If you’re looking into buying a Jeep, here’s a rundown of what this iconic, trailblazing brand currently has to offer among its lineup of five Jeep SUVs and crossovers. The upsides and the downsides.
The highly recognizable Jeep Wrangler is the first of the five. Built for treading the wild, the Wrangler received a total redesign for 2018, and now it’s easier than ever to drop the top. Inside, there’s an impressive array of tech features, including an available 8.4-in touchscreen. But don’t expect this interior to be very quiet on the road.
Next up is the Grand Cherokee, the proverbial flagship of the model line. The Grand Cherokee enjoys a refined cabin laden with technology. And its turbodiesel V6 delivers a balance of power and efficiency. There are also more powerful SRT and Trailhawk versions for those who want a shot of performance with their SUV. However, the Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a 3-row seating option, which could be a turnoff for families.
One below the Grand Cherokee is the Cherokee. This SUV brings a number of attractive updates for model year 2019. And there’s a sporty new 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder, as well as lots of premium features throughout its interior. The notable downside is a 9-speed automatic transmission that feels lazy on downshift.
The Jeep Compass is a good-looking and well-poised midsize SUV with a stylish cabin that seats five comfortably. And the Trailhawk version benefits from 8.5 inches of ground clearance for off-road adventuring. However, if you’re looking for power, the Compass may fall short with less than thrilling acceleration.
Last but not least is the Renegade. This little SUV has plenty of attitude and personality. And in-town maneuverability is excellent due to its concise footprint. But you can take it off the pavement, too, thanks to its impressive ground clearance and departure angles. On the safety side, the Renegade offers available forward collision-warning with auto braking. On the down side, the removable roof can be a hassle to handle.
And those are the highs and lows of today’s Jeep SUVs and crossovers.