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KBB Expert Ratings Countdown: Jeep

Posted 7/17/2013 12:17 PM
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Overview

Massive rock croppings and bottomless mud pits - they're nothing more than playgrounds to America's original sport utility vehicle, the Jeep.

Though often referred to simply as Jeep, the brand consists of six models demonstrating varying degrees of genuine off-road capability. Every contemporary Jeep SUV features a familial slotted grille, but it's the Jeep Wrangler that carries the strongest tie to the brand's past. Sold as the Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, this rugged vehicle has remained true to its roots while taking on vehicles such as the Hummer H3. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is particularly tenacious, but when that desire to explore needs to be tempered with family responsibilities, one can always check out the three-row Jeep Commander or popular Jeep Grand Cherokee. Buyers seeking capability on a smaller budget will be attracted to the Jeep Liberty. The Jeep Cherokee is no longer offered.

Deviating a bit from the brand's rock-chewing reputation are two other models. The Jeep Compass, the only Jeep model unavailable with a Trail Rated badge, is essentially a car-based crossover vehicle with a light-duty 4WD system. With a boxier look, the otherwise similar Jeep Patriot can be ordered with a more aggressive 4WD setup.