Jeep has been known for their off road abilities since its inception. The mere name Jeep has the same kind of name brand awareness that Kleenex facial tissues also has. Jeep has produced some legendary vehicles. The Jeep Grand Cherokee almost single handedly proved that the sport utility vehicle should be a luxury car instead of an off roader. This has helped define decades of automotive evolution.
The Current Jeep lineup gives a nod to the past through vehicles like the Wrangler, but also shows where modern automotive tastes and trends are going in vehicles like the Jeep Renegade. Most of the vehicles have eschewed the body on truck chassis for the new crossover methodology of a single uniform frame that is based on a car.
Jeep Cherokee - $24,800+
26 MPG - 7.2/10.0
The Jeep Cherokee has evolved from a tough offroader into a more refined crossover. While it’s normally equipped with a 2.4 liter 184 horsepower engine, there’s also an optional 271 horsepower version for those who want to put more power down through the 9 speed automatic transmission. It’s comfortable and well appointed inside as comfort was an important concept.
Jeep Grand Cherokee - $31,500+
25 MPG - 8.9/10.0
While a lot of sport utility vehicles have abandoned their heritage, the Grand Cherokee is still comfortable hitting the trails and showing off its off roading chops. The Grand Cherokee is well equipped and has a 295 horsepower V6 standard. If you want some more power, or prefer diesel, there are additional engine options as well.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - $68,000+
19 MPG - 9.2/10.0
As sports car companies started creating sport utility vehicles, it’s led to high performance version of previous sport utility vehicles to combat that. The Grand Cherokee SRT is one example of taking things up a notch. An immense 6.4 liter V8 puts out 475 horsepower and shows off a 0-60 mph time of only 4.4 seconds! The vehicle is also tuned for handling and grip rather than off road competence. This SRT is a true track monster.
Jeep Compass - $21,000+
30 MPG - 8.9/10.0
The Compass is a great looking small crossover. The modern styling gives an indication of the styling cues that Jeep is going to take the brand. The compass isn’t as well appointed on the interior as some models, but it does have the options of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Compass only features a 180 horsepower engine.
Jeep Patriot - $19,000+
26 MPG - 3.1/10.0
The Patriot has some issues that keep it from being a great little vehicle. Both the 158 and 172 horsepower engines lack power. Driving it feels like piloting a hovercraft as you try to find the ability to make it turn with any sort of precision. If you’re a sucker for retro Jeep styling, then the Patriot will fit your needs. It’s also very affordable and cheaper than any competition. However it’s just not quite enough.
Jeep Renegade - $19,100+
29 MPG - 8.2/10.0
The Jeep Renegade is best described as “spunky”. It’s a subcompact crossover that is incredibly comfortable. The 7 slot grille at the front proves it’s a Jeep. Now it’s not exactly a speed demon. The 180 horsepower engine only gets it from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds. But it’s a fun little vehicle that gives you the ability to hit the off road if you want too!
Jeep Wrangler - $29,000+
21 MPG - 7.1/10.0
The Jeep Wrangler used to be the cheap off road option for young people looking to have some fun. Now, it’s one of the last bastions of off road strength. The Wrangler has a 285 horsepower V6 that ensures you will be able to climb over any rock on the trails. The Wrangler has continued to evolve as a road vehicle too. While it certainly lacks the refinement of a luxury vehicle, you’re not going to feel completely out of place on the roads.
Jeep Wrangler Pickup - $30,000+
21 MPG - 8.0/10.0
While the Wrangler pickup isn’t currently available, it’s imminent! It’s going to use Aluminum panels to keep weight down and allow it to get moving more quickly. Jeep has been toying with the thought of a pickup again since they ended the Comanche in 1992. It’s likely to offer the same engine options as the standard Wrangler.