Posts from ‘Jeep’
If you were paying attention to marketing in 1984, you likely remember Apple’s landmark television advertisement “1984.” The computer maker’s ad portrayed a dystopian world chillingly similar to the one conceived by George Orwell in his horrifying 1949 novel of the same name.
Jeep, a name virtually synonymous with SUVs for more than three-quarters of a century, has hit the mother lode in recent years as buyers suddenly began flocking to that market. And in the hottest segment of that market – compact SUVs – the company has long had three entries, together accounting for half of its entire model portfolio.
2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 148
Fuel Used: 7.6 gallons
According to the National Weather Service, 39 U.S. states saw more than ten inches of snow least year. Now, that snow isn’t especially well dispersed across each state. Here in Illinois, snowfall totals up near Chicago are far higher than they are down near St. Louis, but it’s a safe bet most Illinoisans have at least a passing familiarity with the white stuff.
The Jeep brand has gone through its share of owners. Consumer Guide Editor Jack Stewart details the off-road brand’s chain of custody in his excellent piece, Is There a Jeep Curse?
LOS ANGELES—Jeep introduced a redesigned version of its compact Compass SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass slots in between the subcompact Jeep Renegade and the slightly larger (but still compact-class) Jeep Cherokee. The new Compass replaces both the previous Compass and the Patriot (which is being discontinued) in Jeep’s model lineup.
What price luxury? In 1979 terms, that price was around $8000… because that’s about where the base prices of the near-luxury Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight and Buick Electra kicked in. Just a little higher up the dollar tree we find the Chrysler New Yorker.
Jeep is certainly the brightest jewel in the Fiat-Chrysler crown. Most models get only minor changes as they enter the 2017 model year, though more might be coming later on. Stay tuned….
America’s attitude toward pickup trucks has changed a little in the past few decades. At one point, owning a pickup was a point of pride and humility–a sort of “If it was good enough for my daddy, it’s good enough for me” kind of thing.
The best evidence that many modern-day pickup-truck buyers don’t use their trucks as “real” trucks is bed length. For example, Crew Cab versions of the Chevrolet Silverado can be had with a 5.5-foot cargo box—a bed far too small to accommodate the traditional 4 X 8 sheet of plywood, much less a couch. This is telling, because Crew Cab models are far and away the best-selling Silverados.