5 Best Jeeps Ever Made

There's nothing more iconic than a Jeep. With an impressive history first beginning in the military, the Jeep has stood the test of time in war zones where it was first commissioned to provide the U.S. Army a lightweight, four-wheel scouting car that could tackle any terrain.

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1986-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ

The OG Wrangler-first released in 1986, the Jeep Wrangler YJ was a contemporary redesign of the previous decade's CJ series. The YJ replaced round features for more aggressive square ones, such as the boxy headlights and sharper angles on the hood. This model also sought to fuse the enjoyment of off-roading with the need for comfort on everyday drives.

Though it shares the name with the still-popular modern Jeep Wrangler, the YJ model is its own breed.

Considered the "second generation" of the CJ lineup, the YJ was re-engineered to appeal to a broader market of everyday drivers while still retaining its off-roading capabilities.

This led to its lower ground clearance and a wider stance that provides a more stable drive.

1986-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ

1972-1975 Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-6

The Jeep CJ series got its name from civilian Jeep. The original design was based on the World War II military Jeeps.

CJ-1 was notable for being the first commercially available vehicle with four-wheel drive. By the time the Jeep CJ-5 was introduced in the 50s, the lineup had undergone several changes. With the direction of a new corporate owner, the CJ-5 was the newest model designed to be more influenced by Jeeps used during the Korean War.

The CJ-6 was released about the same time as its sibling with an elongated design that allowed an optional second row of seats. The CJ-5 was popular well into the 70s, branding it as one of the longest production runs in Jeep history.

1972-1975 Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-6

By 1972, the CJ-5 was ready for a revamp. All-new engines brought the Jeep CJ-5 from a four-cylinder to a standard V6.

From 1972 to 1975, this model was released with a range of special editions, like the Renegade and the ultra-rare Super Jeep.

In this period, we also saw the addition of radios, air conditioning, electronic ignition, and other driver comforts.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has come a long way since its 1992 debut. This notable new model was Jeep's first Chrysler production after AMC was taken over in what was, at the time, the largest corporate merger in history.

The Grand Cherokee was one of the first of its class to exclusively use a unibody chassis rather than attaching the body to a separate frame. It was also Chrysler's bet on capturing the up-and-coming luxury SUV market. With so much riding on this new, modern Jeep model, the Grand Cherokee was off to a roaring start.

By 2019, the Grand Cherokee had evolved to provide the ultimate cross of luxury and performance. The SRT8 trim brought its own engine option, the 475-horsepower Hemi V8, second only to its newest sibling, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Reviewed as an ultra-performer, the 2019 Grand Cherokee SRT8 competes with muscle cars of much smaller size-plus it can tow up to 7200 lbs.

The interiors build on the Grand Cherokee's legacy for fine materials, comfortable space, and the latest advanced safety technology that 2019 has to offer.

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

1963 - 1991 Jeep Wagoneer

One of the most classic Jeep models is the Wagoneer. This model was the SUV before it was even a vehicle class-back in 1963 it was simply a "station wagon." And, like much of the Jeep lineup, the Wagoneer was designed from inception to be a luxury workhorse.

The Jeep Wagoneer was initially built on a pickup truck chassis but drove like a sedan. Unlike its competitors in the GM and Ford lineups, the Jeep Wagoneer didn't skimp on amenities.

It was among the first in its class to offer an independent front suspension (which provided a smoother ride), radio, power steering, automatic transmission, and A/C.

1963 - 1991 Jeep Wagoneer

As a testament to its classic perfection, the Jeep Wagoneer's generation was produced longer than nearly any other vehicle.

It only fell out of grace due to the rising oil prices in the early 1990s, after which the more modern, safety-compliant Jeep Grand Cherokee took up the reins.

In recent news, Chrysler corporations have announced plans to re-release this beloved model in 2021.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon combines the most desired features of two of Jeep's all-time best-selling models: the Rubicon and the Unlimited. Each brings a special flair to this instant classic model.

The Wrangler Rubicon was an off-roader first introduced in 2003. It came standard with both performance and style enhancing elements and was touted as the "most capable vehicle ever produced by the Jeep Brand."

The Wrangler Unlimited, released just a year later, boasted a more comfortable ride experience for passengers, with improved leg room, larger storage capacity, increased towing capacity, and an overall focus on comfort.

Based off an older military model known as the Jeep TJ, the Wrangler Unlimited was nearly a foot longer and provided a smooth on-road driving experience.

Combined, these two models became the 2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, which features the longer wheelbase of the latter with the off-road focus of the former.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4

Why Test Drive Your Next Jeep At Northgate CDJR

Our centrally located Jeep dealership near Cincinnati, OH is ready to take you on the test drive of your life. Our wide selection of 2019 Jeep models is built on a history of performance, off-road capability, durability, and even luxury.

If your heart is set on the style and performance only a Jeep can offer, let us help you find the perfect model configuration for you.

Stop by our top-rated CDJR dealership today to experience a thrilling test drive of your favorite Jeep model.


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