This Uncrate staffer has been missing his old Jeep (a yellow '98 Wrangler) a lot lately. So this couldn’t have had a more cheerful effect: the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon ($TBD) that debuted at the North American International Auto Show. It features a ton of stuff — iPod integration, increased ground clearance, larger wheels and tires, enhanced Dana front and rear solid axles, a new three-piece modular hardtop and Sunrider soft top, a new 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, better safety systems, power windows and door locks, a full-screen navigation system, a 368-watt Alpine stereo, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Whew — you just know this thing is gonna kick all kinds of ass.
We refuse to buy a huge SUV that sucks the gas and handles like a Radio Flyer. And until now, the options out there for a smaller SUV didn't do much for us. The all-new 2006 RAV4 (starting at $20,300) looks to be the answer. It has a larger body with 40% more cargo space than the previous model, and it's more responsive and bunches more stylish. As a bonus, the new RAV gets 24 MPG around town and 30 on the highway — crazy for something that can actually haul a good bit of stuff.