Jeep Compass

Base Price: $20,500-$24,500
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Compass gets minor revisions for 2013. Models with the 2.0L I-4 and 5M transmission now get 30 mpg on the highway, up from 29 mpg. All Compasses get two new colors for 2013: Winter Chill Pearl Coat and Black Forest Green Pearl Coat. The Compass and Patriot are expected to be replaced by a new single model soon, possibly as early as the 2014 model year.

Cool Fact: Trail Rated models are capable of fording up to 19 inches of water.

Sum Up: Lost in the Jeep lineup.

Star Rating: **


Jeep Compass
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/141-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/172-hp/165-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/CVT
0-60 MPH 9.2-10.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/23-30 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: N/A, BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Base Price: $28,500*-$63,415
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A new rock-crawl-ready trim level, dubbed the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. It comes with the V-6 or V-8 and includes 18-inch Kevlar-reinforced tires, rock rails, underbody protection, Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain, and more. The Trailhawk gets a Mineral Grey grille surround, mirrors, and wheels and a black hood decal with a red accent stripe.

Driver's Choice: New SRT8 Alpine edition for that extra curb appeal.

Sum Up: Jeep's best-seller for a reason.

Star Rating: ****


Jeep Grand Cherokee
Base Engine 3.6L/290-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft V-8; 6.4L/470-hp/465-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD/AWD, 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 4.6-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 5000-7400/1500-2050 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-17/18-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Jeep Liberty (2014)

Base Price: $25,000-$35,000
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Liberty as we know it (pictured) is long gone, but a new Liberty based on the Dodge Dart's platform will arrive in time for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Liberty may be powered by the Dart's 1.4L turbocharged I-4 and could be equipped with a downsized 3.2L Pentastar V-6 as an available option. Rumor has it the Liberty will come with Chrysler's new 9-sp automatic.

Avoid: The leftover 2012 Libertys. The new one will likely be worth it.

Sum Up: Liberty, Italian-style.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Jeep Liberty (2014)
Base Engine 1.4L/160-hp/148-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 3.2L/240-hp/235-lb-ft V-6*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 9A*
0-60 MPH 7.8-8.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-4000/1000-1500 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-23/27-33 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O*
* Estimated


Jeep Patriot

Base Price: $17,000-$26,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: With the Jeep Patriot and its Compass sibling on the way out shortly for an all-new single model, Jeep has left the Patriot alone. Black Forest Green Pearl Coat and Winter Chill Pearl Coat have been added to the Patriot's palette. A 158-hp, 2.0L I-4 comes standard; a 172-hp, 2.4L I-4 is optional.

Look For: The coming Patriot/Compass replacement will likely come in FWD or AWD flavors, with an assortment of I-4 engines.

Sum Up: This Jeep cute-'ute never had a chance.

Star Rating: **


Jeep Patriot
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/141-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/172-hp/165-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/CVT
0-60 MPH 9.2-10.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/23-30 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: N/A, BMS: N/A


Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited

Base Price: $23,500-$35,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Wrangler gets new seats said to be more comfortable on long drives and more supportive off-road. All Wranglers now have an optional premium soft top that's easier to operate and clean and reportedly reduces interior noise. Unlimited models get a revised soft top that's easier to operate by one person. Rubicon and Sahara models get new wheels.

Driver's Choice: Any of 'em. The Wrangler is fun to drive and remarkably good at making you feel like a kid again.

Sum Up: American icon gets continuous improvements.

Star Rating: *****


Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited
Base Engine 3.6L/285-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 6.6-6.7 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/880-1000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/20-21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 2; rear cam: N/A, BMS: N/A


Kia Sorento

Base Price: $23,950-$34,200
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Sorento buyers can now opt for UVO, Kia's infotainment system, on the base LX model. LX models equipped with a V-6 now come standard with a third row of seats, which is optional on EX V-6 and SX models. A new convenience package adds features such as an 8-way-power driver's seat and floormats to the LX. Mid-level EX gets standard leather seats.

Look For: A made-over model with sleeker styling for the 2014 model year.

Sum Up: Price is right for this three-row SUV.

Star Rating: ***


Kia Sorento
Base Engine 2.4L/175-hp/169-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/276-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.7-9.6 sec
Tow/Payload 1650-3500/1600-1950 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-22/24-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Kia Sportage

Base Price: $19,500-$29,500
Body Type: SUV

What's New: LED lights are now standard on Sportage LX and EX models, and the range-topping SX receives daytime running lights. All trims get sunvisor extenders as a standard feature. A Blue interior package has been added for the EX that features dark blue cloth seats, interior accents, and a blackout headliner. Kia badges on the hood, liftgate, and steering wheel have been slightly tweaked.

Driver's Choice: The Turbo AWD model is the one to get.

Sum Up: High marks for looks, content, and value, but handling and ride are abysmal.

Star Rating: ***


Kia Sportage
Base Engine 2.4L/176-hp/168-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/260-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 7.3-9.3 sec
Tow/Payload 2000/1250-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-22/26-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A