Jeep is perhaps the first marque to come to mind when contemplating capable off-road sport utility vehicles. And, with a product range comprised solely of SUVs, including fully qualified trailblazers, commuter-friendly crossovers, and practical utes, it only makes sense to think so. For the US market, Jeep has proven extremely popular, with demand for SUVs and the like having soared over recent years. While most Jeep vehicles are predominantly centered around tackling the unbeaten path, with their rugged, retro aesthetics complemented by robust powertrain and body apparatus as well as ride heights that support climbing rocks, there are a few luxury-oriented lines to pick from, too. All in all, Jeeps models are a collection of tough, military-derived cruisers that promise to take their owners to the ends of the earth and back into the home garage in style.
Best-Rated Jeep Nameplates
There have been many nameplates within the Jeep compendium over the years; many, such as the Liberty and Commander, have come and gone, but here are the latest and greatest:
- Compass: The Compass is the rebadged iteration of the Patriot, its predecessor, and a compact 4-door CUV presented in three basic forms - Sport, Latitude, and Limited. It is Jeeps’ most affordable CUV at present. It has plenty of 4x4 potential and is surprisingly comfortable on-road, too, making it quite attractive over its class competitors. A 2.4-liter inline-four engine powers its front- or four-wheel-drive system with 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
- Renegade: Despite its subcompact classification, this crossover, with its ‘Trail-Rated’ badge and available 4WD, is an adept adventurer. The 4WD setups offered, Active Drive I and Low, are paired with Jeep’s off-road Selec-Terrain System, which has this mini SUV conquer rough surfaces like a pro. It is powered by either a 2.4L four-cylinder or a 1.3-liter turbo-four, with the latter producing 177 hp and 210 lb-ft.
- Cherokee: With three engine options, nine varying trims, and an extensive list of specs to choose from, owners are able to outfit this compact Jeep SUV in just about any manner they please. There is the Trailhawk for those who wish to go off the beaten path with true capability, while the rest deliver more on-road prowess with some mild trail-hitting skills. There is also the Grand Cherokee and its Trackhawk and SRT versions of the nameplate. The former iteration is the midsize luxury upgrade and the latter two, the high-performance renditions, featuring a supercharged V6 also found in Dodge’s Hellcat automobiles.
- Wrangler: Proffered in either a 2-door compact or four-door extended wheelbase midsize guise, dubbed the Unlimited, the Wrangler is one of Jeep’s best-rated automobiles for both its looks and all-terrain aptitude. It can even be had in hardtop or convertible configurations. Of all Jeep SUV models, it’s the best representation of the World War II CJ produced between 1940 and 1980. It shares the design, body-on-frame construction, and highly customizable body, but gets the modern constituents required to keep it up-to-date with regulations. The Rubicon is the most hardcore model from the lineup.
- Gladiator: The Gladiator was the first pickup truck introduced to the Jeep lineup after the discontinuation of the Comanche in 1992. It’s the highest-ranking midsize pickup truck in CarBuzz’s compendium of car reviews - earning it the title “The Ultimate Adventure Truck”. For 2020, Jeep equipped this utility machine with a 285-hp 3.6L V6 motor that cedes its outputs to either a Command-Trac or Rock-Trac 4x4 setup - availing it with class-leading rock-climbing abilities and a 7,650-pound maximum towing capacity.
- Wagoneer: The larger and more luxury-focused Wagoneer and its extender wheelbase counterpart, the Grand Wagoneer, are the larger and more luxurious set of new SUVs from Jeep. With three rows of seating and premium levels of driver and passenger comforts and conveniences, these cruisers will be some of the badge’s most expensive products but promise to be well worth the money.
Jeep Models and Prices
||2.4L Inline-4 Gas
||3.7L V6 Gas
||2.4L Inline-4 Gas
||3.6L V6 Gas
|Jeep Grand Cherokee
||3.6L V6 Gas
|Jeep Grand Wagoneer
||6.4L V8 Gas
||3.7L V6 Gas
||2.0L Inline-4 Gas
||1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
||5.7L V8 Gas
What to Consider Before Buying a New Jeep
Within CarBuzz’s Guide and Shopping Tools section, there are comprehensive reviews on all Jeep cars. In every Jeep review, readers can find details on performance, price, fuel economy, and much more, including high-definition images. New and upcoming Jeeps for the USA are also covered, so potential buyers don’t have to be left totally in the dark when trying to make a purchase decision. Once the reader has all the information they need, taking the top picks out for a test drive would be the next logical step. This will provide a more tangible experience and feel, which should then solidify one’s opinion and lead to as much of a satisfactory purchase as possible.
FAQs About New Jeep Off-Road Vehicles
Do any of Jeep’s latest models feature a diesel powertrain?
Only the Wrangler Unlimited is offered with an EcoDiesel mill. The unit is derived from the Ram range and is definitely a fan-favorite.
How much will the all-new Jeep Wagoneer cost?
Prices for Jeep’s latest arrivals haven’t been released as yet, but prospective buyers should expect anything over the $60k mark.
Is electronic/hybrid technology utilized in any of Jeeps SUVs and crossovers?
The Pentastar unit in the Sahara variant of the Wrangler Unlimited can be had with eTorque mild-hybrid tech, which includes a single electric motor that takes over some minor functions while also benefiting off-road poise and transmission performance.