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2019 Jeep Cherokee SUV

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee in Trailhawk and Limited trim feel equally at home in the great outdoors. Inside, you can expect all the comforts of home. Photos courtesy Jeep.

By Vince Bodiford

Legendary Cherokee is reworked into a package that is authentic Jeep

The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee is among the most capable mid-size sport-utility vehicles, and they are arriving at select dealers early, including Monroe Superstore locally. It boasts a new, authentic and more premium design, along with the addition of an all-new, advanced 2.0-liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine.

The Cherokee name has a storied and long history with Jeep. My family owned one of the early models back in the 1970’s. I drove this newest model recently for a week-long test drive, and found it to be a worthy keeper of that same Jeep brand identity. The new Jeep Cherokee’s evolution offers more interior comfort and convenience, delivering everyday practicality with outstanding ride and handling characteristics.

“A stunning, more premium design and the addition of our new fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbo engine make the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee even more desirable in the mid-size SUV segment,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “In addition, Cherokee builds on its benchmark 4×4 capability and on-road dynamics with refinement and style, a host of new attributes, powertrains and the latest technology that is perfectly situated for consumers worldwide.”

Available in five different trim configurations – Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and the rugged Trail Rated Trailhawk, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee production has moved from Toledo (so they can make more Wranglers) to the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

The new Cherokee features an extensive new exterior design that highlights a completely fresh appearance and includes a major restyling of a number of signature components.

Drivers and passengers will command road presence with an all-new front exterior that is consistent with classic Jeep design. The Jeep design team has created a distinguished new look that aligns on the premium side of the Jeep family, along with iconic Jeep styling.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee stays true to its heritage with a wide and commanding stance and an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion for a distinctive identity.

The updated interior of the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee receives a fresh touch while remaining a practical and comfortable environment. Premium hand-sculpted forms tie signature Jeep design cues and high-quality materials together with precision craftsmanship.

Powered by the all-new 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, it’s rated at 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a high-efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. Two additional high-efficient engines options are available in the 2019 Jeep Cherokee: the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 and 2.4-liter PZEV Multiair2 Tigershark I-4 – both mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee highlights a choice of three innovative 4×4 systems that have been enhanced for unmatched 4×4 capability for all weather conditions. Available on the Cherokee Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited and Overland models, Jeep Active Drive I features an all-new design for Cherokee.

I’ve long been a fan of the Jeep brand and product. Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler.

for more information, see your local Jeep deale, or visit Jeep.com

2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4X4

2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4X4

An Automotive Love Affair

By Joseph Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4X4. I’ve been looking to revisit and review all Jeeps because I have a personal reason – I’m looking to buy one. I’m looking more to the Wrangler to tow behind a motorhome. If you have experience with that application your thoughts would be appreciated.

In the meantime, this new DesertHawk keeps with the tradition of the Jeep image. I have attended “Jeep Camps” and “Jeep Jamborees” and that has influenced my decision to renew my opinion of the product and is why it fits into my travel plans..

General Information:

It is assembled in Melfi, Italy. Parts – US/Canadian 22%, Italy 62%, Engine and Transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

Handling & Performance:

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and on my Jeep Jamboree in Northwest Massachusetts on the Mohawk Trail I found this picture explains what is possible because I did it.

Styling:

Jeep stayed true to what make Jeep a classic all the way from WWII military days up to today and it remains an image of can-do and wanna do.

Fit and Finish:

Built for the out of doors so it is necessarily basic and as good as it needs to be.

Cost:

2017 MSRP of this Renegade is under $27,000.

Conveniences and comfort:

For the road ahead, it has many more features than necessary for the rough and tumble guys and gals who choose the out-of-doors lifestyle. But it incorporates most of the mechanical safety features that will give added safety to operation and keep the average driver out of trouble.

Consumer Recommendation:

I always recommend that you consider attending one of the 26 venues around the country where they hold Jeep Jamboree’s. They are rated according to level of difficulty of the venue from 1 to 10, where 10 is the most difficult. Visit the link for more – https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/

… and for real action try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5AWZvB1FuU

Most people will likely never be in the most difficult venue like Rubicon (10) but the video will give you an idea of what these Jeep’s can actually do.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Renegade $28,000 (Italy), Chevrolet Trax $28,000 (Canada), Fiat 500X $28,000 (Italy), Nissan Juke $28,000 (Japan), Honda HR-V $27,000 (Mexico), Mazda CX-3 $27,000 (Japan).

Good News:

Affordable, good fuel economy for 4-wheel drive, great off road equipped sport utility.

Bad News: n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder multi-air engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, 4X4, front and side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags, keyless pushbutton start/stop, park view rear camera, fuel tank, transmission, front suspension and transfer case skid plates, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, stability control, roll mitigation, traction control, cruise control, capless fuel tank fill, daytime running lights, hill descent control, hill start assist, tire pressure monitor, rain sensitive wipers, Uconnect, 5” touchscreen display, voice command with Bluetooth, 6-speakers, Sirius XM Satellite radio, steering wheel mounted audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Tilt and Telescopic column, air conditioning, remote USB port for Charge, USB and Aux hub, ambient LED interior lighting.

Gas Stats:

$2.89/ Gal avg. August 20, 2017

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

Average MPG: Jeep Renegade 24, Chevrolet Trax 27, Fiat 500X 24, Nissan Juke 28, Honda HR-V 29, Mazda CX-3 29.

Pricing:

MSRP $26,895.

2016 Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4 (1156)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4.  Well, I need to admit I have been testing a lot of Jeeps lately because I’m looking to buy one and wanted to look at all Jeep options. I want a good all-around vehicle to tow behind a motorhome. I understand Jeeps are easy to tow and gives great off road capability. If you have a first-hand experience and you care to share your information, I’d be interested in your thoughts. joe@atthewheel.com

I was interested to see this Jeep Renegade is made in Italy. I have to say it brings up an industry shift over the past half century to a ‘cooperative’ global industry. But it is not just international responsibility.

It has been my experience, first-hand, that the goodwill developed from trade between countries is a good thing. I have visited factories in Japan, Mexico and Europe and found that mutually beneficial relationships break down barriers between people.

So the point is that I’m encouraged to see this Jeep and other cars being manufactured, in part or total, in cooperating countries around the world. This link shows those car companies that manufacture their cars in the US. It will surprise you.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_automobiles_manufactured_in_the_United_States

Likewise, U.S. companies manufacture some of their brands in other parts of the world as they share the car market in today’s world. They also share ownership of each other and that adds to the fact that we see more and more assembly of all car brands being done everywhere and anywhere.

General Information: It is assembled in Melfi, Italy. Parts – US/Canadian 22%, Italy 62%,Engine and Transmission – Italy; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade & Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

2016 Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4

2016 Jeep Renegade Sport 4X4_1

Styling:

Thankfully there has been little change in styling in the Icon that Jeep has become. And from my military days up to today it remains an image of can-do and wanna do. This is a mechanical buddy in good days and in tough times, as well, that you can count on. Yep 75 years old and counting. Nice job Jeep.

Fit and Finish:

This SUV is built for endurance so it is necessarily basic and quite frankly as good as it needs to be.

Cost:

The renegade is a good value at an MSRP of $20,000. The only way it becomes more is when you add things unnecessary for effective off road use.

Conveniences and comfort:

Yep – basic is good. Too much high tech stuff is not only unnecessary, it detracts from the practical use so likely un-wanted by serious outdoorsmen as well.

Consumer Recommendation:

If you have never been on a Jeep Jamboree somewhere on the two dozen venues in the USA and you are an outdoors lover and you own a Jeep you should look into it. If you don’t own one you’re missing the experience and education of a lifetime.

Jamboree’s are rated according to level of difficulty of the venue. Visit the link for more –https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Renegade $20,000, Chevrolet Trax $25,000, Nissan Juke $29,000, Honda HR-V $24,000, Mazda CX-3 $22,000.

Good News:

Affordable, good fuel economy for 4-wheel drive.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

1.4 liter inline 4-cylinder turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 4X4, front and side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, LATCH child anchor system, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, stability control, electric park brake, remote keyless entry, electronic roll mitigation, traction control, capless fuel fill, hill start assist, tire pressure monitor, front and rear 12-volt power outlet, 3.5 inch monochrome display, radio with 4-speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, USB hub, Manual 6-way driver seat and 4-way passenger seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, 16” steel wheels, rear wiper.

Gas Stats:

$2.69/ Gal avg. September 4, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

24 City 31 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $19,995.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4X4 75th Edition (1154)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4X4 75th Edition. On the Dashboard handhold passenger side is proudly stamped 1941 to recognize the heritage. In fact, they should refer to Jeep as the Heritage Series. And no question about it, Jeep has been blazing trails ever since WWII.

Although it is classed as a Small SUV the first words out of Ilona’s mouth was “this is a big car”. She says that, most likely, because it sits high as an off road vehicle must. So like big trucks it sets as high as most trucks and SUV’s. It also sports big tires for the purpose intended.

I tested the Automatic transmission instead of the 6-speed manual that comes standard on the 75thEdition. Automatic 5-speed transmission adds $1,350 to the price and for me that would be the way to go. It also has a soft top that gives it more flexibility than the hard top which is a costly option. If you like the open air out in the wild it is easier to put down than removing that heavy hard top. Tradeoffs to be sure. The major negative to the soft top is the more difficult access to loading gear into the cargo area.

General Information: It is assembled in Toledo, Ohio, USA. Parts – US/Canadian 73%, Engine and Transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade & Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

1154 jeep-jamboree- on the rocksJust as you’d expect from an off road master, it is a little rougher riding on the highway but not much different around town as any other small truck. Fuel economy is not all that great but the V6 is pretty powerful and I like that. Overall it is acceptable on highway because on a long ride I found it to be very comfortable aside from the added noise because of the soft top and the knobby tires.

If you have never been on a Jeep Jamboree somewhere in the USA and you are an outdoors lover and you own a Jeep you should look into it. What a ball and the education on driving off road is fantastic and the like-minded people are fun too. That is where you really get the performance off road. Difficulty of the venue goes from 1 to 10 being most challenging. That would be like the Rubicon Trail in Northern California. Awesome. https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/

1154 jeep-jamboree-10-1300x300

Styling:

Jeep has remained so consistent for 75 years that the styling is simply “Jeep”. Everyone knows what that means. They wrote the book for off road look and feel and image.

Fit and Finish:

Fit and finish is as good as it needs to be for a rough and tumble outdoor capable trail blazer. Naturally it gets more refined over the years, but people who drive these things don’t want them for negotiating the speed bumps on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Jeeps are as tough and ready to rumble and as adventuresome as those who drive them.

Cost:

If you will only be using a Jeep for commuting on pristine roads of the city, don’t waste your money and frustrate the personality and performance of Jeep. BUT, if you are doing some serious outdoor trek-ing you’ll get your money’s worth.

Conveniences and comfort:

Wrangler is not loaded down with Highway gadgets like adaptive or smart cruise control or sensors to warn you of traffic around you. This Wrangler is more comfortable in the outback or woods and wilderness venues. The money is put into strong shift on the fly 4WD, heavy duty rear axle and solid front axle, fuel tank and transfer case skid plates, electronic roll mitigation and trailer sway damping. You know, practical things.

Consumer Recommendation:

If you are an RV / Motorhome advocate the Jeep is the best tow vehicle you can have, in my opinion. Ease of disconnecting the drive train is simple. Further information: One source is at  www.bleepinjeep.com

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited $34,000, Chevrolet Traverse $40,000, Toyota 4Runner $40,000, Nissan Pathfinder $39,000, Honda Pilot $38,000, GMC Acadia $40,000, Kia Sorento $41,000.

Good News:

Amazing off road vehicle, relatively comfortable ride on road.

Bad News:

Although it has improved over the years the fuel economy is still only 20 mpg.

Standard Equipment:

3.6 literV6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, shift on the fly 4X4, solid front axle, heavy duty rear axle, skid plates on fuel tank and transfer case, 22.5 gal fuel tank, front airbags, stability control, 4-wheel disc brakes, traction control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, trailer sway damping, sentry key theft deterrent system, security alarm, tire pressure monitor, cruise control and radio.

Gas Stats:

$2.39/ Gal avg. August 15,  2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

16 City 20 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $33,695.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4X4 (1152)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4X4. I believe consumers attach themselves to a particular brand very early on in their lives. But many factors change how the car buyers move to other brands along the road. The cars they buy in their family years means they buy utility or convenience as they take care of responsibilities of children. A commuter, a family mini-van to shuttle the kids off to soccer or little league, and all the rest.

I’m guessing, like me, budget influenced your early decisions on what car to own and of course your need at the time.

But then when people get older they tend to become kids again and get back to their youth that so impressed them. They, necessarily, have a different motivation in later life. Consider that older generation who accumulate a stable of classic cars that impressed them early in their lives. One restored Chevy or Ford or Pontiac or whatever all the way to larger collections that were simply impossible in their youth.

Go to any car show, car night at drive-in restaurants, and the like and you find auto lovers proudly parading their cars with that gleam in their eyes remembering those Happy Days of youth. Then they return their show pieces to their garages, not so different from Jay Leno’s Garage which, of course, is extensive. Then they get into their daily driver for the usual, knowing they still have the exceptional parked for that next drive down memory lane.

Yes, to one extent or another many of us have an Automotive Love Affair for our own reasons. But surely it has little to do with ‘transportation’.

General Information: It is assembled in Toledo, Ohio, USA. Parts – US/Canadian 69%, Mexico 18% Engine and Transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade & Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

Outstanding … (not exceptional, but outstanding)

Styling:

Consummately Jeep.

Fit and Finish:

Very good. Jeep has been improving over the many years I have been driving them… and nearly all other cars made for human consumption.

Cost:

I’m wondering if there isn’t a good explanation for pricing in most segments of the market to be nearly identical. You might think there is price fixing going on, but my take on the reason for the closeness in pricing is that all cars today are made by way of CAD (computer aided design) systems. That leaves very little to chance in the creation to significant cost differentiation. Thus the only reason why some will be more competitive falls on how efficient the company is; how good the management is, how in touch with the consumer demand they are and of course how much advertising they do to communicate the value. Such matters are what make pricing variations possible for one company over another.

Conveniences and comfort:

Smart cruise is good on this Jeep, but I have tested cruise versions on other cars that operate more smoothly and seamlessly.

But Jeeps version does include a stop and start feature in traffic and that is very cool. You literally can set the speed and just monitor conditions while touching neither the brake or the gas pedal. It reduces stress for me and that is worth the price of admission (for me). That was one of the options that was on my test vehicle, and I always appreciate having the feature and miss it when the next car doesn’t have it.

Instrumentation and electronics generally are all very good and Bluetooth is super easy to set up.

Lane assist and blind spot detection are special and two of my favorites.

Consumer Recommendation:

Smart cruise included in the Technology Group should be considered. I believe it will one day soon be standard on all cars. It has many benefits and one of better utilizing the highway space. I’ll give the details in a future Opinion segment of the column.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Cherokee Overland $39,000, Audi Q3 $40,000, Acura RDX $43,000, BMW X3 $40,000, Lexus NX $40,000, Land Rover Discovery Sport $47,000, Lincoln MKC $50,000, Mercedes Benz GLC $42,000, Volkswagen Tiguan $37,000, Volvo XC60 $39,000.

Good News:

Priced right for the standard features and affordable extra safety features, comfortable ride.

Bad News:

Only average fuel economy in class.

Standard Equipment:

3.2 literV6 engine with stop/start, 9-speed automatic transmission, front, side curtain front and rear and supplemental rear seat side airbags plus driver and passenger knee airbags, hill descent control, hill start assist, off road suspension, rear back up camera, parksense rear park assist system, blind spot and cross path detection, keyless enter and go passive entry, remote start system, traction control, stability control, 4-wheel ABS disc braks, leather wrapped shift knob and instrument panel, heated wood and leather wrapped steering wheel, Uconnect Nav and access, 7” color display, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio with 9-speakers, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, A/C dual zone climate control, power driver and passenger seats with power 4-way lumbar support, heated and ventillated front seats, 18” polished aluminum wheels, Bi-Xenon High intensity headlights, LED tail lamps, fog and cornering lightspower liftgate and heated power mirrors.

I recommend the ‘Technology Group’ that includes: forward collision warning with active braking, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive (smart) cruise control with stop and go, advanced brake assist, rain sensing wipers, auto high beam headlights, lane sense lane departure warning with lane-keep assist. All this adds $1,495 to the MSRP. A bargain.

Gas Stats:

$2.85/ Gal avg. August 7, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

19 City 26 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,395.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 (1143)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4. I make no apologies for being devoted to Jeep. It has proven itself to me for many years. I have tested other off road vehicles but they just don’t measure up. I tested all the Hummer models but the memory that remains is how I was got stuck in the original $100,000 Hummer and an old Chevrolet Blazer.

The clincher that reinforced my trust in Jeep came with the Jamboree and Jeep Camps I attended. It was there I learned how amazing Jeeps perform over unbelievable terrain that we were able to traverse.

General Information: It is assembled in Wentzville, MO, USA. Parts – US/Canadian 62%,Mexico 20%  Engine – Italy; Transmission – Germany; Classification is Standard SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade & Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

All the Jeeps have a great off road prowess and on road comfort and performance except for the only fair fuel economy, thanks to 4X4 capability. You can’t have both off road 4X4 and high economy. But 28 Highway mpg isn’t bad.

Styling:

Styling is a very traditional Jeep with a rich history for 75 years. The brand has matured from a warrior vehicle of WWII to an out-of-doors adventure vehicle owned by men and women who love the challenge of rough and tumble adventure.

Fit and Finish:

Very well assembled… thanks in part to the Daimler Benz years of ownership and influence. That speaks to how much better we are when we share and work together. Another example of that fact can be seen in how much Jaguar advanced under the ownership and influence of Ford for a time.

Cost:

Grand Cherokee is a little pricey, but it is the top contender of the brand. If off-road is your thing this is just too pretty to get into the weeds. But it is capable if you need it to go where others simply can’t go.

Conveniences and comfort:

When comfort is important the Grand Cherokee is the cat’s meow with the benefit of off-road capability when needed.

Consumer Recommendation:

My next car will be a Jeep Wrangler to tow behind a Motorhome, because I know first-hand how handy they are off-road as well as an ‘easy tow’ vehicle. As a reminder – I recommend Jeep owners consider attending a Jeep Jamboree. It is an experience you won’t regret as you meet some great folks.

Notes regarding the competition listed below: Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Land Rover LR4 seat 7 – others seat 5.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Grand Cherokee $53,000, Cadillac SRX $53,000, Acura MDX $53,000, Mercedes Benz GLE $53,000, Volkswagen Touarag $64,000, Lincoln MKX $57,000, BMW X5 $57,000, Land Rover LR4 $62,000, Lexus RX $50,000.

Good News:

Equipped well for off road if you must while providing on road comfort and great safety features, competitively priced and decent fuel economy,

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

3.0 liter V-6 ECO Diesel engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, Quadra-Trac II 4-WD with Selec-Terain system, Quadra lift Air Suspension, blind spot and cross path detection, adaptive cruise control with stop, park view rear backup camera, full speed forward collision warning , advanced mustistage front airbags, side curtain front and rear airbags, and seat mounted and side curtain front and rear airbags, driver knee airbag, keyless entry and go, Uconnect 8.4 Nav, Harman Kardon speakers, 20” polished aluminum wheels, active noise control system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, 8-way power driver and passenger front seats with driver an d passenger 4-way lumbar adjustment, dual zone climate control, 7” LCD instrument cluster with Tachometer, wood and leather wrapped heated steering wheel with shift levers, Remote start system, dual pane panoramic sunroof, rear sunscreen acoustic laminate glass, acoustic windshield, daytime running lights, fog lights, power liftgate, power folding multi-function mirrors and rain sensing wipers.

Gas Stats:

$2.69/ Gal avg. June 4, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

21 City 28 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $52,595.

2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4X4 (1141)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4X4 small SUV. Happy 75th Anniversary to Jeep. The most impressive part of the Jeep product includes the memories for me that began in my Navy days. We drove the WWII Jeeps and developed a bonding that has lasted for my life thus far. Secondly I had the great opportunity to experience a “Jeep Jamboree” when I was invited by Jeep to join them on the Mohawk Trail in Northwestern Massachusetts.

Anyone who has attended a Jamboree will attest to the amazing off road capability of Jeep. For those who don’t know what they are you can find details at the Jeep Jamboree USA website:https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/. When my wife and I attended the Mohawk Trail there were 26 venues in the US and there are a few more today.

Jeep® Jamborees are off-road adventure weekends that bring together the outdoors, down-to-earth people, and their Jeep 4x4s. These off-road treks have a long tradition dating back to 1953 when 4×4 pioneer Mark A. Smith organized the first ever Jeep Jamboree and voyaged across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the old Rubicon Trail. In 1954, Willys Motors — then manufacturer of Jeep vehicles — became involved with the adventure, and Jeep Jamborees have been an off-road tradition ever since.

1141 Smith founder of Jamboree USA

Mark A. Smith

General Information: It is assembled in Wentzville, MO, USA. Parts – US/Canadian 22%, Italy 62%   Engine & transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

Handling & Performance:

All the Jeeps I have driven have been a credit to the brand ever since the early models of the 1940’s. I have a great confidence in their off road prowess.

Styling:

Traditional consistency for 75 years.

1141 Function over Form Steve JobsFit and Finish:

Obviously they have evolved since WWII and in fact are more luxury then they need to be. Jeep devotees don’t care all that much about how pretty they look. I believe they are more interested in Function over Form.

Cost:

Cheap – if off-road is your thing.

Conveniences and comfort:

Okay, so comfort is important, but so is getting places where other cars and trucks just can’t go.

Consumer Recommendation:

My next car will be a Jeep Wrangler to tow behind a Motorhome to visit many places in the US I have not yet seen. I know first-hand how handy they are off road as well as an ‘easy tow’ vehicle. I highly recommend attending a Jeep Jamboree if you own a Jeep. It is an experience of a lifetime. Our experience was in October 1995. There were 120 Jeep owners plus 18 of us from the press. Really fun and you meet some great folks.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Trailhawk $27,000, Chevrolet Trax $28,000, Mazda CX-3 $27,000, Honda HR-V $27,000, Subaru XV Crosstrek $26,000.

Good News:

Equipped well for off road use with many safety features, competitively priced, good fuel economy,

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, 17” aluminum wheels, two front tow hooks and one rear hook, 4-wheel ABS power assist disc brakes, parkview rear back up camera, front, side and side curtain front and rear airbags, front suspension, transmission and transfer skidplates, stability control, remote keyless entry, electronic roll mitigation, select – terrain with rock mode, traction control, cruise control, capless fuel fill, hill decent control, hill start assist, tire pressure monitor, rain sensitive windshield wipers, Uconnect, 5” touchscreen, Bluetooth with voice command, Sirius XM sat. Radio with 6 speakers, tilt and telescopic   leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, air conditioning, remote USB port for charge, media hub with USB and Aux., manual 6-way driver and 4-way passenger seats, rear 60/40 folding seat, height adjustable rear cargo floor.

Gas Stats:

$2.95/ Gal avg. May 22, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

20 City 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $26,495.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4X4 (1130)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4X4 SUV. Over the past two decades and more I have been in love with Jeep. Drove them in the Navy and since with a high degree of confidence I could go where and when I wanted. I’ve attended Jeep Camps and Jeep Jamboree’s and was amazed at what you could actually do in a Jeep. My experiences gave Off Road a whole new meaning. Literally we climbed over boulders and through the mud. One Red Jeep photo going through a muddy river had my other love at the wheel. She hates driving the freeway but had the nerve to pilot through a river of mud. Go figure.

After my driver training off road in Jeep schools I decided to take original Hummer off road on a course in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Of course you must, as I did, think Hummer had to be the pinnacle of off road vehicles. Desert Storm and all that, so off I went. I wasn’t in the canyon 15 minutes when I watched all the macho guys kicking up mud and dirt and rocks as they went fearlessly around the course. Naturally I thought I could do that with this hundred thousand Hummer. But noooo, I approached a somewhat muddy patch of riverbed and proceeded as if this Hummer was invincible. Result was to get bogged down up to the floorboards and was unable to lose my trusted steed. I was helplessly embarrassed.

A rickety old Chevrolet Blazer was kind enough to pull me out with his winch. Humility is a humbling thing. Later I was able to laugh at myself.

General Information: It is assembled in Toledo, Ohio. Parts – US/Canadian 69%, Mexico 18%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler unlimited.

Handling & Performance:

Confident and solid. Lots of power as equipped with a V8 HEMI power plant. By the way, power is not as important as using gearing while in off road driving.

Styling:

Jeep – that really says it all.

Fit and Finish:

Too pretty for a King of off road.

Cost:

As expected, and competitive in class this segment of the market.

Conveniences and comfort:

Off Road standard features on this Trailhawk.

ACTIVE DRIVE 4X4

The Jeep® Active Drive 4×4 system features a Class-Exclusive+ rear axle disconnect feature that only engages when necessary for improved fuel efficiency. A Selec-Terrain® traction management system gives you all-weather capability in four modes: Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. A standard Brake Lock Differential works with the advanced 4×4 system to provide outstanding capability for anything Mother Nature sends your way.

ACTIVE DRIVE LOW 4X4

The Jeep® Active Drive Low 4×4 system includes all the features of the Jeep® Active Drive I 4×4 system and adds a low-range for added capability. The 4WD Low mode is great for low-speed traction and works well for low-speed use, like pulling your boat trailer out of a lake. A remarkable 20:1 crawl ratio+ allows a more controlled throttle response at lower speeds. The Selec-Terrain®traction management system includes: Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock modes for added all-weather capability.

Consumer Recommendations:

I like them all, but some will be interested to know the Mitsubishi has the best warranty. Best fuel economy is the Subaru.

Jeep CargoJeep Cargo Management system adds handy hooks and a removable grocery bag holder as well as many available innovative and thoughtful add-on solutions including a first aid kit, pet kennel and cargo mat. In addition, the fold flat passenger seat allows for long items to be carried.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Cherokee $32,000, Mitsubish Outlander $28,000, Kia Sorento $32,000, Dodge Journey $27,000, Hyundai Santa Fe $28,000, Subaru Outback $27,000.

Good News:

Granddaddy of Off Road vehicle experience.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

3.2 liter V6 engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel drive, Jeep active drive II, select-terrain system, hill start assist, hill demand control, off road group and suspension, selec-speed crawl control, rear back up camera, Keyless entry with panic alarm, all speed traction control, stability control, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, front, side and side front and rear curtain airbags, rear seat side airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, 8.4” touchscreen display, Cluster 7.0” color display, voice command with Bluetooth, audio jack input for mobile devices, front passenger fold flat seat, leather seating and leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, power wineows, cargo management system.

Gas Stats:

$2.30 / Gal avg. March 5, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

19 City and 26 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $30,595

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 (1083)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 SUV. The Summit is at the higher end of the Jeep offerings that is trial rated. This test vehicle was equipped with a $4,500 optional EcoDiesel V6 engine.

Its off-road capability is far beyond where most people will ever go. I suspect it is our survival nature that prompts us to have a 4X4 off road vehicle in recognition of the fact that we want to always be prepared for anything nature can throw at us. That confidence is worth the price of admission for me too. I’ve taken Jeeps over terrain I would never have thought was possible before I did it. Most Jeep Jamboree attendees will confirm that experience.

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If you wanted to know what Eco Mode is, Jeep explains for us: It’s intended to help improve fuel economy by adjusting the transmission shift schedule, idle speed, interactive deceleration fuel shut off. (In V8 models it adds a Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation). Eco is automatically engaged upon vehicle startup and it activates the Quadra-Lift® air suspension system and lowers it when vehicle speed exceeds 55 mph. On 4WD models in 4H, it alters the front-to-rear torque split to increase fuel efficiency.

 

General Information: Parts from the US / Canada 62%, Mexico 20%,  Engine – Italy, Transmission – Germany. It is assembled in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Classification is Standard SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Renegade and Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

This is the EcoDiesel engine 3.0 Liter V6 that delivers clean-diesel technology with low CO2 emissions. The clean and refined powertrain delivers optimum Best-in-Class fuel economy combined with impressive performance. And along with the eight-speed automatic transmission, this Jeep Grand Cherokee can deliver up to 30 hwy mpg. You would be hard pressed to know it’s a diesel because you will barely notice the typical clatter we have come to expect from diesels of the past. Fuel economy is quite good for a large full size SUV with 4-wheel drive capability. Surely they are a super off road vehicle for which I can attest to from my Jeep Jamboree days testing in tough off of the road venues around the country.

 

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Like most Diesel engines they are slow (some would say sluggish) off the line but strong shortly after you get rolling. I notice that and drive accordingly with my Ford F350 that is really loud and if you’ve ever been through a fast food drive through you have to turn the engine off so the attendant can hear your order.

Another possible negative is the shifter design. Some will like it but for me it’s not intuitive to use. You can’t just jump in, drop it into reverse or drive and go. You must look at the gear indicator on the lighted knob to see what you’ve selected. You won’t be able to do it by touch. You must carefully and deliberately make your selection. They need to rethink that design.

 

Styling:

Classic Jeep continues to reign as the Grand Daddy of all SUV’s.

 

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

 

Cost:

Competitive with all in Class.

 

Conveniences and comfort:

Great array of convenience to give maximum utility. Although the Nav / traffic capability is getting much better I have to say it still needs improvement in providing a facility to guide you  around traffic jams by exiting long before the jam prevents getting off the freeway. Then it should take you on alternate surface streets and either back on the freeway or stay on surface streets to your destination. I found it a bit annoying that in spite of the fact that the alert said there was an accident ahead that was right in my path while the system continued to insist that was the way to go. It is just a weakness in the current technology or just as likely a failure of the programmers to provide that feature..

 

I also found that although the voice activation was very intuitive it is less than helpful and requires very specific commands so I got frustrated and stopped trying when I just couldn’t make it work. Again, the technology is new and some just don’t work as well as others. There have been some that have worked pretty well, but not many.

 

Consumer Recommendation:

In the field of full size SUV’s there is a huge (only partial list here) number of competitors. Why, because this is a segment of the market that is very profitable for the manufacturers. Look closely at spending the money for the latest electronics such as stress reducing “Smart Cruise Control with braking capability” and also blind spot detection. These are two of the best features that have evolved nicely over the years. As said often and again here, Portable Nav systems are available for a lot less money than the built in versions, but with the rapidly improving traffic alert systems I would also recommend including Nav with traffic.

 

Recognized Competition:                                                                                                                            

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Flex Fuel $45,000, Acura MDX $52,000, BMW X5 $54,000, Cadillac SRX $53,000, Infiniti QX70 $48,000, Nissan Xterra $28,000, Kia sportage $28,000, subaru Forester $31,000, Kia Sorento $31,000, GMC Terrain $34,000, Nissan Murano $35,000.

 

Good News:

Well priced, good fuel economy for a 4-wheel drive, comfortable, great array of features and classic styling.

Bad News:                                   

Sluggish off the line diesel, and the shifter is not intuitive and I’m still waiting for better traffic accident avoidance. Nothing is more maddening than getting stopped dead waiting for an accident to clear when the Nav could have anticipated it and taken you on an alternate route to avoid the jam.

Standard Equipment:   

3.0 liter V6 EcoDiesel 240 horsepower engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, Quadra-trac 4-wd system, Quadra Lift air suspension, blind spot and cross path detection, forward collision warning with Stop, adaptive cruise control with Stop, rear camera, front and rear park assist system, front, side seat and side curtain airbags, front side and front and rear side curtain airbags, Driver knee airbag, keyless enter-N-Go with push button start/stop, Uconnect AM/FM/ SXM/ HD/BT/Nav, voice command with Bluetooth, 8.4” touchscreen display, Harman Kardon speakers with subwoofer, Sirius XM satellite radio with traffic five year service, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, 8-way power driver / passenger seats with memory, front power 4-way lumbar adjust, dual zone climate control, Heated, wood leather –wrapped steering wheel, remote start system, 20” Aluminum polished wheels, dual pane panoramic sunroof, fog lights, power liftgate, power folding multi-function mirrors, and rain sensing windshield wipers.

Gas Stats:

$2.97 / Gal avg. April 11, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

21 City and 28 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $51,695.