Ten Jeep Models That Shaped the Most Off-Road Capable Brand

Since 1941, the Jeep brand shaped the automotive industry as we know it today. To celebrate this significant milestone, we’ve put together a list of ten models that made Jeep a household name.

A brand linked to freedom, adventure, and high spirits, Jeep has this certain unwavering commitment of doing everything in its own way. The first glimpse of the “Go Anywhere. Do Anything” mantra came in 1940 when a freelancer called Karl Probst laid out the blueprints for a reconnaissance car in just two days. The Bantam Reconnaissance Car was born and good golly, the prototype met the U.S. Army’s criteria for a go-anywhere vehicle except for the engine’s torque.

The Bantam Reconnaissance Car was further adapted by Willys-Overland and FoMoCo. The Blue Oval is to thank for the pressed-metal front grille design, while Willys deserves our praise for finalizing the 4WD reconnaissance car into what we refer to as the Willys Quad. The Willys MB would go into mass production in 1941, the year Irving Hausmann, a test driver on the Willys development team, coined the term “Jeep” during a press event in Washington D.C.

Over the course of 75 years, Jeep went on to prove that a badge is more than just the business card of a brand. If it weren’t for the MB and the civilian models that started production in 1945, we wouldn’t have had Land Rover, the Toyota Land Cruiser, and to some extent, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s necessary to mention that Jeep is the best-selling brand owned by the faltering Italo-American manufacturer.

These said, let’s go through ten of the models that made Jeep… well, Jeep.

Willys-Overland MA and Willys-Overland MB (1941 – 1945)

“Genesis” is the word that best defines the Willys-Overland MA and MB. Instead of focusing on the pre-production MA, let’s fast-forward to the MB. After arduous testing, the U.S. Army awarded the contract for 16,000 examples to Willys in July 1941, at a unit price of 738 dollars and 74 cents. Accounting for the rate of inflation, that’s $12,025 in 2016 or less than the price of the cheapest car on sale in the U.S. today.

Between 1941 and 1945, Willys-Overland and FoMoCo built a total of 637,385 military jeeps. The MB doesn’t hold the title for the first 4×4 vehicle ever made, but it influenced every 4×4 vehicle that came after.

World War II reporter Ernie Pyle sums up what made the Willys MB great better than anyone else: “It did everything. It went everywhere. Was faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat. It constantly carried twice what it was designed for and still kept going.”

Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A (1945 – 1949)

After the World War II ended and the United States got out of that horrible mess known as The Great Depression, peace ensued. Returning GIs had money to spend, the economy was flourishing, the automotive industry kept going forward. Given the circumstances, Willys-Overland adapted the military jeep into a civilian vehicle.

The Jeep CJ-2A was conceived as a tool to put workhorses out to pasture and help farmers do their thing without the aid of a truck or tractor. Thus, Willys-Overland labeled the CJ-2A as “the all-around farm workhorse.” The second most important catchline used by the company to advertise the CJ-2A was “a powerhouse on wheels.”

Thanks to a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of 1,090 dollars (approximately $14,490 nowadays) and strong product marketing, sales of the CJ-2A soared and America fell in love with the Jeep brand.

Willys Jeep Station Wagon (1946 – 1965)

The Station Wagon increased the popularity of the Jeep brand by reaching out to families and small businesses. The first all-steel station wagon developed as a passenger vehicle from the get-go ended production in 1965. That wasn’t the death of the Jeep Wagon, though.

In fact, the last example of the breed was built in 1981 by Ford Rural in Brazil. In the United States of America, the start of production in 1946 coincided with the era that saw young families head for the suburbs. Willys really hit the nail on the head with the Jeep Station Wagon.

Willys perfected the model in 1949 when 4WD was added to the mix. Here’s how Consumer Reports put it in the magazine’s October 1950 issue: “The Willys Station Wagon, used as it is intended to be used, has no equal in its field… It is a working car and it does its work well.”

Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck (1962 – 1988)

The successor of the 1947 Willys-Overland Truck is the model that put Jeep on the pickup truck market in grand style. Introduced for the 1963 model year, the Gladiator was the first non-military design since the Station Wagon we’ve talked about beforehand. And it was a huge hit.

Available in 120-inch J-200 or 126-inch J-300 forms, the Gladiator full-size pickup truck sold like hot cakes. Configurations were plentiful, the reason the Jeep Gladiator wooed some customers away from the more popular Chevrolet C/K, Ford F-Series, and Dodge D-Series. In total, the Gladiator came in seven configurations: Townside (wide box), Thriftside (narrow box), Chassis, Cab, Stake Bed, Wrecker, and Chassis Camper.

Between 1962 and 1988, the utilitarian Gladiator changed its name to the J-Series, then to the Pickup, and it was built by four different outfits: Willys Motors (1962), Kaiser Jeep Corporation (1963 – 1970), American Motors (1970 – 1987), and Chrysler (1987 – 1988). The compact-sized Jeep Comanche pickup truck is to blame for the demise of the Gladiator.

Jeep Wagoneer (1963 – 1983)

Most people tend to think that Land Rover invented the luxury SUV with the advent of the Range Rover in 1970. I’m sorry to burst these people’s bubble, but Kaiser Jeep is the pioneer of the said segment. Three years after the Wagoneer was introduced, Kaiser Jeep introduced the Super Wagoneer. Sadly, the Super Wagoneer was an SUV before its time.

The Kaiser Jeep Corporation produced around 1,200 Super Wagoneer vehicles because the world wasn’t prepared to understand that luxury can be intertwined with the capability of a sport utility vehicle. Compared to the Wagoneer, the Super Wagoneer boasted goodies such as air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, power tailgate, power steering and brakes, and a push-button radio. Simply put, it was the bee’s knees.

Standard equipment and the more refined powertrain made the Super Wagoneer incredibly pricey too. At $5,943, the Super Wagoneer was almost twice the money. The Wagoneer wasn’t exactly scanty, though. The bottom line is, the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer is the first car to match an automatic transmission to a 4×4 system. It goes without saying that this winning combination defined all sport utility vehicles ever since.

Jeep Cherokee SJ (1974 – 1983)

For all intents and purposes, the Wagoneer was a recreational vehicle with a whiff of premium to it. Although based on the Wagoneer, the first generation of the Jeep Cherokee wasn’t a premium sport utility vehicle. It was developed to appeal to younger guns, those individuals who were driven to school by their parents in a Wagoneer in the swinging sixties.

It was advertised as being sporty, albeit it definitely wasn’t. Heck, it even had bucket seats and a sports steering wheel. And yes, little things like these ensured the commercial success of the Cherokee SJ. Essentially the two-door sibling of the Wagoneer, the Cherokee leveled up to four doors by 1977, a change that prompted Jeep to rethink its model lineup.

By 1984, the AMC did just that by downsizing the full-size Cherokee SJ to the compact-sized Cherokee XJ. Because of this, American Motors decided to rename the Wagoneer Limited to Grand Wagoneer, a little trick would keep the pickup truck-based SUV on life support until 1991.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer (1984 – 1991)

Dubbed “the gold standard of the SUV market,” the Grand Wagoneer couldn’t hide its age. When all is said and done, the Wagoneer family didn’t change too much from a mechanical point of view during its 28-year production run. A tell-tale example of the old-school approach comes from 1987, the year the Chrysler Corporation bought out AMC.

Although Chrysler had a fuel-injected V8 at hand, Chrysler thought that it would be best to stick with the carbureted AMC V8 engine. Why? As the old saying goes, Chrysler was milking the cash cow. Alas, the Grand Wagoneer became one of the last vehicles sold in North America with a carburetor. This not-so-fun fact is even more ridiculous when you think that AMC offered electronic fuel injection in 1957 for the Rambler Rebel.

All in all, the antiquated Jeep Grand Wagoneer embodies two extremes specific to the brand: defiance to the norm and cult following. With the demise of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and the emergence of the Grand Cherokee, Jeep stopped making full-size sport utility vehicles in 1991.

Jeep Wrangler YJ (1986 – 1995)

The CJ Series was getting long in the tooth by the time Falco released Rock Me Amadeus, Berlin took our breath away, and Madonna urged her papa not to preach. The last CJ-7 units ever produced came with a plaque that read: “Last of a Great Breed – This collectors edition CJ ends an era that began with the legendary Jeep of World War II.” The gap left by the long-lived CJ Series was filled by the Jeep Wrangler YJ.

They do look alike, don’t they? Especially in the aesthetics department, there was little difference between the CJ-7 and Wrangler YJ. In spite of that, the millennial upped the ante with the suspension, drivetrain, and creature comforts of the Cherokee SJ. The modern hardware didn’t spell the end of the body-on-frame, rigid axles or fold-flat windshield. In a way, Jeep improved the recipe pioneered by the CJ with user-friendliness.

The Cherokee SJ-CJ-7 mashup Wrangler YJ was superseded by the TJ in 1996, then by the JK in 2007. In the spring of 2017, the fourth generation of the Wrangler will start production. The heavily awaited Wrangler JL will introduce two never-before-seen things on a Wrangler: a gasoline-powered turbo-four engine and a hybrid powertrain. Oh, and another thing: the Wrangler JL will reintroduce the pickup truck body style.

Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ (1992 – 1998)

When Jeep smashed the Grand Cherokee ZJ through the convention center’s glass at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show, the automaker made it clear that the competition isn’t as grandiose or cool as Jeep. This PR stunt convinced other manufacturers to rush and imitate the mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle formula pioneered by the Grand Cherokee.

The first SUV to be equipped with a driver’s side airbag isn’t as luxurious as Jeep wanted you to believe it was in 1992. A five-speed stick shift and cloth seats isn’t my idea of luxury. Nevertheless, the Grand Cherokee ZJ was an instant hit. It also won lots of awards from the motoring media, including the coveted Truck of the Year award from Motor Trend.

The ZJ Series also spawned something called the 1993 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Don’t be fooled by the name, though, because this isn’t anything but a top-of-the-line package that includes woodgrain trim and a 5.2-liter V8. Jeep will resurrect the Grand Wagoneer nameplate in 2018 for a luxed-up Grand Cherokee. With a bit of luck, the all-new Grand Wagoneer will be motivated by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 from Maserati.

Jeep Renegade BU (2014 – present)

Ah, the Renegade. Nevermind the fact that the platform the Renegade is based on was introduced in 2005 by General Motors and Fiat. Nevermind the fact that the Fiat 500X shares the underpinnings and the 101.2-inch (2,570 mm) wheelbase. As my colleague pointed out in his test drive of the Jeep Renegade, this thing makes you happy in a devil-may-care sort of way.

The first subcompact-sized Jeep model isn’t a first for the brand, but a response to the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, Mini Countryman, and Renault Captur, among other cars of this type. Then again, the Jeep Renegade has more presence and a bigger appeal than its main rivals thanks to trademark design motifs such as the round headlights, military jerrycan-inspired X in the taillights, and, of course, the seven-slot grille.

In Trailhawk form, the Renegade also walks the walk with best-in-class 4×4 capability. In the same way, the Levante is the Maserati of SUVs, the Renegade is the Jeep of subcompact SUVs. The Renegade might not appeal to diehard fans, but it’s definitely worthy of its Jeep badge.

Full Review: 2016 Ram 1500 LaramieL Limited EcoDiesel

May 12, 2016 11:04 AM MST

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited :Dan Croutch

Model: 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Limited 4×4 Crew Cab.

Drivetrain: 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel with 240 HP @ 3,600 rpm and 420 lb.-ft @ 2,000rpm.

Price as tested: $52,000 USD – $26,145 US base Tradesman 4×4

Infotainment: Uconnect 8.4 with navigation, touchscreen. Reverse camera, Bluetooth, USB, SDCard playback. Apline nine speaker surround with subwoofer.

Comfort: Fully ventilated heated and cooled front seats. Heated ventilated rear bench. Full leather seating surfaces.


 

Overview

In 2014, Ram introduced something revolutionary in the half ton pickup market: a mid-duty diesel engine. Two years on, the EcoDiesel still leads the segment for torque produced and overall fuel economy. Now, with the tier topping Laramie Limited trim, high end truck owners have access to the class leading mileage of the EcoDiesel engine. Featuring full leather interior, the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited is adorned with interesting interior design flourishes. Matching embroidered stitching in seats, doors and center console add to the classy feeling of the interior. Road noise is muted, though still present at highway speeds.

Ride of the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited is softened by the standard four corner air suspension, easily making it the most comfortable riding truck on the market. Ride height is fully adjustable: from low loading height to off road. The truck will automatically raise or lower ride height while driving, achieving optimal aerodynamics at highway speeds. Punctuating the experience is the EcoDiesel engine, mated to a smooth, eight speed transmission. Both perform exceptionally well. Mileage is exceptional for a full sized pickup, as is the shifting performance of the transmission.

Scores:

Performance/Mileage: 9/10

Comfort/Ride: 9/10

Practicality: 4/5

Entertainment/Infotainment: 7/10

Reliability: 4/5

Total: 33/40 – 4/5 stars

Performance/Mileage

It’s difficult to compare the performance of the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited EcoDiesel to its gas engine competitors, or Hemi powered twin. A diesel’s driving dynamic is very different than the driving dynamic of a gas engine. While the EcoDiesel lacks the acceleration and performance punch of gas powered competitors, it’s no slouch. At speed acceleration is good, taking advantage of gobs of low end torque. There’s plenty of power and pickup available when asked, if slightly delayed. However, the somewhat muted driving dynamics lend well to one of the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited’s strengths: mileage. An eight speed transmission performs flawlessly. Shifting under acceleration and standard city driving is smooth, barely noticeable. Engine power is managed well by the transmission, keeping the revs in the sweet spot during acceleration, but settling things down nicely while cruising.

Easily the best part of the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited is the mileage it achieves. Despite being a fully loaded, full cab, half ton pickup, test mileage finished with a 24 MPG (9.7L/100km) average; better than the 22 (10.6L/100km) MPG combined EPA rating. Testing was split between approximately 75% highway and 25% city driving. Ram’s EcoDiesel easily achieves the posted 26 MPG (8.9L/100km) highway mileage, and gets 19 MPG (12.2L/100km) in city driving. Other tests have shown the EcoDiesel can easily make the combined posted EPA mileage even while towing 6,000 pounds. Total test distance was 525 miles (850km), and only required one fill up at the conclusion, consuming 20 gallons (78 liters) of fuel. In a full-fledged pickup like the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited, these are some astonishing numbers.

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Comfort/Ride

Ride in the 2016 Ram Laramie Limited EcoDiesel comes courtesy four corner air suspension. In addition to adding practicality, the suspension cushions ride, and the results are excellent. Road bumps are easily soaked up by the air suspension. Long haul highway cruising leaves passengers, and driver, without any road fatigue. Air suspension is standard on the Laramie Limited, but available as an option on most other Ram trims. This is a highly recommended option. While the ride is soft and comfortable, the driver still has good feel of the road through steering wheel feedback. Turning radius is a bit wide, given the shorter length of the short box.

Seating comfort for driver and passenger is typical of the luxury truck segment. Leather surfaces are perforated, though not as soft to the touch as it appears. Seating is well padded, providing comfortable adjustability for driver and passenger. Memory settings allow for two unique driver positions to be stored. Rear bench seating is also perforated leather surfacing. Center row seating is moderately comfortable. Seat stiffness, combined with the sunroof bulkhead, makes for shorter headroom for the third passenger. Legroom is good for adult passengers. Heating is available for rear passengers behind the driver and passenger.

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Practicality

Ram’s four corner air suspension may seem like a bit of a gimmick, but the effects on ride prove it’s more than that. Loading a truck at full height can also be tricky, which the height adjustability of the air suspension also addresses. There is some practical gain in dropping the overall bed height a few inches while loading. Ram lacks the tailgate or bumper steps that its competitors have, but access is reasonable at load height. Front and rear sensors assist with parking in tighter spaces, but a 360 degree camera does feel missing. Comfortable truck drivers won’t miss the visibility, however, as the Ram Laramie Limited’s side mirrors do a great job when parking. Wide turning radius makes some parking lot navigation tricky, taking it into account when picking spots helps mitigate the issue.

Ram has made excellent use of the interior space. Cubby and storage bins are found everywhere. A large, dual level center storage bin can fit surprisingly large items, from coolers to small bags. Rear storage is located under the bench, where Ram has opted to use compartments instead of open under seat storage. While this does keep items from rolling across the floor of the cabin, access is difficult with child seats installed. There are three LATCH anchor sets in the rear of the Ram Laramie Longhorn, and its width allows three full child seats to be installed relatively easily. While the Ram’s EcoDiesel does have less towing capacity than many other half tons, it’s capable of towing 7,500 pounds in test configuration. For most truck owners, this should be plenty. When configured, the EcoDiesel can achieve a maximum 9,000 pounds towing capacity.

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Infotainment/Technology

Ram, as a member of the FCA family, shares its uConnect 8.4 system with many of the other Chrysler products. uConnect has always been a capable, well designed system, something which has seen significant improvements throughout it life. In the 2016 Ram Laramie Limited, uConnect is the best yet. Simple, fast navigation supplemented by accurate and easy to use voice recognition. Bluetooth pairing is among the easiest tested, and music plays through a capable nine speaker Alpine surround system. Complimenting uConnect’s large screen, there is a feature rich driver information panel centered between the gauges on the dashboard. Larger than most, visibility of navigation directions in the information panel is never an issue.

Lacking in the Ram Laramie Limited are some of the electronic driving aids which have saturated the market. Blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, all technologies FCA has elsewhere in their fleet, are missing from the Ram Laramie Limited. Given the high end feature set the Laramie Limited offers, this feels like a missed opportunity.

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Reliability

2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited EcoDiesel is the third year of the latest generation of Ram, launched in 2014. Reliability data comes from truedelta.com, a collection of owner surveys for thousands of vehicles. Scores are based on repair trips per 100 vehicles, with small sample size data omitted.

Ram 1500, both EcoDiesel and Hemi models, score an average of 31 repair trips per 100 vehicles, giving it an “average” rating. When compared with many other similar American luxury trucks, the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited rates slightly better overall for reliability. More than 90% of problems have cost less than $499 to repair.

Images from our review of the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

Conclusion

For 2016, Ram has packed a lot of standard luxury items into the Laramie Limited. With the EcoDiesel engine, a silky smooth transmission, and very comfortable air suspension ride, these exclusives help take the Ram Laramie Limited from a good truck, to an excellent truck. For buyers looking for a competent, mileage superior hauler with sedan like ride comfort, the 2016 Ram Laramie Longhorn is the only option.

2016 Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport unveiled, limited to 2,250 trucks, priced from $44,340

Published: 05/10/2016  – by , Correspondent

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The 2016 Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport is on the way to Ram dealerships. | May 10, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The new 2016 Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport limited-edition pickup truck will arrive at Ram dealerships this May with a starting price of $44,340, including a $1,195 destination charge.

Bright yellow paint gives the special Ram 1500 a custom look and is patterned after the 2016 Ram 1500 Yellow Rose of Texas edition, which is only available in Texas.

The Stinger Yellow Sport model has a limited production of 2,250 trucks, Fiat-Chrysler said on Monday.

“The Ram 1500 Sport offers unique features for customers who enjoy aggressive styling and great performance,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Truck brand, in a statement.

Standard features on the Stinger Yellow Sport include a 395-horsepower Hemi V8 engine, eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, dual chrome-tipped exhaust, vented sport hood and 22-inch wheels on 4×2 models and 20-inch wheels on 4×4 models.

The truck is available in Crew Cab 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.

Key Ram 1500 competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra.

Edmunds says: Truck buyers are demanding a custom look, and this latest offering from Ram should check the right box for those shoppers.

2016 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND: AMERICAN, THE BEAUTIFUL

Published: May 9, 2016

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Since joining the Texas Automotive Writers Association and attending their annual Truck Rodeo I don’t recall a single year when Jeep’s Grand Cherokee didn’t take home a trophy. Every time I drive the Grand Cherokee, in any trim level, this SUV reminds me just how good it really is. I’ve spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel of the SRT powerhouse, I’ve driven both gas and diesel versions, and I’ve Grand Cherokee’d all over Texas on and off the road. This week I’m driving Jeep’s Overland trim Grand Cherokee, and I really like the combination of luxury, capability, and price. Let’s take a closer look and see what’s what.

The Looks: In taking a look at the exterior design of the Grand Cherokee you’ll know it hasn’t changed much in the past five years. It’s a much less controversial design than that found wrapping the smaller Jeep Cherokee. The headlights have received a more modern and upscale look with a Chrysler 300-esque vibe. The profile is much boxier and bolder than most SUVs in its class and that helps convey its Jeepness. Even though it’s getting a little old I still really like and can appreciate the design.

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The Inside: Looking inside the Grand Cherokee you see one of the areas where this SUV really stands out from the crowd. The interior quality is absolutely great, especially in the upper trims. My review vehicle was equipped with the two-tone brown and light frost tan interior with wood and aluminum trim. I’m usually not a big fan of light interiors or wood but the materials Jeep chose for this vehicle just made it all work. It’s an extremely comfortable place to be and looks and feels very upscale.

The steering wheel is beefy and fitted with an array of controls for navigating the driver’s info center, nestled in the middle of the speedometer, as well as buttons for cruise control and hands-free voice commands. Behind the wheel, comfortably in reach of your fingers, volume and radio controls make it easy to interface with your music. And if that wasn’t enough, you also get paddle shifters behind that.

Moving along to the infotainment center, we had an 8.4-inch touchscreen display sporting Jeep’s Uconnect system. This is growing to be one of the better systems out there, with very clear and responsive controls. You also get access to apps such as a weather app that I took advantage of during my storm-filled week reviewing the Jeep.

Although the Grand Cherokee isn’t offered with a 3rd row, the interior is very spacious and you have a lot of room in the rear for cargo. As long as you don’t need to carry more than 5-passengers, it will be just fine. My family is bigger (four kids) but we were still able to utilize the Jeep for a bunch of family errands carrying all but one kid.

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Under the Hood: The 3.6-liter V6 in our test Jeep gets up to 26-mpg highway mileage and offers up 295-horsepower, so it’s still pretty efficient for the size and has enough get-up-and-go for good highway maneuverability. This engine is matched up to an 8-speed automatic transmission, keeping the engine’s rpm low for optimal economy. The one gripe you usually hear with transmissions containing more than the normal 6-gears is that they tend to jump around, hunting for the perfect gear. The Grand Cherokee never seemed to suffer from this, as it was pretty much always smooth and responsive.

On Road: Using the Grand Cherokee as a daily driver means you’ll be cruising in smooth luxury. Connecting the wheels to the road is Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension, supplying five height adjustments, and also gives you one of the smoothest rides out there. I really think that if you’re looking for a luxurious ride there’s not an option in this segment that competes with the Grand Cherokee.

Off Road: One of the great aspects of our Truck Rodeo event is having the opportunity to really take these vehicles off the beaten path and see just how well (or not so well) they handle it. Throughout the years we’ve had some pretty difficult conditions at the Knibbe Ranch, but there’s never been a point at which I didn’t feel comfortable taking the Grand Cherokee – or any Jeep – along the gnarliest paths.

During my week of testing this Overland the most off-roading this Jeep saw was parking in the field out at our local baseball complex. I drive out here every week taking my son to his games or practices, and with all the crazy weather we’ve been getting lately in Dallas the field is pretty beaten up. The week before driving the Grand Cherokee I was in the Colorado Diesel and before that we took our Grand Caravan out there. Both vehicles, while handling the conditions just fine, gave you a pretty rough ride in the rutted backroad. The Jeep, utilizing its air suspension, handled the road exceptionally well. It did so well I made an extra pass at higher speed; the Grand Cherokee was able to keep its composure the entire time.

Wrapping up: I went into this review week already a big fan of this SUV, and for many good reasons. The biggest negative you can bring up regarding the Grand Cherokee is the ever-increasing price tag. Our Overland package occupies a good middle ground, coming in at just under $50K – but you can easily stretch that into nearly $60K, and swinging for an SRT can hit you for over $70K.

When you think about it, this is the SUV that can deliver you everything from off-road capability to luxury on-road driving for one still-attainable price. In my book the Grand Cherokee remains an all-around win.

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Roomy Jeep more efficient

May 7, 2016|http://siouxcityjournal.com/advertorial/wheels_weekend/roomy-jeep-more-efficient/article_e9f10463-ece8-58cf-af75-1d56702aa0e8.html2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be – gets even better for 2016.

For 2016, all gas V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 Grand Cherokee models will receive improved fuel efficiency due to electric power steering, decreased tire rolling resistance and weight reductions with aluminum suspension.

 

Also new for 2016, the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine in the Grand Cherokee adds Engine Stop-Start (ESS) to improve fuel economy and efficiency.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine in Jeep Grand Cherokee receives a bump in horsepower for 2016, increasing output to 295 horsepower.

 

New Pentastar technology for 2016 also includes cooled Exhaust-Gas Recirculation (EGR), advanced two-step Variable Valve Lift (VVL) system and an upgraded variable-valve timing (VVT) system that reduces pumping losses and improves combustion.

In addition, Grand Cherokee also features a new polystable shifter and Ivory Tri-coat exterior color for Overland, Summit and SRT models.

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The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers consumers an unprecedented combination of best-in-class fuel economy and driving range, a choice of leading powertrain options, available clean-diesel technology, legendary benchmark capability, world-class craftsmanship, premium on-road driving dynamics, and a host of advanced user-friendly technology and safety features.

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers a best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway courtesy of an available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine and standard eight-speed transmission, and best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 730 miles.

 

Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of four available 4×4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1. In addition, Grand Cherokee may also be flat-towed when equipped with Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II systems.

 

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes more than 70 safety and security features as well as an array of advanced user-friendly technology features, such as the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen radio with integrated climate and infotainment controls, a 7-inch customer configurable multiview display cluster, Uconnect Access Via Mobile, 3G Wi-Fi access and cloud-based voice texting.

 

Originally introduced late in the 2015 model year, the Grand Cherokee lineup extends with the High Altitude special edition based on the Overland model. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude adds upscale dark chrome exterior features, along with premium content and more.