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Hybrid Fuel Economy Comes up Short in Consumer Reports' Testing, Diesels Impress

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee The fuel economy of a couple hybrid vehicles didn’t hit the mark in testing by Consumer Reports, but some diesel models fared much better. The magazine tested the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and it earned a combined 28 mpg overall, which is short of the EPA-estimated 31 mpg city/highway combined. Consumer Reports found that the non-hybrid base XV Crosstrek earned 26 mpg overall in its tests, and points out in a statement that due to the higher price ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord Hybrid, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Model News, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Chrysler Recalls More Than 50,000 Jeep and Ram Models

2013 Ram 1500 Chrysler Group is recalling 45,961 Ram 1500 trucks in the U.S. due to a software issue that can disable the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The recall affects 2013 model-year trucks with four-wheel drive. ESC systems use sensors to detect when a vehicle is losing control, and then helps the driver maintain control by applying the brakes to certain wheels to keep the car moving along its intended path. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “A ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Model News, Ram 1500

Up to 1.56 Million Jeep Owners Will Get Free Trailer Hitches

Chrysler Group has agreed to honor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s request to recall Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs, but only after NHTSA cut the number of affected Jeeps from 2.7 million to 1.56 million. The automaker says in a blog post that it “will conduct a voluntary safety recall of 1.56 million 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles for supplemental improvement in low-speed crashes.” The fix? A trailer hitch assembly ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Recalls, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty

Chrysler Denies NHTSA's Request to Recall 2.7 Million Jeep Vehicles

2002 Jeep Liberty/Getty Images When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requests a recall, automakers usually comply. However, Chrysler Group is refusing NHTSA’s request for the automaker to recall 2.7 million 1993-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty SUVs. USA Today writes, “NHTSA says the rear-mounted gas tanks in those vehicles are too vulnerable to leaking and catching fire in a rear-end crash.” Chrysler says that the vehicles in question are safe, and that the automaker has been working with NHTSA ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Recalls, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty

Chrysler Recalls More Than 300,000 Jeep and Ram Vehicles in U.S.

2010 Jeep Commander Chrysler is recalling about 295,000 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees in the United States for software issues that affect the transmission, as well as approximately 5,330 Jeep Wranglers to install a dust shield and 498 Ram 1500s for windshield defrosting and defogging problems. The largest recall concerns 2006-2009 Jeep Commanders and 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees. A software error means the transmission could shift from park into neutral when the driver starts up the vehicle. This could allow the ... continue reading»

Tags: Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Model News, Ram 1500, Jeep Recall, Ram Recall

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