Are you on the hunt for a brand-new vehicle and have managed to narrow down your search to a Jeep? Jeeps allow drivers to feel safe and confident not only on the road but during off-roading adventures, and have long been a popular vehicle choice here in the US. According to statistics, Jeep was one of the fastest growing automotive brands in 2015 totaling more than 1.2 million vehicles sold worldwide. If you’re looking to get yourself into one of these vehicles, then there are a few things you will want to keep in mind to ensure you get the right vehicle for your needs.
Hard Top vs Soft Top
One of the great things about Jeeps is that many models allow you to remove the roof when touring around. Not only that but there are hard top and soft top kits available. So how do you decide which one you need? Maybe you need both? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each
With a hard top you get that extra protection from the elements outside. If you live in a place that experiences heat, rain, cold, and snow then you are going to want the hard top. Another pro to the hard top is the fact it dulls the sound, making it easier to listen to the radio and have conversations in the vehicle. This top is much more durable than a soft top, and will last a number of years. There’s also that safety aspect since it makes it hard for someone to get into your vehicle.
For all its good, a hard top also has a couple negatives. For starters it doesn’t give you that true Jeep feel of being at one with nature. They tend to be quite cumbersome and time-consuming to remove so once it’s on, it’s pretty much there.
Jeep soft tops could be the perfect option for you if you live in a more moderate climate that doesn’t experience extreme cold. If gives you the chance to remove the top, become one with nature, and you have the choice of having the top on or off since it’s quick and easy to remove. Soft top kits are also much cheaper.
How Much Space Do You Need?
When it comes to Jeeps there are all kinds of models available now, ranging from the small Jeep Wrangler which is the smallest model, up to the Jeep Grand Cherokee that is ideal for a family. Typically, the larger the Jeep you get, the less it feels like that traditional off-roading Jeep.
What About Fuel Consumption?
While Jeeps have certainly come a long way where fuel consumption is concerned, there are still some models that will be much more fuel-efficient than others. A few things will play into how fuel efficient the vehicle is such as the size of its engine, whether it is two-wheel or four-wheel drive, whether it is standard or automatic, and the size of the vehicle itself.
Take Your Time and Make the Best Choice
Even though you’ve narrowed down your search to a Jeep, it’s still a good idea to take your time, do your research, and be sure you’re picking the right model for your needs and lifestyle.