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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.

There are 28 venues around the country and you can sign up at https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/

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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.

 

If you are a devoted off roader you can google Jeep Jamboree and see some pretty amazing things these Jeeps can do. But if it is a road car you are looking for it is truly a wonderful highway performer.

 

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.

 

2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD (1066)

Overview:
This week we’re reviewing the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited FWD SUV. The automotive industry is ever changing and most of it for the good of the company and the industry.

Jeep is a brand of American automobiles that is a division of Chrysler Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian multinational automaker Fiat S.p.A. Today it is referred to as FCA US LLC. The Chrysler brand is also joined by Dodge, Jeep and Ram. The trail of changes gets a little foggy as Chrysler has been bought and sold in recent years. You may recall in 1998 Chrysler merged with Daimler Benz to form DaimlerChrysler and I think it was the best thing that ever happened to one of the oldest big three American auto makers. Daimler moved the bar of quality up and Chrysler benefitted greatly and thus consumers. Those consumers fell in love with the brand all over again. That improvement has spilled over to all related brands like this Jeep.

A comment this morning from friend and neighbor, Carol, was that the Cherokee now looks like every other SUV and no longer looks like a Jeep. She got me thinking and she is spot on. It is true that other than the traditional Jeep grill Cherokee looks like any other SUV out there today. Some will like that while others, particularly Jeep devotees, will not appreciate the change. I’m guessing the change is to please the majority of consumers who, at the end of the day, dictate the look of our cars. So we get what we endorse with our dollars.

However, Patriot and Wrangler models have retained the Jeep look and Jeep lovers will appreciate that.

General Information: It is assembled in Toledo, Ohio, USA. Classification is: Small SUV. Cars from Chrysler: Chrysler 200, 300 and Town and Country. Models of Jeep: Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Wrangler Unlimited and Compass.

Handling & Performance:
This Jeep is a delight to drive. It has a solid feel and confident ride. Jeep has always been known for its’ off road performance but now you have a choice to have a models like Cherokee, Grand Cherokee or Compass for a more elegant look and feel. I have tested older models off road at Jeep Jamboree venues. I was impressed with what they can do off road. Today, however, it looks as though the company is ever more interested in looking good ON-Road as well as off. So some of the models available are still Jeeps. We’ll see where that goes in the future.

The power plant is a 4-cylinder engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. A V6 is optional. I found the 4-cylinder more than adequate and it does it while delivering 31 mpg highway fuel economy. Nice.

One final note about performance and handling. I have come to appreciate the Lane Assist feature. We all are subject to distraction as hard as we try not to allow this dangerous driving reality. Lane assist helps you to stay aware and alert while on the highway. If you drift or attempt to change lanes without activating your turn signal the car will resist crossing to another lane.

Styling:
Jeep continues to retain its historic look. To me a few upscale models will not destroy the image that is out of doors active people. Car companies are into making money like any business and the new look must have been necessary to also appeal to more potential consumers.

Fit and Finish:
Early cars of half a century ago were not the best and that was even more obvious in Chrysler products of those days. The company has matured and benefited from Daimler and hopefully Fiat as well in the future. I really like the first class interior on this Jeep.

Cost:
Competitively priced with cars in class.

Conveniences and comfort:
Super comfortable ride and all the bells and whistles are available for a price. My test vehicle had options that added $4,500 to the MSRP of $28,000.

A few of the option I love and wouldn’t go without include keyless operation with push button start and for those in cold climate the Remote Start feature is wonderful. It allows you to start the car from the warmth and comfort of your home so the car is warmed up and cozy when you get in. The Steering Wheel and seat can then be warm when you get in.

Uconnect® Systems keep you connected, while maintaining your focus on the road. See this link for all the details too numerous to name here: http://driveuconnect.com

Consumer Recommendation:
For me the options are worth the price of admission. Things like Adaptive (smart) cruise, blind spot warning, rain sensing wipers and lane sensing departure warning are all great technological wonders that I’d opt to have.

Recognized Competition:
Jeep Cherokee $24-31,000, Honda CR-V $24-32,000, GMC Terrain $27-37,000, Mazda CX-5 $22-29,000, Nissan Rogue $23-30,000, Buick Encore $24-31,000, Kia Sportage $22-30,000, Subaru XV Crosstrek $22-28,000, Volkswagen Tiguan $26-39,000, Chevrolet Equinox $25-33,000, Hyundai Tucson $22-28,000.

Good News:
Competitive pricing, really comfortable, well appointed, first class look and feel and great fuel economy.

Bad News:
n/a

Standard Equipment:
2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, 18” polished aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, heated power mirrors, windshild wiper de icer, front airbags front and rear side and side curtain airbags and front knee airbags, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with brake assist, electronic roll mitigation, traction control, brake stability control, hill start assist, remote keyless entry with push button start, remote start, dual zone climate control, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, Uconnect radio with Sirius XM, audio jack inputs, heated front seats, power 8-way driver seat, heated leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls on tilt and telescopic column, 7” color display, power windows and locks and Jeep cargo management system.

Gas Stats:
$2.68 / Gal avg. December 19, 2014
www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

22 City and 31 Highway MPG

Pricing:
MSRP $28,195.

2013 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4X4 (979)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2013 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4X4 Small SUV. It doesn’t feel like it should be classed as small. It is roomy and comfortable. It is not so difficult to realize this is the most popular segment of the automotive market for general transportation. It is so versatile and except for real dirty work uses the SUV serves as a truck and a passenger sedan.

General Information:

It is assembled in Belvidere, IL, USA. Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot and Wrangler.

Opinion and Observations:

Times change and sometimes we miss the subtle indicators along the way. I made an observation this morning as I was driving on the freeway. It occurred to me that something was missing on the pavement because the road surface had been recently redone and shaved down. That was a great improvement in that it made the ride really smooth. Some things Cal Trans should be recognized as a good thing. Smooth is not a usual description when referring to cement road surfaces. The result of the surfaced road was it was freshly cleaned. That’s when it hit me – the only black marks on the cement were made by tire marks due to panic stops. What was missing was the “Oil” drippings down the center of the road, reminiscent of days of old when leaky engines and transmissions left a black strip down the center of our highways.

As you older folks will remember, home driveways often were constructed with a dirt or grass strip down the center of the drive. They were made that way so unsightly oil dripping would not mess up the drive as it inevitably did both on the highways and driveways.

Today, however, it is uncommon for cars to burn oil or even drips oil. New generation engines simply don’t drip and it is rare to see white smoke billowing from the exhaust pipes of today’s cars from burning oil. You may know that when black smoke comes from the exhaust it is a sign that the engine is burning too rich from too much gas to air mixture.

I’m guessing that younger drivers can’t imagine what it was like to experience oil burners or leaky engines and transmissions, unless of course if they are driving an original classic car.

Handling & Performance:

I like a little more horsepower but you learn to adjust to what you have. Fuel economy is also less than I expected in spite of the smaller 4-cylinder engine. I like the Continuously Variable Transaxle for its smooth transition through increasing speeds.

Styling:

Classic Jeep of course. After the demise of the Hummer the familiar Jeep look continues as before there was a Hummer to mimic Jeep.

Fit and Finish:

Good.

Cost:

Competitive with all in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

Hill Start Assist is available on standard / manual transmissions, but it is not available with the CVT transmission. Hill Start Assist is one of the better new era auto innovations. It is simple, but effective. But then the standard in transmissions used today is automatic. Few drivers opt for  a manual transmission cars / trucks these days, because automatics are light years better than they used to be… like this innovative CVT adaptation or evolution if you like.

Some will remember when manual transmissions were referred to as Standard Transmissions and it is interested to look back. Dad would say, “We live and learn, die and forget it all”. Hope he was wrong.

Consumer Recommendation:

Do include the American classic and original that launched the SUV craze. I know firsthand from driving most Jeep models off road at Jeep Jamborees and Jeep Camps from time to time. Nothing does it as well, especially for the money. If you’d rather spend 3-5 times as much for a luxury badge that’s ok, but it still won’t be a Jeep. And it would be a shame to muss up such a pretty and expensive vehicle.

Finally, there is nothing more exciting to me as the image of a gal driving a Wrangler with the top down, rock climbing gear in the back or back country hiking equipment. Longfellow said in a poem, “Let us then be up and doing, with a heart for any fate, ever pursuing always achieving, learn to labor and to wait”.

Nike says, “Just do it”. Amen.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Patriot Latitude $23,000, Ford Escape $27,000, Honda CR-V $26,000, Hyundai Tucson $24,000, Jeep Compass  $24,000, Kia Soul $20,000, Kia Sportage $26,000, Mazda CX-5 $26,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $28,000, Nissan Rogue $26,000, Subaru Forester 2.5 X $20,000, Toyota Matrix $22,000, Toyota RAV4 $28,000.

Good News:

It’s a Jeep. It is priced well for the grand daddy off road SUV.

Bad News:

A little under powered but I learned you don’t need horsepower to climb over rocks and rough conditions. It’s all about gearing and creeping. Power does no good off road.

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 172 HP inline 4-cylinder engine, continuously variable transaxle transmission, front & side curtain front and rear airbags, stability control, roll mitigation, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with brake assist, hill start assist (except with CVT transmission), cruise control, theft deterrent system, removable rechargeable light, rear window wiper, washer and defroster, keyless entry, tire pressure  monitor, 12 volt and 115 volt outlets, air conditioning, heated front seats, 60/40 split reclining rear seats, front passenger forward fold flat seat power windows, leather wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, audio with CD/MP3, 17” aluminum wheels.

Gas Stats:

$3.93/ Gal avg. April 2, 2013

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

21 City and 26 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $22,880.

2013 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4 (957)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2013 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4 small SUV. Finally a vehicle actually built in America. Wow have we morphed into a country where we can’t even compete effectively Asian made cars from Japan, Korea and China. However you need to know that workers haven’t lost their jobs, only moved to those Asian companies who make many of their cars here in the U.S.

General Information:

Parts from the US / Canada 72%, Other 28%. It is assembled in Japan, Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot and Wrangler.

Opinions and Observations:

As a follow up to the overview mention above that asks if it is it really so that American auto workers have been replaced by other auto workers in the world. Should US auto workers be concerned? NO, not at all. The oppressive unions should be concerned because clubs and fists of angry unions no longer intimidate a civilized society. That, thanks to Governors and people who have taken a stand against those unions.

This Jeep comes to us from Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat who owns 20% of Jeep. I suspect that newly formed group of owners have the balls to stand up against unreasonable demands. Why, because the Jeep is competitively priced.

Unions destroyed the U.S. Auto Industry Examiner.com

One major hurdle facing the Big 3 is the simple fact that they pay nearly 3 times as much in wages to their employees than the foreign automakers. Because all Big 3 autoworkers are members of the union rackets, the Big 3 had no choice but to continue paying … unions “for protection” from strikes and shutdowns. In addition to the $80 per hour wage of an average union auto employee, the unions also demanded that the Big 3 provide extremely generous benefits, such as full medical coverage and a requirement that the Big 3 must pay all laid-off union members up to 80% of their full employment wages while idle. Of course, once the huge pensions and benefits enjoyed by union members can be added to this mix, and you have a recipe for disaster. These unsustainable costs to the auto makers, when added to the overbearing benefits to the unions, have essentially priced Detroit’s vehicles out of the market. The high costs of paying the artificial wages and benefits “protection” demanded by the unions have almost destroyed the City of Detroit and, to a larger extent, the economy and image of Michigan.

Alert:

(According to Triple A)

Watch this video from Fox Business News. If your CAR IS OLDER THAN 2012 Avoid using the new E15 Gas in your car. It is just starting to show up at gas stations.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2000862202001/

Handling & Performance:

Typical of any capable off road vehicle. If you want silky smooth you will be happier with Lexus, Mercedes, Buick, Chevrolet, Hyundai and the like who make SUV’s for the street. Another capable off road SUV comes from Range Rover at four times the money as this Jeep.

Styling:

Classic! Happily it retains the look of its original design of the WWII Jeep. Even Hummer copied the look but priced itself out of the market. The only thing they left out is Cammo paint.

Fit and Finish:

Off road Good, meaning this is one of the few SUV’s that is really capable of claiming to be an off road vehicle.

Cost:

Competitively priced from owner Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat who owns 20% of Jeep.

Conveniences and comfort:

Enough.

Consumer Recommendation:

If you want an off road SUV this is the most capable in a field of otherwise nice competitors. You can obviously eliminate several based on price. If I are a Jeep kind of gal or guy who gets out of doors and off the highway I suspect you drive a Wrangler. But if you are a soccer mom who gets out on the town you likely go for the classy Grand Cherokee.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Latitude $23,000, Acura RDX $34,000, Chevrolet Cruze $17,000, Chevrolet HHR $19,000, Dodge Caliber $17,000, Dodge Nitro $22,000, Ford Escape $22,000, Honda CR-V $23,000, Hyundai Tuscson $19,000, Jeep Patriot $16,000, Kia Sportage $26,000, Mazda CX-7 $34,000, Mazda CX-9 $36,000, Mazda Tribute $25,000, Toyota 4Runner $41,000, Volkswagen Tiguan $31,000.

Good News:

Classic Jeep styling, priced well, good feature coverage and good off road.

Bad News:

Only fair fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 172 horsepower inline 4-cylinder engine, continuously variable transaxle automatic transmission, 4-wheel drive, 17” aluminum wheels, rear wiper with washer and defroster, 60/40 split folding seats, front side curtain and rear airbags, stability control and roll over mitigation, 4-wheel power ABS disc brakes, cruise control, power windows and speed sensitive power locks, keyless entry, sentry key with theft deterrent system, air conditioning, temp display, heated front seats, passenger front forward fold flat seat, Uconnect audio with CD/MP3 and audio jack input for mobile devices, 12 volt and 115 volt power outlets, tire pressure monitor, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and tilt column, interior removable rechargeable light, power heated mirrors with manual fold away and fog lights.

Gas Stats:

$3.47 / Gal avg.  Jan. 5, 2013

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

21 City and 26 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $23,445.

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4. Cars evoke images from the past and this Wrangler lights up a couple of those memories. I recall advertisements featuring a Pamela Anderson looking gal in a T-Shirt, rock climbing shorts and wind blown hair with that natural beauty and no make up. By the way I have news for the ladies – men don’t like make up on the woman of their dreams. The second vision for me is the Mohawk Trail in North West Massachusetts where Ilona and I enjoyed the company of 100 plus enthusiastic Jeep owners and 18 folks from the press for a Jeep Jamboree.

Ok, so those aren’t the only reasons to own a Jeep, but I can’t think of better ones. Jeeps attract a kind of cult following of people with much in common. They are out of doors folks who like to brave the elements and live on the edge. These are really cool people and the range of ages is as wide as the rivers they cross in their beloved Jeeps. You can imagine them rock climbing, bungee jumping, flying a plane over the Rockies, surfing on a quiet beach at sun down not needing to impress others. These are self assured confident people and they include guys and gals that are likely professional suits during the week on Wall Street or down town LA or Seattle or anywhere USA.

I’ll bet you have similar images that conjure up the concept of “Gusto” – “You only go around once” or a Nike ad suggesting – “Just do it”. To me a car is transportation and a Jeep is an adventure. Not advertising hype but how I feel, and ‘that’s the truth’ … Lily Tomlin.

The really good news is that you don’t have to spend Rambo bucks for a Hummer to do the same things off road that the Jeep will do. Fact of the matter is you can go more places in a Jeep than you can in a Hum Vee, except Iraq I guess. On the Mohawk Trail there were places a Hummer was simply to wide to go through trees for example. Horse and buggies likely cut those trails hundreds of years ago. Hummers are more at home on Sahara Desert type venues.

If you are inclined to the rough and rugged life and decide to buy a Jeep you surely should attend a Jamboree. There are 26 venues and range from 1-10 in difficulty, 10 being the most difficult. That would be the Rubicon Trail in the Lake Tahoe, California area of America. The Jeep Rubicon and the massive boulders of the Rubicon Trail which you will climb are both made in America.

In the 1960s Japan named a city USA (Ooosa) so they could stamp products “Made in USA”. Why that is important is the lengths to which offshore competition will go to gain acceptance in the huge US market. Made in Japan has a whole different meaning today. World market manufacturing like China for example labor costs are about a buck an hour. No wonder why so many things are made there.

The problem created is a huge balance of trade that puts the US in harms way. It has topped $900 billion annually. Otherwise there is no problem since it is simply the free market working as it should. If you don’t agree, buy cars made in America.

General Info:

Parts – US/Canadian 69%, Mexico 15%

Assembly – Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Class:  –  Sport Utilities

Cars: – Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot and Wrangler.

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

Jeep is a Classic Car they still make.

Handling & Performance:

Like most everything else except sex, cars are even better than the older models I joined on our trek over the Mohawk Trail. There were Jeeps from World War II to current day Jeeps. If you are a Jeep owner contact Jeep to attend one of 26 places to enjoy you Jeep and be amazed at what a Jeep can really do off road.

American car makers are slowly adopting European engine designs that get so much more horsepower per liter. The Jeep engine is a 3.8 liter V6 and only develops 202 horsepower. So you have less hp and burn more fuel than comparable European engines.

Styling:

The same yesterday, today and hopefully tomorrow.

Fit and Finish:

Basic, rugged and unfinished (by Lexus standards), but that’s the way it is supposed to be.

Cost:

More than I thought they should be, but inflation and popularity has pushed the price up. And perhaps it has something to do with the professionals who buy them or simply a growing number of people returning to their pioneer roots.

Conveniences and comfort:

They used to have manually operated roll up windows but the power is ok and the radio and the air conditioning and the power steering… and, well you know what I mean.

Consumer Recommendation:

When you’re not climbing Mt. Rainer or one of the many over 14,000 foot peaks in the Rockies you’ll get a lot of youthful enjoyment from this or even the competition. But Jeep is the top of the heap – A #1.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Wrangler $20-30,000, Toyota Rav-4 $22-27,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $20-25,000, Suzuki Grand Vitara $19-26,000, Kia Sportage $16-23,000, Subaru Forester $20-28,000,  Chevrolet Equinox $24-31,000, Ford Escape $20-27,000, Mazda Tribute $20-28,000, Saturn Vue $22-30,000, Honda CR-V $21-29,000, Nissan Rogue $20-23,000.

Good News:

It’s a Jeep with a rich history and they still make them in America.

Bad News:

Poor fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:

3.8 liter 202 hp V6 engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel ABS brakes, traction control, electronic roll mitigation and front sway bar disconnect, transfer case and fuel tank skid plates, sentry key theft deterrent system, cruise control, tow hooks front and rear, variable intermittent wipers, 21.6 gal fuel tank, tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning, reclining front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, stereo with in dash CD player MP3 capability, SIRIUS satellite radio w/ 1 year included, temperature and compass, tilt column, sport roll bar with padding, 12 V aux outlet, soft top, fog lights and matching full size spare.

Gas Stats:

$3.61/ Gal avg. September 23, ‘08

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

15 City and 19 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $29,535.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4 (929)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4. Well I’m biased and think that a vehicle that’s been around since 1941 has earned its stripes. And I have taken the Jeep on Jamborees and Jeep Camps and have been impressed. Yet the youngsters at ConsumerReports.org show their age and ignorance when they say “The Wrangler may be as good as it’s ever been but it is seriously outdated.” I wanna throw up. What stupidity.

Well in spite of the ignorance of some publication writers Jeep has been steadfast in sticking to what separates and sets it apart from all others that look EXACTLY alike. How boring is that?!

I hate to see those comments because it could influence Jeep to give up its uniqueness to be more like those ‘Lock Step’ designers that aspire to mediocrity. Hang in there Jeep.

General Information:

Parts content – US/ Canadian 71%, Mexico 15%; Engine – US; Transmission – Germany It is assembled in Toledo, Ohio, USA; Classification is SUV. Cars from Jeep: Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot and Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

Jeep is not only unique in styling but in how it feels to drive the Grand Daddy of classic SUVs. The 4-door I tested is even better than the shorter version in my opinion. The larger model is more stable and convenient with added seating and comfort.

I have driven Jeeps through terrain that most would say is impossible. I did! It will literally paw its way over tall boulders that no vehicle should be expected to climb. If you are a serious off road enthusiast you know what I mean.

A distinction of a real man’s off road system is right here in the Jeep. It’s the Electronic sway bar disconnect that allows you to flip a switch and disengage the sway bar while driving under 18 mph in low mode. That way the front wheels can drop and compress up to 33% further. You can appreciate that when you are going over terrain that is otherwise inaccessible to all other wanna-be off road vehicles.

If you’re a Jeep owner there are 29 venues around the country with names such as Rubicon Trail in California, Cajun in Louisiana, Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, and Top of the Ozarks in Missouri… I guess that’s because it’s the Show Me state. You can find all and register to attend on line at http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/. Highly recommended.

Styling:

You know, the greatest compliment for anything is that others copy. And think about the fact that Hummer hit the Desert by Storm (pun intended). The H-1 was so popular it took a great depression to silence it. But we all know Jeep was the inspiration for all Hummer model designs. They were both designed to be the best in all and the most severe conditions and that is the look of success and Victory. Bravo Jeep.

Fit and Finish:

It’s a Jeep – a Man’s Vehicle that rough and tumble Gals seem to be drawn to as well. And off road rugged vehicles by their very nature are not meant to have close tolerances. This isn’t a Lexus or other prissy Miss SUVs.

Cost:

A little pricey, but the competition is not really in its league.

Conveniences and comfort:

More than a real man needs, but not too much.

Consumer Recommendation:

Don’t listen to those who would try to convince you that the Jeep is dated as a bad thing. It is precisely opposite, which is a good thing. It never goes out of style and you can drive it with pride knowing that you are not a clone of anything else on the road.

And finally if you are driving a Jeep people know… they just know you are an out of doors guy or gal who has fun and experiences the excitement in life that boring people just don’t have the balls for. Ooh-Rah.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Wrangler $34,000, Kia Sportage $28,000, Nissan Xterra $27,000, Honda CR-V $28,000, Hyundai Tucson $26,000, Toyota RAV $28,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $28,000, Ford Escape $30,000, Nissan Juke $26,000, Suzuki Grand Vitara $25,000, Toyota FJ Cruiser $28,000.

Good News:

Unique classic styling, fun fun fun to drive, rough and rugged and it spells independent and self reliance. Available in a V6.

Bad News:

For a smaller vehicle it doesn’t do any better on gas than a big Ford pickup, for example.

Standard Equipment:

3.6 liter 285 horsepower V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes, electronic Roll mitigation and a Roll Bar, 4:1 Rock-Trak part time 4-WD system, hill start assist, Tru-Lok electronic locking front and rear differentials, electronic front sway bar disconnect,  Rock rails, transfer case skid plate shield, cruise control, security alarm,22.5 gal fuel tank, sentry key theft deterrent system, tire pressure monitor, air conditioning, audio with CD/MP3 player, 7 speaker infinity sound system, audio jack input for mobile devices, Sirius XM satellite, power windows & locks, steering wheel mounted audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, tem and compass gauge, tile steering column, reclining front seats, rear 60/40 split folding seat, 115 volt aux power outlet, 17” aluminum wheels, LT255/75R17 BSW Off-Road Tires, auto headlights, power heated mirrors, deep tint sunscreen windows, two front tow hooks and one rear tow hook, fog lights, Sunrider soft top and matching spare wheel.

Gas Stats:

$3.65/ Gal avg. June 28, 2012

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

  16 City and Highway 20 MPG

 

Pricing:

MSRP $33,570.

2012 Jeep Patriot SUV (921)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2012 Jeep Patriot SUV – unquestionably the grand daddy of off road vehicles. Forgive my bias, but I have been driving Jeeps over the past from the military years, in the Philippines, to touring New England and even to today. That, in spite of the fact that it is a part of the Chrysler Group but at the same time because it IS a part of a company redeemed by time… and good decisions in and by management, most recently by Lee Iacocca to save the company. Daimler / Mercedes-Benz also had a great affect on the Chrysler we see today. God Bless America.

General Information:

Parts from the US/ Canadian 70%, Mexico 19%. It is assembled in Belvidere, IL, U.S.A., Classification is SUV. Cars from Jeep: Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot and Wrangler.

Opinion:

OK, I have a question: Where are our brave men in blue when they are ‘really’ needed to assist drivers using our highways? When there is a ladder or couch or other debris on the road I rarely see a CHP officer clearing the danger. But exceed the speed limit and the magically appear.

Another assist is needed when it comes to keeping traffic moving at a reasonable pace. – The situation: you are driving on a two lane road and there are turn-outs for slower traffic to use when they prefer to drive slower than the rest of those using the same road. Hey, there is nothing wrong with driving slower than others as long as you don’t insist on doing it a.) during rush hour b.) when holding up 5 or more cars who want to drive closer to the speed limit.

When you refuse to pull over and let others pass you, it a.) endangers others on the road when that frustrated driver tries to pass. b.) you are being an inconsiderate jerk.

I’ve never been cited for going too slow and I suspect none of you have either.

Some of those frustrated driver will make their displeasure known right there and then as they finally get the chance to pass you. Others will refer to that as ‘road rage’ which is very dangerous to all.

Try this: Be considerate and that will make us all safer on the highways and by-ways.

Handling & Performance:

Very good. Turning radius is not as good as I like to see, but if that’s all there is to criticize, most will be able to live with that.

Styling:

Classic. What else can I say, except to say thanks to Chrysler / Jeep for keeping the classic look to remind us of by-gone years past when men were men, women were women and ‘happy people’ stayed in the closet… and cars were cars, and we loved them with all their warts.

Fit and Finish:

Quite good fitting of seams and joints. There was a time when it could be said ‘it ain’t necessarily so’. Reminds me of the lyrics of a gospel song of times past as well.

Cost:

Competitive pricing with the entire field in this segment.

Conveniences and comfort:

Finally common sense prevails with a Bluetooth set up that is allowed while driving for the passenger to do – that’s a first, and it is done by voice command.

Another thing I appreciate is the speed sensitive door locking, but in the beginning I was startled by the klunk as the doors locked automatically as I drove off. It occurs to me that would be helpful if you are going through South Central Los Angeles, Watts or Compton, so you don’t have to remember to lock the doors – and trust me, that is no place to leave anything unlocked. God help the poor people who have to or choose to live there.

I’ll list options here because they are conveniences that are not high on my list of things you need – like tire pressure monitor, remote start, auto dimming rearview mirror, additional speakers, ‘autoStick transmission’ (like paddle shifters). There are a few others just as unnecessary not noted but I believe they are things that most of us don’t care to spend another $2,500 to have.

ONE exception for me is Bluetooth connectivity that should not be an option – it should be like seat belts or air bags.

Consumer Recommendation:

What a great list of competitors. I have test driven them all and my foreign car repair business in Southern California has serviced most of them over the years. On such an equal playing field, you will find your personal preferences have more to do with which you buy. Patriots will buy the Patriot, youth will buy the Asian offerings. Both groups will buy based on emotion. But that is ok, since they are equally as good. Japanese and American are the tried and true cars and the Korean brands are the new kid on the block. So far, even the new comers have had no really bad press.

The patriots who buy American are not the consumer of the long term, but the youth of today tend to be anti-American and wonder why they are out of work. If the parents throw them out, they may evolve and return to products made in America so they can work. Whatever your reasons are this is a good group of quality cars.

Save American Industry – throw your kids out or better yet don’t let them move back home after college. Then they will rethink what car they buy.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Patriot $25,000, Dodge Nitro $24,000, Honda Element $24,000, Jeep Compass $26,000, Mazda 5 $22,000, Honda CR-V $28,000, Kia Sportage $22,000, Chevrolet HHR $21,000, Dodge Caliber $19,000, Ford Escape $27,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $25,000, Nissan Rogue $23,000, Subaru Forester $28,000, Suzuki SX4 Crossover $19,000, Toyota RAV4 $23,000, Toyota Matrix $22,000.
Good News:

Competitive, made in the USA, fair fuel economy for an SUV, classic styling dating back to the WWII Jeep – and if you are ever in the Philippines you will likely spend some time in a Jeep-ney which is their version of a taxi. To my readers who insist on a HONDA, consider this –Those Jeeps are left over from the 1940’s and they are still running, thank you! Let’s see if the Honda is still running after 72 years of hard driving.

Bad News:

None worth mentioning. I have to tell you (from experience) of time and owning an auto repair shop, there was a time when I wouldn’t buy a Chrysler product, but that is simply not true today. The great influences of Lee Iacocca and Daimler Mercedes Benz has made this company worthy.

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder 172 horsepower engine, continuously variable transmission, electronic stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes, front side and side curtain airbags, theft deterrent system, remote keyless entry, speed sensitive power locks, power windows, cruise control, power heated mirrors, removable LED rechargeable flashlight, rear window piper / washer and defroster, 115 and 12 volt outlets, heated front seats, power 6-way driver seat, 60/40 split folding back seat, audio with SIRIUS radio, audio input jack for mobile devices, climate control, information center, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, tilt steering column, 17 inch aluminum wheels, fog lights and roof rails.

Gas Stats:

$4.11/ Gal avg. May 11, 2012
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for more information.

21 City and 26 Highway MPG
Pricing:

MSRP $25,330.
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2009 Jeep Patriot Limited 4X4 SUV (814)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2009 Jeep Patriot Limited 4X4 SUV. This is one step down in cost from the Liberty and of course in features and performance as well.

If you are OK with basic you will want to look at the Sport 4X2 to save about $5,000. You’ll probably flash back to the days when all cars were equipped with manual crank windows and manual door locks. A slight digression is that leather is not available on the Patriot… and that got me thinking how Naugahyde was so popular in days of old. Oh, for those who never heard of Naugahyde it is a Vinyl make believe (artificial) leather that was very popular in the 1950s and 60s. Today they call it Pleather for Plastic Leather. There are several reasons for substituting artificial leather for the real thing. The most important reason in my view is that it is far lighter and better for many applications.

Likewise, however, there are benefits to using cloth seats over leather other than cost. I don’t know about you but leather is very cold in the winter months and sweaty hot in the summer. I love the smell of leather and it is very luxurious in feel as well but being “Real” is a taboo to animal rights groups.

General Info:

Parts –  US/Canadian 66%; Mexico 19%

Assembly – Belvidere, Illinois, USA

Class:  – SUV

Cars: – Commander, compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot & Wrangler.

Opinion:

Riding with a friend to town I had to pass on the right and my passenger barked how rude drivers can be. “Why didn’t he pull over to the right?” Well, sometime it can be a tough call of whether to move over or not, I responded. Relative speed is what makes the difference and if you are going with the flow of traffic and some “Rapid Robert” is weaving in and out I don’t believe you need to feel compelled to move over. The best rule of thumb is that if you are not passing traffic to your right then that’s the lane you belong in.

Good drivers are many things but to me they are NOT self appointed cops who drive slower in an attempt to slow other drivers down. Good drivers go with the general flow of traffic and pay attention to driving by using hands free “Bluetooth” devices to avoid dangerous distractions – and they don’t text or read their mail either. In short, they are considerate and sensitive to other drivers around them – and they are not too proud to move over if they are driving slower than the flow of traffic and they don’t tailgate or flip others off. I’m sure you have other pet peeves when you share the highway with others.

Handling & Performance:

Comfortable ride but at 172 hp this inline 4 cylinder will struggle more, of course, than the Liberty with a 210 hp V6. Unfortunately the fuel economy doesn’t improve very much at all with the 4-cylinder. The only way to boost the MPG is to move away from the 4X4 to the 4X2 and then the highway numbers move up by about 6 mpg or about a 30% increase.

Styling:

Simply Jeep. You either love it or you don’t. Me, I’m a Jeep guy from way back and I particularly appreciate the names given to these All American vehicles. Enjoying the Liberty and being a Patriot – all things being equal is enough for me to lean toward Jeep.

Fit and Finish:

Good for the money.

Cost:

About $4,000 less than the Liberty. Not chump change.

Conveniences and comfort:

Very good.

Consumer Recommendation:

Consider the 4X2 for a more efficient cost to benefit. In every instance, in fact, where a 4X4 is considered remember only 5% of 4WD vehicles will ever be used that way. You’d have to live in the back woods on a steep dirt road or be an off road kinda guy or gal to justify the cost difference.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Patriot $18-24,000, Jeep Compass $18-25,000, Chrysler PT Cruiser $18-25,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $20-26,000, Ford Escape $20-28,000, Saturn Vue $23-31,000, Subaru Forester $20-28,000, Suzuki SX4 Crossover $16-19,000, Mazda 5 $18-23,000, Kia Rondo $17-22,000, Hyundai Tucson $18-26,000, Nissan Rogue $20-23,000, Honda Element $20-26,000, Toyota Matrix $17-22,000, Toyota RAV4 $22-28,000, Chevrolet HHR $19-25,000, Pontiac Torrent $25-31,000, Dodge Caliber $16-25,000.

Good News:

Well equipped standard features, competitive pricing.

Bad News:

Only average fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 172 horsepower inline 4-Cylinder engine, continuously variable auto trans with off road crawl ratio, electronic stability program, electronic roll mitigation, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with brake assist, multi stage airbags with side curtain bags front and rear, cruise control, power windows, speed sensitive door locks, Sentry key and theft deterrent system, power fold away mirrors, remote keyless entry, interior removable flashlight, rear window defroster with wiper washer, 115 volt and 12 volt outlets, air conditioning, heated front seats, passenger fold flat seatback, manual driver height and lumbar seat adjustment, rear 60/40 split folding / reclining seat, stereo with in-dash 6 disc CD/MP3/WMA player, Sirius radio service (1 yr. Incl.), leather seating and wrapped wheel (with audio controls), tilt steering column and vehicle information center.

Gas Stats:

$2.17/ Gal avg. April 5, ‘09

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

20 City and 22 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $23,230.

2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4X4 SUV (797)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4X4 SUV.  The first time I reviewed the Liberty it took me elk hunting. Unfortunately it was the only thing that went well that trip. It all started when I stepped out into thigh deep snow. God I love 4 wheel drive. That was November 2001 for Liberty’s introduction into production for the 2002 model year. It was first introduced as a concept vehicle in 1997 at the Detroit Auto Show, as the Jeep Dakar.

Today Liberty is larger (not much) than I remember. It is assembled well and for an off road SUV it is very passenger car like. My first impression was “Smooth” “Solid” “Comfortable”. And the poem “My Wife” by Robert Lewis Stevenson came to mind. “…Steel-true and blade-straight, the great artificer made my mate…”

I believe Jeep has continued to improve over the years, and not only because of the evolution of time but the intercession of Daimler (Mercedes Benz) for the brief time they owned Chrysler & Jeep. The impact and affect they had on Chrysler products is indisputable. And that influence was positive in every way. I was curious why they sold off the Chrysler brands but recently I concluded they were simply ahead of the curve on downsizing and shedding products that weren’t making money – (enough money). Recently Daimler Truck division (North America) discontinued another of their brands – Sterling Trucks, and the production of their truck flagship Freightliner is moving to Mexico.

General Info:

Parts –  US/Canadian 61%

Assembly – Toledo, Ohio, USA

Class:  – SUV

Cars: – Commander, compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot & Wrangler.

Opinion:

It has always been my contention that whenever something bad happens, something good comes out of it. Currently we’re experiencing a terrible economic adjustment – bad. What’s the good you say? – well if you are as frustrated with overcrowded highways you too will have noticed the decrease in congestion on the highway. I think of that every day I commute and say a little prayer for our country. Not that I want traffic to increase but it does make the congestion easier to take these days.

Handling & Performance:

Outstanding highway ride. The 210 hp is nice, but the fuel economy is not any better than it was in the 2002 model year.

Styling:

I was impressed with the huge sunroof and really like the way they block the wind.

Fit and Finish:

Outstanding.

Cost:

The price has increased from $17,960 to $27,430 since 2002. When you consider the value of the dollar today that’s ok – recalling that money doubles every 10 years at 7%. But assuming inflation of 3% per year, the price has grown beyond that inflation rate. Conclusion: it’s a bit overpriced – unless you consider the upgrading in size and quality and of course the competition is priced about the same.

Recognized Competition:

Jeep Liberty $23-28,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $20-26,000, Ford Escape $20-28,000, Saturn Vue $23-31,000, Subaru Forester $20-28,000, Suzuki Grand Vitara $18-26,000, Mazda Tribute $20-28,000, Kia Sportage $17-23,000, Hyundai Tucson $18-26,000, Nissan Rogue $20-23,000, Honda Element $20-26,000, Honda CRV $21-29,000, Toyota RAV4 $22-28,000, Chevrolet Equinox $24-31,000, Pontiac Torrent $25-31,000, Dodge Caliber $16-25,000, Dodge Nitro $22-29,000, Mercury Mariner $23-28,000.

Good News:

Great ride, powerful, unusually large sun roof.

Bad News:

Lousy fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:

3.7 liter 210 horsepower V6 engine, 4 speed auto trans with command trac part time 4 wheel-drive, electronic stability program, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with brake assist, all speed traction control, hill start and decent assist, cruise control, speed sensitive door locks, Sentry key and theft deterrent system and alarm, tire pressure monitoring, rear window wiper washer and defroster, air conditioning, 6-way power driver seat, passenger fold flat seat, rear 60/40 split folding / reclining seat, stereo with in-dash CD/MP3 player, Sirius radio service (1 yr. Incl.), leather trimmed seats with stain resistant fabric, leather wrapped wheel (with audio controls) and armrest and console, vehicle information center.

Gas Stats:

$2.07/ Gal avg. March 21, ‘09

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

15 City and 21 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $27,430.