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All signs point to the fact that the Jeepster may be making a comeback

Jeep is slated to bring back the Jeepster name.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC via Mopar Insiders

Stretch way back in the automobile history books and you'll reach the chapter on Willys. The short version is that the little World War II multi-terrain capable model Willys designed is the reason we have the 2020 Jeep Wrangler.

The Willys-Overland company, by then known as the Kaiser Jeep Corporation was acquired by AMC in the 1960s. AMC was purchased renamed the Jeep Eagle Corporation in 1988 and was merged with Chrysler in 1990. When Chrysler was purchased by Fiat S.p.A in 2014, the Jeep brand continued, placing us where we are today.

2021 Jeep Renegade JeepsterThe Jeepster name is an iconic part of Jeep history.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC via Mopar Insiders

The Jeepster was originally made by Willys-Overland from 1948 to 1950, bridging the gap between the traditional Jeep for wartime and farm use and the typical passenger car of its time.

In 1966, the C-101 Jeepster Commando revived the name with a number of body styles: station wagon, convertible, pickup, and roadster. There was an available two-tone exterior and sliding rear window. By 1971, the company had removed all reference to the Jeepster name from its lineup.

Reporting by Mopar Insiders indicates that Jeep is bringing back the Jeepster name for a special edition Renegade model. How accurate the reporting is remains to be seen, but the website offers up a pretty solid list of specs that lead the AutomotiveMap team to believe it's real.

The website says that the entry-level Jeep Renegade Sport will be offered in a Jeepster special edition. Its exterior will feature 19-inch Granite painted aluminum wheels, 235/45R19 BSW all-season tires, gloss black grille rings, and Jeepster door decals. The model will come with a paint of in Colorado Red, Black or buyer's choice of three specialized colors (late availability).

Inside the crib is black cloth upholstered seating with accent color stitching, metal diamond speaker covers and vent bezels, Uconnect 4 with a 7.0-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless entry, and remote start.

The models will run using the Renegade's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The SUV will come in front- and four-wheel drive configurations.

The website says that the Jeepster edition will add $1,895 to the sticker price of the Renegade Sport. The 2020 Jeep Renegade Jeepster is likely to start around $25,700 with the destination charge added in.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

Subaru

Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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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.

Jeep

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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