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.

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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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Jeep Wrangler Lifts For Different Types of Off-roading

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Have you been struggling with trying to figure out which Wrangler lift is for your Jeep? Well, it all depends on what kind of off-roading you like to do. Are you a mudder, rockcrawler, trailblazer or water forder? Depending on the answer to that is the answer to which lift is for you.

Mudding

Mudding requires a set of big ole mud tires, which are typically 32-inches or more. With that being said, you will need a lift kit that can accommodate bigger tires. A suspension lift kit (generally four-inches or higher depending on tire height) could be exactly what you need for your Jeep. This type of lift will likely be big enough for your tires and give your Jeep enough clearance to prevent it from bottoming out.

Rock crawling

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Remember the Jeep Comanche Concept? Check Out Its Twin!

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Remember the Jeep Comanche concept from the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari? Unlike the original Jeep Comanche of the ‘80s and ‘90s that was based off the Cherokee platform, the 2016 Jeep Comanche 4×4 concept had Jeep Renegade base, but it is a diesel powered “trucklet” with a military-style truck bed. It is probably smaller than any truck you’ve seen, but it is mighty.

2016 Jeep Comanche Concept

In order to make the Jeep Comanche concept work, Jeep engineers stretched the wheelbase of a Jeep Renegade six inches and gave the model a five-foot truck bed. The concept model also has a two-inch lift, a winch, rock rails, a soft top like the Wrangler, and 32-inch all-terrain tires. To complete the military feel, the Jeep Comanche concept was a beige color called “Beige Against the Machine.” Which is perfect when you think about the band Rage Against the Machine and its anti-establishment routes.

The engine on the Comanche concept was a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine paired to  nine-speed automatic transmission. An off-roading machine, the Comanche concept had a 4×4 off-road system with a low range capability and a locking rear differential. [click to continue…]

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Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler is Right Around the Corner

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We’ve been talking about the next generation Jeep Wrangler for quite some time and its debut is right around the corner and we’re finally starting to learn some more details from Mike Manley, Jeep boss.

First, we know the next generation Wrangler will be called the Wrangler “JL” and it will be on display at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which is scheduled for late November.  

We also know the new Wrangler will be available with three engine options, rather than the standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, which is the only current option. The other two engines will include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an automatic transmission and a 3.0L EcoDiesel, which is currently awaiting approval. The new engine options will give consumers a lot more choice when it comes to fuel economy, power and towing. [click to continue…]

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10 Reasons To Buy a Jeep As Your Next Vehicle

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Looking for your next vehicle? A Jeep is the answer. Jeep vehicles are reliable, tough, and the Jeep brand is very well established and trusted. But if that doesn’t say enough, these ten reasons to buy a Jeep might convince you.

  • Variety – When a lot of people think of the Jeep brand chances are they think of the Wrangler, but there are actually eight different Jeep vehicles available. From the rugged off-road Wrangler to the speedy Grand Cherokee SRT to the compact, yet capable, Renegade, there are plenty of options and across all price ranges.
  • Proven Capability - Just as much as Jeep is known for the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep is also known for making off-road ready vehicles. Water fording, skid plates, tow hooks, durable tires, good ground clearances, Again, no matter which options you choose (even if it is not a Wrangler), Jeep offers at least one trail capable trim for each model.

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