Meet the fastest, most powerful Jeep vehicle ever. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (starting at $40,000) boasts a big-block 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine that puts out a whopping 420 horsepower. We're not sure it's actually safe to have that many ponies out on the trail, but Jeep's electronic full-time four-wheel-drive system will help keep the horsepower-to-death ratio in check. The SRT8 also has Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, Royale leather trimmed seats, and 20-inch wheels.
This Uncrate staffer has been missing his old Jeep (a yellow '98 Wrangler) a lot lately. So this couldn’t have had a more cheerful effect: the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon ($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.