2015 Jeep Renegade: Up Close

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Few topics get automotive enthusiasts riled up like a discussion of the future of the Jeep brand. Should they remain true to their boxy, off-road military origins with products like the Wrangler, or go more on-road friendly with swoopy, daring designs like the new Cherokee? Jeep itself seems conflicted, giving us a range of styles and capabilities to choose from, but the brand's global push in the next couple of years will be with this model, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. It debuted at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show and appears this week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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It's a mix of both worlds — built on a platform shared with a tiny Fiat crossover, the Renegade did not start life as an off-roader. But you wouldn't necessarily know that from looking at it — this is a traditional Jeep look, with boxy upright styling, round headlamps, the iconic seven-bar grille up front and square taillights out back.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Jeep Renegade Photo Gallery (45 Photos)

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Jeep continues to take heat for the non-traditional styling of its new-for-2014 Cherokee, and by the looks of its newest SUV, the 2015 Renegade, opinions are likely to be just as divided.

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Jeep fans will welcome its boxy silhouette and overall rugged look, but its tiny footprint might give shoppers pause. The all-new SUV shares a platform with the Fiat 500L and is subcompact in size, matching up with the tiny Buick Encore.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (6)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is an impressive small-to-midsize SUV that pairs excellent ride quality with plenty of gadgets and technology in addition to a robust off-road system in the Cherokee Trailhawk trim level.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Expert Review

The Cherokee's 54.9 cubic feet of cargo room isn't as laudable considering that's not much more space than the less-expensive Jeep Compass (53.6) or Jeep Patriot (53.9) offer, plus the Cherokee comes up short on cargo room compared to many competitors. Occupants will ride in complete comfort thanks to its generous passenger dimensions, but the cargo area is still compact and bested by the roomier Chevrolet Equinox (63.7), Subaru Forester (74.7), Ford Escape (67.8), Honda CR-V (70.9) and Toyota RAV4 (73.4).

By Joe Bruzek | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Nissan Rogue

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Sporting a 1-0 record, the Cars.com long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee headed into its next head-to-head comparison against the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue. The Rogue makes for a much more suitable comparison with the Cherokee, which dominated the outdated 2014 Jeep Compass.

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The new Rogue should look familiar by now due to relentless TV commercials placing the Rogue in urban environments, jumping on top of trains and blasting through evil snowmen. It's the same type of urban cityscape editors Joe Wiesenfelder and Joe Bruzek used to test the Rogue head-to-head with the Cherokee on the post-winter, heavily pothole-ridden streets of Chicago.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (8)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango

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Vehicles Affected: About 644,354 model-year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs manufactured from Jan. 5, 2010, through Sept. 8, 2013.

The Problem: A brake booster's center shell may corrode and allow water to get inside, which could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in May, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm that it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2014 | Comments (7)

Real-Life Test: 3 Car Seats in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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So, you have three kids in child-safety seats, and you're not quite ready for a minivan? Welcome to the club. As a former member of the "there's no way in hell I'm driving a minivan" club, I feel your pain. I remember while pregnant with my second child, glaring at the used-car salesman when he brought me over to a minivan just to "check it out," and I'm pretty sure the only reason I drove off in a Toyota Prius that day was to spite him.

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Now that I have three children in car seats, I've joined the "Minivan Lover" club, but I know some parents haven't. Many are fighting the good fight, steadfast in their anti-minivan stance. For the strong-willed ones, I'm determined to find you some minivan alternatives, like the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

By BreAnn Ahara | April 2, 2014 | Comments (4)

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: 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango

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Vehicles Affected: About 18,700 model-year 2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs

The Problem: Chrysler received complaints about the performance of a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a safety system that primes the brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. An investigation found brake-fluid flow was being overly restricted. "Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations," the automaker said in a statement, noting that no injuries or crashes have been reported.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update software to optimize brake-fluid flow and restore appropriate brake-pedal feel. The automaker has not specified a timeline for the recall notification.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

We Bought a 2014 Jeep Cherokee

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In late December 2013 we bought our Best of 2014 winner, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, but our long-term fleet is made up of two cars. After debating which segment might be best — we settled on SUVs, which we've never bought before — we decided on a model with a lot of questions that need answering: the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Related: We Bought a 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Why the Cherokee? Because it's unique — to an extreme. At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Jeep unveiled the SUV as a replacement for its once-popular Liberty to frenzied online interest.

By Kelsey Mays | March 12, 2014 | Comments (18)

2015 Jeep Renegade: First Look

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Competes with: Buick Encore, Fiat 500L, Mini Countryman

Looks like: A proper boxy Jeep

Powertrains: 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Do you miss the old, boxy Jeep Cherokee? Do you desire the rugged fun of the Jeep Wrangler, but want something a bit safer, more secure and fuel efficient? Think the new Cherokee is just too big? Well, Jeep has an answer: the all-new subcompact 2015 Jeep Renegade, which was just unveiled at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

2015 Jeep Renegade Photo Gallery (55 Photos)

The Renegade is the latest product of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and while it looks for all the world like a pure American Jeep, underneath is a modified platform shared with the Fiat 500L that Jeep calls the new "small-wide 4x4 architecture." That means it's tiny by American standards — 1.8 inches shorter than a Buick Encore but 5 inches longer than a Honda Fit. It will be a global product sold all over the world with an eye-popping number of powertrain combinations tailored to various markets, and it will even come in a right-hand-drive version.

By Aaron Bragman | March 3, 2014 | Comments (7)

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