Mopar Takes The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon To The Next Level!

While most new (and used) car buyers are content with driving their beautifully equipped factory spec vehicle, there is a rare breed of automotive enthusiasts who love to personalize their car. Myself included. These individuals span from those who like to make minor upgrades that almost seem factory like, to individuals who fully trick out their vehicles so the model is barely recognizable.

The king of aftermarket parts and accessories (at least in the FCA world) is Mopar. Their heritage dates back to the 1930s; this makes them one of the oldest automotive accessories companies in the world. While the parts sold for Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge vehicles are technically OEM, Mopar offers enhancements with the enthusiasm of an aftermarket performance company. Essentially taking great vehicles and helping their customers turn the volume up to 100. The kicker is that because these are OEM parts, I was told that it does not void your vehicles original bumper to bumper warranty. So if you drive a late model FCA vehicle, it is really the only way to go.

To showcase how extreme Mopar can go, on rare occasions they will team up with their brother and sister companies to make a truly unique creation – a Halo Car if you will. That is the case with the vehicle I am reviewing today, dubbed the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Mopar Edition.

The two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was already the best off road vehicle you can buy. It comes from the factory with heavy duty front and rear axles for rock crawling, front and rear locking differentials for mudding, a two-speed transfer case (high and low gear ranges), and 33 inch tires with thick treads. It also seemingly more rugged than its base model siblings. By the way, the latest Jeep Wrangler, the JL series, is also the best Wrangler to drive on the street. The ride quality is better and it feels more stable at high speeds. Click Here To Continue Reading

Topless In Miami 2019 Winners

For the past 9 years, the Southern Automotive Media Association has hosted an event called Topless in Miami. It is an annual gathering of its members to determine what are the best convertibles on the market. The definition of a “convertible” has obviously changed over the years with the introduction of hardtop convertibles and “convertible like” vehicles such as panoramic vehicles, which are becoming more and more popular. However the spirit of the event holds true now more than ever… soaking up the sunshine is the best way to enjoy the streets of South Florida.

Here are this year’s winners and why I think they deserve the title:

Convertible Of The Year: Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster

This Roadster deserves a home run with classic Roadster styling, a knockout exhaust and racing inspired interior. It not only looks and sounds fast, but it rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds thanks to 550 horsepower bi-Turbo V8 engine.

This vehicle also won the luxury convertible of the year award.  Click Here To Continue Reading

2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland: Quick Look

New for 2019 is the Overland trim level for the Jeep Cherokee. This unique set of options has been magically transforming the Jeep Grand Cherokee from a standard mid-size SUV to a luxury SUV for over 10 years, but now its baby brother has got the fancy pants.

Upon approaching the vehicle, you will immediately notice a premium look. Gone are the plastic brush guard moldings in favor of body color paint to make the vehicle appear bigger. You will also notice large 19″ polished aluminum wheels.

Inside the Jeep Cherokee Overland, you will find an interior fit for a small luxury SUV/crossover. In some cases, it is nicer than comparable Mercedes and BMW models. The Jeep Cherokee Overland is fitted with premium heated and cooled leather seats along with a full-leather dash; something you typically only find on vehicles with a $100k price tag. This type of luxury accentuates the oddity of not having leather on the doors though, instead you get hard plastic.

I guess beggars can’t be choosers though, because the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland is priced incredibly well. My test vehicle came fully equipped at a hair over $40k. That may seem like a lot for Jeep, but when you consider that the Mercedes GLC starts at $40,700 without leather seats, a leather dash, or 4-wheel drive.

Dress up your Jeep Cherokee with the Overland edition.

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The world Jeep and luxury usually don’t go together. That is because when I think of Jeep, I think of rugged all-terrain vehicles. In the rare instance I think of Jeep in luxury, I usually gravitate towards the Grand Cherokee. Jeep enthusiast now have a new luxurious option when it comes to their sporty off-road vehicles and that is the Cherokee Overland. I have written about the Jeep Cherokee before, in the form of a Trailhawk, but this a new breed.

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The Jeep Cherokee Overland feels luxurious with its supple leather seats and wood trim on the steering wheel, but I would’t quite call it a luxury vehicle… there are still a lot of plastics and it doesn’t quite ride like you would expect a luxury vehicle to ride. The Overland edition simply dresses up the Jeep Cherokee. With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if you find one these cruising around in the swamp thanks to its optional 4X4 and select-terrain drive system. It is still a Jeep after all!

At 37,000 for the Jeep Cherokee Overland, personally, I would go for its bigger brother, the Grand Cherokee or opt for the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk because of its off-road capabilities.

Visit your local Jeep dealer for more information on the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland or click here to visit the Jeep website.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is for those who want to race to work… Or the grocery store.


The thought of a high performance keep to me is odd, because when I think of Jeep I think of a super reliable off road vehicles. It doesn’t matter if it is the Wrangler Sport or the Grand Cherokee, their entire lineup is built on the foundation of off-roading.

So when a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT showed up to my doorstep, my first reaction was: “this will be interesting!” And it was!

I was super impressed wit this vehicle because it felt and drove like a sports car. It’s characteristics were able to be changed on fly using the drive mode selector. Under the hood is a 475HP V8 Hemi paired with a 8 speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive. Thank to this all-wheel-drive system, the near perfect traction control system and sticky Pirelli tires, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT can take off like a rocket without spinning your wheels. Even on a wet road in track mode, the car gripped. I went to a parking lot and tried to do burn outs and the car gripped. I couldn’t break her loose!

In addition to raw power, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT also massive Brembo brakes and a sports tune suspension. So out of the box you have an SUV design for the track. I would never turn it into a track car, but it is fun knowing that you could if you were daring enough.


The big attaction to Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is obviously the performance, but I wouldn’t do it justice if I didn’t talk about the interior which comes nicely appointed. The vehicle I test drove featured supple caramel colored leather seats. The infotainment center was pretty standard with navigation, satilite radio and apps for vehicle fuel economy. Unique to the SRT is performance app, which offers performance stats and info on all of the vehicles systems.

I am not quite sure who this vehicle is targeted towards, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a must see for anyone who wants a sports car, but needs four seats.

For more information about the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, visit your local Jeep dealer or CLICK HERE to visit Jeep’s website.

The Jeep Renegade Latitude Was Built For the Urban Explorer

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15 minutes behind the wheel and you will clearly see that this isn’t your average Jeep… The Renegade was built for the urban explorer. This is the perfect car for getting around town. It easy to drive and easy to park, plus you look cool driving it! The signature Jeep grill along with other key design elements are striking. There is no questioning that this is built on tradition.

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Even the inside is very Jeep-esque: the dash features rugged looking controls, the speakers are in the shape of the front grill and giant handle bar is in arms reach of the front passenger. While the seats may look simple, they were actually quite comfortable for a compact SUV in this segment.

The Jeep Renegade Latitude I was driving featured a 1.4L i4 Turbo engine, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. At 31mpg, this powertrain combo creates a nice balance between fuel economy and fun. The clutch was really soft and the gearbox was easy to shift, so driving around downtown Ft Lauderdale – even in moderate traffic – was a lot of fun.

In addition to being easy to drive and offering great gas mileage, this urban explorer offers best-in-class interior volume. It comfortably seats five people, or you can lower the backseats and put a couple bikes or a surfboard in back.

If you are looking for a great around town vehicle that looks cool and is easy on the pocket book, defiantly checkout the 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude. For more information, visit your local Jeep dealer or click here to visit Jeep’s website. 

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk represents freedom

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Jeep is one of my favorite automotive brands. Its heritage dates back to 1941. The US Government needed a light-duty 4×4 reconnaissance vehicle for World War II and Willy’s Jeep was the answer. Since then, the Jeep brand has turned into one of the best selling SUV manufactures and they produce some of the very best off-road vehicles in the world.

I drove a Jeep Wrangler Sport in high school, so I naturally have a soft spot for the brand. It was one of the most dependable and durable vehicles I have ever driven. I drove it through the mud, the snow, and everywhere in between with ease. The car started in the dead of winter, when it was 20 below freezing, on the first try.

The new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk takes the durability and capability of the Wrangler, and combines it with the luxury accommodations of a standard SUV. But the overall design is rugged and tough. It makes you feel as if you can take this SUV anywhere! With large off-road tires, a powerful engine and tow hooks… you can. I love the grill of the new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, it reminds me of a shark. It is a very modern take on the Jeep brand, especially when compared to the old Jeep Cherokees from the 1990s.

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The new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is the perfect car for camping or exploring the everglades. It seats seven, has plenty of cargo space, it is full capable. The active drive lock 4×4 and locking rear axle help you maintain control through the toughest situations. The vehicle is powered by a 3.2L Pentastar V6 that produces 271 horsepower and 239 pounds of torque. This a departure from the original straight sixes that offered lots of power at low RPM. Both engines have their merit.

Inside the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is an assortment of premium features: An 8.4 inch touch screen display, a high quality audio system, a personalized dashboard display and comfortable seats. I could easily see myself driving the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk on a road trip or to the office everyday.

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One of the best things about having a Jeep is the community. I have never seen a more passionate and friendly group of people. 9 times out of 10, when you pass by another Jeep owner, they will wave to you. Their passion stems from their ability to go anywhere and explore – the freedom to choose your own path.