In our First Drive article on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee we said, "our informal and thoroughly unscientific opinion is they're going to sell tons of them. Why? Because it is very good." So far, it appears the public concurs. Of course, it's very early – the new compact utility has logged just one month of confirmed sales, but Larry Vellequette at Automotive News says dealers have told him that the second month of sales will be even better, a message that mirrors what we've heard from company execs.

In its first, severely truncated month on sale, the Cherokee sold 579 units. With all of November to play with, though, dealers moved 10,169 of them – compared to 11,753 Wranglers and 14,798 Grand Cherokees. That helped propel Jeep to a 30-percent year-on-year improvement for the month, Chrysler Group to a 16-percent improvement and the group's 44th consecutive month of sales growth, exceeding analyst expectations in posting its best November numbers since 2007.

If it can just keep replicating the its first month of sales, the finalist in North American Truck of the Year voting will smoke the trade done by the outgoing Liberty, which didn't break 7,900 units in a month in the last four years of its life (and normally didn't get close to even that). In March this year, Chrysler said it wants to build 250,000 Cherokees in its Toledo assembly plant for global sales. It's early yet, but with second-month sales quoted as being as "strong as death," the bookies might be resetting the odds.


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      Bradford
      • 11 Months Ago
      I've driven the 4cyl. I'm not sure what all the journalistic praise is about. The interior is a pretty nice place to spend your time, but I'm not too impressed with how it drives. It was basically just A to B transportation. I'd like to give the V6 a chance, though. I followed up that test drive with a new diesel Grand Cherokee, and THAT was an impressive driving machine. Granted, you're looking at over $50k.
      higgsoncurve
      • 11 Months Ago
      got a limited about 2 weeks ago. love it. the only comment is the 9 speed transmission seems to shift a lot when you start out.
        W R
        • 11 Months Ago
        @higgsoncurve
        It does have 9 gears or 8 shifts to get through. I thought the same thing, but after 4 weeks of driving mine (V6), I don't even notice the shifts much anymore. Upshifts are barely perceptible.
      James
      • 11 Months Ago
      Another nasty car from Detroit. Every car from designed by metro Detroiters is nasty. Even the women of metro Detroit are nasty. But the democrats and the gay media are Detroit sensitive. They tell us that it is politically correct to say nice things about metro Detroit and UAW products from that area. Detroit, I am not brainwashed by the democrats and the gay media. Instead, I follow the politically incorrect Consumer Reports who tell it like it is. Face it. Cars from metro Detroit are trash.
        rsholland
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        Ugh... Spoken like a true bigot. :(
        N.O.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        Your ears just overflowed with santorum. Google it to find what it is!
        Hello, Brian
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        If this wasn't so disturbingly idiotic, it would be funny. You are entitled to your opinion about how the car looks, and that is what people do here, but to go into some psychotic rant about Detroit, Democrats, and some imaginary "gay media" ( presumably of which Autoblog is part and parcel) is just a bit on the nutty side of nuts. Please get help.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
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        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
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        gtv4rudy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        I guess Ted Nugent is a gay Democrat also.
        gtv4rudy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        I also guess Eminem is a gay Democrat from Detroit. give a f... break James.
      reattadudes
      • 11 Months Ago
      isn't it humorous how all of the "Autoblog" experts told us a few months back how "awful" the Cherokee was, and how it would be a "fail"? seems someone forgot to tell those that are actually BUYING them!
        jonnybimmer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @reattadudes
        AB commenters condemn Camry's and Civics all the time but Honda/Toyota would be out of their mind if they were to listen and change those cars into the diesel, rwd, stick-shift wagons that posters pine after Producing such an addition to their lineup is fine, but changing their top sellers that are aimed for the masses to cater to a finicky few is just bad business. As always, just because something doesn't appeal to us doesn't mean it won't appeal to others.
      Jesus!
      • 11 Months Ago
      I sat in one and honestly...not impressed. Nowhere near as handsome on the inside as my Grand Cherokee. The seats are a weird design and do not look right. Then theres the price. Good Lord they want 24-25 for a base with hubcaps. No thank you. I got my base Laredo GC for just over 28k. Ill stick with it.
        rsholland
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        What did you expect? The GC is more upmarket than the Cherokee. Always has been. This is nothing new. Your base GC Laredo is still more expensive than a base Cherokee. Again, no surprise here.
          rsholland
          • 11 Months Ago
          @rsholland
          @ Jesus!: A loaded Cherokee Trailhawk vs an entry-level Grand Cherokee Laredo? Easy choice for me; a Trailhawk all the way.
          Jesus!
          • 11 Months Ago
          @rsholland
          Rs...give me a 4x4 Laredo GC with goodies for the same price. Better looking and at least the bumper comes partially painted.
          Jesus!
          • 11 Months Ago
          @rsholland
          For a vehicle that pushes high 30s I expect more. Much more.
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        " Good Lord they want 24-25 for a base with hubcaps. " Thou shall not lie. And on a Sunday! From Jeep Build & Price website under standard features on base 4x2 ($23K): Wheels/Tires 17-Inch x 7.0-Inch Full Face Steel Wheels 225/60R17 BSW All Season Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring Display They might not be alloys but they sure as, um, heck ain't hubcaps.
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          Jesus!: So I'm not allowed to point out your stupidity for fear of a stalking charge by you? LOL We'll see how that turns out. You keep making idiotic statements and see if I ignore you just to make you happy.
          Thomas D Hilton III
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          people start desperate to hate on Chrysler these days. a Chrysler product can have the quality , features and refinement of a Rolls Roys, cost 30k and people will still hate it.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
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          rsholland
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          Actually I prefer "steelies." There's a purity and honesty about steel wheels that I find very appealing; much like "work truck" trim level of pickups. Honest, pure, and without any pretentious BS. I like that.
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        How much more do you expect for a Compac SUV? RR Evoque features and quality? that thing starts around 43K???
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Thomas D Hilton III
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          clquake
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Thomas D Hilton III
          This car is not Evoque material quality. Have you even been in an Evoque?
      Allaround
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think its proof the general auto buying public doesn"t care if its a "real" Jeep or not. Yes, those who post on AB comment boards get in a hissy but most everyone else just wants a damn good CUV. This one just happens to be a Jeep.
        bK
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Allaround
        I second your opinion. The consumer dont even know or care what a Cherokee used to be, they just want something like a Rav4 from Jeep.
          rsholland
          • 11 Months Ago
          @bK
          Off-road Trailhawk-like models won't be found in RAV4, CRV or Escape brochures.
          montoym
          • 11 Months Ago
          @bK
          To be fair though, the Trailhawk version will be only a small percentage of the overall sales. Most of the sales will come from those which do compete much more closely with the RAV4's, CR-V's, and Escapes of the world, FWD and all. Fine with me though, as long as they keep offering ones like the Trailhawk. I also happened to see a Trailhawk while I was out at lunch last week. Looks pretty nice and sufficiently beefy. Way better than the Liberty ever attempted.
        Brent Jatko
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Allaround
        I saw a lot of negative comments on these boards myself, The looks just take some "getting used to," as does anything that is truly new.
        W R
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Allaround
        Only the hard Jeep faithful ever say silly things like its not a real Jeep. So, is jeep just suppose to remain in the 70's and 80's producing niche products that a miniscule but vocal percentage of potential buyers want? Can a thoroughly modern design ever be called a real Jeep? Or is the moniker reserved only for antiquated designs wit solid axles, bulky transfer cases and 4 speed manual gearboxes? What is a Jeep in 2014? Its something new, modern, efficient and by all accounts, thoroughly capable of going wherever 95% of its buyers will want to go. If you need more, buy a Wrangler. I can't help but wonder how long Jeep would survive if they continued to only make real Jeeps. You know, the kind that only 5 out of 100 potential buyers would want. And 3 of those 5 would never buy one anyway because it t would cost too much. Keep fixing your XJs and let Jeep design and market vehicles that will actully keep them financially viable in the 21st century.
      ROLO
      • 11 Months Ago
      by who soccer moms? Thing looks terrible oh and land rover got all the climbing records back while jeep was sleeping with fiat. Look it up.
        threefortyduster
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ROLO
        Tell me something there killer...do soccer moms not have money? When you build cars, you don't really care who buys them, as long as they're buying them. If Scion and Nissan worried about only their target audience buying xBs and Cubes respectively, they would have been fails, but oh yeah, old people bought them in droves, making Toyota and Nissan money.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      thefinalmonster
      • 11 Months Ago
      Even though I'm getting used to the exterior, I still hate the interior. It is the classic 90's Fiat econobox interior. The seats, the materials, everything. I can't shake that out of my head. And the shifter is horrible to touch and operate.
      threefortyduster
      • 11 Months Ago
      All the more reason why automakers will never take internet commentators seriously. Word to the interwebs, if you don't buy new cars, the manufacturers don't give a hoot what you think. No manual diesel wagon that runs 11s for $15k, no sale!
        • 11 Months Ago
        @threefortyduster
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          Dean
          • 11 Months Ago
          You guys forgot all-wheel-drive...
          Chris O.
          • 11 Months Ago
          Don't forget the option of a DCT :p
      EJD1984
      • 11 Months Ago
      They are really selling. I've about 5-6 of them on the road over the last month. In person, it really isn't as jarring of a design and I can see the appeal. Jeep has gauged the market segment perfectly.
        DjBabel
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EJD1984
        Indeed they have... In retrospective the Liberty looks like a piece of crap
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @DjBabel
          Um, the Liberty always looked like (and was) a piece of crap. It was no where near a true successor to the XJ as it pretended to be, nor was it as good as this Cherokee is with the non-hardcore crowd (Escape, CRV buyers).
        joe23521
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EJD1984
        Test drove one a couple weeks ago. They said they couldn't order them fast enough. It is VERY nice. Hits a sweet spot that's been missing in their lineup. Has me wanting to upgrade.
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 11 Months Ago
      still ugly...
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