Subcompact crossovers are all the rage right now: for proof, look no further than any mainstream dealer’s showroom. Most of the big name players have put a rush order on their cute ute plans, save for a few hold outs, and those vehicles are now starting to hit dealer lots in earnest. FCA has taken a two-pronged approach to getting in on the action – Jeep’s Renegade covers the rugged end of the image spectrum, while the new 500X pictured here plays on Fiat’s already established, slightly cutesy Continental charm. The question is whether or not it’s able to capitalize on that charm while remaining a solid crossover entry.
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Jeep has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new “JL” 2018 Jeep Wrangler with three teaser images ahead of the full...Read More
Photos courtesy of Jeep.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the auto market is starting to slow down after its post-recession sugar rush. But Jeep ain’t listening. Right now Jeep is like Rocky Balboa. Jeep is jogging up stairs of automotive success that are 50% year-over-year steep. Eye Of The Tiger is playing on every Jeep factory radio. I don’t know what Jeep is doing right, and I’m not sure if Jeep knows either, but Jeep is diligently trying to meet the enormous demand with new products. Jeep invited us to take a first look at their new pocket-sized offering, the 2015 Jeep Renegade, which Jeep bills as the most affordable, most city-friendly Jeep to date.
We’re in West Virginia today to sample the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Chrysler rep Lisa has promised a group of east coast journalists that a group of Cherokee Trailhawks won’t be getting stuck today on a course of mud bogs and steep slopes they have devised for us to drive on. Being a more civilized Virginia resident myself, where we prefer our roads paved, I am quite sure I’m going to get this diminutive crossover stuck. Right over there on that 20 foot muddy cliff that they’re going to make me drive up.
I’ve had the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel in my possession for just 24 hours now and I’ve already fallen in love with it. I’ve already said the current Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best 5-passenger SUV you can buy right now, but the EcoDiesel makes the JGC even more desirable. The standard Grand Cherokee gasoline engine lineup consists of the 3.6L Pentastar V6 or the 5.7L HEMI V8, with the insane 6.4L V8 being reserved for Grand Cherokee SRT duty. Grand Cherokee buyers can now also opt for the new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 which produces 240 horsepower and a massive 420 lb-ft of torque. The new EcoDiesel is mated to a very smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and is 50-state-legal.
We’ll have a more in-depth story about the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel once we finish our week with it but I wanted to take a moment and talk fuel economy. The EPA rates the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel at 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway for 4WD models such as our Limited tester. I’ve now put about 85 miles on the vehicle during mixed highway/city commuting duty and have bested the EPA’s ratings consistently with 30+ mpg averages. Unlike most hybrid vehicles, you don’t have to drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel any differently than you would a regular vehicle to squeeze optimum fuel economy out of it. Just get in, drive, and enjoy all that torque.
More on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel coming soon…stay tuned.
Photos by Zerin Dube, Video by Tim Goldmann, Stunt Driving by Mike Frismanis
It should come as no surprise to long time S:S:L readers that the Jeep Wrangler has quickly become one of our favorite vehicles of any type to drive around in. Whether we’re hitting the trails of Texas, or off-roading the middle of the Pacific, there is simple no other vehicle on the road that delivers the feeling of freedom the way the Jeep Wrangler does. With its iconic styling and rugged off-road capabilities, there just isn’t a better feeling cruising with the windows down and top off in a Wrangler.
For 2011, Jeep has taken the Wrangler upscale by making several small but significant changes to make the driving experience even better than before. Of course, here at S:S:L we are skeptical of any changes a manufacturer makes to “improve the driving experience” because many times this translates to the edge being taken off for the sake of comfort and luxury.
To make sure that Jeep didn’t lose their way by adding all these niceties to the Wrangler, we got our hands on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited and headed out to our favorite off-road proving grounds at Creekside Edge Off-Road Park.
SSL and TTAC will be at Summit Point Motorsports Park this weekend with a Lexus IS-F and an Ford Mustang V6 Allstate Edition. Look for some track test results in the coming weeks, along with a road test of the slightly warmed over 2011 Nissan 370Z, a look at Chrysler’s refreshed Jeep Wrangler, and some comparison tests featuring the latest cross-overs from Ford and Chrysler.
Happy spring, everybody.