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Jeep voted America's most patriotic brand

Jeep Freedom models get special appearance-related upgrades.

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The Fourth of July is almost here, and for many of us that means relaxing with family and friends over hot dogs, drinks, and fireworks. For Jeep, the holiday is another opportunity to tout its all-American roots. The brand just picked up an award for America's "Most Patriotic Brand," which is based on a survey of 6,000 Americans to choose the 50 companies that best represent America's patriotic spirit.

No huge surprises here. This year marks the 19th consecutive year that Jeep has been recognized as America's most patriotic brand. The automaker 's vehicles are synonymous with American cars for some people, and since 1941 the company has been making SUVs and off-road vehicles here.


2022 Jeep Wagoneer Flags adorn the side of the upcoming Wagoneer and Grand WagoneerStellantis


To celebrate the occasion, Jeep is offering special-edition Freedom models of each of its vehicles for the 2021 model year. The Freedom models have military-themed design features, matte black or Satin Carbon wheels, and an American flag decal on the side. The vehicles' hoods will be emblazoned with a large "Oscar Mike" (military term for "on the move") star on the hood as well. Wrangler and Gladiator models add an extra Oscar Mike star on the rear tailgate. As part of the rollout, Jeep will donate $250 to the USO for every 2021 Freedom model sold. Active and recently retired service members may also qualify for a $500 cash bonus.

Even after the Freedom models have come and gone, Jeep will retain flag-emblazoned models in its lineup. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer and the 2021 Grand Cherokee L both have American flag badging on their sides. Jeep says it will show off the new Grand Wagoneer on the outside of its tower in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L The new three-row Grand Cherokee also has flag badging.Stellantis

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If you're shopping for a new or used vehicle today, you've probably seen your share of high prices, difficult negotiations, and hard times finding the right color and options for the vehicle you want. All of that, and we haven't even touched the world of collectors cars, auctions, or the ever-raging RAD-era vehicle prices.

This 9,000-mile 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara touches all three marks, so it's not surprising to see its Bring a Trailer auction price climbing. The $30,000-plus closing price is hard to swallow, but to be fair, the Jeep looks new in all the ways that count, and its tan-on-green color scheme is an attractive one for such a boxy vehicle.

If you didn't believe that people buy cars with their hearts instead of their brains, this is your proof. NADA says that the 1993 Jeep Wrangler's MSRP was just shy of $14,000. Even if we take a generous estimate that someone paid $15,000 for a 1993 Wrangler with options, that's still just $28,475 in today's money. It's also almost $4,000 less after inflation than the auction's closing price of $32,250. Bidding heated up in the closing moments, driving the price up by around $2,000.

It'd be unfair to poo-poo people for spending their money on what they want, but it's clear that the average enthusiast is priced out of the market for many vehicles. There are gems and junkyard-restoration opportunities, but the days of picking up a cheap car to beat on and enjoy are numbered. The pandemic and microchip shortages are partly to blame and are both temporary problems – hopefully – so there's a chance we could return to a normal state at some point. For now, let's just hope that the people buying these low-mileage vehicles get them out and drive then.

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Pricing for the new Grand Cherokee starts at $39,185.

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee is all-new for the 2022 model year. The legendary SUV gets fresh styling, a load of updated tech, and a new 4xe plug-in hybrid model. Today, Jeep announced pricing for the SUV, which is scheduled to arrive on dealers' lots in late 2021.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Grand Cherokee is all-new for 2022.Jeep

The base Grand Cherokee Laredo starts at $39,185, which includes a $1,795 destination charge. From there, starting prices include:

  • Grand Cherokee Altitude: $43,740
  • Grand Cherokee Limited: $45,505
  • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (4x4 only): $53,070
  • Grand Cherokee Overland: $55,100
  • Grand Cherokee Summit: $59,160
  • Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve (4x4 only): $65,160
Adding four-wheel drive to a trim that doesn't already have it costs $2,000.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Top trims come decked out with tech and high-end materials.Jeep

Two powertrain options are available for the 2022 model year. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The optional 5.7-liter V8 makes 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2022 Grand Cherokee is rated to tow up to 7,200 pounds when equipped with the V8 and up to 6,200 pounds with the V6.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Several driver aids come standard for 2022.Jeep

The new SUV gets revised tech and larger displays for all trims. The base Laredo model gets an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and top trims are available with a large 10.1-inch display. There's also a 10.25-inch passenger-side interactive touchscreen display. Jeep made several safety features standard, including active driving assist, drowsy driver detection, intersection collision assist, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree camera, and a parallel/perpendicular parking assist system. The 2022 Grand Cherokee comes with three years of complimentary maintenance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and phone support or online chat support.

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