While beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, car safety is more of a science. The most popular crossover segment, however, is the compact class. Most of the models in the compact crossover segment possess an irresistible blend of affordability, efficiency, safety, comfort, and cargo space. You can get them cheap with little equipment, or you can load them up with luxury features. Truly, there is something for everyone in the compact crossover class.
The capable and feature-filled 2019 Jeep Cherokee has received the Insurance Institute of Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick rating for vehicles produced after April 2019. The vehicle must be equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning-Plus Automatic Emergency Braking technology. The Front Collision Warning-Plus system was rated as ‘superior’ for front crash prevention. This available system uses sensor-fusion technology and camera capability with radar detection to try to detect a potential impact. The system then warns the driver to take action, if possible. The system can also activate braking if the driver does not respond quickly enough or the collision potential is still valid. Another feature needed to receive this rating is the LED projector headlamps with optional automatic high beam control. This feature can automatically switch the headlamps between high- and low-beam functions as needed.
The Grand Cherokee’s three engine options provide satisfactory power and capability, and few will be disappointed with its handling. Braking performance is merely acceptable, and other rivals provide a more refined ride. What’s New for 2018? Since the Grand Cherokee sees no changes to its engines, suspension, or brakes for 2018, acceleration, handling, and braking performance are expected to remain the same as the vehicles tested below.
that are equipped with optional high-beam assist – a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles – earn an acceptable rating. Without high-beam assist, vehicles built after April earn a marginal rating. Cherokees built before May earn a marginal or poor rating.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys edition will also provide more features like rock rails, limited-slip rear differential, and 32-inch mud-terrain wheels to maximize your off-roading experience. It will also come in ten available colors and start off at an MSRP of $33,470 for the two-door version or almost $37.240 for the four-door version. The Black & Tan edition presents a unique look and a premium tan soft top. However, it will also offer the 7” Uconnect system and dual-zone climate control as standard features. The base MSRP of the two-door version is priced at $32,940 and $36,440 for the four-door version.
The 2019 Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine-good for 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. That’s right about in line with the performance output expected from other competing compact SUVs, but with available Jeep Active Drive 4×4 four-wheel drive, this rugged crossover lets you exert your power in more places.