Jeep Renegade — Impressive on road and off

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Most of the time auto reviewers are loaned top-of-the-line vehicles or at least heavily-contented versions affording them the opportunity to experience all the goodies the manufacturer has to offer. So it was a mild shock to take delivery of a base Jeep Renegade Sport with front wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

Jeep Renegade — Engaging small crossover

By David Finkelstein

The 2016 small “city size-cutesy” SUV Jeep Renegade is a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful reputation featuring fresh, new artistic styling and a rugged body design that offers an aggressive yet charming look. It seats five and has a winning combination of best-in-class off road capabilities together with outstanding fuel efficiency on the highway. The approach and departure angles are purposely designed to deliver what Jeep owners demand and certainly welcome.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition — Rekindling the past

By David Finkelstein

The Jeep Wrangler now has a wider appeal due to a long list of factory options and build combinations for the 2015 model year. It's still positioned as one of the most capable and recognized vehicles on the globe, but Jeep marketing has suggested that the 2015 version offers even more — the allure of open-air driving freedom, off-road capability and on-road refinement. This has thrust Jeep Wrangler’s notable popularity to an all-time high.

Manufactured at its Toledo, Ohio, assembly facility, the Wrangler is offered in a number of appealing body styles that are sure to appeal to wide customer base.

2015 Jeep Renegade

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jeep's timing is impeccable, introducing its new Renegade just when the small SUV crossover segment is expected to grow by a whopping 80 percent over the next two years. To make matters even better for the Jeep brand, the Renegade hits the bullseye joining the subcompact SUV ranks with a capable and affordable vehicle for suburban living while giving hardcore Jeep enthusiasts on a budget a true off-road warrior.

Jeep Cherokee — Going in a new direction

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Compact crossovers are the family station wagons of the 21st Century and Jeep has a new contemporary entry in the burgeoning segment to do battle with such heavyweights as Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe. Aside from the traditional seven-slot grille the 2014 Cherokee is a totally new take on the old bare bones Cherokee that exited the scene in 2002.

Jeep Patriot — Small crossover with iconic Jeep style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Jeep Patriot has a charm about it, an endearing quality that gives it an appealing demeanor despite some shortcomings. We like the rugged iconic sport utility stance with a hood that sits out front in the driver's view — its upright Jeep grille from the past; its large round "Jeep" eyeball lights; its good seating position behind a back-to-basics dashboard layout that proved a rather delightful break from the electronic complexity of modern switchgear and "infotainment" systems; and its maneuverability with a tidy 35.6-foot turning circle.

Jeep Grand Cherokee — A sport utility for all seasons

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The exterior has been refreshed, but there’s no mistaking the 2014 model as a Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the basic body structure and sheet metal is retained from 2013 on closer inspection you will discover handsome new front-and-rear treatments that include new headlights, taillights, grille and bumper covers.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

AUSTIN, Texas — Throughout history there have been some classic skirmishes: you say tomato and I say tomahto; paper or plastic; I could have had a V8. But perhaps the most notable of all is the deadly debate of whether to buy a vehicle that specializes in off-roading or one that is a family ride. Just like Mighty Mouse, Jeep has come to save the day and after putting it through a multitude of paces there’s no doubt that with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee you can have your cake…and eat it, too.

Jeep Wrangler — Off-road master gets on-road improvements

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman
As much as we enjoy crawling over rocks and wading through muddy streams in a rugged four-wheel-drive truck, we like to have experts on hand or at least no more than 10 minutes away if trouble should rear its ugly head. We don’t want to damage a vehicle that has been loaned to us and perhaps more importantly, we don’t want to be embarrassed by having to call for help.

2012 Jeep Wrangler

PORTLAND, Ore. — There’s a great line in the hit movie Rambo where Col. Samuel Trautman, John Rambo’s commanding officer in Vietnam, addresses a comment by Brian Dennehy, a vicious local sheriff who is convinced that he can starve out the former Green Beret. Trautman says, “I’ve seen John Rambo eat things that would make a Billy goat puke.” By comparison we’ve seen the 2012 Jeep Wrangler do things that would make a mountain goat envious.