Jeep is an American made automobile brand that is a division of FCA US LLC which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Originally, Jeep cars were first produced in 1941 for the military and came to be referred to as SUVs. The model has been modified many times. This article brings you the top 3 highest rated Jeeps in 2016 according to The Car Connection.
1. Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a very strong family vehicle. While the model has evolved over the years to become more lavish inside, it has retained its sturdiness. The car is very unlikely to get stuck even in some of the worst roads. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts of a thinner and a more understated grille. It has one of the best interior design and execution and competes favorably with other luxury models. It has two rows that accommodate five passengers with sufficient space.
The car uses the standard Grand Cherokee engine. Base models use 3.6-liter V-6 with a 295 horse power. The 2016 model is fitted with fuel-saving engine stop-start systems. Apart from the base models, there is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 360 hp. The most efficient of them all is the turbodiesel 3.0-liter V-6 which has 420 lb-fit of torque. All the three engine types are backed by an 8-speed automatic.
• Responsive 8-speed automatics
• Easy to use infotainment
• Ecodiesel’s 30 mpg rating, 730-mile range
• Premium look and feel
• Very expensive
• No rearview camera on base Laredo
• Grill design not yet in alignment
2. Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee 2016 model is also a family all-wheel drive car. It’s ideal for road trips and the daily grind. The model competes well with others such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester. Unlike its predecessor, Jeep Liberty Cherokee does not have much of the truck-like look.
The model has the standard 184-hp and 2.4-liter inline-4 that is strong enough for quick acceleration. It can also use a 3.2-liter V-6 with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque which gives it capability to pull 4,500 pounds.
• A daring exterior
• Family size interior though without a third row
• A strong active-safety set
• Quick enough with base engine
• A comfortable front seat
• An exterior styling that does not feel fully committed-to
• Recurrent transmission woes
• Numb steering
• Gas mileage not excellent
3. Jeep Renegade
Jeep Renegade is the smallest of all Jeeps since the Willys, produced during the world war II. It is more than a foot shorter than the Cherokee and is produced for markets outside the US where consumers prefer cars that are smaller than the other Jeep models. In the US, it is preferred by many for its latest safety features and ability to save fuel.
It has a base engine of 160-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 and puts out 184 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, it has a 6-speed manual gearbox. If more power is needed, a 180-hp, 2.4-liter that produces 175 lb-ft of torque is used together with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The model includes settings for extreme conditions.
• Quiet in most roads
• “Easter egg” design touches
• Off-road capability when needed
• Clever removable roof panels
• Rear-seat room unimpressive
• Fuel economy not yet rated
• Unknown safety scores
Other 2016 Jeep cars include the Jeep Compass, the Jeep Patriot, the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.