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Welcome to the driver’s seat

Driving can be challenging no matter where you live in the province at this time of the year. Bob McHugh

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Winter Weather: Planning to arrive alive

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flake symbol on the sidewall Winter weather has already to indicate that it meets a touched most parts of BC specific winter tire industry and there is a threat of performance test. A series more severe snowstorms in of tragic accidents that the coming days. involved vehicles equipped Driving can be challenging with all-season tires, mainly no matter where you live on the Sea-to-Sky Highway in in the province at this What makes a BC, played a significant role time of the year. The heavy BC winter road trip in the adaptation of this tire rain, fog, wind or slushy uniquely challenging designation. snow that’s common in The traction qualities of a coastal areas can present (and interesting) is winter tire will deteriorate an unpredictable and more as it wears and loses tread dangerous driving situation that it’s possible to experience all (or depth. As a general rule, than sub-zero, crunchy a half-worn winter tire hard-packed snow. Then most) of the above performs at about the same there’s the biggest driving conditions, in a same- level as a good all-season challenge of them all – ice tire in cold, slippery condiin its various road surface day drive. tions. A half worn all-season incarnations. Bob McHugh tire will perform about the What makes a BC winter same as a good summer tire. road trip uniquely challengAnd a half-worn summer tire… well, let’s ing (and interesting) is that it’s possible not go there! to experience all (or most) of the above When road traction conditions are poor, conditions, in a same-day drive. try to avoid asking tires to do more than Even if daytime temperatures are mild, one job at a time – specifically, don’t overnight temperatures typically drop steer and brake at the same time. Start close to or below the freezing mark on a braking sooner and try to get all braking regular basis. done while the vehicle is in a straight line, Your car’s tires are what keep you on the in advance of a turn. Steady and smooth road and out of the ditch. Before you set steering actions work best and use a out today, be it to work or to pay a visit gentle push on the gas pedal as you exit to friends or family across the province, the turn. please check your tires. According to ICBC, about one-in-25 Below seven degrees Celsius, the rubber crashes in BC are caused by wildlife colcompound used in a winter tire (or lisions. Although they tend to be more all-weather tire) remains softer and active in spring and fall, they can be offers better traction qualities than attracted by roadside vegetation and an all-season or summer tire. you need to be extra watchful for A winter or all-weather tire is wildlife during the dusk and dawn. marked with a mountain/snow-

Do you plan to install winter tires this year? – If not, why not?

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1. A full night’s sleep ahead of a long drive is important. 2. It’s also a good idea to let a friend know when you’re leaving and the time you expect to arrive. 3. Fill the windshield washer bottle with seasonal cleaner and carry an extra container in the trunk. 4. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses – glare from snow can be hard on the eyes. 5. Wear (warm) clothes that allow good movement to steer and operate the foot pedals. 6. Bring water plus non-perishable food supplies on longer trips. 7. An emergency (first aid) kit. 8. Check the weather forecast, road conditions and for road closures on your route before heading out on a long trip. 9. Good winter tires are mandatory on most high-elevation BC highway routes during the winter. 10. If you must drive in bad weather, it’s a good idea to refuel when the tank drops below half full. If the car breaks down or gets stuck in the snow, having engine heat until help arrives could be important. Useful winter driving web sites: drivebc.ca, icbc.com

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Richmond Review · Page 15

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A worthy new Jeep Cherokee at long last

Power: 2.4L 4-cylinder with 184hp or 3.2L V6 with 271hp Fill-up: 9.6L/6.4L/100km (city/highway) Sticker price: $23,495$$32,195

and attention to detail make this a class leader in terms of style and design.

by Zack Spencer

2014 Jeep Cherokee The Chrysler group is on a tear these days with month after month of consecutive growth and awards to back it up. Who would have thought a few short years ago that Chrysler, of the Detroit Three, would be in second place in Canada, just slightly behind Ford and well ahead of General Motors. Most surprising is that the strong sales have established without have a vehicle to compete in the fastest growing segment, the compact SUV. Now, with the introduction of this all-new Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler has something to take on establish players like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

The lowdown

Drive Not content to use existing engines and transmission in this new Cherokee, Chrysler is showcasing brand new technology in this compact SUV, The starting providing good fuel price is the best economy and value. All on the market, the trim levels come standard technology is second with a 9-speed automatic transmission. That’s right, to none, and the nine gears, the very first ride is smoother vehicle on the planet to and quieter than come with this many cogs. the competition and Having a chance to drive it with the base 184hp the interior class 2.4L 4-cylinder through above. the canyons outside of Malibu California, I can Zack Spencer report that the transmission is so smooth and refined that the driver forgets there is so much at work. The up side is the CheroLooks kee is capable of 9.6.L/100km in the city Some might not remember the old boxy and 6.4L on the highway. Cherokee that was sold in the 1990s; it The 4-cylinder engine is a great choice was a very simple design that appealed to for commuters and the handling is crisp diehard Jeep enthusiasts. This new Cheroand sure-footed, more like a sedan than kee is trying to win over new buyers, not an SUV. The optional V6 engine is the just the Jeep faithful. It might look a bit first application of the 3.2L V6 Pentastar odd at first but when you are in its presengine. The bigger 3.6L is used across the ence, the design actually grows on you to Chrysler family but this newly developed, a pint that it has a futuristic, very modern smaller version is wonderful value as it twist on an iconic nameplate. is only $1,300 more to equip it on any What you don’t see is the Italian Alfa Cherokee, from the least expensive FWD Romeo platform that this Cherokee shares model to the most expensive AWD trim. with the Dodge Dart. This provides a solid For $1,300, you get 271hp and a lot basis that produces a wonderful on-road more grunt for passing and highway runs. experience and ruggedness for off-road This would be the choice if you do a lot duty. of highway driving to the cabin or skiing. There is a special Trailhawk version of The downside is the added weight of the this Cherokee that has been designed speV6 makes it less nimble compared to the cifically for off-road, with higher front and 4-cylinder but both are excellent choices. rear bumpers to help it traverse ditches In addition to carving though the and climb mountains. The more practical mountains, I had a chance to drive over base front wheel drive (FWD) model starts them in the Trailhawk off-road model. at $23,495 and is the lowest priced vehicle This really is the enthusiast version; it in the compact SUV class. The All wheel had no problem scampering up anything drive (AWD) model is also a value leader it came across from big boulders, to sand and starts at $25,695 and mud.

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Inside The Cherokee is covered in soft-touch materials, comfortable seats and a large touch screen in the centre of the dash for connectivity. The base screen is 5-inches but a larger 8.4-inch screen is available on the $29,995 Limited model. In addition, all models get a second 3.5-inch screen imbedded in the instrument cluster that is fully programmable and provides custom readouts. The back seat isn’t huge but the seats again are contoured nicely and provide good comfort. They also slide forward to elongate the cargo area if larger objects need to be carried. The rest of the dash has a stylish design that is a good combination of the bigger Grand Cherokee and the functional Dodge Journey. Sweeping lines

Verdict The starting price is the best on the market, the technology is second to none, and the ride is smoother and quieter than the competition and the interior class above. The styling does take a while to get used to but it does look better in person. Most people will equip the Cherokee with AWD and the middle North Edition that includes alloy wheels and added interior features for a reasonable $28,695. With the optional V6 engine, the price is $29,995. This is a lot of Jeep for the money and one that is a treat to drive. Now that Chrysler has a competent small SUV in their lineup, their position as the number two seller of vehicles looks strong for a while to come. zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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