Jeeps in Movies and TV Shows – From the ‘80s to Today

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The Jeep name has been around for 75+ years now, and in that time the brand name has certainly become iconic. So iconic that Jeep’s have been in many famous shows and movies throughout the years. Specifically, we can think of movies and TV shows from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s that feature Jeeps.


“Dukes of Hazzard” is a famous comedy show from the ‘80s and it is known for its iconic orange Dodge Charger nicknamed, “General Lee,”, but that isn’t the only vehicle remembered from the show. There was also a 1980 Jeep CJ-7 named “Golden Eagle” that Daisy got and drove after her Plymouth was destroyed in a famous scene.  

Ah, Back to the Future”, another 80s favorite of many! Back to the Future features several cars including the movie’s signature car, the DeLorean. But if you think back to the film, you might remember the scene where Marty grabs onto the back of a Jeep Wrangler and ride on his skateboard because he is late to school. [click to continue…]


Meet the Improved All-New 2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is here and it is better than ever before. Jeep rectified the Compass for the 2017 model year with an all-new design and added a new Compass model that is specifically made for off-roading.  

The new 2017 Compass looks like a cross between a Renegade and a Cherokee and it has less of a boxy design than it had in the past. The front headlights are modern and of course, it has Jeep’s classic seven-slot front grille.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options

Kendall Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine options

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever and it is the biggest model in Jeep’s lineup.  To offer consumers variety in power, efficiency and capability, the Grand Cherokee is available with four very different engine options.

3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is the FCA’s signature engine and it is standard on the Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as the Jeep Wrangler. On the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 3.6L Pentastar engine produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and together, they create an excellent balance of power, handling and efficiency. The 3.6L Pentastar engine has a maximum towing capacity of 4,700 pounds and an average fuel economy of 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

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Jeep Renegade, Patriot, and Cherokee – Which is for You?

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Many people come into Jeep dealerships knowing they love Jeeps, but sometimes they don’t know which model is the best fit for them. If you want a Jeep model that is less conventional than the Wrangler, there are plenty of options. Three popular and different Jeep models include the Renegade, Cherokee and Patriot. So, which is for you?

Engine, Performance and Fuel Economy

The Patriot, Renegade and Cherokee all have different base engines.

The base engine on the Jeep Renegade is a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder MultiAir turbo engine. This engine produces 160 horsepower, 175 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The Jeep Patriot’s base engine is a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that gives the Patriot an average of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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New Jeep Models, New Compass, Pickup + Trackhawk

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Jeep lovers, if your lease is up in 2018, get excited because there are some new Jeep models coming your way. We briefly introduced you to the Jeep Wrangler Pickup truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat a few months ago, but now we have more information on the new models!

Jeep Wrangler Pickup

If you weren’t paying attention before, we hope you are now. Yes, Jeep is bringing back the Wrangler Pickup and though we still don’t know too much, we now know about the engine and some of the exterior materials.

The engine will be a  3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and it will be available with a manual or an automatic transmission. The body frame will still be made from steel, however, the door panels will be wrapped in aluminum. The substitution of aluminum for steel will make the vehicle lighter, so it is safe to say performance and fuel economy will get a helping hand.

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Jeep Trailhawks’ Enhanced Off-Road Features


There are a couple Jeep models that are available in the “Trailhawk” trim and for the 2017 model year, a couple more Trailhawk trims are joining the pack. “Trailhawk” trims feature additional off-roading equipment that help the Jeep earn its “Trail Rated” badge and help it conquer the toughest terrains. So, what is different on a Jeep Trailhawk trim that makes it so capable? Check it out below.  

Trailhawk Models + “Trail Rated” Badges

In 2017 there will be four Trailhawk trims — Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Compass Trailhawk. Each of these models have a “Trail Rated” badge. This badge means that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Tow hooks

Off-roading is fun, but can be frustrating if you get stuck, so every Trailhawk model is equipped with the Trailhawk’s signature red tow hooks. In addition to adding style, the vibrant red color makes the tow hooks easier to spot when stuck in mud or at night. There is one rear tow hook and two in the front. The rear hook can be used for towing and the front hooks can be used to pull out your own Trailhawk or someone else’s vehicle if stuck. [click to continue…]


Look Out for Two New Renegade Models, Deserthawk + Altitude


Joining the Renegade lineup for the 2017 model year, are two new Renegade models. If you don’t know about the Renegade, it is a CUV (compact utility vehicle) that challenges Jeep’s classic look, while not being unrecognizable as a Jeep. The base trim Renegade has is fuel efficient and versatile on and off the road, whereas the top level Renegade trims have everything needed for a day spent off-roading. Check them out below.

Limited-edition Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

The Renegade Deserthawk trim is what it sounds like – a Jeep that can fly when off-roading anywhere, even in the desert. This limited-edition trim is like the Renegade Trailhawk, but it has more stylized features.

The Renegade Deserthawk is available in a few color options including Alpine White, Anvil, Black, or the Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand color. We recommend the Mojave Sand color because it is compliments the Renegade Deserthawk’s theme. Other exterior features like 17-inch black painted wheels, a Trail Rated badge, exclusive body decals and rock rails are all standard with this model. [click to continue…]


Thanksgiving Road Trip with Jeep


Kendall Jeep hopes you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. With that being said here are some fun Thanksgiving road trip tips and recipes that travel well. It won’t be long before you show up to the in-laws house with dish in-hand!

Road trips can be very fun or very stressful, especially with kids. If you are planning on road tripping to visit family or friends this Thanksgiving, it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are several ways to ease boredom and keep the family occupied and happy. Road trip games are a great way to make road trips go by quickly. We have a few favorites to share.

License Plate Game / Spot the Car

Both of these games are classic and very simple car games. The main point of both games is draw attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle. For the game, someone in the car writes down the license plate states or car brands that each passenger spots during the drive. The goal is to get as many car brands as possible! [click to continue…]


Movember with Jeep – Raise Awareness and Have Fun


Every November people from all over celebrate “Movember” or “No Shave November.”  These “holidays” are more than just a fun excuse for men not to shave their beards or moustaches, but a time to raise awareness and money.

For the month of November Jeep has partnered with the Movember Foundation, a foundation that generates awareness to raise funds in support of men’s health. One way the foundation gets people to participate by growing out their facial hair, but the idea behind the month long event is to spread awareness about men getting regular checkups, being healthy, and understanding the risks, prevention and warning signs of prostate cancer.

There are a couple different ways the Jeep brand is encouraging owners to support the cause by purchasing an exclusive Jeep ‘Stache by Carstache accessory moustache and also by taking photos and sharing them on social media. [click to continue…]


Two FCA Vehicles Earn Top Awards at the Active Lifestyle Competition


The Jeep Grand Cherokee might be the most awarded SUV, but Jeep and fellow FCA brands keep on earning awards and new titles every year. Last week, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 won major awards at the 13th Annnual Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition.

The Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition is an annual competition that brings in over 50 judges who are experienced off-road drivers and they evaluate vehicles for their handling on the road and off-road.

At this year’s competition San Marcos Golf Resort in Arizona, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel was presented with the top honors in “Green ALV” category and the Ram Rebel was presented with the award for “Best Value Off-Road.” Check out why both of these FCA vehicles won.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel

Why is this particular Cherokee so loved? Well, the simple answer is, it performs well in the city, on the highway and off-road without the excessive fuel emissions of similar vehicles. [click to continue…]