SUVs, Crossovers Beat Out Sedans for “Most Popular” Title

Chances are an SUV or crossover vehicle just passed you on the road. Perhaps even while you were driving an SUV or crossover yourself. Why are we willing to go out on a limb with this? Because SUVs and crossover vehicles have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., according to analysis of new vehicle retail registrations by IHS Automotive. In fact, SUVs and crossovers now account for 36.5% of the new vehicle market versus 35.4% for sedans.

The Jeep Cherokee, among others, is credited with being a “key” driver in the growth of the SUV and crossover segment. According to the study, consumers appreciate such attributes as a higher seating position, higher ground clearance, more interior space, and towing capacity.

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Interestingly, even as little as 5 years ago, sedans held the number one spot with 36.3%, while SUVs and crossovers accounted for 31.4%.

“The sedan no longer holds the dominant position it once did,” said IHS Automotive in a statement. “Through the first five months of 2014, the most popular body style in the industry among individual consumers has been SUVs and crossovers.”

Beside the Cherokee, check out some of our popular SUVs and crossover vehicles!

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Kia Sorento

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Kia Sportage

Kia Soul

Mitsubishi Outlander

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Dodge Durango

2014 Dodge Journey Limited

Dodge Journey

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Compass

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Jeep Patriot

Lights, Camera, Action! New Chrysler and Jeep Videos

Car shopping can be a long and laborious process that, frankly, many people do not have time for. Here at Jim Shorkey, we strive to make this process easier and more convenient. Recently, Rich Stevens, sales associate (and budding movie star!) at our Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Irwin, put together some videos to help you save time! Start your car shopping here with Jim Shorkey and check out the 2015 Chrysler 200, 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, and the 2014 Jeep Patriot videos from the comfort of your living room. Then stop by the store and let Rich know which vehicle you want to test drive!

From the Experts: AutoTrader ranks the top 10 must test drive trucks and SUVs of 2014

AutoTrader.com recently made a list of the top 10 must test drive trucks and SUVs of 2014. While it’s no surprise to us, two of our vehicles landed on the list. Check out what the experts think about some of our offerings:

Jeep Cherokee

2014 Jeep Cherokee. “This is definitely not your father’s Cherokee. Based on a carlike platform derived from the compact Dodge Dart, the reinvented 2014 Cherokee boasts slick handling and ultra-modern styling to match. Inside, high-quality materials complement the available 8.4-inch touchscreen, which is one of the best at any price. Don’t let those Dart roots mislead you; the Cherokee feels substantial on the road, reminding us more of a luxury vehicle than a typical compact crossover. We recommend the hearty 3.2-liter, 271-hp V6 engine, and if you want real off-road ability, check out the Trailhawk package with its unique hardware and appearance.”

Kia Soul

2014 Kia Soul. “We’re big fans of the redesigned second-generation Soul, which adds a thick layer of refinement and maturity to this hatchback’s playful character. The original Soul traded more on style and attitude than anything else, but the new one has all the bases covered. The cabin is genuinely nice now, highlighted by upscale soft-touch materials and plenty of available tech. We’ve noted major improvements in ride quality, too, with the new model letting in noticeably less noise and vibration than its predecessor. If that’s not enough, there’s even a Soul EV in the works for 2015 with a projected range of 80-100 miles. If Kia can keep the price down, the Soul EV could be a great solution for urbanites or others with modest commutes and/or charging stations at work.”

Introducing: The 2015 Jeep Renegade

Officially unveiled at the Geneva auto show last month, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is not your typical Jeep. It’s the automaker’s first subcompact crossover with a smaller and less expensive stature than other models. Set to compete against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore among others, the Renegade’s hipster looks and everyday efficiency, paired with the rugged capabilities for which Jeep is well known, will power this vehicle past its competition.

Getting down to it, the 2015 model will come standard with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 160-horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. It also features an option for drivers to step up to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines can be ordered with front- or all-wheel drive, with Trailhawk models adding a low 20:1 crawl ratio, low-speed pedal mapping, and low-gear shift strategy for more serious rock-hopping. Full fuel economy figures have yet to be released, but Jeep promises more than 30 mpg with the more powerful 2.4-liter engine.

Boasting copious amounts of character, there are two removable roof panels to let the sunshine in over front and rear passengers, or alternatively, a power sunroof can be installed in its place. Jeep also hid so-called “easter eggs,” that owners get to discover when they own the car. We won’t give away all of them but if, say, you were to look for a Jeep silhouette on the wheels or Jeep’s trademark face on the inside of the tailgate, you’ll see the kind of stuff we’re talking about.

On the outside, the Renegade has the necessary ground clearance—6.7 inches standard, up to 8.7 inches for Trailhawk models—as well as Koni shocks and an independent front and rear suspension that affords comfortable wheel articulation. It’s also available with Jeep’s fantastic Selec-Terrain electronic off-road powertrain system that has turned other Jeeps, like the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, into credible off-roaders.

But let’s get to the fun part—the pictures:

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Five Reasons to Love the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

With its diminutive size, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is quite nimble, allowing for excellent maneuverability on busy roadways, in tight spaces, and when (groan) trying to parallel park on busy streets. Keep in mind, the Mirage may not win any drag races, but it will get everywhere it needs to go, and it will save money the whole way. In particular, the 2014 Mirage is an all-new model for the Mitsubishi line. It’s a 5-door subcompact vehicle, available in two trim models, and powered by a tiny engine that helps make big EPA-estimate numbers.

Gas (And Money) Saver. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door hatchback has been listed as the highest ranked non-hybrid vehicle on the prestigious “Greenest Vehicles” list of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (www.aceee.org) and is featured on the Greenercars.org website. This translates to a direct savings to your wallet—which we can all appreciate heading into the sweet summertime.

Surprising Cargo Space. This lightweight subcompact vehicle may look like the Chihuahua of cars, but its extra room in the back for stowing and going may surprise you. There’s 47-cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seat folded, while competitors like the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ only offer 31.2 cubic feet and 16.7 cubic feet, respectively. Check out the cargo animation below to see for yourself how well the Mirage carries various everyday items.

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Fun Color Palette. Black cars are fine, white cars are common, but colorful cars are twice as nice. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage covers all of its chromatic bases with color choices that range from Sapphire Blue to Kiwi Green to Infrared to Plasma Purple. Even it basic colors choices of Thunder Gray, Mystic Black, and Cloud White are anything but ordinary.

Price, price, price. If the real estate saying goes, “Location, location, location,” then many car buyers live by the mantra, “Price, price, price.” The introductory MSRP of the Mirage is just $12,995, making it one of the least expensive new cars available in the country.

May the Safe Be With You. On the safety front, standard safety features of the Mirage include seven air bags; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist. Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard on all continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) models. Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) is also included on all models. The ASC/TCL helps stabilize the vehicle when it detects skidding and/or when the system detects a loss of traction on slippery road surfaces.

What others are saying:

“With an impressive list of standard and optional features, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a practical and fuel-efficient subcompact.”Edmunds

“The diminutive, affordable hatchback does offer a surprising amount of passenger space, excellent maneuverability and combined fuel economy of 40 mpg – that’s tops among non-hybrid cars in the United States.”Left Lane News