Initially designed as a General Purpose runabout for the U.S. military, the first CJ (Civilian Jeep) appeared immediately after World War II. Initiallly used by farmers, hunters and fishermen, Jeep didn't begin to attain widespread popularity until management introduced the Cherokee, arguably the first SUV to become, based on its sales volume and growing awareness, a Jeep product with mass appeal. Since then Jeep has established a more significant presence with the upmarket Grand Cherokee, entry-level Patriot and Compass and - of course - ongoing updates to its iconic CJ-derived Wrangler.

As part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Jeep is enjoying a growing international prominence. And to that end, one of its most popular models, the Renegade, is built at a plant in Italy. Jeep's Wrangler remains the most popular, while the offroad-oriented Renegade Trailhawk, to be joined by a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for '17, is probably the most fun Jeep to drive. And if you haven't visited a Jeep showroom in a decade or two, brace yourself; upmarket versions of the Grand Cherokee (SRT Night) can cost $60,000+.


2018 Jeep Cherokee
2018 Jeep Cherokee
MSRP:
$24,395
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
21 City / 30 HWY
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP:
$30,595
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
19 City / 26 HWY
2018 Jeep Compass
2018 Jeep Compass
MSRP:
$20,995
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 32 HWY
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP:
$30,395
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
19 City / 26 HWY
2017 Jeep Wrangler
2017 Jeep Wrangler
MSRP:
$23,995
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
17 City / 21 HWY
2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Jeep Compass
MSRP:
$20,995
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 32 HWY
2019 Jeep Cherokee and Cherokee Trailhawk spotted in Pittsburgh

This is a much more conservative design.

It's still on a front-wheel-drive-based platform.
Video charts evolution of Jeep from military vehicle to SUV powerhouse

The design evolution of a beloved brand.

The design evolution of a beloved brand.
Sunday Drive: Variety is the spice of life

Leading the way last week was the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

They may not have much in common ... they do all have wheels and can get you from one place to another in style.
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2016 Jeep Patriot
$14,288 / 34,029 miles / CA
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
$8,995 / 77,000 miles / CA
2015 Jeep Cherokee
$16,998 / 28,343 miles / CA
Video charts evolution of Jeep from military vehicle to SUV powerhouse

The design evolution of a beloved brand.

The design evolution of a beloved brand.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Quick Spin
We drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, an SUV set up for off-roading with different tires, suspension, and four-wheel-drive settings.
2014 Jeep Cherokee: Long-term wrap-up [w/video]
We just finished a one-year test of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, and after 27,000 miles of hard use, one thing is very clear: this is one of the best all-rounders we've ever tested.
2015 Jeep Renegade Sport 4x4 Quick Spin [w/video]
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is most entertaining with the 1.4-liter turbo-four and six-speed manual transmission. And it's still plenty functional, too.
Fiat Chrysler recalls 650,000 Dodge, Jeep SUVs for brake issue

FCA says it is aware of one potentially related accident, but no injuries.
Chrysler recalls 88,888 Darts, Durangos, and Grand Cherokees for two separate issues

The recalls are for winshield washer pumps in Dodge Darts, and fuel rails in Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
2016 Jeep Wrangler recalled over impact sensor wiring

Another, smaller recall focuses on fleets.

There are no injuries/fatalities associated with the Jeep recall, and just one "potentially related injury" in the truck/police car recall.