|Reviewed By||Jim Pickering|
|Price as Tested||$37,425: 3.2-liter 24-valve V6, 9-speed automatic transmission, Jeep Active Drive I, Customer Preferred Package 26G includes Technology Group, Luxury Group, Navigation, etc.|
Small exterior size with plenty of room inside. Comfortable seating position, good visibility, fantastic amount of tech features. Chrysler’s navigation and stereo interface is the best in the business — especially when combined with SiriusXM. Several terrain options, selected with a knob on the center console, give you control over four-wheel-drive settings, including a Sport mode.
The 9-speed transmission in our tester had a wiggle in second gear. Nose styling is an acquired taste, and as part of that, the high beams aren’t much brighter than the regular beams. Engine could use more power. Power liftgate is slow, and for something so simple, had a steep learning curve — it shut halfway through opening at least once for everyone who used it. Did we bump the open button twice? Still not sure.
This Jeep is the perfect off-roader for someone who only needs the capability occasionally. And around town, it’s a great driver with a really good selection of tech features — our tester had heated seats and wheel, XM, navigation, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise, collision warning, remote start, and even the ability to see sports scores and the local (or national) weather forcast via the stereo. With that 9-speed trans, the V6 returned 19 mpg city and 27 highway, which is pretty good considering it’s a small SUV.
I have a hard time getting past that nose styling — but hey, at least it isn’t boring. And overall, that’s a small issue on an otherwise tight package.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Jan 27, 2014