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2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

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I was suspicious, too. “Trail-rated” rated Jeeps have – up to now  – always been real-deal Jeeps. Longitudinal engine (front to back, not transverse/sideways-mounted) and (most important of all) rear-wheel-drive-based, with a real-deal part-time 4WD transfer case and 4WD Low range gearing. Not front-wheel-drive-based, with an available light-duty all-wheel-drive system and no two-speed transfer case. They’ve also never…

2016 Jeep Renegade

'16 Renegade in the mud

Fun cars that don’t cost a small fortune are getting hard to find. Especially if they’re not cars at all. Like this Jeep Renegade. How many small SUVs are there out there with a starting sticker price under $18 that come standard with a turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual transmission? Not many. How many have the turbo…

2016 Jeep Cherokee

'16 Jeeo Trailhawk

One of the reasons for the popularity of crossover SUVs is that there are so many crossover SUVs already out there. If you’re one of the few who’s still driving a car, you probably feel surrounded – and invisible. You’re down low – they’re up high. You can’t see. They can. Buying a crossover SUV yourself is thus a…

EP On The Jeep Hack Thing

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Here’s the audio of my appearance the other day on Bill Meyer’s HD Radio Show: Update: We are this close to meeting expenses for the month – with about 48 hours left in the month. If we can make up the appx. 14 percent deficit, we’ll be out of the red and back in the black! If…

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude and Trailhawk Models

People seem to really like small SUVs … er, crossover SUVs. New ones keep popping up like dandelions after a spring shower. This new Jeep Renegade, for instance. But for once, it’s not just another… uh… pretty face. It’s one of the very few vehicles of this type that can – when properly equipped –…

2015 Jeep Cherokee

'15 Cherokee front detail

Ultimately, it’s all about balance. Crossover SUVs have surged in popularity because they bridge the gap between car and truck-based SUV. More capability (and versatility) than the former – but not to the extremes of the latter. People like to ride higher off the ground – and they definitely like not getting stuck in the…

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,…