Price Range (MSRP): $16,695 (Patriot) to $64,595 (Grand Cherokee)
The off-road masters at Jeep continue to offer a lineup that specializes in getting you deep into the great outdoors and (most importantly) back again.
Jeep offers a pair of five-seat crossovers in the Compass and the Patriot, which share the same wheelbase. The Patriot is the more rugged looking of the two, with the Compass styled more closely to the Grand Cherokee. Last year, the pair got new six-speed transmissions and styling updates but they both stand pat for 2015. The Compass is offered with two optional four-wheel drive systems, the second one earning the Compass a Trail-Rated designation.
The Cherokee is back for a second year; it toes the line between compact and midsize, offering seating for five passengers across two rows of seats, a refined cabin, and plenty of technology. There is also a new nine-speed automatic transmission that helps to improve fuel economy.
Jeep’s largest and most luxurious model is the Grand Cherokee, and it got a large update last year which brought an eight-speed transmission, a new diesel engine option, and new tech features, including a digital instrument cluster and a large 8.4-inch touchscreen that controls the optional UConnect system. UConnect is one of our favorite infotainment systems, with easy to navigate menus and an intuitive setup. The Grand Cherokee features one of the most refined cabins around; this is one Jeep that will have you sitting comfortably no matter what terrain you’re on. There are three optional four-wheel-drive systems as well as a Quadra-Lift air suspension that can adjust the ride height.
When you think of a traditional Jeep, you probably think of the Wrangler or the four-door Wrangler Unlimited.
The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited were designed with one thing in mind and that’s to tackle any obstacles in their way. They feature the signature cloth-top, that is now even easier to open, and eschew many interior features for a more spartan approach (air conditioning, cruise control, and a navigation system are optional). Four-wheel drive with dual locking differentials is standard.