Vehicle Reviews

Which Jeep SUV is Right For You?


Jeep has been Canada’s undisputed off-roading champion for the last thirty years. While all six of their SUVs have been designed with adventure in mind, each model presents its own unique set of strengths. The only question is, how do you know which SUV is right for you?

Whether it’s towing, off-roading, rock-crawling, trail-trekking or just an average day’s commute, there is a Jeep for you. This is your ultimate guide to Jeep’s SUV lineup.

2017 Jeep Compass

MSRP: $17,295

Trims: Sport, North Edition, High Altitude, 75th Anniversary Edition

Fuel Efficiency: 10.3, 7.9 L/100 km City, Highway

Engine and Transmission: 2.0L DOHC 16V DUAL VVT I-4 or 2.4L DOHC 16V DUAL VVT I-4 | 5-speed Manual, CVT and 6-speed Automatic

Towing: The 2017 Compass can tow up to 2,000 lbs. when equipped with the available Trailer Tow Prep Group

Industry Praise: One of Canada’s Most Affordable 4x4s”

You Should Be Driving a Compass If…

You’re a city slicker who loves the “Jeep look” but only tackles the occasional novice trail.

The Compass is just like the Patriot; capable and ready for an off-roading experience but overall, best suited for urban traveling. It’s also the perfect solution for first-time buyers wanting the capability of a jeep as well as the look, all for less than other models.

2017 Jeep Renegade

MSRP: $21,745

Trims: Sport, North, Altitude, Trailhawk, Limited

Fuel Efficiency: 9.9, 7.7 L/100 km City, Highway

Engine and Transmission: 1.4L MultiAir I-4 Turbo or 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir I-4 | 6-speed Manual or 9-speed Automatic

Towing: When the available Class-Exclusive Trailer Tow Package is coupled with Class III receiver hitch, the Renegade can tow up to 2,000 lbs.

Industry Praise: Best-in-Class 4X4 Capability AND a Consumers Digest “Best Buy” winner for both 2016 and 2017 model years.

You Should Be Driving a Renegade If

You do mostly city driving with the occasional trek through the great outdoors.

The Renegade is the newest SUV in the Jeep family. It’s also the smallest. Designed to be Jeep’s introduction to the crossover world, the Renegade blends the compact utility of a crossover with the capability of a Jeep.

While the Patriot allows for some off-roading – especially in a Trailhawk model – it’s most definitely the least outdoorsy of the Jeep SUV family. If you want the Jeep look but don’t necessarily need the prowess, a Renegade will suit your needs perfectly.

2017 Jeep Patriot

MSRP: $16,295

Trims: Sport, Sport Altitude II, North Edition, High Altitude, 75th Anniversary Edition

Fuel Efficiency: 10.3, 7.9 L/100 km City, Highway

Engine and Transmission: 2.0L DOHC 16V DUAL VVT I-4 or 2.4L DOHC 16V DUAL VVT I-4 | 5-speed Manual, CVT or 6-speed Automatic

Towing: The Patriot is an SUV meant to tow. Own a small boat? Fifth-wheel? Have a set of quads you want to take out for the weekend? When you include the available Trailer Tow Prep Group, which includes a 4-pin wiring harness and engine oil cooler, the Patriot can tow up to 2,000 lbs.

Industry Praise: “The Most Affordable 4×4 in Canada”

You Should Be Driving a Patriot If…

You’re not looking to spend a lot of money.

The Patriot is as capable as any SUV in the segment. It’s also got the look. However, if you’re looking to spend time doing more heavy-duty off-roading, you might want to look for a different model. If it’s the look you want, the Patriot is your pick. Plus it’s also Jeep’s most affordable SUV.

2017 Jeep Wrangler

MSRP: $28,695

Trims: Sport, Sport S, Unlimited Sport S, Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Willys Wheeler, Sahara, Unlimited Sahara, Rubicon, Unlimited Rubicon

Fuel Efficiency: 14.2, 11.0 L/100 km City, Highway

Engine and Transmission: 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 (2-Door) or 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 (Unlimited 4-Door) | 6-speed Manual or 5-speed Automatic

Towing: With Jeep’s Max Tow Package, the Wrangler’s towing capacity can reach up to 3,500 lb. Available on Unlimited Sport S, Unlimited Willy’s Wheeler, Unlimited Sahara and Unlimited Rubicon.

Industry Praise: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the “4×4 of the Decade” by FOUR WHEELER

You Should Be Driving a Wrangler If…

You regularly off-road and trail-trek.

The Wrangler is Jeep’s iconic first four-wheel drive off-road vehicle, and to this day, still their most successful. First produced in 1986, many of the Wrangler’s core characteristics remain unchanged, like its removable doors and the SUVs quintessential seven-slot grille.

The Wrangler was designed to be an adventure vehicle. The interior is purposefully rugged and built to get dirty. And thanks to drain plugs located throughout, you can hose it down whenever you need.

If you want more space for your things i.e. hunting gear, camping equipment, etc. consider moving up to the Unlimited trim. There’s plenty of room in the back for more passengers and cargo.

If you’re looking to tackle rougher terrain i.e. rocks and steep inclines, consider the Rubicon. It comes with a capable four-wheel drive and Rock-Trac system which makes quick work of road obstacles. Buyers that spend a considerable amount of time off-roading typically choose this model.

If you’re not an avid off-roader, though, the Wrangler isn’t the Jeep for you. It can feel heavy and clunky when you’re driving in the city.

2017 Jeep Cherokee

MSRP: $27,695

Trims: Sport, Sport Altitude, North, Limited, High Altitude, Trailhawk, Trailhawk Leather Plus, Overland

Fuel Efficiency: 11.0, 7.8 L/100 km City, Highway

Engine and Transmission: 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir or 3.2L PentastarTM VVT V6 | 9-speed Automatic

Towing: When equipped with the Trailer Tow Package, the Cherokee Latitude can tow up to 4,500 lbs.

Industry Praise: “Segment-First 9-speed Automatic Transmission”

You Should Be Driving a Cherokee If…

You’re an urban dweller who prioritizes interior space and functionality. The Cherokee is perfect for families who need the extra cargo space and live in climates where AWD is a major plus.

The Cherokee certainly doesn’t look like its siblings. In fact, it started as a form of the Jeep Wagoneer until it was later redesigned as a full-size SUV. Now it’s a full, off-road worthy crossover. In fact, it’s the most capable crossover you can buy today.

Don’t be fooled by its crossover-type exterior; the Cherokee still has Jeep blood running through its veins. Buyers have a choice between three available 4X4 systems:

  • Jeep Active Drive I – Includes a rear-axle disconnect that only engages 4×4 when you need it so you don’t waste any fuel.
  • Jeep Active Drive II – Adds a lower range making tough activities like rock crawling easy. There’s also a neutral mode for flat towing behind an RV.
  • Jeep Active Drive Lock – This system comes standard on the Trailhawk and has a locking rear differential for low-speed power for extreme off-roading conditions.

In terms of the Trailhawk, it’s earned the title of Best-in-Class capability thanks to a 56:1 crawl ratio and an off-road an off-road suspension that sits at 220 mm (8.7 in) of ground clearance.

Combine this with heavy-duty engine cooling, beefy all-terrain tires and an impressive front suspension and there is no better vehicle in its class to take off the beaten path.

If you’re just looking to just tackle some poorly paved roadways, the Sport or Sport Altitude will work just fine.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP: $44,195

Trims: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT

Fuel Efficiency: 12.7, 9.6 L/100 km City, Highway

Engine and Transmission: 3.6L PentastarTM VVT V6, 5.7L HEMI® VVT V8 or 6.4L SRT HEMI V8 | 8-speed Automatic

Towing: No other SUV in the segment can tow as much as the 2017 Grand Cherokee can. Both V8 engines and the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 give the Grand Cherokee Best-in-Class towing with an impressive 7,200 lbs. And if you opt for the V6, you’ll still get Best-in-Class towing up to 6,200 lbs. Jeeps also included Trailer Sway Control on every model.

Industry Praise: Best-in-Class fuel economy, towing, 4×4 capability and power based on WardsAuto Small Sport Utility segmentation.

You Should Be Driving a Grand Cherokee If…

You’re looking for a well-rounded SUV with a posh interior.

We don’t throw the word ‘posh’ around lightly, either. The Grand Cherokee’s interior has every feature and amenity a vehicle owner could ever want. Plus, it’s comfortable and luxurious, two oftentimes competing interests.

The Sport is well-equipped. Buyers have a choice of two engines and three 4X4 systems. The Sport Altitude is bad-to-the-bone, adding a blacked-out flair to the wheels, windows, and cosmetics. It also includes a rear back-up camera and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The North includes touchscreen climate controls while the Limited adds Nappa leather-faced seats to the mix. Things continue to get nicer, and when you eventually hit the Overland, you’re not left wanting. This SUV includes everything from navigation, a power liftgate to a high-gloss wood trim throughout.

As for engines, all three produce impressive fuel economies thanks to Jeep’s AWD systems. If you’re not looking for off-roading prowess, the V6 will do. The EcoDiesel is a perfect choice for longer commutes and the Hemi V8 is what all fifth-wheel and boat owners will want sitting under the hood this summer.


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