That said, I see Jeep as a type of vehicle moreso than as a brand. Ironically, most Jeeps are not jeeps (just as Libertarians are not necessarily libertarians.) I don't know how a Grand Cherokee can qualify when it's really just a soccer mom SUV with only minimal off-road capability (or styling, for that matter) to call itself a true Jeep, an actual descendant with similar capabilities as the old GP's or Jeep-class light utility vehicle. And there are a number of others that I'd love to drive, but since we don't live in a free country anymore... I can't. They've been legislated out of legality here in the US, usually due to spurious association with "global warming"--a non-scientific theory which has just recently made the news again after it was rather prominently denounced and debunked by a wide variety of experts who are finally going public--a little late, since the general public has seen for years that "global warming"--whether under that name, or the more nebulous new labels it's been getting like climate change or climate disruption--is intellectually bankrupt.
Ahem. Anyway, Jeeps. My first love is probably, of course, the actual Jeep Wranger, which luckily are readily available in the US. But I wouldn't mind getting my hands on any of these perfectly acceptable surrogates, if I could.
|The original, with lift kit and big super-swamper tires. Beautiful, even in Caterpillar orange.|
|The Chevy Niva, for the Russian market. Although it has the look of a "sport cute" as much as an honest-to-goodness light utility vehicle, it's still been engineering to be relatively capable. I'd take one.|