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Dodge Hellcat’s 707 hp begs the question: How much power is too much?

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There’s never been much concern in America that automakers might be building vehicles too powerful to handle. As if we needed proof, look no further than the heralding of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with its 707-hp V-8 — a full 150 hp more powerful than the next most thunderous Detroit sedan, the previous generation Cadillac CTS-V.

But it’s still a question worth asking, and one that’s being raised in a few corners: Is there such a thing as too much power in the hands of everyday motorists?

Officially, there are no legal limits in the United States about how powerful a car can be; so long as a model met all safety standards, automakers could throw a jet engine under the hood. There are precedents; In France, motorcycles are limited to 100 hp — meaning high-end sport bikes have to be detuned to be legal. And from 1989 to 2005, Japanese automakers had a private limit of 276 hp for all their vehicles, although by the time it was lifted, many were building more powerful models but simply saying the rating was 276 hp.

In America, big horsepower is big business. Dodge says that when it announced the Challenger SRT Hellcat would boast 707 hp a few months back, it became the most-searched car brand on the web. And that chatter filters down to the lesser models in the company’s portfolio – meaning the crazy halo car supports the entire brand, even if typical business practices suggests one must be clinically insane to invest money into building such a car.

Americans have also voted for higher horsepower with their wallets; the average 2013 model-year vehicle in the United States will sport 230 hp, the highest since the EPA started tracking such data in 1975, and a 67% jump since then. In general, there is overwhelming support for mad creations like the Challenger/Charger Hellcats – especially among car enthusiasts. But the negative waves have still creept in, like this tweet from one automotive writer:

Personally, I don’t agree, but I understand the sentiment. Just as supercar fans know to expect the first wreck of a new Lamborghini or McLaren a few months after production begins, it’s only a matter of time before someone does something dumb with a Hellcat.

I’ve driven the Challenger SRT Hellcat with the same engine, and while I’ll concede that it is easy to get yourself in trouble if you’re driving like an idiot, tire technology and modern engineering routinely produces a level of traction that requires a conscious effort to shake it loose — even with 707 hp on tap. And you’re gifted two key fobs, one (the black one) limiting power to “just” 500 hp, while the other (the red one) offers the full Monty.

Even with the red key engaged, if you drive sensibly it behaves just like any other performance car – only one with a more evocative soundtrack. It’s not terrifying or sketchy. It just demands respect.

To me, cars are a symbol of freedom – an avenue for exploration, for adventure. If you love cars, chances are you love fast cars: cars that push the boundaries, cars that you once pinned up on your bedroom wall.

Fast cars, to me, are a rush not because they make it easy to break the speed limit, or because they can be inherently dangerous. I like the rush under my right foot, even when traveling slowly. And I don’t measure the greatness of a street car based on its speed, or horsepower numbers. That verdict arrives solely by the size of the grin plastered to my face. In that respect, the inevitable horsepower wars the Hellcat will spawn in Detroit will be superficial — mostly for other brands to save face.


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Despite that, I’m thrilled that we have Hellcats with 707 hp in our lives. A Mazda Miata is fun on many occasions, but on others you might desire a powerful, uncouth brute. Dodge needed a wake-up call, and it’s made itself known to a new generation.

But these recent power wars do pose another question for me: Where’s the end?

We have hybrid hypercars that are pushing 1,000 hp. John Hennessey has his Venom GT with 1,244 horses and a new Venom F5 that’s rumored to boast 1,400 hp. Once upon a time we’d type “350 hp” front and center in a story’s title because it would entice folks to click on it. Now we don’t bother unless it crests 600.

Eventually there’s got to be a limit, right? A tipping point between extreme and just plain stupid?

By now, we’re all aware that some form of electrification will be powering the cars of the future – even in a performance environment. Hybridization is quickly becoming the formula for the elite super cars, and over the next few decades, it will trickle into most every car on the road. It improves fuel efficiency, which is key, but it ensures instant torque; something that’s entirely new among today’s monsters, and a term that’s gained traction among car fans. So not only will cars be more powerful in the future, but that instantaneous, mind-numbing torque will soon be available at every stage of the rev range.

Without road modifications, how much more horsepower and torque can we realistically withstand – especially at the upper-end of the spectrum? In 15 years, will there be a 1,000 hp Dodge Charger? Will our children learn to drive in base Corollas with 400 lb.-ft. of torque? Will your typical, economical family SUV be cresting 500 hp with a 0-60 mph time of sub six seconds?

It boggles the mind, frankly. But at some point, there has to be a cap – a limit to what society and tire makers can handle. In my opinion, that day is not far away. But unlike some, I’m thrilled to live in a world where we’re free to explore the edge of insanity.

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2015 Dodge Charger Challenger Hellcat 707 hp, Louisville Kentucky KY,

707-hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat roars to life as the world’s fastest sedan

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for Louisville KY

Just how quick are we talkin’ here? How does a 3.7-second 0–60 mph time sound? Even more impressive is a quarter mile time of 11 second flat. On street tires. Certified. By the National Hot Rod Association.

That figure is 0.2 seconds quicker through the traps than the kit-kat Challenger, as the Charger in Louisville KY apparently uses its 100 pounds of added weight to its advantage. And if you have enough road ahead of you, the Charger SRT Hellcat is said to be able to hit a terminal velocity of 204 mph, edging out the 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S by one mph.

Powering the Charger SRT Hellcat,  in Jeffersonville IN, of course, is the same supercharged 6.2-liter “Hellcat” V-8 in the exact same state of tune: 707 hp at 6,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, and, not surprisingly, the only transmission is Chrysler’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic operated by the same, more natural-feeling T-handle as the Challenger, or if you choose, steering wheel paddle shifters. The Challenger SRT Hellcat, of course, and has proven not only to be spectacularly fast and loud and hedonistically awesome, but also to be eminently drivable, comfortable, and alas, a real car. We expect the same from the Charger Hellcat, given that the Charger is essentially a re-bodied Challenger with a bigger back seat and two more doors.



Alas, it looks as mean as it is. Like all 2015 Charger models, the Hellcat model benefits from heavily refreshed front and rear styling that came along with the 2015 mid-cycle update, then adds an even more imposing front end that divides the nose into two primary areas: a gaping lower air intake and a pocket-style grille spanning the headlamps. Above that is a Viper-inspired hood treatment with its huge Naca duct feeding air to the supercharger flanked by two air extractors. From the rear view—most likely the view we’ll be seeing most—you’ll see a unique rear bumper with diffuser elements and more aero ducts, as well as dual four-inch exhaust tips, smoked “racetrack” taillamps and a one-piece, body color rear spoiler.

A lowered suspension drops the body onto the same “slingshot” 20-inch forged wheels as the Challenger Hellcat, all of which are wrapped in standard Pirelli PZeros of summer- or all-season varieties. And since fast cars need to stop just as quickly, the brakes are Brembo six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in back, clamping down on two-piece Brembo discs that are the largest Dodge has ever installed on a car.

Inside, the Charger Hellcat Clarksville Indiana IN,  benefits from the numerous interior upgrades Dodge made to the Charger line for 2015, including as a slick new instrument cluster, improved materials and a T-handle shifter for the automatic with more natural operation than before. The Hellcat also gets its own flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel, heated and ventilated sport seats in front and a heated rear bench seats, all upholstered in black or sepia Nappa leather, or an optional two-tone black and red faux suede if you’re feeling racy.

And the Charger Hellcat will also feature the same red key/black key system as the Challenger Hellcat. You’ll want the red key, since it unlocks all 707 hp, while the black key turns the engine down to 500 hp, for when you need a tamer pet.

Certain details remain TBD, including actual pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates, but we estimate that the Charger Hellcat will cost around $65,000 including a certain gas guzzler tax. Dodge said that the Charger Hellcat will go on sale during the first quarter of 2015 as a 2015 model, and that contrary to rumors that the Challenger, it will not place a cap on production for either this or the Challenger Hellcat.

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2014 Ford Truck & Van: F Series, E-Series and Super Duty Review

2014 Ford Truck & Van: F Series, E-Series and Super Duty Review

What’s New for 2014

The 2014  F Series and E-Series Truck & Van are as durable, tough, dependable and found in Louisville Kentucky KY and Clarksville Indiana IN.


Large cargo vans have always been a great option for business fleets and independent contractors alike. Not only do these vans offer more protection from weather and would-be thieves than pickup trucks, they provide a lot of space and countless storage options for all your gear. The 2014 Ford E-Series Van has dominated this market for years, but compared with other cargo vans you might consider, Ford Commercial Truck’s entry is now way out of date and has some significant drawbacks.

One of these is the E-Series Van’s extremely basic interior. Granted, you can outfit this van with numerous bins, drawers and racks, but the seats and interior panels are of low quality, even by cargo van standards. Further, Ford doesn’t offer a high-roof option for the E-Series, so contractors who want to stand up and work inside their van will be forced to stoop. On the road, the 2014 E-Series Van’s base 4.6-liter V8 engine also feels like it’s from an earlier era. It’s sluggish off the line and really isn’t powerful enough to motivate a fully loaded van. Opting for the larger V8 or even the V10 engine is a must if you’re planning any significant highway travel.

In fairness, the E-Series’ traditional rivals, the 2014 Chevrolet Express Cargo and GMC Savana, aren’t exactly spring chickens either, but their available diesel V8 engine gives them an advantage over the Ford if you’ll be hauling or towing exceptionally heavy loads. That said, if there’s some flexibility in your budget, the more modern 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2013 Nissan NV and 2014 Ram Promaster are far more desirable, as they offer nicer interiors, optional high-roof configurations and a more pleasant overall driving experience. In the face of this newer competition, the 2014 Ford E-Series Van really only makes sense if you’re shopping for a full-size cargo van on a slim budget.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A full-size cargo van, the 2014 Ford E-Series Van is offered in three variants. Shoppers with lighter-capacity needs can start with the E-150 model, while those with more demanding requirements should focus on the E-250 and E-350 Super Duty models. These heavier-duty vehicles come in two different lengths — 216 inches for the regular version and 236 inches for the Extended model.

Intended as a commercial workhorse, the F-Series and E-Series Trucks and Vans are short on creature comforts. Standard features are limited to 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, vinyl front floor coverings, front air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, manual telescoping mirrors and a two-speaker AM/FM radio with an auxiliary audio jack.

Available options include alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, chrome exterior trim, power-adjustable and manually telescoping mirrors, running boards, a sliding side door, towing packages with optimized axle ratios, a household power outlet, power windows and locks, rear air-conditioning, a power-adjustable driver seat, a second-row bench seat, interior insulation, cloth upholstery, captain’s chairs, cruise control, keyless entry, a navigation system, Ford’s Sync voice control system, a rearview camera, satellite radio and a four-speaker CD stereo.

For the business on wheels that demands additional customization, there are several special packages that equip the E-Series with a variety of racks, bins and drawers, as well as the optional Crew Chief service, which keeps tabs on vans in its fleet, tracking location, speed, idle time and maintenance schedules.

Powertrains and Performance

The rear-wheel-drive 2014 E-Series Van has three available engines. Standard on the E-150 and E-250 is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 225 horsepower and 286 pound-feet of torque. Optional on the E-150/250 and standard on all E-350 models is a 5.4-liter V8 engine that makes 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both V8 engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. E-350 buyers can upgrade to a 6.8-liter V10 that churns out 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard with the V10.

The EPA rates the E-150 and E-250 with the 4.6-liter V8 at 15 mpg combined (13 city/16 highway). With the 5.4-liter engine, these vans are rated at 14 mpg combined (12 city/16 highway). The E-350 is rated at 13 mpg combined (12/16) with the 5.4-liter V8 and 12 mpg combined (10/14) with the V10. Keep in mind that your fuel economy will vary depending on the axle ratio you choose.

Properly equipped, an E-150 with the 5.4-liter V8 can tow up to 7,500 pounds, while the heavier E-250 tops out at 7,400 pounds with this engine. The V10-equipped E-350 tops out at 10,000 pounds.


All 2014 E-Series Vans come standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control. A rearview camera is offered as an option.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the 2014 Ford F-Series and E-Series vans and Trucks, function definitely takes priority over form. The cabin is decidedly spartan with its vinyl flooring and upholstery, but you can civilize it a bit by opting for front captain’s chairs, an insulation package, an upgraded audio package with a navigation system, and/or a sliding side cargo door.

Regardless, blocky, industrial shapes dominate this aged cabin and padded surfaces are rare, even by cargo van standards. Fortunately, the controls are simple to use and storage is plentiful, plus you can always add more bins and drawers if needed. Still, the E-Series gives you less flexibility than newer vans. There’s no optional driver-side sliding door, nor are there different roof heights. Standard-length vans have a maximum cargo capacity of 237 cubic feet, while extended-length vans check in with 275 cubic feet of space.

Driving Impressions

The base 4.6-liter V8 is not really suited for a brawny hauler like the 2014 Ford E-Series cargo van, at least not if you’re trying to keep pace in highway traffic. It’s passable if you’re only driving in the city or carrying light loads, but most drivers will be happier with the stronger performance from the larger V8 or V10. The V10 is thirsty, however, and you’ll likely find that the diesel engines in the Ram Promaster, Sprinter and GM cargo vans offer superior efficiency and lower running costs.

Otherwise, the E-Series Van drives about how you’d expect. The turning circle is enormous, and you’ll want to take it easy around turns, as any change in direction tends to upset the van’s composure. Compared with newer cargo vans and trucks, the Ford has a harsh, bumpy ride, but if utility is the overriding priority, you probably won’t think twice about this aspect of the driving experience.

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Best Buy: 10 Cars,Trucks, SUV’s in 2015 for Louisville Kentucky, KY and Southern Indiana

10 Cars, Trucks, SUVs Coming Your Way in 2015 to a Dealer near Louisville Kentucky, KY – Get your Brochure and Test Drive Scheduled now!

APRIL 19, 2014

The Automakers of the world are teasing us with their 2015 model year vehicles, many of which should be available to the public by the end of December. It’s always fun to see how new models take shape, and so far, 2015 is setting up to be a good year for buyers in just about every category.

Truck enthusiasts have Ford’s new, aluminum Ford F-150 and General Motors’ Canyon and Colorado to look forward to, while the more performance-minded can look forward to the new Subaru WRX, or BMW M3 and M4. Those looking for a spot of leather and creature comforts, seek no further than Cadillac’s new ATS Coupe or Escalade, while the more practical and frugal can wait on Honda’s new Fit or Chrysler’s new 200 sedan.

Here are ten new cars hitting American showrooms this year (or next), out of the several scheduled for release. It appears that it’ll be a solid year for luxury vehicles and crossovers, as well as fuel-efficient models that continue to push the envelope for lesser consumption.

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1. Ford F-150

Ford’s F-150 is easily one of the most anticipated new vehicles for the 2015 model year, not just because it’s America’s perennial best-selling vehicle, but because Ford has flushed out considerable amounts of the F-150′s steel body and replaced it with high-strength aluminum alloy, making it lighter, better handling, more fuel efficient, and stretching each horsepower further. Its new module design also ensures that the F-150 will be easier to repair and take far less time — thus saving significant amounts of money over similar repairs being made to the previous generations – Used Ford F-150 in Louisville KY.


2. Cadillac Escalade

It’s been a few years since Cadillac’s Escalade has gotten any real attention (the same could be said about the rest of GM’s large SUV lineup), but 2015 will change all of that. Aside from the drastically different look, the Escalade promises be better performing, more comfortable, more fuel efficient, and just as decadent as it has been in the past — perhaps even more so. Its interior is likely one of the most refined that we’ve seen from Cadillac in a number of years, with options for genuine wood trim, premium leather, and so on.

3. Chrysler 200

Chrysler’s 200 sedan — and its Sebring sibling — needed some desperate attention if the car was going to compete with, well, anyone. Fortunately, under its new Fiat ownership, the 200 has been given the breath of life it so badly needed, and the 200 once again has a fighting chance at regaining some needed market share in the small sedan segment. The new 200 boasts a far sleeker profile and form and looks far more in-place among the newer generations of sedans. The convertible won’t be seeing a 2015 model year, however, so you’ll have to spring for the conventional hardtop.

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4. GMC Canyon

American manufacturers all but abandoned the small truck segment, but with the new GMC canyon and Chevy Colorado, GM is looking to even the score with Toyota’s reigning Tacoma pickup. The trucks will have two gasoline options — an inline four and a V6 — with a diesel option slated for 2016. The segment is aimed at some aggressive growth in the nearer future, with Honda teasing a new Ridgeline, VW toying with bringing its Amarok Stateside, and a new Nissan Frontier before long.


5. Honda Fit

Honda’s little Fit hatchback is among the favorites in its class and has established itself as one of the leading subcompacts on the market. However, it has been starting to age as models are wont to do, and therefore Honda is promising a brand new model for 2015, which may become of the most tech-laden competitors in the subcompact segment. It will offer more space than its predecessor, a new face, better aerodynamics, and a slew of other improvements.

6. Subaru WRX

Subaru’s new WRX has taken a lot of abuse from Subaru enthusiasts for not living up to the standards set by the company’s striking concept model, but underneath the skin, the 2015 WRX is promising to be Subaru’s best driver’s car yet. For the STI (pictured), the hallmark boxer engine churns out 305 horsepower to all four wheels, routed through an increasingly rare manual six-speed. Larger front and rear anti-roll bars provide 67 percent faster steering response, according to the company, and 16 percent less body roll thanks to tweaked suspension. Unfortunately, there won’t be a hatchback version this time around — perhaps the greatest complaint – for additional hatchbacks look at the Chevy Spark and Chevy Sonic.

7. Porsche Macan

Porsche’s (POAHF.PK) Cayenne helped bring the brand from a niche sports car maker to a mainstream luxury company, and Porsche is aiming to build on that with its Macan crossover. At a shade under $50,000, it’ll be the most affordable Porsche available, but those looking for some extra oomph can check out the Macan Turbo S, which costs over $72,000 but generates a hearty 400 or so horsepower.  Quite a difference from the Ford Escape.

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8. Lincoln MKC

Lincoln’s revival isn’t quite off the ground yet, and the MKC is coming along later this year to help give the brand some lift. The MKZ has been carrying most of Lincoln’s weight, but the growth prospects in the luxury crossover segment should help Lincoln pull its brand back from the brink. The MKC, which will feature a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine at base and have the option of Ford’s new Edge with the  2.3 liter EcoBoost that’s rated for 285 horsepower, is likely going to do very well in China when the brand launches there this Summer.

9. Audi Q3

Though it’s seen service in Europe for some time now, the Audi (VLKAY.PK) Q3 will be all-new to the U.S. when it debuts for 2015. The Q3 is intended to fill the gap for those looking for a small car like the A3 but need a bit more cabin room, and will go head-to-head with the forthcoming Mercedes GLA Class. Chances are the Q3 will be available with the same powertrains as the A3, so look for a 1.8 liter turbo, a 2.0 liter turbo, and possibly Audi/VW’s terrific 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine.

10. Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac’s ATS has proven to be quite popular, and the brand is hoping to recreate the magic with two fewer doors. While many attempt to make coupes more flashy than the sedans on which they’re based, GM has taken a simple, crisp approach to the ATS Coupe, letting straight, angular lines and clean, vent- and duct-free sheet metal do the talking. The ATS Coupe will be available with a 2.0 liter four or a 3.6 liter V6, but it’s the ATS-V Coupe that we’re really interested in.  For more information on used & preowned car, truck, suv dealer in Louisville Kentucky, KY.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Reviews, Information and Dealer Brochure for Buyers in Louisville Kentucky, KY

2015 Jeep Renegade Preview, Review, Information and Dealer Brochure Available for Louisville Kentucky, KY Drivers, Buyers and Dealers

Fast Facts:

  • New compact SUV sold globally
  • Gasoline or diesel 4-cylinder engine
  • Available 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Choice between two 4WD systems
  • Available Selec-Terrain technology
  • Trail Rated 4WD capability in Trailhawk model
  • Numerous infotainment and safety systems
  • Built in Italy


Jeep says that it seeks “youthful and adventurous customers” with the new 2015 Renegade, a compact SUV that will be available to buyers around the world. Designed in the United States and built in Italy, the new Jeep Renegade is expected to arrive in the fall of 2015.

Exterior Features

Signature round headlights, a 7-slot grille, and trapezoidal wheel arches instantly identify the new 2015 Renegade as a Jeep. The Renegade Trailhawk sits higher, provides greater ground clearance, and gets revised front and rear styling in order to improve approach and departure angles–features off-roaders will appreciate. Observers can identify the Renegade Trailhawk by its red front tow hooks and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.

Interior Features

“Rugged and functional,” according to Jeep, the new Renegade’s interior is crafted with what the automaker characterizes as “high-quality materials” and “inspired colors.” A passenger grab handle is present on the dashboard, and the front passenger’s seat folds forward in order to maximize cargo-carrying capability. The driver grips a thick-rimmed steering wheel.

Optional Features

The 2015 Jeep Renegade can be optioned with numerous upgrades. Highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, color-coordinated interior accent trim, and a 7-inch information display in the vehicle’s gauge cluster. Two different MySky sunroof options are available in the form of a manual canvas or dual-panel power glass opening. Jeep also offers its Uconnect Access system for the Renegade, featuring 911 Connect, text-messaging capability, an Assist button to summon roadside assistance, and more.

Under the Hood

A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the 2015 Jeep Renegade. This is the same engine that is included in the larger Jeep Cherokee, where it is rated to make 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Jeep confirms that a 9-speed automatic transmission can be installed in the new Renegade, but does not state whether it is standard or optional equipment.

Jeep does confirm that it will offer a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the 2015 Renegade, that the diesel engine will be available with the 9-speed automatic, and that it will be able to tow up to 3,300 lbs. With either engine, the transmission offers manual gear selection by pushing up on the shifter to execute a downshift, and by pushing down on the shifter to execute an upshift.

Jeep Renegade buyers will be able to choose between an Active Drive 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system and an Active Drive Low 4WD system that features a 20:1 crawl ratio. Both 4WD systems include Selec-Terrain technology with Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, and Rock settings, and can deliver up to 100% of engine torque to a single wheel. To improve fuel economy when a Renegade isn’t off-roading, a rear-axle disconnect system reduces friction in the drivetrain.

A 4-wheel independent suspension is standard for the Renegade, and offers up to 8.1 in. of wheel articulation. Jeep uses Koni frequency damping front and rear struts for the suspension, and the Renegade Trailhawk model rides higher and delivers 8.7 in. of ground clearance in combination with greater approach, breakover, and departure angles, according to the automaker.

Thanks to these upgrades, Jeep says the Renegade Trailhawk model provides best-in-class off-road capability. Jeep Active Drive Low is standard for this version of the SUV, which rides on 17-in. aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, gets a set of skid plates, can ford 19 in. of standing water, and includes standard hill-descent control technology.


In addition to 7 standard air bags, the 2015 Renegade is available with several safety-related technologies including Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and a reversing camera.


Two different Uconnect infotainment systems are available for the 2015 Renegade, ranging in screen size from 5 in. to 6.5 in. The larger version can be equipped with Uconnect Access, a subscription-based upgrade that provides access to text messages and can read them to the driver over the stereo speakers. This system also includes a 911 Connect button to summon rescuers in an emergency, and provides the ability to contact roadside assistance for help when needed.

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The ultra-adorable Jeep Renegade is the latest off-roader in a long history of Jeep 4x4s. But there’s a problem — people are critical as to whether the Renegade has the merit to wear the Jeep badge with pride. But before you make judgement on the mini-SUV, here’s seven important facts you should know:

It’s Capable

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The first thing that you, or anyone really may ask is can it get over hills, rocks, and or dirt? The answer is yes.

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Some of the features include a four-wheel independent suspension, electric power steering and driving steering torque, Jeep Active Drive Low, hill-decent control and 17-inch off-road tires. It’s like any other capable Jeep, just smaller.

It’s Trail Rated (in Trailhawk guise)

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Following up on the capable note — it is trail-rated if you go for the Trailhawk spec. Like any Jeep, the Renegade had to take on the world’s toughest obstacle course in order to be given the Trail-Rated stamp of approval.

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Like the Wrangler or the Grand Cherokee, the Renegade passed (assumedly) with flying colors.

It Has Standard All-Wheel Drive

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Unlike some softer front-wheel drive SUVs, the Renegade comes will all-wheel drive — standard. Further giving merit to its off-road capabilities.

It Has a Manual Transmission

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Along with the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission on an SUV, the Renegade comes with two manual transmission options and a dual-dry clutch transmission.

It Will Come With a Diesel (but not in the U.S.)

Jeep Diesel

Yes, your diesel wishes have been answered. Problem is, you have to live in Europe to cop one. While Jeep boasts that the Renegade will use both gas and diesel engines, U.S. buyers are stuck with the standard Chrysler MultiAir engines, which are not always very lively when paired to an automatic. The manual will be a must to get the most from these diminutive mills.

It Was Designed in the U.S., Built in Italy

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Designed at home and built abroad, the Renegade uses daddy Fiat’s 500X “small-wide” platform. The same one used on the current 500L.

It’s A Jeep, Plain and Simple

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All that being said, there’s one thing you can’t discount — it’s a Jeep, through and through. Like any modern Jeep, it has the design and the capabilities you would expect. It can ford through rivers, tackle tough terrain, all the while, keeping you cool and comfortable in the cabin.

We’re excited to hit the trails in this little thing.

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The Ford brand is closing in on Toyota as the favorite of retail auto buyers, a sign of rising popularity of the Fusion mid-size car and Escape sport-utility vehicle, and of growing dismay with the Japanese manufacturer.
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Toyota Motor Corp. namesake brand, a default choice of a generation of car buyers who admired its high quality, lost ground during the past six years amid recalls, natural disasters and stiffer competition.

Its share of the U.S. retail market fell to 13.5 percent last year from 16.3 percent in 2008, according to data provided to Bloomberg by IHS Automotive using Polk vehicle-registration records. Toyota’s 2.8 percentage point loss matched the gain of Ford Motor Co. (F)’s main brand, to a 13.2 percent share, over the same period.

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Retail registrations are the best measure of the tastes of individual car buyers because they exclude bulk fleet sales to corporate and government customers. Toyota dominated the retail market before the recession, with top sellers such as the Camry sedan and Corolla compact. Those models now face tougher competition as car shoppers favor Ford models including the Fusion, which draws frequent comparisons to an Aston Martin, and a restyled, fuel-efficient Escape. Hyundai Motor Co. and Subaru, the auto unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., also gaining ground.

“Before 2010, Toyota’s image was bulletproof, and while it is still strong, it’s not rock solid and as perfect as it was before,” Tom Libby, auto analyst for IHS Automotive, said in an interview. “It now appears their march forward has been slowed.”

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Top ThreeThe leader in total U.S. sales is General Motors Co. (GM), which has four brands including Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford including its fleet sales and Lincoln brand is No. 2, followed by Toyota, which overtook Ford in sales by company from 2007 to 2009 before falling back to the third position.

Those rankings will hold again when February’s U.S. sales results are announced March 3, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Toyota, GM and Ford may all report declines, while Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. post gains, according to analysts surveyed.

Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. may rise 0.4 percent in February to almost 1.2 million, the average of six analyst estimates. The annualized rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, will probably remain at 15.3 million, the average of 10 analyst estimates, the same as in February 2013.

Toyota’s once-pristine image was tarnished, Libby said, when it recalled more than 10 million vehicles for problems related to unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010, involving defective floor mats and accelerator pedals. The world’s largest automaker lost sales in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan and shut down Toyota’s car factories.

Rebound ScenarioToyota’s U.S. retail market share fell to 12.4 percent in 2011, recovered to 13.7 percent in 2012 and declined again last year, the IHS data show.

“A fair number of people — I was among them — thought that after the recall situation and after the tsunami that Toyota would just resume where they were,” Libby said. “Lo and behold, they have not.”

As total U.S. auto sales rose, Toyota has increased sales by more than a half-million vehicles in the last two years. That is more important than its retail market share, said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.

“Share doesn’t pay the bills, sales do — that was and is our focus,” Michels said in an e-mail. “Toyota recovered an enormous amount of volume after the recession and Tsunami/Thailand floods impacted periods.”

Design ChangesToyota will probably maintain its slight retail lead over Ford this year thanks to redesigns of its Corolla, RAV4 small SUV and Highlander SUV, said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with researcher LMC Automotive in Troy, Michigan. The Camry, Toyota’s top seller, will also receive minor design changes late this year, he said.

“Ford’s going to give them a run for their money over the next couple years, but at this point we don’t see them overtaking Toyota,” Schuster said.

Toyota Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda has pushed his designers to create more exciting cars after critics have dismissed the company’s products as “blandmobiles.” At the Detroit auto show in January, Toyota generated buzz and floor traffic with its red FT-1 concept that drew inspiration from the automaker’s Supra sports car.

“We’ve seen some indication that Toyota is going to refocus on design and basically bring sexy back or maybe get it for the first time,” Schuster said.

Swoopy SonataThe looks of Hyundai’s swoopy Sonata sedan, Kia’s angular Optima sedan and Ford’s Fusion have attracted family-car buyers, Schuster said. Korea’s Hyundai and its corporate sibling Kia combined to control 8.2 percent of the U.S. retail market last year, up from 5 percent in 2008, though down from 2012, according to the IHS data.

“Vehicles like the FusionEscape and our hybrids have provided us with a tremendous amount of retail sales and share gain, particularly in the coastal regions in the west and southeast, areas that typically have been dominated by Japanese automakers,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analyst. The Ford brand’s overall retail sales rose 14 percent in 2013, he said, powered by a 21 percent rise in the west and a 17 percent increase in the southeast.

The closing quality gap among automakers has removed a onetime Toyota advantage, Libby said. The Toyota brand ranked seventh in J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study last year, below GM’s GMC truck brand, which ranked second, and its Chevrolet line, which ranked fifth.

“In core car segments, where Toyota really had their strength and still has strength, there’s more legitimate competition,” Libby said.

Chevrolet’s SlideDespite quality gains and praise from critics, GM’s Chevrolet brand also lost ground among individual retail buyers. Chevy’s U.S. retail share fell to 10.7 percent last year, from 11.4 percent in 2008. GM last year introduced a redesigned Silverado pickup truck, its top seller, as well as updating the design of its Malibu family car.

“Chevrolet is pretty disappointing. They’ve had a significant product revival over the last two years and they’ve not been able to gain share,” Libby said.

Since 2008, Chevrolet has exited the minivan and small pickup categories, which cost it retail sales, said Jim Cain, a company spokesman. GM will begin offering a smaller pickup later this year with the Colorado model. The Detroit-based automaker also is putting a greater emphasis on profits, selling fewer cars on deep discount, he said.

Light Years”The quality of our market share is light years ahead of where it was in 2008,” Cain said. “We are much more profitable and the resale of our products has risen sharply thanks to what is now an essentially all-new showroom of vehicles.”

Chrysler, the U.S. automaker owned by Fiat SpA (F), saw its Jeep line of SUVs climb to 3.4 percent from 2.7 percent in 2008, the IHS data show.

The next top brands will find a way to lead in innovation, as Toyota did in the last two decades with the Prius hybrid-electric car and the RAV4 that helped pioneer the car-like SUV category, Libby said.

Segment LeadersHonda Motor Co. (7267), which was second to Toyota in retail share in 2008, has slipped to fourth. It had 10.4 percent of the retail market last year, down from 11.9 percent in 2008, according to the IHS data. Honda also has suffered from lackluster looks, Libby said, as the competition has become more appealing. Like Toyota, it also had to contend with natural disasters in Asia that disrupted production in 2011.

While its retail share slid, Honda said its top-selling models were retail leaders in their segments: the Civic compact, Accord mid-size car, CR-V compact utility and Odyssey minivan. The company doesn’t have a fleet-sales operation and few Honda dealers handle such sales.

“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda’s U.S. unit, said in a statement last week.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale at Louisville Kentucky, KY – A Full Review & Brochure


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale at Louisville Kentucky, KY

After two decades of assembling its Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, the American automaker has finally delivered a world-class off-roader capable of taking on everything in its segment – and more – with a high likelihood of coming out on top.

And if you drove last year’s model, it’s time to climb behind the wheel again as Jeep has significantly updated the SUV for 2014 with a bold new exterior appearance, an upgraded interior with enhanced electronics and a new transmission that completely transforms the way it drives.

We recently spent a full week with a dark blue reviewing, diagnosing and driving the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, a well-optioned model fitted with the standard gasoline-fed V6. While it didn’t have the punch of the range-topping V8-powered SRT8, or the fuel-sipping economy of itsnew EcoDiesel sibling, the high-volume variant left us quite impressed.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee OverlandWithout question, the 2014 is significantly improved over its predecessor.
Slightly more than 20 years ago, Jeep launched its all-new Grand Cherokee for the 1993 model year.
The current chassis is its fourth-generation iteration (known as the WK2 to brand purists), which made its debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show, but it didn’t go on sale until the following summer as a 2011 model. Three short years later, Jeep has introduced the revised 2014 model with a slew of significant upgrades.Jeep is offering its 2014 Grand Cherokee in no fewer than six different models (listed in order of increasing base price): Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT. Depending on the model, there are three engine choices (3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8 and the new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel) and several powertrain choices (4×2 and three different 4×4 systems). While the aforementioned diesel and high-performance SRT models capture most of the spotlight, the standard gasoline-powered V6 models comprise the bulk of sales – more than justifying this review.As indicated, Jeep made several improvements to the Grand Cherokee for the new model year. Mechanically speaking, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the outgoing five-speed gearbox and the four-wheel-drive system has been improved with new modes. Cosmetically, the front fascia has been redesigned and there are new taillamps, a larger liftgate spoiler and more wheel choices. Jeep didn’t leave the interior alone either, as the 2014 models are fitted with a new steering wheel with paddle shifters, revised instrument cluster, redesigned center stack with the company’s larger 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, upgraded Uconnect Access and other enhanced interior materials. Without question, the 2014 is significantly improved over its 2013 predecessor.

The Overland in standard configuration is fitted with a very high level of equipment.


Our particular 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, painted in True Blue Pearl over two-tone Vesuvio Indigo Blue and Jeep Brown interior upholstery, started with a base price of $45,995. Few would blame the owners who add absolutely no options, as the Overland in standard configuration is equipped with a very high level of equipment that includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-operated eight-way driver and front passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chrysler’s Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 506-watt audio package, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, bi-xenon headlamps and more. Even so, our tester was upgraded with the Customer Preferred 23P package ($1,695), which included adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, blind spot and rear cross path detection. The bottom line on our SUV’s window sticker, including the mandatory $995 destination charge, was $48,685.

Like most late model Grand Cherokees on the road today, our vehicle featured Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, rated at 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. New for 2014 is a standard ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic that provides not only improved fuel economy and better acceleration, but a new lower crawl ratio of 44:1 to aid off-road prowess when equipped with the two-speed transfer case (Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II is standard on the Overland). The EPA rates the SUV at 17 miles per gallon city and 24 mpg highway, which is a slight improvement over last year’s 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The engine is also E85 compatible, but burning the ethanol fuel blend delivers reduced economy.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee starts off strong even before the engine is started.

Underpinning the Grand Cherokee is an independent suspension mounted to a steel unibody chassis shared with the current-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class (consider it a gift from the earlier DaimlerChrysler days). The front features upper and lower control arms while the rear is fitted with a multi-link design. Twin-tube, gas-charged shock and coil springs round out the package. The Quadra-lift air suspension, with four drive heights and a low Park mode to ease ingress/egress (4.1 inches of total travel), is standard on the Overland. The steering is electrically assisted, and the Grand Cherokee requires just 37.1 feet to turn curb-to-curb. Our Overland was equipped with 20-inch cast aluminum wheels, wrapped in 265/50R20 Goodyear Fortera HL all-season tires.

First impressions mean quite a bit in the automotive world, especially when emotion sells more vehicles than any pushy salesman. In that regard, the 2014 Grand Cherokee starts off strong even before the engine is started.

The exterior refresh is attractive, as it maintains the Jeep’s obligatory aggressive and capable appearance while losing some of the shiny chrome in the process. Headlights are now sleeker and more detailed, and the lower fascia receives the same attention. The alterations to the back of the vehicle are less obvious, but Jeep has repositioned some of the flashy trim and cleaned up its overall appearance.

All of the touch surfaces feel substantial and of high quality, solving that common complaint.

While the contrasting dark blue and chocolate interior would not be our first choice, the white piping on the seats and wood on the dashboard provided an upscale appearance. All of the touch surfaces feel substantial and of high quality, solving that common complaint. The front seats are comfortable, with nice bolsters, long lower cushions and good lumbar support, and the driving position fit your editor’s six-foot two-inch frame well. A bright and very legible multi-configurable instrument panel is easy to see, even through polarized glasses, and the Garmin-based Uconnect navigation was intuitive for all who used it (although we didn’t like how many of the seat heat/cooling functions required more than a few actions to access). To ease connectivity, the driver and front passenger are offered an AUX, USB, SD and 12-volt DC power outlet in a panel at the bottom of the center stack.

Second row passengers were equally as content, with acceptable leg, knee and toe room; large tinted windows; and plenty of power to charge their own personal electronics (Jeep has put twin USB ports and a 115-volt outlet on the rear of the center console, exclusively for their use). When the center armrest is raised, the cushion beneath it is flat to make a comfortable fifth seating position.

A lack of a third row Dodge will sell you a Durango for that role means there are no bulky hide-away cushions to prevent the 60:40 split second row from folding, thus creating a flat and expansive cargo area. The front passenger seat folds flat to increase cargo space, too. There are also four metal rails, and steel tie-downs, to help secure larger loads and grocery bag hooks to keep the little things from rolling around (another 12-volt DC outlet is in the rear cargo hold).

The push-button stop/start is carried over from last year. The more significant news is the new electronic shift lever replacing its gated predecessor on the center console. Seemingly lifted right out of the current-generation Audi A8 sedan – they are virtually identical as both share the same ZF eight speed transmission – the stubby T-handle only requires a nudge to engage the gear. In practice, the gear selector requires a slight learning curve, and it cannot be rushed without drawing profanities, but it works well after a bit of familiarity.

Our initial positive impressions of the exterior and interior are complemented by the Grand Cherokee’s new driving dynamics.

The V6 will never match the brawn of the SRT’s V8 (or even the Hemi), and nobody should expect it to, but the new lower first gear allows the volume model to leap off the line with newfound energy. The Jeep weighs 4,984 pounds, which is about average in this segment, but a happy marriage between the six-cylinder Pentastar and the ZF eight-speed transmission (it reportedly has 90 different shift algorithms from which to choose) means the SUV will hit 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds flat. On the road, the power seemed to fall off at higher speeds, but it was more than adequate for most passing maneuvers. According to Jeep, our test car will tow 6,200 pounds (those seeking more pulling capability should look at the diesel or SRT, as those are both rated to pull 7,200-plus pounds).

The SUV excels on the open road, especially at speed.

Once at speed, extensive soundproofing and thick door seals kept wind noise to a minimum. Unlike the beastly SRT8, docked points for road noise in our recent review, the narrower all-season rubber on this four-door never howled on the open road. While it likely doesn’t help lower cabin noise, the air suspension automatically lowers the vehicle at highways speeds to improve the vehicle’s overall aerodynamics and aid fuel economy (the Grand Cherokee earns a drag coefficient of 0.37).

Tuned for on- and off-road travel, the ride was on the firm side yet its damping response aligned with our expectations – softer than the SRT8, but still maintained a sporty edge. Its European-bred chassis is stiff and responded well to steering requests. Even so, we found ourselves skipping the tight mountain curves where the Jeep began to feel a bit awkward, and taking the highway routes to make good use of the excellent radar-based adaptive cruise control. The SUV excels on the open road, especially at speed.

It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment.

Sadly, and despite setting a day aside for it, we never had the chance to take the Grand Cherokee off the pavement and try its Select-Terrain system (our planned trip to an off-road park was pushed off the schedule when another automaker was late with a vehicle delivery). Based on previous experience, the new revisions will only improve its competence after the concrete ends.

As you have likely concluded, we really enjoyed our time with the improved Grand Cherokee. It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment. In base form, the $31,000 Laredo version competes exceptionally well against the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer – we’d likely choose it over all four if a third row of seating weren’t required, and especially if off-road excursions were on our extended menu.

Yet more impressive than beating a typical mid-priced soft-roader is the Overland’s ability to be a worthy lower-cost alternative to the widely praised BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The American beats both in content, equals them in ride quality and is more capable on rough terrain. Thanks to a host of new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades for 2014, the Grand Cherokee has emerged as America’s new midsize SUV standard of excellence.

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Chevrolet’s Chevy Silverado 2500HD & 3500HD runs on Compressed Natural Gas

Chevrolet’s Chevy Silverado runs on natural gas.  There’s a big Chevy Silverado on display at the Chicago Auto Show here that offers a lot of hope for bright energy future.

It runs on natural gas.

Little by little, the auto industry is starting to embrace natural gas, the domestically produced fuel that sells for a fraction of the price of gasoline. America, thanks to the gas boom in the upper Midwest, is seeing an energy renaissance because of it.

For the moment, natural gas-powered transportation is focused on vehicles that businesses buy, that they can centrally fuel to make up the lack of consumer fueling points. At the show, Chevy revealed a 2015 Silverado heavy duty pickup truck that is fitted for CNG, or compressed natural gas, while keeping a gasoline tank.

“With CNG capability to be offered on all Silverado HD cab configurations, customers have a wider range of choices,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for General Motors Fleet and Commercial in a statement. “And for companies and municipalities that maintain multiple trucks in their fleet, the fuel cost savings of CNG can really add up in a year.”

With CNG currently priced about 62% less per gallon than gasoline, GM says a work truck that driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually if it runs on CNG 75% of the time, instead of gasoline.

The option is available on both the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD. Consumers have long had the ability to own a CNG model because of a version of the Honda Civic and Chevrolet will soon offer a natural-gas powered Impala as well.

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Chevrolet & Chevy Offer Silverado Truck – Prices Drop, Discounts and Rebates


Chevrolet & Chevy Offer Silverado Truck Discounts After Poor Sales


Car companies that offer huge discounts on models early in the year have a problem. They have to decide on ways to get slow-selling vehicles off the lots. The Chevy Silverado, General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) most successful vehicle based on unit sales, has such a large number of discounts to its sales price for President’s Day that something has to be very wrong.
The Silverado is the second best selling vehicle in the U.S. after Ford’s (NYSE: F) perennial front-running F-150. The Silverado’s sales are also pressured by another pickup — the Dodge Ram, which is the Chrysler flagship. The three top the list of best selling vehicles in America, ahead of the first place car — Toyota’s (NYSE: TM) Camry.

In January, Ford sold 46.536 F-150s flat compare with a year ago. The pickup’s new model, made mostly of aluminum, which lowers its weight by almost 700 pounds, has earned a number of positive reviews.  The Silverado’s sales were 28,926, off more than 18% from January 2013. Pressuring the Silverado from below, the Ram’s sales were 25,071 — up 22%. The Silverado could drop out of second place as soon as this month, if the trends continue.

The stunning set of discounts for the Silverado drops the price of its Double Cab All-Star Edition from $37,520 to $30,428 for President’s Day. This includes  a $3,900 Presidents Day Cash Allowance and a $2,442 Presidents Day Discount.

Silverado sales are not the only problem for the No. 1 U.S. auto maker. GM posted relatively poor earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013. Like all of the other large car companies in the U.S., it relies heavily on a small number of vehicles for the majority of its sales. Cars like the Corvette may get substantial press coverage, but they sell only a few thousand units a year. 

Based on January sales, Chevy has only three vehicles among the 20 top selling cars and light trucks: the Silverado, Cruze  and Equinox . Rival Ford has five vehicles on the list; Toyota has four. These numerical advantages show just how much GM leans on the Silverado. For now, it does not have much to lean on.

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Reviews and Information: 2014 Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee

Full 2014 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is a no-nonsense vehicle that’s at its best when the pavement ends. This classic SUV will climb over rocks, cross streams and frolic in the sand dunes whenever you please, thanks to its standard four-wheel drive and high ground clearance. Just don’t expect too many comforts along the way. Although the current Jeep Wrangler is the most civilized version ever, it’s still noisy, rough-riding and nothing at all like the compact and midsize crossover SUVs that dominate this price range. However, if your weekend plans include off-roading, this Jeep is arguably the most capable utility vehicle you can buy.

It’s also among the most versatile. Not only can you choose a Wrangler with two or four doors, you can remove the roof, doors and even the windshield if the mood strikes (and you have the right tools). Although, in practice, you probably won’t care to drive the Wrangler for sustained periods of time without these components. We’d recommend the soft top over the (heavy) hardtop if you plan to drive your Wrangle al fresco on a regular basis, but keep in mind that it makes your Jeep more vulnerable to thieves and still requires considerable time and patience to remove and reinstall. Whether you see this as one of the Wrangler’s quaint charms or an unnecessary hassle largely depends on your expectations.

Of course, some of the Wrangler’s issues can’t be brushed off as easily. Braking distances are long, and handling on paved roads is far less steady and refined than other SUVs you might be considering. Still, there’s unexpected fun to be had in driving a Jeep Wrangler around town, as its short wheelbase makes it blissfully easy to maneuver in tight spaces if you don’t mind the slow steering. The V6 engine provides sufficient power, too, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the factory options list, the Wrangler enjoys massive aftermarket parts availability from both Chrysler’s in-house supplier Mopar and hundreds of independent companies.

If the Jeep Wrangler’s rugged image and off-road capabilities appeal to you, we’d recommend a lengthy test-drive. It’s not uncommon for shoppers to be drawn in by the Wrangler’s cool factor only to realize soon after they’ve purchased one that a compact crossover or a more livable off-roader like theNissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser would have been a better choice for driving to work every day. If you know what you’re getting into, though, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler is a wonderful way to get back to basics and back to nature.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is a convertible SUV available in two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions. Each comes in Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims.

The Sport comes sparsely equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, front and rear tow hooks, foglamps, a removable black soft top, crank windows, manual locks and mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, CD player and steering wheel controls. The Unlimited Sport gets four doors, a bigger gas tank, more backseat and trunk space, air-conditioning and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. The Power Convenience Group adds heated power mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power locks and windows and keyless entry. Air-conditioning (for the two-door), satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels are also optional.

Pricing options for the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee available at Jeeps for Less .com. The Sahara adds the above options plus 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension, under-hood insulation, side steps, automatic headlamps, body-colored fender flares, power windows and a six-speaker Alpine sound system.

The Rubicon is not the most abundantly equipped trim level; instead it boasts the most robust off-road credentials. On top of the base Sport equipment, the Rubicon adds special 17-inch wheels, 32-inch tires, heavy-duty axles and transfer case, electronic front and rear locking differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio. The previously mentioned Power Convenience Group (heated power mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power locks and windows and keyless entry) is an optional extra on the two-door Rubicon, but it’s standard on the Rubicon Unlimited.

The Connectivity Group is available across all trims and adds Bluetooth, a USB/iPod interface, an upgraded trip computer and a tire pressure monitoring display, as well as a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob on the Sport and Sport Unlimited.

Also optional on all trims is a multi-piece removable hardtop with a rear defroster and wiper; you can buy it in addition to, or instead of, the standard soft top. The default color on the hardtop is black, but you can also get it in body color on the Sahara and Rubicon. Jeep also offers a premium version of the soft top made of nicer material; it’s available on all trims.

Optional on the Sport and Sahara is a limited-slip rear differential, while the Sport and Rubicon can be equipped with half doors that include plastic side windows. The Sahara and Rubicon can be equipped with leather upholstery and heated front seats, automatic climate control and a navigation system that includes a touchscreen interface, digital music storage and real-time traffic.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. So you would be getting the same vehicle in a used or pre-owned wrangler for sale.  Four-wheel drive is also standard and includes high- and low-range transfer case gears, though the Rubicon features an upgraded transfer case with extra-low gearing. A six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is standard, while a five-speed automatic with both hill-start assist and hill-descent control is optional. When properly equipped, the Wrangler Unlimited has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, while the two-door Wrangler tops out at 2,000 pounds.

In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped two-door Wrangler went from zero to 60 mph in a surprisingly quick 7.1 seconds. A heavier Wrangler Unlimited with the automatic transmission did it in 8.8 seconds, which is about a second slower than an equivalent Nissan Xterra. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the two-door is 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined regardless of transmission. The Unlimited is rated 16/20/18 with the automatic and 16/21/18 with the manual.


The 2014 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front airbags and hill start assist. Front side airbags are optional. In Edmunds brake testing, both two- and four-door Wranglers came to a stop from 60 mph in about 140 feet.

It should be noted that the Wrangler’s doors do not provide the same level of protection as regular doors do in a side crash. As such, it won’t surprise you that the Wrangler doesn’t fare well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s side-impact crash test. Without side airbags, the two-door Wrangler earned the worst rating of “Poor,” while the Unlimited got the second-worst “Marginal.” However, both the two-door and four-door Wranglers get the best possible rating of “Good” in the IIHS’s moderate-overlap frontal-offset test. The two-door Wrangler earned a Marginal rating in the Institute’s newer, small-overlap frontal-offset test (which concentrates crash forces on a smaller section of the front bumper), but in fairness, most compact SUVs have done poorly in this test.

Interior Design and Special Features

Though Jeep has refined and civilized the Wrangler over the years, there’s no hiding the fact that the Wrangler’s interior prioritizes function over comfort. Lean and durable, the cabin can be cleaned easily after a day spent in the dirt and dust. Despite the abundance of hard plastic surfaces, it’s fairly attractive, with rounded lines that give it a fluid, organic look.

With the two-door, you’ll find a backseat that seats just two passengers. Leg- and foot room in back are also pretty limited. If that isn’t sufficient, the Unlimited offers room for three and its extra set of doors provides easier access. There’s not much cargo room behind the two-door Wrangler’s backseat (just 12.8 cubic feet), but the four-door Unlimited offers a more useful 31.5 cubic feet. The four-door also offers a respectable 70.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded, compared to only 55.8 in the two-door.

Raising and lowering the soft top on any Jeep Wrangler takes time and patience. Storing cargo within a soft top is also risky, since the top is easily compromised by thieves, and only the meager glovebox and center console can be locked. The optional hardtop, which features removable T-top-style panels over the front seats, is a smart solution for those who don’t intend to go completely al fresco on a routine basis. Bear in mind, though, that the hardtop is heavy, so you’ll need a friend to help whenever you want to remove it.  For the best selection and inventory of Jeeps and parts, service, repairs and accessories it’s the Jeep Thing Blog website.

Driving Impressions

If your mission is to blaze trails off-road, you won’t do much better than the 2014 Jeep Wrangler. The Rubicon trim is especially capable, thanks to its specialized hardware. The Wrangler Unlimited four-door isn’t as nimble on tight trails as the shorter two-door model, but more generous cabin space means you can carry additional gear. The four-door also feels more stable around corners and on the highway. Nonetheless, all Wranglers suffer from tippy handling, a rough ride and slow steering that is kindly described as nebulous in feel. Road and wind noise are also excessive.

While the Wrangler won’t win any drag races, its V6 is capable and gets the heavy SUV moving briskly. The standard six-speed manual features precise but long throws, an easily modulated clutch and a hill start assist feature, which is a godsend for stopping and starting midway up hills while going off-road. The five-speed automatic, meanwhile, offers smooth shifts and good fuel economy. Acceleration can be sluggish in the heavier Wrangler Unlimited models, and when you factor in the automatic transmission’s slow gearchanges, passing maneuvers often require a bit more planning.

Full 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

What’s New for 2014

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives a host of changes this year. Highlights include a refreshed exterior design, a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, a new eight-speed automatic transmission and an updated interior with new technology features.


If you haven’t been around a new Grand Cherokee in a while, you might be surprised when you slide behind the wheel of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Previous versions of the top Jeep took hits for their excessive fuel consumption and general lack of refinement, but the Grand Cherokee has rebounded in recent years with significant improvements to ride quality, fuel economy and interior accommodations. It’s one of our favorite midsize SUVs, and Jeep has made key updates for 2014 to address its few lingering faults.

The two biggest changes to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee are its eight-speed automatic transmission and a new, highly economical diesel V6. Jeep has fitted the eight-speed automatic to every Grand Cherokee model, and its smooth, refined shifts are a welcome improvement over the lurchy, indecisive behavior we noted with the five-speed automatic previously offered with the base V6 engine. Better yet, the new transmission brings better fuel economy across the board.

The new turbodiesel V6 marks the first time the Grand Cherokee has had a diesel engine option since 2009. It provides the highest fuel economy of all the available engines, and its ample low-end torque makes it the best option if you’re planning to tow or go off-road with your Jeep. The downside is that the diesel engine is more expensive than the JGC’s V8, but our math tells us that difference is made up at the pump in about 35,000 miles. If you can handle the upfront cost, the diesel engine is an outstanding choice on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Although the current-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is much more comfortable and civilized in everyday driving than older versions, it hasn’t lost any of its off-road prowess. Jeep gives you several four-wheel-drive systems to choose from, and an optional off-road package provides an adjustable air suspension that can change the ride height on the 2014 Grand Cherokee from 6.6 inches for easy entry in garages with low vertical clearance to 11.3 inches for maximum ground clearance while on rough terrain. Alongside that, the Grand Cherokee’s upscale interior continues to be a draw, and it’s complemented this year by a new electronics interface with an available 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Add this up and you’re looking at one of the best picks for a do-everything midsize SUV. The Grand Cherokee’s closest competitor, the Toyota 4Runner, shares the Jeep’s off-road aptitude, but it doesn’t offer a V8 or diesel option, and its interior simply isn’t as nice. The price tag on the JGC, however, typically exceeds that of the 4Runner or popular crossover SUVs like the Ford Explorer or Honda Pilot. In that sense, the Grand Cherokee is similar to the Volkswagen Touareg, which also has a high-end cabin and offers a diesel engine option (though the VW is tuned more for on-road performance rather than off-road pursuits). Like the Touareg, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee feels as if it belongs in a higher class, and if you need or simply want all of its capabilities, you won’t mind paying a little more for it.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in five trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT. Each is available with rear-drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), except the high-performance SRT model, which is 4WD only.

Standard equipment for the Laredo includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, foglamps, keyless ignition/entry, full power accessories, dual-zone air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a 5-inch touchscreen, a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Laredo’s optional Security and Convenience Group includes a power liftgate, remote engine start, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Also optional on the Laredo are 18-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver seat, satellite radio and Jeep’s new 8.4-inch touchscreen display with voice command.

The Limited trim level includes the Laredo’s standard equipment plus the contents of the Security and Convenience Group, 18-inch wheels, power front seats, driver memory settings, heated rear seats and a nine-speaker premium audio system.

With the Limited trim, two additional option packages become available: the Luxury II Group and the Advanced Technology Group. The Luxury Group II adds a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, bi-xenon headlights, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The Advanced Technology Group includes Forward Collision Warning, rear cross path detection, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. The 8.4-inch touchscreen is again optional, though it can also be fitted with a navigation system on the Limited.

The Overland model features all of the standard equipment from the Limited, plus 20-inch wheels, the 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation and the contents of the Luxury Group II package. The Summit comes with the most standard equipment, as it includes all of the features from the Advanced Technology Group, along with a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and polished 20-inch wheels.

The high-performance SRT model is equipped like the Summit model, but the panoramic sunroof moves to the options list. You also get an exclusive V8 engine, 20-inch forged wheels, LED running lights, an adaptive suspension, performance-tuned steering, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, leather/suede sport seats and carbon-fiber cabin accents.

A Blu-ray-capable rear-seat entertainment system (with twin seat-mounted displays and HDMI and RCA inputs) is optional for the Limited, Overland Summit and SRT. The towing package that’s standard on the Overland and Summit models is available as an option on the Laredo, Limited and SRT trims.

Powertrains and Performance

Except for the SRT version, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This is the only engine you can get on the Laredo, but two other engines are available on the Limited, Overland and Summit models: a 5.7-liter V8 rated at 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 that cranks out 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

The SRT comes exclusively with a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque.

All 2014 Grand Cherokees use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee SRT uses a heavier-duty eight-speed built to handle its more powerful engine. The SRT also features a specialized all-wheel-drive system tuned more for high-performance driving than off-road use.

The standard 3.6-liter V6 gets an estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 combined mpg when equipped with four-wheel drive and 17/25/20 with rear-wheel drive (2WD). At the test track, a Grand Cherokee Overland V6 with 4WD sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a fairly quick 7.9 seconds. When properly equipped, maximum towing capacity for a V6 Grand Cherokee is 6,200 pounds in the 2WD and 4WD configurations.

The optional 5.7-liter V8 gets an estimated 14/20/16 mpg when equipped with 4WD and 14/22/17 with 2WD. Towing capacity for the 5.7-liter V8 Grand Cherokee is 7,200 pounds with 4WD and 7,400 pounds with rear-drive. Fuel economy is vastly improved when you select the new diesel engine, which is said to achieve 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway when paired with four-wheel drive and 30 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive. When equipped properly, tow capacity is the same as the V8.

The SRT V8 returns an estimated 13/19/15 mpg, a slight improvement on last year.

Non-SRT Grand Cherokees come with three available 4WD systems: the single-speed, light-duty Quadra-Trac I system (standard on the Laredo), Quadra-Trac II with a two-speed transfer case (optional on the Laredo, standard on Limited and Overland), and Quadra-Drive II with a rear electronic limited-slip differentia l (optional on Limited and Overland, standard on Summit). An adaptive air suspension (Quadra-Lift) and a driver-selectable traction control system that adjusts to different surfaces are also available (optional on the Limited, standard on 4WD Overland and Summit).


The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, hill ascent control, hill descent control (optional on Laredo) front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The Advanced Technology Group (optional on the Limited and standard on Overland, Summit and SRT) includes forward collision warning, rear cross-path detection and blind spot monitoring.

In Edmunds brake testing, an Overland V6 4WD stopped from 60 mph in 134 feet. That’s about 10 feet more than average for this segment. However, if past history is any indicator, we’d expect the SRT to be very strong in this area.

In government crash testing, the Grand Cherokee earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Grand Cherokee received the highest possible rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side and roof-strength crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2014 Grand Cherokee’s interior looks similar to last year’s, but there are some useful upgrades. The dash now houses a standard configurable 7-inch screen that can be used to display a wide range of information. We also like the center-mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen that’s standard in all Grand Cherokees, except the Laredo. It features an easy-to-use interface and includes a WiFi hotspot and smartphone app integration, including media apps from Pandora and iHeartRadio. It also houses the navigation system if you select that option. Overall, the Grand Cherokee has one of the nicest interiors in its class.

While the Grand Cherokee has no third-row seat option, there’s ample room for a family of four or five, and you can order up a significant amount of luxury ambience, including ventilated front seats and a new dual-screen, Blu-ray-capable rear entertainment system with an HDMI input. Backseat passengers should be pretty comfortable, as the Grand Cherokee offers up considerably more rear legroom than the Toyota 4Runner. With the rear seats in place, the cargo bay measures 36.3 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded down, the Jeep has 68.3 cubic feet of storage space.

Driving Impressions

Driven on paved roads, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is comfortable, quiet and stable around turns. The new eight-speed automatic transmission is a great addition, as it’s much smoother and quicker-shifting than the five- and six-speed automatics offered last year. Given its generally smooth and spirited response, most people should be satisfied with the base gasoline V6.

Although the new diesel V6 has a low horsepower rating, its high torque output makes it ideal for big-league towing jobs and off-road use. Meanwhile, its high fuel economy ratings will appeal to anyone looking for a downright efficient Jeep with impressive cruising range.

The Grand Cherokee SRT is a tower of power that accelerates and stops at rates that will impress even the most seasoned sports car driver. It’s a sleeper performance vehicle if ever there was one, but its stiff suspension robs it of some of the comfort that makes the rest of the Grand Cherokee line so good.

Off-road, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is at the top of the mountain for its class. The new transmission is also beneficial for off-roading, as it improves refinement and drivability in the dirt. Trail obstacles and steep hills are easily dealt with regardless of which engine you choose, thanks to the advanced four-wheel-drive systems and the Jeep’s generous ground clearance.

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