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2014 Jeep Cherokee

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Here’s what didn’t work: Liberty (2002-2012). Commander (2006-2010). Which probably accounts for the new Cherokee . . . and what it’s not. It isn’t a traditional SUV. Reason? They’re a hard sell these days. At least, as mass-market vehicles. Despite Jeep’s boulder-hopping rep, the truth is most of Jeep’s current vehicles aren’t traditional SUVs anymore.…

2014 Jeep Compass

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The Jeep Compass was launched way back in ’07 as a slightly manlier alternative to car-in-drag metrosexual FWD/AWD compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. It offered a notch up in the way of off-pavement capability – largely due to the two speed transfer case, low-range-gearing mimicry performed by a cleverly programmed CVT…

2013 Jeep Compass

Playing catch-up sucks – because you almost never do. The Jeep Compass, for instance. Launched in 2007, it was originally intended to be nothing more than a Jeep alternative to metrosexual FWD/AWD compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. This, it was hoped, would draw in buyers who liked the aura of the…

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I think I know how they felt. You know – guys like me, reviewing the final cadre of muscle cars some 40 years ago, back in the early 70s. They could feel the wind shifting,  knew the show was almost over – the lights about to go out for good. Time for one final fling,…

2012 Jeep Wrangler

It’s amazing they haven’t outlawed the Wrangler. “They” being the dumbing-everything-down busybodies in DC who operate on the principle that most people are too stupid to deal with any situation on their own and therefore must be protected (for their own good, naturally) against the possible repercussions of any low-IQ move by anyone. Of course,…

2012 Jeep Patriot

This one’s pretty easy.  Because there’s only one. One compact crossover SUV with a four-cylinder engine and a $15k starting price that’s available with a two-speed transaxle and Low range gearing. One small SUV that has the gear to go off-road – but won’t eat you alive with gas bills on-road. It’s the Jeep Patriot.…

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I think I know how they felt. You know, the guys reviewing the final cadre of muscle cars in the early 70s. They knew the show was almost over, the lights about to go out for good. Time for one final fling, a last dance. For within a year or two, they’d all be gone.…

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before . . .

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Trucks, like high-performance sports cars – like minivans for that matter – are specialty vehicles. Which means they’re compromised vehicles. Some things, they’re very good at – usually, much better at them than a jack-of-all-trades family car. A high-performance sports car, for instance, can be driven faster around a race track (or your favorite winding…

2014 Dodge Durango

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It is getting hard to find a real SUV – especially one that’s not too damn big. In the mid-sized segment, there are oodles of FWD car-based crossovers. But how about one that’s based on a RWD, truck-style layout? With a standard V-6 (and optional V-8) engine mounted front to back – not side to…