The Different Types of Jeeps (and Their Unique Purposes)

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Jeeps gained popularity after World War II with their “go anywhere” design. Their ability to trek across rugged landscapes and go where other automobiles can’t has defined them for decades. The advent of Jeeps helped to fill a gap in the market for customizable off-road vehicles. There’s so much to discover in the great outdoors, and a Jeep with the right customizations helps you do just that. With warmer weather on the horizon, there are so many outdoor adventure ideas for adults to consider. If you’re thinking of investing in a new ride or accessories to equip yourself for these types of excursions, it’s time to explore the different types of Jeeps and their varying purposes.

The Different Types of Jeeps

Function and fortitude are at the forefront of most prospective buyers’ minds. Many also ask, “How can I make my Jeep look cool?” Depending on the kind of Jeep you have or want to buy, you’ll be able to personalize it with a variety of accessories. With a wide variety of gear to choose from, you can have fun creating your own custom Jeep. Here are the popular Jeep models and some different ideas to customize them.  

Jeep CJ

Cobalt blue Jeep off-roading in the forest

The Jeep CJ evolved from the off-road Jeeps used in World War II. They stand for “Civilian Jeeps,” since they were designed to be accessible to the public. They were the first mass-produced four-wheel drive cars for civilians. Today, they consist of a separate frame and body, front and rear springs, rigid live axles, a tapered nose design, and a fold-flat windshield. They have sturdier drivetrains than their wartime predecessors because rural consumers needed them to last for years to come. There have been several evolutions and iterations of the Jeep CJ, the most recent being the Jeep CJ-7. How can you customize a jeep of this stature? You can restore and customize this model with new axles, hubs, and of course, soft tops for open-air spring driving. There are many ways to restore and upgrade this Jeep classic, and you can get very creative with it.

Jeep Wrangler

A successor of the Jeep CJ, the Jeep Wrangler is a body-on-frame SUV and the most off-road capable of all the different types of Jeeps. It comes in two-door and four-door models, with both gas engine and hybrid options. For ideas on how to customize a Jeep Wrangler, there are many ways to give yours a boost. A brand-new bumper can give your Jeep a bold and assertive look on the road while providing some top-notch protection. Many of them include a powder coat finish and bull bar for ultimate durability. Overall, the Jeep Wrangler’s functionality, coupled with its magnetic appearance, has earned it one of the highest resale values out of any ride on the market. If you upgrade your custom Jeep Wrangler, you can enjoy it for years to come while adding value to it for later resale.

Jeep Gladiator

White Jeep Gladiator off-roading on a field

The Jeep Gladiator is like an updated, midsize pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler. With 10 inches of ground clearance, this is a solid contender for off-road endeavors. It has a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine or 3.6-liter V6 engine with six-speed manual option. Currently, it does not offer a hybrid version, but you can always personalize the powertrain with a DIY modification. You can also add in some new, stylish yet functional fender trims to minimize debris in the vehicle’s body. There are many ways to bring your custom Jeep Wrangler imagings to life.

Jeep Compass

The Compass is a smaller, compact crossover SUV with the features SUV seekers look for. It has all-wheel drive, and a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that creates 221 pound-feet of torque and excellent fuel economy.  It also boasts an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep Compass wouldn’t be a first pick for serious towing needs, but it does possess the ability to tow 2,000 pounds with the right equipment. That’s 500 pounds more than its industry competitors! The price of each Jeep Compass edition varies by level of capacity, ranging from the Sport to the off-road-ready Trailhawk. Regardless, the Jeep Compass can be modified in a number of ways to enhance it for different purposes. To improve its off-roading abilities, add a lift kit. The Jeep Compass comes with seven inches of ground clearance, but for serious off-roading, you’ll want at least 8.8 inches. A quality lift kit and maybe even larger, custom Jeep tires will do just that.

Jeep Commander

The Jeep Commander is a descendant of the Jeep Compass, with its length extended to accommodate seven people total. It also features new designs on its headlights, creating a flatter, more streamlined shape. These are complemented by a new LED light bar and bumper with metallic details. From slimmer taillights to larger tailgates, Commanders definitely flaunt their own unique aesthetic style. They’re great for handling off-road encounters, while also providing comfort and entertainment that are more on the luxurious side. To optimize your Jeep Commander for rugged terrain, consider installing a backup camera or new tires to get it ready for action. To unlock its full potential, consider leveling up the engine with a cold air intake system or upgraded exhaust system. You’ll notice significant increases in horsepower with these bad boys.

Jeep Cherokee

There are many different types of Jeeps, and the Jeep Cherokee is a compact SUV known for its versatility, both on-road and off-road. It comes with four-cylinder or V-6 power, plus the choice of front-wheel drive and three different four-wheel-drive systems. It employs a nine-speed automatic transmission and seats up to five. With the right modifications, you can convert your Jeep Cherokee into a warrior fit for the trails, sand, mud, and more. An LED light bar will sufficiently light the path at night or during foggy days. Superior lighting will allow your vehicle to go places where others can’t. Next, a steel front bumper to add an element of protection will serve your Jeep Cherokee well. The highly durable makeup of steel will keep your vehicle safe from front-end damage. Throw some rock sliders into the mix, and you’ve got front and bottom armor for your versatile ride.

Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot is like an offshoot of the Jeep Cherokee, with its compact and boxy frame. It’s a smaller crossover equipped for nimble maneuvering and agile travel. It boasts sizeable cargo space and foldable seats to create more room. Because it’s an older model, its safety features aren’t as advanced as other vehicles. Despite this factor, the Jeep Patriot is still a versatile crossover that performs well in off-road environments. Due to its affordability, this Jeep model has considerable value. To increase its value and improve its safety, consider modifying your custom Jeep Patriot with aftermarket brake pads. In the world of driving, a matter of seconds can be the difference between danger and safety. Tailored brake pads can be crafted for unmatched safety, efficiency, and braking performance for your Jeep Patriot.

Jeep Wagoneer

Army green Jeep parked on the street near a brick building

The Jeep Wagoneer is an impressive standout in the lineup of different types of Jeeps. It’s a spacious, upscale SUV with powerful towing and off-roading chops. It has a tow rating of 10,000 pounds and a 116.7 cubic-foot cargo capacity, making it a well-equipped contender for big road trips and towing jobs alike. For modest yet effective modifications to your Jeep Wagoneer, consider upgrading your powertrain and suspension components.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a two-row midsize SUV with considerable off-roading abilities. It has both V6 and 4xe plug-in hybrid options, along with a wide variety of trims to customize with. This includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and an electric motor, providing 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. These provide some serious power, speed, and articulation abilities. Good articulation can be a godsend when overcoming challenging terrains. It also has a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, which is more than competitors. There’s a lot you can do to modify your Jeep Grand Cherokee. To enhance fuel economy, opt for a hitch-mounted rack rather than a drag-inducing roof-mounted rack. The Jeep Cherokee has a notably luxurious interior, so it would be worth it to invest in some interior protective accessories, like rubber floor mats and seat liners. Anything that will preserve your custom Jeep and its value is a sound and worthy investment.

Jeep Comanche

The Jeep Comanche is the pickup truck variant of the Cherokee, developed in the 1980s. This model offers four different engines capable of hauling up to 5,000 pounds. Unlike most pickup trucks produced during this time, it had pretty exceptional fuel economy. It delivered up to 25 miles per gallon with its 2.5 four-liter cylinder option. To restore or upgrade your Jeep Comanche, the possibilities are endless. For a new twist on a classic look, consider changing the doors with your choice of personalized accessories. Maximize the towing capabilities of this pickup by updating and upgrading towing gear. The right modifications and restorations can definitely be worth the end result: a rare pickup truck combo capable of being both a reliable work truck and an off-roading hero.

How Can You Modify a Jeep?

Young couple having fun on road trip in a Jeep

It’s safe to say there are countless ways to modify a Jeep to your liking. We hope this has been a helpful and informative guide to the different types of Jeeps, and also a source of inspiration for your next DIY project. From modifications to restorations, there are so many nifty accessories out there to equip yourself with. Start by mapping out your goals to formulate a plan, and then decide which components and accessories will get you there. Get ready, because your dream custom Jeep awaits.

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