2018 Jeep Compact SUV Models and Highlights

 

Jeep released almost all of the details on their 2018 compact SUV lineup and things are looking pretty good. The Jeep Renegade, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass all look pretty promising.

2018 Jeep Renegade

The 2018 Renegade is one of the Jeep brand’s most popular compact SUV options. For the 2018 model year, the Renegade is still available with the same two fuel efficient engine options that were available in the 2017 model year, the 1.4L MultiAir engine and the 2.4L Tigershark engine. All Renegade models received upgraded infotainment and entertainment options. The 2018 Renegade Latitude, Renegade Limited and Renegade Trailhawk come standard with the upgraded UConnect 4 system (includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and a 7-inch touchscreen, and the Renegade Sport now comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and Uconnect 5.0. All models now have increased storage capacity, a ParkView backup camera, and a new redesigned interior.

2018 Jeep Compass

Since the Jeep Compass was completely redesigned for the 2017 model year, the 2018 model year Jeep Compass largely remains the same. The 2018 Compass is available in four trims, and they include the Compass Sport, Compass Latitude, Compass Limited and Compass Trailhawk, and this year the Compass Limited is available with a 4×2 drivetrain as well as the 4×4 drivetrain which was standard in 2017. Highlights for the 2018 Compass include two engine options, three Uconnect systems and more than 70 available advanced safety features.

2018 Jeep Cherokee

The Cherokee was introduced to the Jeep lineup in 1974, and more than 36 years later, the Cherokee is still a very significant model on the Jeep lineup. For the 2018 model year, Jeep added the Cherokee Latitude Plus to the lineup and they upgraded the standard features on various Cherokee trims.

The trim that received the most upgrades is the base trim, the Cherokee Latitude. For the 2018 model year, the Cherokee Latitude comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels, HID headlights, roof rails, daylight running models, fog lamps and a rear backup camera. Additionally, the Latitude is also available with a new Uconnect skill that allows users to sync up Amazon Alexa with their vehicle’s Uconnect system.

Other new upgrades include the addition of cross-path detection, rear backup warning, and blind-spot monitoring, as standard features on the Cherokee Trailhawk and Cherokee Limited.

Want to come see all three compact SUV Jeeps for yourself? Kendall Jeep has a huge selection of Jeep inventory, including the Jeep Compass, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade. View our Jeep inventory in Kendall.

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Want To Buy A Jeep? Which Jeep Model Is Best For You?

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The Jeep brand is best known for the Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited models because they are iconic vehicles that has been made for decades, but the Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited are just two of seven Jeep models available at your local Jeep dealership, like Kendall Jeep! If you need help figuring out which Jeep model would be best for you, let us help.

How to choose which Jeep is for you?

Size

All Jeep models are SUVs, but they range in SUV class and size, so one of the best places to start narrowing your search is to think about how much space you need. Do you need a Jeep for just yourself, or do you need a vehicle for your family? Do you need a vehicle that has plenty of space for cargo?  All Jeep models have seating for five passengers, but some vehicles are more spacious than others. Some may be better suited for 4-5 person families and some models have more space for cargo than others.
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Capability Features and Options for Any Jeep Renegade Trim

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When you think about the Jeep Renegade and capability, you probably think about the Renegade Trailhawk. However, if you don’t plan on off-roading often, but still want capability features to allow for better driving no matter what the weather or terrain conditions, there are other options for the Jeep Renegade.

  • 4X4 – All Renegade models but the Renegade Trailhawk come standard with a 4X2 drivetrain. However, all Renegade models can be upgraded with a 4X4 drivetrain and that’s a great place to start for buyers that are looking for more capability.
  • Electronic switch – Renegade 4×4 models come with an electronic switch connected to the Selec Terrain system. This allows drivers to choose between driving modes to adjust the traction to better fit their current driving situation. Different driving modes include auto, snow, sand, mud, and rock.

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Jeep News and Updates for Upcoming Models!

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There are a lot of new things coming on the Jeep front over the next couple years! So many things Jeep fans have been waiting for will be arriving at dealerships before they know it. There aren’t major changes or updates for all Jeep models, but there are some huge highlights you will want to know, so keep reading.

Grand Wagoneer

For a while Jeep put the Grand Wagoneer project on the back burner, but now it seems now that the vehicle will be ready to appear sometime in mid-2019. The new Grand Wagoneer will be luxury SUV will be a three-row vehicle based off the Ram 1500 platform. To pay homage to the original Wagoneer models, the new models will have some appearance and design cues seen on the original models, but of course all new models will have the most advanced and up-to-date luxury features and tech.

Grand Cherokee

There were rumors that the Jeep Grand Cherokee was going to be refreshed for 2018, but last we heard that was no longer going to happen. Instead, it looks like Jeep is planning to redesign the Grand Cherokee for the 2020 model year. The point of the redesign is to lower the weight and improve fuel economy. [click to continue…]

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Want a New CUV? Check Out the Jeep Cherokee & Dodge Journey

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Loved for their versatility, CUVs are one of the top-selling vehicles in the market right now. CUVs offer owners the space for passengers and cargo, but aren’t so oversized that they are difficult to drive or gas guzzlers like many SUVs. Two great CUV options are the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Journey and they both have unique qualities that make each ideal for different consumers.

Engine, Performance and Capability

The Dodge Journey is available with a 2.4-liter I-4 16-valve dual VVT engine and a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine. When equipped with the 2.4L engine the Journey produces 173 horsepower and the 3.6L engine produces 283 horsepower. The Journey has maximum towing capacity of 2,500 pounds.

The Jeep Cherokee is available with three engine options, a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, a 2.4-liter I4 PZEV M-Air engine and a 3.2-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine with electric stop and start technology. Depending on the engine, the Cherokee produces between 184 and 271 horsepower and it has a maximum towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds.

Interior and Tech

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10 Reasons to Love the Jeep Renegade

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The Jeep Renegade is still a newish addition to the Jeep lineup being as 2015 was its first year of production. Since then, the popularity of the vehicle has really grown. That is not too surprising considering how sweet it is! The Renegade is a Jeep with a completely new design and style but with the capability and military type touches you would expect from a Jeep. Still deciding if you want one? These ten reasons to love the Renegade will sway you!

  • Price – The Jeep Renegade is one of the more affordable Jeep models on the market and they have a lot of awesome features! The base model, the Jeep Renegade Sport,  starts at roughly $19,000 and the highly capable off-road model with four-wheel drive, the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, has a beginning price of only $27,000.
  • Design – Just because the Renegade has a different style than other Jeep models, doesn’t mean it doesn’t harness the Jeep brand’s rugged and adventurous style. Plus features like the round headlights and military inspired X taillights make it just as much of a Jeep as any other!

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Hurricane Irma?

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The path of Hurricane Irma is still not know, but South Florida needs to be ready. Hurricane prep isn’t just a matter of having all of the supplies in your house, it’s also important to think about your vehicle. Whether this is your first time preparing for a hurricane or your tenth time, don’t forget to consider these things to keep yourself and your vehicle safe.

  • Insurance

Do you know what your car insurance plan covers? If not, call your insurance agent and find out what type of coverage you have in case of a storm sooner than later because it’s more likely that your insurance company will let you increase your coverage the farther away the storm is. Many insurance companies will stop customers from increasing their coverage once storms get within a certain distance. Also, be sure to take pictures of your vehicle before and after the storm because photos can be helpful when you make a claim. [click to continue…]

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Jeep Events Near South Florida this Fall

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Looking for Jeep events to participate in this fall? There are a few Jeep events that take place throughout Florida. In addition to events, there are local Jeep clubs like South Florida Jeep Club, Black Sheep 4×4 and Caloosa Jeepers (for those of you that are on the South West coast) that usually have events all year long, so reach out to them for more things to do.

SFJC General Meeting, September 12  

South Florida Jeep Club has a general meeting once a month. Therefore, if you keep up with the clubs event dates you can attend at least one this fall. The first meeting is September 12 at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. The general meeting is simple and the point is to show off your Jeep, check out other Jeeps and make more “Jeeper” friends in the South Florida community. This event is also a great way to decide if you want to join the South Florida Jeep Club and start discussing a membership! [click to continue…]

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Top Ten Jeep Questions Answered

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When looking to purchase or lease a new vehicle the first step in the process is research! When you start the research portion of your quest for a new car, you probably have a lot of questions. If you know a Jeep is going to be your next vehicle, but don’t know which Jeep, or have questions about specific models, read on!

Top 10 questions and answers about Jeeps:

These are 10 common questions people think about when looking at different Jeep models and deciding which one fits their needs.

1. How many Jeeps are there to choose from?
Plenty! There are eight different Jeep models including the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee SRT, Renegade, Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited and Patriot. Each of these models have a trim lineup with different configurations of the same vehicle.

2. Which Jeep is the most off-road capable?
Each Jeep model has at least one trail-ready trim level. However, if you are looking for the most capable stock model available, the Wrangler Hard Rock Rubicon or Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock Rubicon is for you. Huge wheels and tires, high ground clearance, and plenty of off-road extras come standard with these models.

3. What is the difference between the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Jeep Wrangler?
The biggest differences are that the Unlimited is a four-door, five passenger vehicle and the Wrangler is a two-door four passenger vehicle. Both Wrangler models come standard with four wheel drive and various trims come standard with a hard or soft top.

4. What Jeep model is the fastest?
Looking for a performance Jeep? The Grand Cherokee SRT will blow your mind with power and performance capability. The Grand Cherokee SRT comes standard with a 6.4-liter V8 engine producing 475 horsepower. Looking for more power? Jeep just introduced the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is equipped with a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine!

5. I need cargo space, which Jeep has the greatest cargo volume?
The most spacious Jeep, the Grand Cherokee is for you. The trunk alone provides up to 36.3 cubic feet of space and when the seats are configured, the vehicle provides up to 68.3 cubic feet of space.

6. What new Jeep is the best for someone on a budget?
The base model Renegade will be the most affordable option, pricing begins at $17,995. In addition, the Jeep Patriot (MSRP of $18,040) and Jeep Compass (MSRP of $20,995) are also pretty affordable.

7. Are there any family-friendly Jeeps?
Of course! Jeep understands that some people need the vehicle for both play and family-time. The Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Patriot and Renegade all seat five adults comfortably. The Grand Cherokee is the largest model and it also has extra room for cargo.

8. Are all Jeeps off-road capable?
Most Jeep models are available with a 4×4 or 4×2 drivetrain, so a good place to start when looking for an off-road Jeep is with a 4×4 Jeep. Additionally, some trim levels and models are more capable than others, such as the Trailhawk trims, and there are four Trailhawk trims available on four different Jeep models. Aside from the Trailhawk trims, there are a variety of Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited trims, like the Hard Rock Rubicon, which have very advanced off-roading features.

9. Which Jeep model is the most luxurious?
Again, all Jeep models have upgraded trims which provide luxury features. However, if luxury is what you are looking for as a top priority, the best option for you is the Grand Cherokee Laredo.

10. What’s the difference between the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee?
If you look at the pictures of both, there is a slight difference in style and size. The Cherokee received a new front design with thinner, slanted headlights a few years ago and it now looks quite different from the Grand Cherokee, which has larger more square headlights. The Grand Cherokee is larger and considered the top of the line when it comes to all Jeep models.

Interested in a new Jeep? Check out our huge inventory at Kendall Jeep here! Feel free to reach out via Facebook or Twitter with anymore Jeep related questions.

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Jeep CUV Options: Renegade and Compass, Which is for you?

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You know you want a Jeep and you know you want a CUV, but which Jeep CUV? Jeep has two equally awesome CUV options available, the Compass and the Renegade. The best fit for you depends on budget, cargo space needs, fuel efficiency and style preferences.

Fuel efficiency

Both of these vehicles are shockingly fuel efficient for CUVs. The Renegade comes standard with a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and it is also available with a stronger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The base engine produces 160 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded engine gets 180 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. If fuel efficiency is what you want, the 1.4-liter engine has an EPA-estimated fuel economy 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The upgraded engine also has an impressive fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The Compass comes with two engine options as well, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The base engine provides up to 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Again, its fuel economy is impressive. The base engine averages 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the upgraded engine has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Holy fuel efficiency!

Style and Cargo Space

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