Top 10 Urban Cars


From squeezing between a Dumpster and a wall to holding your breath as a bus hard aports past your bumper, cities can be an automotive minefield. And cars are often the casualties. Need proof? Look no further than auto insurance rates. A 40-year-old male with a 2012 Honda Accord in Manhattan's West Village would pay 27 percent more for the exact same coverage than if he lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., according to's analysis of six leading carriers.

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Yet scores of Americans still prefer to live in the city. From New York to San Antonio, the country's 25 largest urban centers are home to 31.9 million people within city limits, according to the 2010 Census. That's 10.3 percent of the entire U.S. population in 2010, and given the trend of increasing urbanization, it doesn't look like it will recede anytime soon.

Most city-zens still have to drive. Not to worry: Our latest Top 10 nominates cars best suited for urban driving. Editors considered our candidates' overall size relative to their competitors, as well as visibility, city gas mileage, turning radius, city drivability, utility and more.

Here are our picks, in order of which cars received the most votes. In cases of a tie, we ranked by turning circle and other dimensions.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Jeep Renegade Photo Gallery (55 Photos)


One of the first things you'll notice about the just-unveiled 2015 Jeep Renegade is it bears an unmistakable family resemblance. The physical features of the subcompact Renegade, which bows Tuesday at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, take after several members of the Jeep clan, particularly the old Cherokee, the Wrangler and even a hint of the now-defunct Liberty. However, as a product of the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, it shares a platform with the Fiat 500L and might be considered the runt of the litter — which is not to suggest it won't boast Jeep's formidable off-roading capabilities, especially the optional trail-rated Trailhawk model.

2015 Jeep Renegade: First Look

Inside is Jeep's Tek-Tonic design combining the rugged structural elements with more luxurious materials along with extreme-sports style colors and compartments. The five-seater is powered by either a 160-horsepower 1.4-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic, available in front- or all-wheel drive. The Renegade is expected to hit dealerships in early 2015. Check out the gallery below.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

The Cars That Beat This Winter


If it seems like we're covering the winter weather all the time that's because there hasn't been much of a break in the snow and cold to write anything else. Luckily, we've been able to pilot some true foul-weather standouts in our test fleet in Chicago and Detroit this season.

By David Thomas | February 20, 2014 | Comments (37)

What is the Most Affordable Compact SUV with a V-6 Engine?

"What is the most affordable compact SUV with a V-6 engine?"
Sam, New York


The least expensive V-6 SUV we could find using the Vehicle Recommender is the two-door Jeep Wrangler Sport at $23,390 with destination charge. The Nissan Xterra X is close behind at $23,785, though that is with rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive is standard on the Wrangler. Adding four-wheel drive to the Xterra increases the price to $25,835.

If a two-door SUV like the Wrangler isn't what you had in mind, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sport model starts at $26,990, also with standard four-wheel drive. Both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited come with manual transmissions at their entry-level price; an automatic transmission is optional. Other V-6 SUVs at the lower end of the price spectrum are the Dodge Journey SXT with optional V-6 at $25,990 for the front-wheel drive model, and the Kia Sorento LX. Base prices are $26,550 for the front-drive Sorento and $28,350 for the all-wheel-drive model.

The Vehicle Recommender can assist you in your search by finding vehicles that offer the features that are on your must-have list in addition to a V-6.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

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


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: More Than 300,000 Jeep and Ram Vehicles

Chrysler has issued three separate recalls for 301,283 Jeep and Ram brand vehicles to address electrical, airbag and coolant issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first affects 295,345 model-year 2005-10 Jeep Grand Cherokee (models manufactured from Feb. 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010) and 2006-10 Jeep Commander vehicles (models manufactured Jan. 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010). A transfer case electrical failure could make it possible to unintentionally shift the vehicle into Neutral, and the car could roll away. The automaker initiated an investigation after a customer reported that a 2007 Grand Cherokee rolled away after it was remotely started, Chrysler said in a statement. The automaker will notify affected owners starting in June and dealers will install a software update for free.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 13, 2013 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 Jeep Wrangler and Unlimited


We could talk about the new-for-2013 Jeep Wrangler's improved efficiency, reduced noise, tamer ride and better overall livability. But who would we be indulging? reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder figures you're either a devout follower of the cult of Wrangler or you're trivializing their heathen faith. Both the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited continue in the nameplate's rugged, rough-riding tradition, adding a more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 good for 285 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Its ride height and obstructed rear view render the Wrangler impractical for many, but that brand of practicality takes a backseat on the off-road trail.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

Why Is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Popular With Families?

Peek into several suburban garages to read the epilogue of a common story. Two-door-Wrangler-driving dad (or mom) needs a bigger vehicle to accommodate a growing family. The answer: upgrade to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. It makes sense that the larger version of Jeep's rugged SUV would be better suited for family duty — but not so fast, moms and dads. The Wrangler Unlimited is one of the most un-family-friendly SUVs on the market in terms of both comfort and safety.

Although its off-road prowess is second to none, on-road comfort is low on its skills list. The Wrangler Unlimited will not deliver a car full of happy campers: a weekend carting around my family made it clear that the SUV is much better suited for the mountains and mud than garages and grocery runs.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2013 | Comments (49)

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Car Seat Check


The four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, a five-seat SUV, is often asked to pull family duty over its two-door Jeep Wrangler sibling. While its high ride height means kids will be asking parents for a boost to get into it for a long time, it did work well with our child-safety seats. For 2013, the Wrangler Unlimited received new supportive seats in both rows.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | April 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Jeep to Add Diesel to Wrangler Lineup

The next Jeep in line for a diesel engine is the Wrangler, according to Wards Auto. Jeep CEO Mike Manley told the website that the automaker plans to add the powertrain to the lineup after the Wrangler's 2015-16 redesign.

Manley believes demand for a diesel-powered Wrangler continues to grow. "I'm confident that the Grand Cherokee will show just how large a demand there is for diesel, and I think what that will do is reinforce the need for us to target Wrangler as a vehicle that can take a diesel," he told Wards.

For the 2014 model year, Jeep added a 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter diesel V-6 to the Grand Cherokee lineup. It'll also be offered on the Ram 1500. Check out our review of the new diesel Grand Cherokee here.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

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