing weight.

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.  “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio- another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.” Beginning this year, Ford is delivering on its promise of innovation.  Each new vehicle is now available with the EcoBoost engine.  The new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT boasts a wide powerband as well as high efficiency, giving it an incredible advantage over the competition.  The car will also come with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle which provides flawless gear change and maximum control to the driver.

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford GT Supercar Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

The outside of the car is just as thoughtfully designed.  This car is all about aerodynamics.  Not only does the tear-drop body shape reduce drag, it also provides needed downforce, creating stability.  The rear spoiler is active, allowing it to reactively engage and adjust height and pitch angle as needed for existing external conditions. Access to the modern interior is provided via upward-swinging doors.

Ford GT Supercar Interior Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford GT Supercar Interior Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Once inside the cockpit, drivers will find a sleek and functional design.  The F1-style steering wheel comes with fully integrated driver controls and unencumbered access to the paddle shifters, while the digital instrumentation provides driver-focused information available for multiple drive modes and environments.

“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair. The GT made quite a splash in Detroit and will no doubt find the same welcome in the ever image conscious LA market.  I, for one, cannot wait to see this beauty up close and personal.

Jeep Cherokee: “River in the City” Ad Campaign

Jeep 'River in the City' Ad Photo Credit: Chrysler Media Group

Jeep ‘River in the City’ Ad Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

Just after the New Year, on January 4th, Jeep launched a new commercial, “River in the City”.  In the :30 spot, Jeep turned an ordinary street block in Vancouver into a forest-like setting, complete with a mountain river, snowbanks, boulders, rocks, moss, trees and gravel.  They even had two wolves hanging out on set.

Drivers were then directed, via their navigations systems, through downtown Vancouver to the man-made mountain driving course.  They then took part in an unequaled Jeep Cherokee test drive.  They were given the opportunity to navigate the Cherokee through the rough terrain set-up and fully test the SUV’s capabilities in a unique urban setting.

“We wanted to bring to life the real world capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee in a unique approach,”said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA-Global. “So how do you do that?  By taking what is essentially an experiential event where unsuspecting drivers are being filmed navigating a busy metropolitan street that has been turned into a fully functional mountain river and let them experience the capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee for themselves.  Our ‘River in the City’ takes an untraditional approach to create a powerful statement that the Jeep Cherokee can handle anything a city throws at it.”

2015 Jeep Cherokee Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

2015 Jeep Cherokee Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

I find this new campaign by Jeep not only innovative, but a great example of thinking outside of the box.  We’ve all seen the obligatory shots of SUV’s off-roading, climbing mountains and tacking large boulders, but a huge percentage of SUV drivers never get to experience that type of driving.  In fact, the only adventure typically experienced by the everyday soccer parents that drive these vehicles is the thrill of successfully navigating the traffic laden roads in order to get their kids to respective sports practices on time and in one piece.  With this unique experience, Jeep gave everyday city dwellers the chance to experience what the vehicle can really do right in their own backyard, the downtown of a metropolitan city.  For that I applaud them.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

2015 Jeep Cherokee Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

Backing up Jeep’s innovative new campaign is a pretty kick ass ride.  I had the opportunity to test drive a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model and was quite impressed with what I found.  The ride felt more like a smooth sedan than a mid-size SUV.  It also had pretty good pick-up for a vehicle in its class.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the 9-speed transmission, however.  The Trailhawk ran through the gears way too quickly, which made the engine performance feel choppy.  I felt I wasn’t getting everything I could out of the engine.  I much prefer a 6 or 8 speed engine configuration to the 9.  I found the fuel economy to be impressive at close to 31 mpg on the highway.  The safety and security features, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and ParkSense rear park assist were also top-notch, as is the towing capacity of 4,500 lbs, quite a bit of weight for the mid-size SUV category.  Consumers also get the choice between two engine types, the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, or the 2.4-liter MutliAir2, which earns a Partial Zero Emissions Engine classification in 14 states.

2015 Jeep Cherokee Interior Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

2015 Jeep Cherokee Interior Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

The interior is also very appealing, especially in the Trailhawk, which is focused on a rugged and sporty feel, everything a Jeep should be.  It features an 8.4-inch touch screen media display, seven-inch full color instrument display and plenty of storage and cargo flexibility not available in other vehicles in its class.

Overall the 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a great mid-size SUV option for those looking to buy in this segment.  It offers great features, plenty of options and several different models to choose from, ranging form affordable to slightly less affordable.  Even at its highest price-point, the Cherokee offers huge bang for the buck.  I highly recommend readers test drive it, if only to have some fun behind the wheel.  You won’t be disappointed.

To check out the new Jeep ad, visit http://www.jeep.com/cherokeedetour.

Jeep Cherokee 'River in the City' Ad Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media

Jeep Cherokee ‘River in the City’ Ad Photo Credit: Chrysler Group Media