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2007 Jeep Compass

The entry-level, compact Compass is a car-based crossover that shares its platform and drivetrains with the Dodge Caliber and its sibling, the Jeep Patriot. Unlike traditional Jeeps -- which have historically been truck-based, serious off-roaders offered with truck-type four-wheel-drive and a two-speed transfer case with 4WD Low range gearing, the Compass is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with a light-duty all-wheel-drive system available optionally. Though the optional "Freedom Drive" system can route as much as 60 percent of engine power to the rear wheels, the absence of Low range gearing means the Compass is primarily an on-road vehicle and should be compared with similar car-based crossovers. The standard Compass engine is a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder rated at 172 horsepower -- available with either a five-speed manual or CVT transmission. The '07 Compass comes in Sport and Limited styles, with 17-inch wheels, ESP stability/traction control, ABS and side curtain air bags standard equipment on both trims. The major options include 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, a moonroof and an upgrade audio system with six-disc CD changer, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

2007 Jeep Patriot

The more traditionally styled Patriot model shares its platform with the Compass but offers a different, full-time Freedom Drive II four-wheel-drive system with low range gearing that earns it the much-desired "Trail-Rated" capability the street-oriented Compass doesn't offer. Though not as tough as the Liberty or the Wrangler, the Patriot offers a significant step-up in rough-terrain capability relative to the Compass -- as well as exterior styling that's more "trucky." Standard safety features on the base Patriot include side curtain airbags, ESP/traction control, Electronic Roll Mitigation and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and rough-road detection technology. All models (base and Limited) come with and AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary audio input jack, tilt steering wheel, rear window defroster and a center console sliding armrest that can be moved forward to accommodate shorter drivers. The standard drivetrain is the same as the one used in the Compass -- a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine good for 172 horsepower with the buyer's choice of five-speed manual or CVT transmissions. Though not confirmed at the time of this writing, a high-efficiency diesel engine may become available later in 2007 or 2008.

2007 Jeep Wrangler

Though the classic lines remain, the '07 Wrangler is completely new for 2007. It is larger (and wider) than the previous model and a new 3.8 liter, 202 horsepower V-6 engine replaces the former 4.0 liter in-line six -- and is now the Wrangler's standard engine. The new V-6 comes with either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The other big news is the addition of a four-door, extended wheelbase Unlimited model to the lineup -- a Wrangler first. A new-design three piece "Freedom Top" hardtop is available that's easier to manage than the former one-piece design. Off-roading toughness is assured by live axle front and rear suspensions, with 10.2 inches of ground clearance and the availability of a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system with HD axles, locking differentials, Rock-Trac transfer case with extra-low gearing, electronically disconnecting stabilizer bar and knobby BF Goodrich tires on Rubicon versions. ABS and stability control are now standard, with side-impact air bags available optionally.

2007 Jeep Commander

Jeep's first seven-passenger SUV was introduced in 2006 as a new model, so changes for the 2007 run are minimal. A new Overland version is available and comes standard with the 5.7 liter Hemi V-8, 18-inch wheels and specific interior and exterior trim. The mid-level 4.7 liter V-8 is now available with E85/flex-fuel capability and there's an available power liftgate and rearview camera.
With its sharp-edged lines, an upright windshield and bold front grille, the Commander's styling homage to classic Jeeps. Its stepped roofline facilitates raised "theater" seating to provide better outward visibility for all seven riders, and both the second and third rows can fold flat for cargo-carrying flexibility. The 3.7-liter , 210 horsepower V-6 carries over as the standard engine in the base Sport model, with the 235-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 in the Limited. The top-of-the-line Hemi V-8 pumps out 330 horsepower and features standard cylinder-deactivation "displacement on demand" function to help boost fuel economy. All engines come mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. Three full-time four-wheel-drive systems are offered in addition to standard-issue rear-wheel drive. The top Quadra-Drive II system utilizes electronic limited-slip differentials to afford maximum trail-forging abilities. Standard items include anti-lock brakes, traction control and Electronic Roll Mitigation that can selectively deploy the vehicle's side-curtain airbags in a crash based on input from multiple sensors. A DVD video system, Boston Acoustics stereo, and dual "Command View" skylights over the second row of seats are optional.

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The '07 Grand Cherokee picks up the Overland designation for its top model, with base Laredo and LImited trim levels also offered. The standard engine in the Laredo remains the 3.7 liter, 230 horsepower V-6 with 4.7-liter V-8 and a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8s optional. The 5.7-liter engine features cylinder deactivation technology to boost fuel economy. The high-performance SRT8 version that appeared last year carries over with its fierce 6.1-liter version of the Hemi V-8 and 415 horses -- enough to propel the SUV to 60 mph in around five seconds. Its chassis and 4WD systems are upgraded to handle the added power and provide a firm handling, precise ride. The SRT8 also gets specific 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires. All engines come with five-speed automatic transmissions that include manual-shift capability. Electronic Stability Program and a choice three full-time four-wheel-drive systems are offered, including the top Quadra-Drive II system that employs electronic limited-slip differentials for added off-road capability.

2007 Jeep Liberty

The compact Liberty is expected to be updated in either mid-2007 or early 2008 and will probably share some styling cues with the new Dodge Nitro that shares its platform. At the time of this writing further details were not yet available. The current Liberty enters 2007 without its diesel engine option while the 150-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine remains the standard powerplant. The optional 3.7-liter V-6 delivers a quicker and smoother 210 horses with 235 lb-ft of torque. Either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission are available.