Sep 27, 2016
Meet the 7 Vehicles in Jeep’s 2016 Lineup
4. 2016 Renegade
When looking at the 2016, it’s clear to see that Jeep wanted to make a Jeep that has some car-like elements that make it friendlier to drivers who are just getting into this style of vehicle. Just like the Jeeps of yesteryear, this vehicle is agile and road-ready with some great handling and cargo capacity for any driver. Like the Cherokee, this model comes in a more rugged Trailhawk model.
- For those searching for a little more oomph, this model comes with a Beats by Dre certified audio system that has deep bass and high quality sound.
- For a Jeep, the cockpit of this vehicle is very comfortable and speaks of a genuine effort by Jeep to make this vehicle more city-friendly.
Performance-wise, this vehicle offers a 160-hp four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual as a standard offering, with the choice of front or all wheel drive. Owners can upgrade to a 180-hp four cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Overall, the 2016 Renegade is very responsive and capable of great on or off-road performance.
This vehicle garnered a four-star rating out of five in U.S. crash safety tests.
- Low window line for maximum visibility
- Hill descent control so that when you’re driving down a sharp gradient, you won’t lose control.
Based on EPA tests, the 2016 Renegade ranked 21mpg in the city and 29mpg in highway driving situations.
- Nissan Juke
- Honda HR-V
- Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
- This Jeep has a very comfortable interior that is very different than many people’s conception of a Jeep.
- This vehicle has great balance for tighter controls.
- Jeep ditched the hybrid cargo light/flashlight of earlier Renegade models in its 2016 version.
- Fuel economy is more in the “ok” range.
5. 2016 Wrangler Unlimited
For those searching for a Jeep that hits its stride on the harder terrains, the 2016 Wrangler Unlimited is nearly perfect. The Wrangler Unlimited differs from the standard edition as it has a full four-door, five seat setup, as compared to the Wrangler’s two door, four seat form factor.
- For 2016, there is a new Black Bear Edition that features unique design notes that make the Unlimited great for off-road trekking.
- All weather slush mats are perfect for those trips into the wilderness in the winter months.
The Wrangler Unlimited has a six speed manual transmission by default that provides plenty of power when taking the vehicle where you need it to go. Also, its 285 horsepower performance provides plenty of rock-climbing capability.
Unfortunately, the Wrangler Unlimited performed with a middling score on U.S.-based safety tests. However:
- It comes equipped with an electronic stability system that’s fully adjustable by the driver.
- The Wrangler also employs front safety airbags and anti-lock brakes.
In EPA highway tests, the Wrangler Unlimited provided a 16mpg in the city and 21mpg on the highway.
- Toyota 4Runner
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- Toyota Rav4
- There aren’t many more rugged vehicles than this on the market.
- The Wrangler has an ample amount of cargo room.
- This vehicle could really use standard side airbags.
- For some reason, there isn’t a lot of insulation inside the cabin. You’ll hear a bit of highway noise when travelling.
- Handling can get a little rough with this model.
6. 2016 Wrangler
The two-door, four seat version of the iconic Wrangler is a great vehicle for those looking for a Jeep that can take them just about anywhere. Four-wheel drive is standard in the Wrangler series, meaning that this Jeep will always be much more rugged than many of the cars on the crossover heavy vehicle market. This car also has a standard 285 horsepower engine that gives it all the power it needs for any terrain.
- This Wrangler also comes in a Black Bear edition. Black Bear is a particularly challenging trail located in Telluride, and this version of the vehicle is able to handle some of the toughest trails – hence the name.
- There are new body color options available on the Sahara edition if you’re looking for a more stylish version of the 2016 Wrangler.
With 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Wrangler is just tough enough to always perform well in most environments. In city driving, the vehicle is stylish enough and quiet enough not to cause much of a ruckus. The vehicle runs exceedingly smooth and has a nice pickup for when you want to do some quick acceleration. You’ll either be able to choose a standard six speed manual transmission or an optional five speed automatic transmission that doesn’t forget you’d like to go off-road from time to time; it packs in a low first-gear ratio for those off-road situations.
- The Wrangler’s seatbelts come complete with pretensioners so that in the event of an accident, the seatbelts will automatically tighten in order to protect the occupant from harm.
- The Wrangler also has anti-lock brakes.
Based on EPA testing, the Wrangler is capable of 17mpg in city driving and 21 highway mpg.
- Nissan Xterra
- Toyota 4Runner
- Toyota Tacoma
- This vehicle can go anywhere due to its power and maneuverability.
- It’s smooth enough to do a little family driving.
- The vehicle can sometimes veer a bit at high speeds.
- The Wrangler has somewhat low gas mileage.