The Jeep has helped people around the world get to where they need to go for almost 80 years. Originating as an army vehicle for getting over rough terrain and running reconnaissance, the Jeep has been a major part of the civilian transportation industry since 1945, and still provides a fun, reliable experience for millions of Jeep owners.
Currently, there are seven great models of Jeep that are produced for the 2016 year. All of these are great selections when it comes to performance, safety features, and price. Before we get into what Jeep is offering for each of these models, let’s take a look at the history of the brand.
History of the Jeep
[su_sf300x250a]As mentioned previously, the Jeep started out as a vehicle designed for reconnaissance in World War II. The Jeep was a quick, all-terrain vehicle that was easy to maneuver and tough enough to take a few hits. In addition to its capabilities in combat, Jeeps were also excellent for non-combat work like laying cables, trucking materials from place to place, as pumpers for firefighting, and as ways to transport injured soldiers. For the most part, Jeeps were valued for their load capacity and reliability over difficult terrain.
It wasn’t until 1945 that the Jeep shed its military-only utilization and the flagship CJ-2A was produced (the CJ stood for Civilian Jeep). After this period the Jeep was emulated many times around the world and today there are millions of the vehicles on the road.
In this article, we’ll cover all of the seven Jeep products produced by this brand this year. For clarification, we’ve started with the SUV models first.
1. 2016 Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee has been in production since 1993 and is one of the first luxury SUVs produced by the Jeep brand. The 2016 model packs in a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A rear-wheel drive train, for this model, is standard.
- ParkSense rear parking system – this system automatically kicks in when the vehicle is in reverse and going less than ten miles per hour. The sensors in the rear bumper scan for objects less than 79 inches from the vehicle so that the driver doesn’t accidentally back into something.
- Driver knee airbag – Since impacts rarely only affect the top portion of a driver/passenger, these airbags are designed to absorb potential impacts to the knees.
This is a great car for taking it off-road from time to time, yet it has plenty of grace for city cruising as well. This is a car that has a little bit of everything for every driver.
[su_sf300x250b]Things to note: The two-wheel drive version of the 2016 Grand Cherokee garnered a four out of five-star rating in government crash tests and the four-wheel version scored a perfect five.
- Anti-lock disc brakes
- Stability and traction control
- Driver knee airbags
- Side curtain airbags
For the V-8 model of the Grand Cherokee, its EPA highway fuel-economy rating is 22 miles per gallon (mpg). On the other hand, the V-6 in both city and highway tests gets 18mpg in city and 25mpg on the highway.
- Ford Explorer
- Honda Pilot
- Toyota Highlander
- Jeep Cherokee buyers have a lot of choices when it comes to engine and performance.
- This is a very safe car.
- It’s very roomy.
- Needs a bit of space to come to a full stop: 131 feet.
- Not much storage space.