Jeeps were originally designed for military use, which meant they had to be quick to avoid enemy fire and they had to be able to handle any foreign terrain. Since then, Jeeps have only improved by becoming the leading standard in versatility and toughness. Jeep creates a range of models designed to take you anywhere you need to go. They took us around the lot and gave us an up close look at the various Jeep’s that are built to go just about anywhere. Here is what we found:
The Compass comes in three styles: Sport, Latitude and Limited. All three are available in front wheel drive or four wheel drive. This vehicle ranges from 158 horse power to 172 horse power. While this is not ideal for those who are into serious off-roading, it is perfect for the more suburban consumer; someone who is looking for an SUV that is safe, stylish and comfortable, but not always powerful.
As with all Jeep vehicles, the Grand Cherokee strives for nothing less than perfection in safety, luxury and enjoyment. Since 2011, Chrysler has achieved innovation in its new design of the Grand Cherokee, making it a contender with many crossover vehicles with a style that is as rugged as it is refined. The Grand Cherokee was meant to look good on the streets, but perform like a beast in tough terrain.
With independent front and solid rear axle suspension, rack and pinion steering and an exceptional suspension system, the Jeep Liberty has always been the only compact SUV of its kind to actually be able to handle off- road terrain. The criticism in the past has been that the interior lacked space and comfort, and its on-road capabilities left something to be desired. While Chrysler has addressed the former issues in recent years, the latter issues are still prevalent. While the Jeep Liberty is not a vehicle to be tooling around town in, it does make a great weekend warrior where paved roads are not welcomed.
The Patriot is great for those who want an off-road vehicle but don’t want to shell out a whole lot of money. This vehicle can take you anywhere you want to go, but when it comes to paved roads many critics are not happy with its sluggish acceleration, lack of rear passenger space and lack of cargo space.
Chrysler gave into pressure and demands from the public for a more street-savvy SUV by equipping the Wrangler Unlimited with the Penstar V6; a 5-speed automatic transmission that transitions more smoothly and 285 horses lends more power to the Wrangler. Along with four doors and an extra-long wheel base, this Jeep will make suburban SUV hunters happy.