How To Pick The Right Used Jeep For You
The difficult part isn't deciding to buy a Jeep, it's picking which Jeep you're going to call your own.
With decades of legendary performance under its belt, the Jeep brand has been heralded by Jeepers and car enthusiasts alike for its reliable driveability, unparalleled customizability, and off-road capabilities. The thousands of Jeeps still on the road and thousands more entering every year only speak to this popularity.
But when faced with the somewhat overwhelming amount of used Jeeps for sale, it can be difficult to know where to start and - more importantly - where to end up. Here's a walkthrough on how to make sure your next used Jeep is the perfect one for you.
On Road or Off Road?
There are so many reasons to love Jeeps. They're amazing vehicles, capable of some of the most impressive offroading feats while maintaining an attractive and distinctive style that's unlike any other brand.
But long gone are the days when Jeep offered only three models for offroaders. Now, with a healthy mix of high-end luxury models and trail-ready SUVs, there's a Jeep that's perfect for whatever your lifestyle may be.
Take the Jeep Grand Cherokee, for instance. This Jeep pushes the boundary of luxury, with a bold, sleek profile and premium interior materials that promise total comfort for long drives. With a sporty stance thanks to its lower wheelbase and plenty of available premium amenities like a Harmon Kardon audio system and Blu-Ray players for the rear seats, the Grand Cherokee is great for a family who isn't afraid to take on tough road conditions. And, since the Grand Cherokee now comes with an available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that can pump out 30 miles per gallon of clean diesel, this Jeep is clean and eco-friendly for the conscious Jeeper.
But for those who rely on their Jeep to crawl over the craggiest rocks and span the rockiest chasms, there's no better offroader than the Jeep Wrangler. Recognized for decades as one of the most capable crawler in the business, the Wrangler boasts everything a tough offroader needs, from armored skid plates to protect that vital underbody to standard fog lamps and tow hooks for getting out of those muckiest messes. The Trail-Rated CommandTrac 4X4 system and Jeep's RockTrac 4-wheel-drive system both make the Wrangler a seriously powerful off-road vehicle, and the perfect Jeep for the dirt demon in you.
Daily Driver or Weekend Explorer?
Not everybody has a different vision as to how they plan to use their Jeep. Some people want a solid quality Jeep that can handle the trials and rigors of a daily commute and regular use, while other might be looking for more of a play car that can feel great out and about on the weekends. Luckily, Jeep has you covered either way.
For those out there looking for a quality Jeep as a daily driver, look no further than the Jeep Compass. This is the model that can handle your busiest days, with seating for five and a maximum available cargo space of 53.5 cubic feet to carry your biggest loads with room to spare. With an available power sunroof, a flip-down liftgate speaker that's perfect for tailgating, premium seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Compass comes packed with just about every amenity you could need to boost your ordinary commute into something excellent. And, with the available 2.0L World Engine offering up to 30 miles per gallon, it won't break the bank to take it everywhere you need it to go.
And then there are those looking for a Jeep to just enjoy; they want a fun weekend tripper that can provide a sporty drive out to the country and back with as much comfort and style as possible. For those people, there is the Jeep Renegade. This model is simply built to be the best, with the sporty good looks of Jeeps luxury models mixed with the fierce stance and undeniable performance capabilities of the Wrangler. Boasting amenities like a dual panel moonroof and premium design elements mixed with excellent 4X4 and traction control systems, the Renegade is the perfect Jeep to show off both on-road and off-road. And, with two sturdy engine options, each capable of an impressive 31 miles per gallon, the Renegade is efficient enough to get you out to your most adventurous destinations without any problem.
A Car For Now, or A Car For Forever?
As a Jeep owner, you can rely on your vehicle to provide three things: Longevity, Durability, and Customizability. Jeep is famous for all of these, as proven by the range of Jeeps - new and old - on he road today.
Take the Wrangler, for instance, which is known worldwide for its impressive durability. Many Wranglers made in the early '90s and even the late '80s are still on the road today - and they run great. That's not only because Jeeps are made to last forever, but also because of their impressive customizability that make replacing individual parts not only possible, but enjoyable. Jeep lovers are notorious for uniquely upgrading their Jeeps for enhanced capabilities and a more distinct personal style. If you're in the market for this kind of relationship with your next vehicle, then you had better make that vehicle a Jeep.
Price And Trim Levels
But as great as customizations and aftermarket upgrades can be, the amazing abilities of a Jeep lay in its solid foundation. From the most basic trim levels to the most complex and suped-up editions, every Jeep offers a quality experience. That being said, you're equally as likely to find a great deal in your Jeep no matter your budget.
Take, for example, the base level of the popular Patriot model. This impressive Jeep now comes standard with 53.5 cubic feet of available cargo space, premium cloth bucket seats, a year of SiriusXM Radio Service, and a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine capable of 30 miles per gallon. Boasting impressive standard safety features and plenty of standard tech like Jeep's UConnect infotainment system, the Patriot is a great value model - and at an MSRP of only $17,595 for the newest model, you're bound to find a high quality used Patriot for a reasonable price.
Or for those looking for the ultimate flair, with the maximum amount of premium accessories, look no further than the Grand Cherokee SRT. First released in 2015, the Grand Cherokee SRT is supercharged with a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine with 475 horsepower, 20-inch “Goliath” polished aluminum wheels, and a Brembo high-performance braking system that combines premium style with serious performance power. A Launch Control feature maximizes acceleration in high-performance takeoffs while distinctly engineered handling gives it unparalleled driveability. Plus, a premium leather interior with a 19-speaker sound system and active noise canceling technology for an exceptionally quiet ride set this Jeep apart as the ultimate luxury model.
The final decision on your next used Jeep is never an easy one, and settling on a quality Jeep is a decision that can only be made by the driver. We hope that you'll follow some of this most basic advice in discovering which Jeep is the right Jeep for you. After that the only step is finding that very Jeep - and then driving away with it.