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Meet Bear, the #JeepTopCanine winner who will rep the brand for one year

Bear, a four-year old pup from Massachusetts, was chosen as the #JeepTopCanine.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Thousands of dogs entered to become the #JeepTopCanine but, alas, there could only be one. The winner is ... Bear! Bear is a native of Northborough, Massachusetts.

Bear will spend the next year appearing as the face of the Jeep brand across social media channels alongside many of the brand's best-sellers like the Wrangler, Gladiator, and Grand Cherokee. For his entry photo, Bear posed on a Wrangler.

"As the true cult SUV brand revered around the world for its off-road legacy, Jeep owners share a love of adventure and freedom, and it's almost an unwritten law that if you take out your Jeep SUV, your dog is coming with you," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA.

"It's that same devotion for their 'best friends' that our fans share for their Jeep vehicles. We saw it throughout our first-ever #JeepTopCanine search, giving our fans the opportunity to share and connect with fellow Jeep brand enthusiasts about their shared passions, reaching millions of fans through views and engagements across our social media channels and digital website throughout July and August."

Bear won the contest by gaining the most votes via the #JeepTopCanine website. There, he competed against seven other dogs for the crown, each posing with a Jeep product.

Jeep Top Canine FinalistsBear's entry photo helped propel him to the top of the standings and secured his place as the first #JeepTopCanine. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Bear and his owner Margot, along with two cat siblings, have been cohabitating since the end of March 2016. When he was three months old, Margot rescued Bear from Georgia. Margo reports that Bear is quite popular and has many dog friends.

Bear is not a purebred. Margot did a DNA test on him and it turns out that Bear's a melting pot! He's mostly black lab, but there's collie, chow chow, a little standard poodle, and a few other "unknown" breeds mixed in.

When he's not riding in Margot's JL, he loves going for rides in their friend's CJ5. He also enjoys swimming and hiking. Margot says, " He is a strong swimmer and loves to take a dip when it's warm out, and even when I think it's not warm enough. We also hike very often and he has the best sense of direction. [He] seriously helps me out when I get turned around - or prevents me from doing that in the first place, because he leads me up and down the mountain!"

Bear has a lot of love to give. Margot says that if he sees two people hugging he frequently tries to get in on the action by inserting himself between them.

His favorite treats are Whimzees, which are shaped like little alligators, and Frosty Paws frozen doggie ice creams.

When it comes to toys, Bear's favorites are something that Margot originally got for her cats - animatronic fish. He also likes Frisbees and is properly spoiled with an indoor and outdoor toy box.

If you meet Bear, he might be willing to do a few tricks for you. Some of his favorites are puppy push ups, "high ten", and spinning.

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Family-friendly three-row SUVs

Three of our favorite three-row SUVs for 2022

The Grand Cherokee L is available with two different powertrain choices.

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There are more three-row SUVs on sale than ever before, so it can be tough to make a choice between them. You need to balance space, performance, safety, and tech to make your decision, and doing your homework is important. To help you get started down the right path, we've selected three of our favorite three-row family haulers. These are SUVs that bring the latest features and excellent design features to help keep you and your family rolling. Let's get started.

2023 Toyota SequoiaThe Sequoia is all-new for the 2023 model year, and finally stands on level ground with its rivals.Toyota

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota gave the Sequoia a much-needed overhaul for the 2023 model year that brought it up to speed with its competitors. The thirsty V8 and outdated styling are gone, and in their place, Toyota installed a twin-turbo V6 with a hybrid system that produces 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive are available.

The Sequoia’s update brought a new infotainment system with a much more intuitive, fluid interface. It runs on a standard 8-inch or an optional 14-inch touchscreen. Toyota’s new software offers voice controls, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and much more.

Inside, the Sequioa’s interior feels much more upscale and modern than before, and there’s plenty of room for the entire family and all their gear across its three spacious rows. Starting with the Limited trim, Toyota gives luxurious standard features, including heated and ventilated front seats, a larger touchscreen, a hands-free liftgate, and a heated steering wheel.

2023 Kia TellurideKia updated the ultra-popular Telluride for 2023 with refreshed styling and features.Kia

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is easily one of the best family vehicles from the last ten years, and it offers great value on top of its functional characteristics. Kia updated the SUV for 2022 with a new 10.25-inch infotainment system and a highway driving assistance system.

The Telluride comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The SUV’s engine may not be the most powerful or thrilling, but it gets the job done and offers refined, smooth operation.

Kia equips the base Telluride with seating for eight, but the optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven. Interior fit and finish, materials, and styling are all far more upscale than the Telluride’s price tag would suggest, making the SUV an excellent family companion for longer road trips.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee LThe Grand Cherokee got a third row for the first time with the new L.Jeep

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep completely overhauled the Grand Cherokee for 2021 and added a new three-row “L” model shortly after. The new Grand Cherokee L features boxy, muscular styling that works with its stretched profile. Even with a new shape, the SUV is immediately recognizable as a Grand Cherokee.

Jeep offers two engines in the 2022 Grand Cherokee L. The base mill is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available that produces 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the V8 comes standard with four-wheel drive.

The L is more premium inside than most likely expect from a Jeep, but at the top end of the model line it’s deep into luxury territory, both on price and design. The Jeep is just shy of its competitors on interior space, but there’s still plenty of room for up to seven people. Top trims get luxury finishes like leather and woodgrain, and available tech like a rear-seat entertainment system helps keep everyone happy for the long haul.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

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The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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