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.
It all starts with a pair of five-seat crossovers in the Compass and the Patriot, which share the same wheelbase. The Patriot is the more rugged of the two and was set to be discontinued this year, but escapes the guillotine to return for one more run in 2014. The Compass competes with more conventional compact crossovers like the RAV4 and CR-V. For the new model year, it gets a new six-speed transmission and styling updates inside and out. The Compasss is offered with two optional four-wheel drive systems, the second one earning the Compass a Trail-Rated designation.
Jeep also introduces a new model for 2014, the Cherokee. It toes the line between compact and midsize, offering seating for five passenger across two rows of seats, a refined cabin, and plenty of technology. The Cherokee, which resurrects an old nameplate for Jeep that hasn't been seen for plenty of years, also gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission and thanks to some weight saving tricks, is lighter than the outgoing Liberty which it replaces. The weight loss, aerodynamic improvements, and the new transmission gives the Cherokee a trifecta of fuel economy boosting features.
Jeep’s largest and most luxurious model is the Grand Cherokee, and it gets plenty of updates for the new model year. 2014 brings a new eight-speed transmission which improves fuel economy and a few new tech features, including a new, digital instrument cluster and a large 8.4-inch touchscreen that controls the optional UConnect system. UConnnect is one of our favorite infotainment systems, with easy to navigate menus and an intuitive setup. Also new for 2014 is an optional diesel engine, which offers great fuel economy and plenty of torque. 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 one these models: 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. Two new special edition models are being offered for 2014.