2014 Jeep Cherokee Not Recommended by Consumer Reports

 

 

 

While the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been selling well since it went on sale in October, the new SUV failed to score high enough to make Consumer Reports’ list of recommended vehicles. After testing a Cherokee Latitude with the 2.4-liter I-4 and Cherokee Limited with the 3.2-liter V-6, the consumer magazine called the SUV an “uneven package” and found it “half-baked.” The Cherokee failed to wow the testers in several areas, including drivetrain performance, fuel economy, and handling. Consumer Reports called the Latitude underpowered and “not very fuel efficient.

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What on earth is Jeep doing these days?  Taking a once capable off road vehicle and turning it into something for soccer moms who care about on-road performance, that has got to be an evil crime!  -c

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Saleen Tesla Model S Announced, No Release Date Set

The existing performance-trim Tesla Model S P85, which we recently saw out-drag a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, is already quite swift off the line thanks to its 416-hp all-electric drivetrain. All 443 lb-ft of torque an be directed to the rear wheels at 0 rpm, making the Tesla Model S a zero-emissions speed demon. Neither Tesla nor Saleen has come forward with a release date for the Saleen Tesla Model S, but a spec sheet showing some of Saleen’s planned modifications is on the way.

“I fully intend to produce one of the most compelling Tesla’s to ever hit the roadway,” said Saleen in a Tesla statement.

The question now is how Saleen will achieve the bonkers-level performance increase we expect from them with our 2013 Automobile of the Year. Modified aerodynamics? Bigger electric motors? Greater use of lightweight materials? Let us know in the comments what you think Saleen will to do get the most out of the Tesla Model S.

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Audi Teaser can show Audi S1, not following TT

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This extended teaser shows some rapid advances in the Audi new, including a silhouette that clearly shows that this new Audi is a two door hatchback with a greenhouse reflecting that of the Audi A1. Other tracks like the knob and sport seats manual change that we see in this video make us think that this new model will be a variant of Audi S1’s high performance of the A1 which slots under the A3 on the European market. This hot hatch would Audi a competitor by another small hatchback, high power as the Fiat 500 Abarth, the Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen Polo GTI.

In Europe, the standard is offered with a range of four-cylinder small gasoline and diesel Audi A1 engines. We have previously heard that an Audi S1 was under consideration, which would use the same supercharged and Turbo 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol as the Volkswagen Polo GTI. Quattro all-wheel-drive will presumably come standard, as a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Keep an eye out for the official reveal on Wednesday February 12 to see the Audi S1 in its entirety and only what performance tricks are in store for subcompact hatchback of Audi.

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