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2011 Jeep Liberty

The Jeep Liberty was launched to replace America’s populer compact SUV the Cherokee. Be it on mud or snow, it has the ability to compete with any other compact SUV.

The new 2011 Jeep Liberty is much improved in terms of riding and handling on the road. Old soft look has been replaced with more rugged look. The new Liberty gets revised independent front and multilink rear suspension. The Jeep Liberty comes in three trim-level Sport, Renegade and Limited editions.

The Jeep Liberty comes with a 3.7-liter, V6 engine with 210-horsepower that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive version achieves 15-mpg in the city and 21-mpg on the highway. A four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard and a six-speed manual transmission is optional.

The new Jeep Liberty offers more passenger room and features. Standard equipments are body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, and moldings, remote keyless entry and power-operated and heated foldable side mirrors. Buyers can opt for 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. Other optional features are express-up windows, roof rails, full-open canvas roof system and chrome grille.

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Standard safety features are smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt, side curtain airbags, all-disc antilock braking system, electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation and all-speed traction control. A parking assist system which includes a sonar-based warning system with audible and visual alerts is optional.

The new Jeep Liberty has got a bigger cabin. Dashboard controls are well laid-off and easy to use. Both front and rear legroom and shoulder room are adequate in the Liberty. The loading space is big enough with 31.5 cubic feet of loading capacity. On folding the rear seats the loading space increases up to 64 cubic feet.

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee has it all that an offroader should have. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is completely overhauled with a new chassis which it shares with the Mercedes M Class, a new engine and smoother and refined styling. The new Cherokee also gets new independent rear suspensions to give better ride, more powerful and fuel efficient engine, more space in the cabin and lots of features that can match with any luxury car. The Cherokee is available in three trim-level Laredo, Limited and Overland, each further divided as Front-Wheel-Drive and All-Wheel-Drive.

Every 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission comes as standard. It achieves 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. A 5.7-liter V8 engine producing 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque is optional. The Four-Wheel-Drive Version of The Cherokee Laredo gets a FWD system called Quadra-Trac I, the Limited and Overland gets Quadra-Trac II as standard, which is also optional on the Laredo. The Quadra-Trac I FWD system allows the drivers to select different pre-programmed setting depending on the surface. Another FWD system “Quadra-Drive II” is optional on the Limited on Overland which adds electronic limited-slip differentials to both axles. The Overland further gets a Quadra-Lift air suspension.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with long list of safety features like stability and traction control, front side airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Standard equipment includes foglamps, cruise control, keyless ignition, automatic headlights, a power driver seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, a CD player, a cargo cover, remote ignition, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a USB/iPod interface. Optional features include a power passenger seat, a back-up camera, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker stereo with HD radio, a subwoofer and a touch-screen interface.

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Title › 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Limited adds bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory functions and heated front and rear seats. Optional equipments include power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power tailgate, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. An upgraded Media Center package adds real-time traffic, a navigation system and 30GB of digital music storage. The Overland gets all the Limited’s options, plus special trim including a wood and leather steering wheel.

The new Jeep Cherokee gets wider seats, 4 more inches of extra knee room for the rear passengers. The cargo area is quite big with 35.1 cubic feet of space, folding the rear seats flat allows for about 68.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity.

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2011 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is offered in 2-door,

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or 4-door Unlimited versions. The Wrangler Unlimited is the only available 4-door convertible. The Unlimited is the roomiest, most comfortable Wrangler ever, but lacks some of the tough appearance of the 2-door version. The three available trim levels are X, Sahara and Rubicon.

The base 2-door Wrangler soft-top version has full-metal doors with roll-up windows, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, front bucket seats, a tilt steering wheel and an outside-mounted spare tire.


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Options include air conditioning, front-seat side airbags and power windows and door locks. The Wrangler Sahara trim level adds Infinity sound system, power windows and door locks.

Jeep Wranglers come with a 3.8-liter V6 engine producing 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. The V6 is connected to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. Most models are four-wheel-drive. Sahara and Rubicon adds heavy-duty axles, extra-low gearing and electronically locking front and rear differentials.

The Wrangler 2-door has decent room up front, but a tight rear-seat area essentially makes it a 2-seater. The 4-door has more rear passenger room, but it’s still rather cramped back there and the rear seat isn’t very comfortable.

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There’s little cargo room with the rear seats in their normal position, but these seats can be tumbled forward or removed for a decent amount of cargo room.

The safety features include a stability-control system with rollover sensors, a roll bar, and anti-lock brakes with a brake-assist feature. The advanced 4-wheel-drive system, helps a Jeep Wrangler cling to slippery roads and off-road terrain. The 4-door version’s longer wheelbase helps give it a more comfortable ride.

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2011 Jeep Patriot

The Patriot is the lowest-cost model in the Jeep line. It can be considered a revival of the 1984-2001 compact Jeep Cherokee, which initiated the 4-door mass market for civilian sport-utilityvehicles.

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The 5-passenger Patriot has more traditional square-line rugged Jeep styling than the rather cute, more rounded Jeep Compass, which also is new.

Those accustomed to cars should feel right at home in sized Patriot. Its power steering is accurate, handling is reassuring and the suspension provides a supple ride. The brake pedal has a linear action that allows consistently smooth stops. Jeeps are known for their legendary off-road prowess,


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and the Patriot all-wheel-drive version can be had with an off-road option that provides good performance.

The Patriot comes in Sport and upscale Limited trim levels. List prices range from $14,425 to $21,430. A 2.4-liter 4-cylnder engine with 172 horsepower is standard. It delivers good performance in town, but average performance above 65 mph.

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It’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or to a $1,050 continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission, which makes it rather lazy off the line. An available 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 158 horsepower is offered for a $200 credit, but provides less performance and can only be hooked to the CVT.

The best transmission for the Patriot is the manual, although most people don’t like shifting and thus probably will opt for the CVT. While efficient, the CVT helps cause high engine noise during hard acceleration with either the 2.0 or 2.4 engines, which need lots of revs for the best performance.

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2011 jeep patriot

The Sport is well-equipped with the 2.4 engine. Its items include front bucket seats, console, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM/CD player, variable intermittent wipers and rear wiper/washer. The Sport also has standard traction control, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock all-disc brakes and an anti-skid system with rollover sensors.

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2011 jeep patriot

A $2,350 Quick Order option group for the Sport includes air conditioning, height-adjustable driver seat and power mirrors, windows and door locks with remote keyless entry. One also can get the $995 Power Group for the Sport with power mirrors, windows and locks with remote entry, but it requires $850 air conditioning. A $1,395 navigation system with a 6-disc CD changer is among the most expensive stand-alone options for the Limited.

The Patriot should appeal to Jeep buyers who like to drive off-road, but also to those who want Jeep styling and utility and never venture off pavement.

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2010 Jeep Compass

If you have a vehicle with the same iconic brand name recognition as Coca-Cola, why not take advantage of that

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name? The Chrysler unit of DaimlerChrysler has done just that by adding the car-like 2007 Compass to its Jeep line.

Chrysler knew that expanding the market for Jeep would eventually involve introducing more car-like models, and that would be tricky


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if it didn’t want Jeep to lose its go-anywhere “trail-rated” off-road reputation.

That reputation helps distinguish Jeeps from many other SUVs, although only a small percentage of SUV owners go off-road or do serious off-road driving. It’s the fact that those owners could tackle rugged terrain with a Jeep that adds to the appeal of this SUV.

Also, Chrysler needed a new vehicle on which to base a car-like Jeep so it wouldn’t have to spend a small fortune developing an all-new entry. One really didn’t become available until the compact Dodge Caliber crossover vehicle (some call it a car or station wagon) went on sale this year.

The Compass 4-door hatchback is based on the utilitarian Caliber 4-door hatchback. So it’s no

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surprise that both are made in the same Belvidere, Ill., plant that long made the discontinued Dodge Neon.

Jeep Styling Cues

The 4-door Compass has sufficient Jeep styling cues, such as round headlights, a 7-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel openings. But it looks sleeker than other Jeeps with its new silhouette, which includes a steeply raked windshield. Rear door handles are integrated in the rear roof supports, as such handles have been for years in several Nissan SUVs such as the Pathfinder.

Who will buy a Compass? Jeep is aiming it at folks who want Jeep’s free-spirited image, but also the comfort and roominess of a modern, space-efficient compact car/crossover—along with fairly good fuel economy.

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2010 jeep compass

Average Highway Performance

Powering the new Jeep is a 2.4-liter 172-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that DaimlerChrysler jointly developed with Mitsubishi and Hyundai. It provides good in-town acceleration, but just average highway performance because it isn’t very large and the Compass is fairly heavy for its size at 3,071 to 3,351 pounds, depending on the trim level.

Estimated fuel economy doesn’t touch the 30 mpg level, which would be a good selling point. Rather, weight holds down estimated economy to 25 mpg in the city and 29 on highways with the standard 5-speed manual gearbox and 23 and 26 with the responsive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that was in my test Compass.

The CVT costs $1,000 for the base Sport trim level and $1,150 for the upscale Limited version. Only 87-octane gasoline is required.

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2010 jeep compass

Significant Safety Features

All Compass trim levels have standard anti-lock brakes with a brake assist feature for surer panic stops and traction control and an anti-skid system with rollover sensors. Also standard are side-curtain airbags, although front-seat side airbags cost $250.

Handy items include a console sliding armrest that moves 3 inches for shorter drivers and has a flip pocket for storing a cell phone. There’s also an available 115-volt power outlet, grab handles above all doors with clothes hooks on the rear handles and a removable self-charging lamp in the roof above the cargo area that can be used as a flashlight.

The open storage bin above the glove box may seem like a good idea, but items in it will end up on a front passenger’s lap or the floor during a sudden stop.

The Limited adds air conditioning, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, height-adjustable driver’s seat, fold-flat front seat, reclining rear seat and 18-inch tires—along with more exterior glitz such as bright front/rear fascia overlays.

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