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Should You Consider a Jeep?

Jeep is one of the fastest-growing brands in the country thanks to its strong heritage and compelling portfolio of off-road oriented sport utility vehicles and crossovers. The iconic Wrangler and its new Gladiator sibling carry the torch for the brand, but their off-road credentials have trickled down to other vehicles in the company’s portfolio, with each of the brand’s other products offering at least a mildly-capable off-road trim level. Below, we’ll take a closer look at a few of the other SUVs in the Jeep lineup.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV offering respectable off-road capability and seating for five people. Engine options consist of a 3.6-liter V6, or a trio of V8s, all of which offer varying degrees of power and performance. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while 4-wheel drive is optional. While the Grand Cherokee has been around in its current body style since 2011, the platform has aged well, and thanks to updates over the years, it’s managed to remain competitive, offering excellent capability and towing capacity. A variety of trim levels are offered. Highlights include the Trailhawk, which boasts added off-road capability, the Overland, which comes with a dual panel moonroof and Nappa leather, and the top-of-the-line Summit, which offers a Harmon Kardon audio system, premium headliner and high-end interior trim. The Grand Cherokee also offers two performance variants in the SRT8 and Trackhawk models, the latter of which boasts an insane 707 horsepower. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale

2019 Jeep Compass


Slotted below the midsize Cherokee, the Compass is a compact crossover that shares its underpinnings with the subcompact Jeep Renegade. Power comes from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder putting out 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, and mated to either a 6- or a 9-speed automatic. Perhaps surprisingly, while positioned below the more expensive Cherokee, the Compass actually offers more interior space and cargo room than its older sibling. The impressive Compass rounds things out with two different available all-wheel drive systems, an available 8.4-in infotainment screen and a 7.0-in gauge cluster display, and an off-road ready Trailhawk version that offers features such as a heavier-duty suspension and Selec-Terrain traction management system. Find a Jeep Compass for sale

2019 Jeep Renegade 


For anyone looking for small, efficient transportation that still offers an SUV-like driving position and some off-road chops, consider the subcompact Jeep Renegade. The Renegade gets some updates for 2019, the most notable of which is a new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine offering more power and greater efficiency than the outgoing 1.4-liter turbo it replaces, despite its slightly smaller size. Front-wheel drive or AWD is available, and as with other Jeep products, buyers looking for added capability can again opt for the Trailhawk model, which boasts a more sophisticated AWD system, hill-descent control, the Selec-Terrain traction management system and a variety of other features and styling cues commonly associated with this exciting, adventure-oriented trim level. Find a Jeep Renegade for sale

Autotrader Says 

If you’ve written Jeep off as a maker of rough and tumble, truck-like SUVs, think again. Over the past several years, Jeep has re-made its lineup with competitive crossovers while still preserving its off-road roots. From the subcompact Renegade to the midsize Grand Cherokee to the Moab-ready Wrangler, there’s likely a Jeep vehicle out there for you. While reliability and refinement could still use some work, the brand as a whole is absolutely worth your consideration. Find a Jeep for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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