Jeep Cherokee makes me drive like Kevin Spacey

Jeep Cherokee makes me drive like Kevin Spacey

American cars tend to pander to the more solidly built motorist. Wide, height adjustable seats and big doors are a couple of the things, but there’s more. In the Jeep Cherokee that’s in the Car and SUV carpark today, you’ll experience the seat sliding back as you turn off the engine so that you can manoeuvre an oversized ab out of it more easily. Some cars (but not the Cherokee) even raise the steering wheel. Now, this is nothing new – it’s been on cars for decades (American cars, that is).
The Jeep may cater for oversized torsos, but it doesn’t like people with big feet or long legs as the footwell is severely compromised by (possibly) the low ratio transfer case. I feel like I’m driving how Kevin Spacey walks in The Usual Suspects. And it’s worse on the passenger side.
It also has quite a high boot floor because of the spare wheel and a hidden storage compartment.
Other than that, there’s the excellent MyGIG personal entertainment system, and plenty of torque from the diesel, which equates to plenty of towing capacity (2270kg on a load-levelled trailer). Thing is, even if you had the best sounds in the world pumping through the punchy stereo, would you really want to tow something that far with the uncomfortable driving position?

American cars tend to pander to the more solidly built motorist. Wide, height adjustable seats and big doors are a couple of the things, but there’s more. In the Jeep Cherokee that’s in the Car and SUV carpark today, you’ll experience the seat sliding back as you turn off the engine so that you can manoeuvre an oversized ab out of it more easily. Some cars (but not the Cherokee) even raise the steering wheel. Now, this is nothing new – it’s been on cars for decades (American cars, that is).
The Jeep may cater for oversized torsos, but it doesn’t like people with big feet or long legs as the footwell is severely compromised by (possibly) the low ratio transfer case. I feel like I’m driving how Kevin Spacey walks in The Usual Suspects. And it’s worse on the passenger side.
It also has quite a high boot floor because of the spare wheel and a hidden storage compartment.
Other than that, there’s the excellent MyGIG personal entertainment system, and plenty of torque from the diesel, which equates to plenty of towing capacity (2270kg on a load-levelled trailer). Thing is, even if you had the best sounds in the world pumping through the punchy stereo, would you really want to tow something that far with the uncomfortable driving position?

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