2015 Jeep Renegade Video

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is all-new, but visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show — where the subcompact SUV is bowing — will see a lot of familiar features. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says its boxy shape, Patriot-like lines and seven-bar grille show its Jeep pedigree. However, the Renegade's similarities to the Fiat 500L hatchback on which it's based reveal some family blending as the Italian automaker and Chrysler realize their landmark merger. Watch the video for more — especially the rather novel etching of Moab, Utah, topography into storage-compartment mats.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Jeep Compass

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We took possession of our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee just a few weeks before a number of competitors entered our short-term fleet here at our Chicago headquarters.

Some of our most interesting insights into our 2013 Honda Civic came after pitting it head-to-head against the competition.

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While it may seem strange to start our year with the Cherokee by pitting it against the Jeep Compass rather than another automaker's SUV, let's explain why we got here before learning which Jeep won.

By Joe Bruzek | March 26, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: Four-Cylinder Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 522 versions of the 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans, and 2014 versions of the Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs. Only vehicles equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are affected. The affected vehicles were manufactured between March 15 and April 12, 2013.

The Problem: Abrasive debris in the balance shaft bearings could cause a loss of engine oil pressure, leading to engine failure. If the engine stalls while driving, a crash could result. One fire has been reported and Chrysler is looking into whether it's related to the issue, the automaker said in a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the engine balance shaft module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler will notify owners later this month. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

Is the Jeep Compass the Smallest in its Lineup?

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By Rick Popely | December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Jeep Compass

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The 2014 version of Jeep's compact crossover is the automaker's best yet, but Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek questions whether the updates do enough to make it competitive in a segment full of impressive vehicles. A well-behaved six-speed automatic and a high-quality leather interior option are wins this year, Bruzek says, but there are many more powerful, more fuel-efficient and better-equipped vehicles in the class.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Compass: Car Seat Check

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Jeep's compact crossover got some exterior styling tweaks and a more refined interior for 2014. The Compass' exposed Latch anchors will make parents happy — but not for long. The backseat is short on space, and although the Compass technically seats five passengers, floor-mounted cupholders make it so there's really not much room for a middle-seat passenger.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Chrysler's Special Editions: The Hits and Misses

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Few automakers embrace the special edition like Chrysler and its Dodge and Jeep brands. With most automakers, a sprinkling of special editions turn up on performance cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition, but Chrysler's examples span from economy to sports cars. Seemingly dozens of PT Cruiser special editions almost made that weird car interesting. Almost.

Fast forward to today and special editions of various Dodge, Jeep and Chryslers continue to grow. At our count, there are roughly 25 unique special editions called out across each brand's website. All use specific exterior and interior features to create a limited-edition package that stands out.

Each special edition ranges in execution from a colored grille and special wheels to a complete reimagining of the car's purpose; names like Glacier, Core, Freedom, Blacktop adorn each one. We dug into all 20-plus Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler special editions — check out our most and least favorite models: 

By Joe Bruzek | July 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-12 Jeep Patriot, Compass and 2012-13 Wrangler

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Chrysler is voluntarily recalling a combined 435,400 Jeep vehicles in two separate actions, the automaker announced today.

The larger of the two recalls affects 254,000 model-year 2010-12 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs, and it's due to a problem with the occupant-restraint system that could malfunction during slow-developing rollover crashes. The other recall affects an estimated 181,000 model-year 2012-13 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and is due to a problem with the transmission oil cooler line that could cause premature wear.

No accidents, injuries or complaints have resulted from the problems in either recall, Chrysler said in a statement. These two latest recalls are unrelated to an issue earlier this week in which the automaker refused to comply with a NHTSA recommendation that it recall 2.7 million model-year 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty SUVs due to a potential fuel-system problem that could lead to fire in a rear-end crash.

By Matt Schmitz | June 6, 2013 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: Approximately 215,000 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Vehicles

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The Chrysler Group issued six separate recalls affecting around 215,000 vehicles in the U.S. According to the automaker, the following vehicles are affected:

  • 61,400 model-year 2007-08 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty SUVs. Chrysler has stated that it's recalling two-wheel-drive versions of these vehicles in order to brace a heat shield that can loosen and contact the driveshaft, causing wear and possible breakage over time. "Chrysler Group is unaware of any collisions or injuries associated with the condition," the automaker said in a statement.
By Jennifer Geiger | April 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Amid Rise of Crossovers, Jeep Wants Class-Leading Capability

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In January, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne outlined dozens of forthcoming models for the automaker's smorgasbord of brands — Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, SRT, Fiat and soon-to-come Alfa Romeo. The Jeep brand got quite the overhaul: an updated Compass and Grand Cherokee, which we've seen, plus a Liberty replacement this year and five more additions or redesigns and a refresh through 2016.

If Mike Manley gets his way, none of them will be a shopping-mall crossover.

"We're very clear on what makes a vehicle a Jeep, and one of the things that we've said is we'll always offer segment-leading [off-road] capability," the 48-year-old Jeep division CEO said. "I wouldn't want to create crossover vehicles."

Manley spoke with us at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which runs through Feb. 18. Besides heading up Jeep, he's also the chief operating officer for Chrysler's Asia-Pacific region.

By Kelsey Mays | February 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

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