Whether you’re planning a ski trip to Denver, Colorado, a hiking and camping trip to the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico, or a road trip to the nearest beach or national park, don’t just take the old Chevy Suburban out on the road again to see if it’s got one more trip in it. Find a Jeep Dealership and rent a Jeep.
Try a Grand Cherokee or a Wrangler on for size, and see whether you ever want to take a road trip without one again. Now, Jeeps are not the most fuel-efficient choice for a road trip, but they are not terrible compared to other vehicles with comparable space and performance capabilities. The 2017 Grand Cherokee gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the tarmac, while the 2017 Wrangler gets 17 miles in the city and 21 on the highway.
So, if fuel efficiency isn’t its strength, why is the Jeep the perfect road trip vehicle? Well, a Jeep has got everything you need for a long journey. Join us for a rundown of exactly what makes a Jeep the go-to for those of us who love to travel.
Generous Storage Space = Stress-Free Packing and Comfortable Travel
First, you’re going to need plenty of room—room to store all your clothes, suitcases, coolers, camping gear, and anything else you need to bring along. That’s before the passengers get in. Then you’ll need room for friends or family. Room to stretch your legs after long bouts of driving. Even room to lie down and take a nap if needed. Depending on the nature of your trip, you may even need room to stash a few souvenirs (or the bags and boxes of a full-fledged shopping haul) you pick up along the way.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee provides all the room you may need and then some. There is over 68 cubic feet of storage space inside the 2017 Cherokee, with seats that fold down flat as needed so you can store just about anything. The Wrangler two-door is designed more for beach excursions than road trips, but the four-door packs the kind of space you’ll need to travel in comfort as well as the ability to ride with the top down and really immerse yourself in the landscape while you travel.
Features and Durability to Take on Any Landscape
Aside from storage space, those of us with wanderlust require a vehicle that performs well on any terrain. There’s a reason the Jeep is synonymous with explorers and safari transportation in popular culture. A rugged, durable machine is essential for the true adventurer.
Most road trips aren’t supposed to be by the book. Yes, you should plan things out and have a loose structure as to where you are going and what you are doing along the way, but once you’re on the road, most of those plans go out the window. Unplanned side ventures can become a large part of the itinerary, and these surprises can be the most memorable and exciting parts of the trip.
These spontaneous adventures usually include mud, sand, snow, rough roads, steep hills and other surprises. If you love to travel, you need a vehicle that can step up to the challenge and handle any obstacle or terrain you take on. The four-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler is up to the task, and every one comes standard with off-roading features that make it perfect for the job. The Wrangler has a front and rear stabilizer bar, towing hooks on the front and back, as well as a fuel tank skid plate and plenty of other accessories made for the outdoorsy type of traveler.
Power and Performance You Can Count on for the Long Haul
The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a powerful V6 engine with eight-speed automatic transmission. Though Jeeps are not the most economical when it comes to fuel efficiency, the Cherokee can be upgraded to an EcoDiesel V6 that gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg when cruising down the highway. That’s not bad for a vehicle with the performance capabilities the Jeep is known for. Towing along your jet skis or motorcycles for the trip? The upgraded Cherokee can haul up to 7,400 pounds without compromising performance. The Cherokee is also a smooth and peaceful ride, even on rough terrain.
The cabin is airtight, blocking out loud sounds and allowing passengers to relax and catch some z’s on long road trip driving sessions. When traveling with a partner, you can save a lot of money in your accommodations budget by alternating who drives and who sleeps. This strategy saves a lot of time, getting you to destinations faster and allowing for more time to enjoy your vacation instead of spending long stretches of time driving between the exciting places on your itinerary. Normally, car naps are not the best for your back or neck, but the roomy Cherokee or the four-door Wrangler will leave you feeling great after hours of bump-free, soundless sleep.
Add Options to Customize for Your Favorite Activities
After renting a Cherokee or a Wrangler for a road trip or two, you may find yourself looking into buying a Jeep for yourself for future road trips and camping excursions. There are countless ways to tailor your Jeep to suit your hobbies and fit your traveling lifestyle. One of the coolest add-on features is a pop-up camper and roof addition. This add-on literally turns your Jeep into a tent. No more lugging around poles, struggling with stakes, or shaking out dirty tent tarps on every vacation. No more buying a night’s stay at overpriced hotels that are nowhere near your destination. Your Jeep is now a self-sufficient home away from home.
Outdoor adventurer and traveler Dan Grec wrote a blog describing his customized Jeep that shows exactly what we mean. Grec turned his Jeep into a fully functional traveling home, complete with a kitchen, a shower, and all the other amenities one would need to make their Jeep their home base while traveling. If your dream is to become a lifestyle traveler, you may have looked into purchasing travel trailer/truck combos or an RV, but you may have never considered customizing a Jeep to meet all your needs without the fuel cost or additional driving skill needed to operate such an enormous load.
A customized Jeep is not cheap by any means, but it’s still significantly cheaper than the RVs or travel trailer setups you may have considered. This customized dream Jeep, however, is targeted at the serious traveler. It’s for the type of people who only want to travel, who live their lives as an endless journey. If you’re one of those people—if you have an unquenchable thirst for the open road—there are plenty of reasons a Jeep is the best vehicle for you.
However, it’s a big decision. If you are considering going on a road trip and are planning on driving anything other than a Jeep, it’s an excellent opportunity to reconsider and look into renting one and trying it out. The temporary chance to experience life (not to mention a vacation) as a Jeep owner should show you everything you need to know. There really is no better road trip vehicle out there.