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Badlands Off-Road Park

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon at Badlands Off Road Park

Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana, is something like heaven on earth for off-road aficionados. It’s an incredible facility that spans 800-plus acres and encompasses a broader variety of off-road terrain than you’d ever expect to find in the Midwest. There are sand dunes, forested areas, streams for fording, several types of gravel (part of the park was previously a quarry), loose rocks and solid-rock trails, and lots of good ol’ dirt and mud. There are trails that are easy enough for children, trails that will challenge the most-experienced off-roader, and trails at most every level in between those extremes.

2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles Driven: 324

Fuel Used: 15.0 gallons

2015 Jeep Renegade

As its surname would imply, Jeep’s Renegade is more off-road capable than most any other “Cute Ute” competitor, yet it’s still quite at home on the street. With its nifty My Sky retractable/removable dual-pane sunroof, our turbocharged/manual-transmission/4×4 test vehicle tipped the price scales at $25,760.

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 339

Fuel Used: 13.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 24.4 mpg

2015 Jeep Renegade

Jeep joins the rapidly growing “Mini SUV” market with the Renegade, which will start at about $19,000 when it goes on sale in late February or early March.

First SpinYou can’t accuse Jeep of ignoring its legacy.

While other automakers seem to continually pull new model names (or letters) out of thin air, Jeep has recycled some well-worn monikers for its latest models. For instance, “Cherokee” first appeared in the 1970s on a full-size SUV, was adopted for the company’s early ‘80s midsize SUV, and then was dusted off for a new compact SUV introduced last year. Now another blast from Jeep’s storied past has been revived for the company’s newest entry, which joins the rapidly expanding “mini-SUV” segment.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

A 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk (front) is displayed next to a Renegade Limited featuring custom trim bits sourced from the Jeep Authentic Accessories catalog.

Jeep displayed two concept vehicles at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, both based on the soon-to-be-released Renegade compact SUV.

2015 Renegade

Jeep’s new Renegade is a full seven inches shorter than its Patriot sibling, but there’s no indication the subcompact SUV will cost less than the $15,999 base price of the compact one. It will, however, likely boast stronger EPA figures. Renegade is due to go on sale late this year.

GENEVA — You’ve undoubtedly already assessed the photo above, and perhaps “cute” isn’t the first word that popped to mind. But the new Renegade, due in showrooms late this year, certainly fits the Cute Ute category.

Dealer Addendum Sticker, Window Stickers, Markup, Dealer Markup

Dealer markup sticker on a 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III

It’s no secret: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related supply-chain issues, new-vehicle transaction prices have shot upward over the last couple years. Stories of jaw-dropping dealer markups—especially for popular vehicles—are now commonplace… so much so that some sort of markup on a new vehicle is more or less the rule, rather than the exception. On a recent Sunday road trip through Western Illinois, I came across a small-town Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram dealership with a few brand-new vehicles on its lot, so I decided to do a little boots-on-the-ground research. What I found was this: This particular dealer is asking full sticker, full sticker plus $5000, or full sticker plus $10,000 for the new vehicles it has in inventory. And, there isn’t very much in inventory.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

Class: Midsize Crossover/SUV

Miles driven: 251

Fuel used: 13.4 gallons

Best Small Crossovers

Best Small Crossovers

We don’t believe that the traditional passenger sedan is dead, but consumers have demonstrated an overwhelming preference for crossovers in recent years. Of the almost 15 million new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year, roughly half were crossovers or SUVs of some variety. Sedans–once the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. by far–accounted for around 2 million sales.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe Sahara

Consumer Guide Automotive Jeep has a complicated and fascinating history going back about 80 years, to the battlefields of World War II. Civilian Jeeps, or CJs, were available almost immediately after WWII hostilities ceased, and today’s Wrangler can trace its lineage directly back to that first CJ-2A. Now, for 2021, Wrangler enters a new era with the addition of a plug-in-hybrid variant: the 4xe.