Good Old Jeep – 2017 Jeep Wrangler Review

Inasmuch as the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is unabashedly an all-American SUV thanks to its character, uniqueness, and features, it still offers significant reasons to think twice about owning it. Other highpoints include a fun-to-drive character, unmistakable styling, extensive factory and aftermarket support, and lots of variations. The Jeep Wrangler release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017, at least as per recent industry and media reports. 

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It’s Bad, But It’s Good?

While its long list of cons – mediocre crash test scores, noisy interior, sloppy on-road handling, long braking distances, cumbersome convertible operation, missing advanced safety technologies, busy ride quality, and noisy interior – which seem as if we’re reading about something designed 28 years ago behind the Iron Curtain, it nevertheless manages to offer remarkable performance.

Freedom Car?

In fact, it is a vehicle akin to no other in terms of proven American flair and genetics. Folks, the vehicle in question is a true American icon that represents liberation, freedom and fun just like the country it enthusiastically represents. Heck, the word “Freedom” is even plastered on the roof designs and on the special-edition package.

Styling In Short

Its styling is simply awesome. Its exterior and interior designs are contemporary and are now re-tweaked relative to the existing model it is replacing. It is fun to drive whilst on the move thanks to its old-school mechanical underpinnings.

Handful Of Alternatives?

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Another salient strength the Wrangler enjoys is lack of a direct competition. Nonetheless, both the Toyota FJ and Nissan Xterra, both of which are no longer offered for sale, tried to present some good rivalry, but as you’ve correctly guessed, they did exactly manage to make it through. Livable options you can consider include the 2017 Toyota 4Runner, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Trims

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited review is offered separately. As for the vehicle under review, expect three core trims: Sahara, Sport, and the top-of-the-line Rubicon.

Interior And Exterior Details On New Jeep Wrangler

Some of the standard features offered for the Wrangler Sport include cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, foglights, a full-size spare tire, sixteen-inch steel wheels, an eight-speaker sound system, skid plates, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, full metal doors, tow hooks, on/off-road tires, a height-adjustable steering wheel, a CD player, manual locks and mirrors, and fold-down windshield.

Other features include satellite radio, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, media player interface, a touchscreen audio interface, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, heated power mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, power locks and windows, dual USB ports, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats.

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Opting for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara pickup gets you hood insulation, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, satellite and HD radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, automatic wipers and headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear passenger grab handles, and tubular side steps.

The top-of-the-line 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon adds seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a lower crawl control, an upgraded transfer case, air conditioning, a 115-V power outlet, front and rear locking differential, rock rails, tire-pressure monitor display, body-colored hardtop, a navigation system, 28GB of digital music interface, a trip computer, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, media player interface, under-hood insulation, satellite and HD radio, and a shorter 3.10 rear-axle ratio.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Generating a power of 285 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque is a 3.6L V6 engine fitted under the hood of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler. A six-speed manual transmission system is offered as a standard system, as is the four-wheel drive system.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited towing capacity is meagre and is rated at just 3,500 pounds, and 2,000 pounds for the regular Wrangler.

When we come to the fuel economy, EPA says the two-door checks in at 17/21/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

What Are The Release Date And Price For The New Jeep Wrangler?

Rumors within industry circles allege the vehicle should be expected to go for sale sometime in the second half of 2017. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler price starts from an MSRP of $23,495, and about $30,000 for the 2017 Wrangler Scrambler truck.

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New Details About The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

If you’re looking for a do-anything SUV, the new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is probably the best you can get in its price range. It’s comfortable, well-appointed, and superb off-roader. Additionally, it offers a diverse engine lineup, a boatload of technologies and upscale materials, an outlandish SRT model, and a fuel-thrifty diesel V6 engine. The Jeep Grand Cherokee USA release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

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Once a commonplace vehicle in the traditional midsize SUV lineup, it is now on the brink of extinction just like the White Rhinos. For 2017, however, Jeep aims to re-establish itself as a powerful competitor and judging by the Grand Cherokee spy pictures available, rivals have got every reason to bury their heads in the sands.

Short Review

It is quite alive in almost every facet. Lots of upscale technologies and materials are offered on its cabin. To wit, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee interior is one of the best-in-class even in its basic form. Some of these technologies include adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 360-degree view camera, and a blind-spot monitor. Its seamless combination of its style and functionality is also something to write home about.

Smooth And Luxurious

It is also a capable off-roader thanks to the sophisticated four-wheel drive systems and a slew of suspension details. In fact, it’s a Jeep in almost every way when equipped to the brim. It’s also a grate choice even for everyday family usage, as it offers a smooth ride quality and a luxurious interior.

Decent Fuel Consumption

In terms of power, Jeep says the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 will be fuel efficient, especially for those who opt for the diesel variant. But even for those who don’t, the ratings are undoubtedly much better than those offered by rival SUVs. Several engines are offered including a 475-horsepower V8 engine that powers up the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT model.

Are There Any Alternatives For Grand Cherokee?

It is however judicious to check what the segment has in store for you. Rivals to the Jeep Grand Cherokee include the Dodge Durango, Toyota 4Runner, and Volkswagen Touareg.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review of Trims

A whopping five trims are offered for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Laredo, Summit, Overland, Limited, and the SRT. Both the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Trackhawk reviews are offered separately on this blog. Changes or shuffling of the lineup can be expected on its release date.

Interior And Exterior Changes in 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Some of the standard features available for the Laredo trim model include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic headlights, cruise control, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, automatic wipers and headlights, a five-inch touchscreen interface, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee interior, leather seats

Options available for the base model include a 115-V power outlet, a power liftgate, an eight-way power driver seat, a full spare tire, heated front seats, eighteen-inch wheels, voice commands, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, an 8.4” touchscreen interface, hill descent control, and a two-speed transfer case.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited trim model adds heated rear seats, a leather upholstery, an 8.4” touchscreen, front and rear parking cameras, additional USB ports, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror. Options include a locking rear differential, automatic wipers, perforated leather upholstery, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker audio system, adaptive xenon headlights, and an air suspension system.

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The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the top-of-the-line model and offers Brembo brakes, twenty-inch forged wheels, nineteen-speaker audio system, a panoramic sunroof, carbon fiber cabin accents, a unique gauge cluster, selectable performance modes, an adaptive suspension system, and a limited-slip differential system.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine News And Rumors

Exact Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 specs are unknown at the moment. However, we expect Jeep to continue offering the 3.6L V6 engine rated at 295 hp, the 5.7L V8 good for 360 horsepower, the diesel 3.0L turbocharged engine churning out 240 hp, and finally, the 6.4L V8 juggernaut responsible for making a walloping 475 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque.

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Maximum towing capacity for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel V6 stands at 7,400 pounds.

When Can We Expect The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee And For How Much?

Rumors allege the new vehicle will most likely be offered for sale sometime in early 2017, if the recent media and industry reports are anything to go by.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee price starts from an MSRP of $29,995.

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New 2017 Jeep Renegade – Release Date and Review 

The new 2017 Jeep Renegade combines a bit of playfulness with iconic Jeep styling resulting into a practical ride quality. Some of its highpoints include off-road prowess, abundance of character, easy-to-use technology features, agile handling, and lots of technologies even in its basic form. The Jeep Renegade release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017, at least going by the latest industry and media reports. 

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Is It Bad?

Jeep Renegade cynics and aficionados alike were concerned about whether there was a chance in the universe a subcompact crossover could evolve to become a force to reckon with in terms of unquestionable off-road capability. The skepticism was further fueled by the fact that Jeep has a reputation of building underwhelming small crossovers.

However, we can enthusiastically report the fears noted above are unfounded thanks to the several road tests we have conducted on various test-drive loops. It is a vehicle that has abundance of personality, practicality, and easy-to-drive character. Throw in the off-road prowess and you’ve got yourself an excellent option when the road turns from asphalt and dirt to rocky.

Cozy Off Road Experience
The suspension system does a great job of soaking up bumps, and there is no doubt it is a peach on the road. The 2017 Jeep Renegade interior is attractive, well-laid out, refined, and offers plenty of headroom. However, opting for the Renegade Trailhawk gets you a rough-and-tumble ride quality, but compensates the mediocrity through unparalleled off-road capability relative to its competition.

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Easy To Maneuver
As a matter of fact, the 2017 Jeep Renegade surpassed our expectations when we put it on the RTI stamp – examines the optimum suspension articulation. It fared much better than both the Discovery Sport and the Cherokee Trailhawk. The result of this is a vehicle that is easily maneuverable on tight places or in crowded parking slots, and a cinch to place on the road thanks in part to the Renegade’s small footprint.

Some Of The Cons Are…

Given, the 2017 Jeep Renegade is a compelling choice if you’re looking for genuine off-road ability and a fun to drive character. However, there are some few foibles that may impact negatively on its appeal. Some of them include a middling fuel economy, a tight rear-seat legroom, an intrusive road noise, and a clunky transmission system.

Thus, it might be prudent to check other alternatives offered in the same category. They include the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-3, the Fiat 500X, and the Subaru Crosstrek.

Trim Levels For The New Renegade

As of this writing, only four trims can be confirmed for the 2017 Jeep Renegade: Limited, Sport, Latitude, and Trailhawk, albeit changes on the lineup cannot be ruled out entirely on its release date.

Interior And Exterior Updates

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2017 Jeep Renegade Sport model’s list of standard accessories and features include dual USB ports, a height-adjustable driver seat, sixteen-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, power windows and locks, an auxiliary audio jack, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, a rearview camera, voice commands, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, cruise control, a fold-flat front passenger seat, body-colored door handles, automatic wipers and windows, foglights, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

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Engine and Fuel Consumption

Two engines are offered beneath the hoods of the 2017 Jeep Renegade: a four-cylinder 1.4L turbocharged, and a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. The base engine is offered under the hoods of both the Latitude and Sport trim models. It cranks out a power output of 160 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. The transmission system offered is a six-speed manual.

Standard for both the Renegade Limited and Trailhawk but optional for the Sport and Latitude is a four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 180 horsepower and 175 pounds-ft. of torque. The four-wheel drive system is offered exclusively for the Trailhawk while the rest are offered with a choice of either a FWD or an AWD system.

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The 2017 Jeep Renegade 0-60 mph takes 9.4 seconds with the Jeep Renegade Latitude, while the Trailhawk takes approximately 9.7 seconds.

When it comes to the fuel economy, expect the 4WD 2.4L powerplant to check in at 21/29/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24/31/27 mpg with the turbocharged 1.4L engine regardless of whether it is AWD or FWD.

When Will 2017 Jeep Renegade Come Out?

Rumors in the industry are rife the new model should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017. The 2017 Jeep Renegade price starts from an MSRP of $17,995.

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