With seven different Jeep models to choose from, this lineup has something for everyone from the serious off-roader to the large family, to the luxury-seeker, and everyone in between. These are our picks for the best Jeeps for specific customers; use this list as a jumping-off point to help you find the model that best suits your lifestyle.
Jeep Renegade: Capable Commuter
This subcompact crossover is Jeep’s newest and smallest model, a foray into a class of vehicles that has been skyrocketing in popularity in recent years. The Renegade sets itself apart from the competition as one of the few subcompact SUVs that can go off-road, which makes it a good choice for the weekend warrior and the adventuring family. Autobytel praises the Limited and Latitude trims for their impressive feature packages. While all Renegade trims can hit the trail, the Trailhawk has the benefit of a suspension lift, skid plates, and tow hooks.
When you think of Florida, you likely picture the state’s beautiful white sand beaches. Bradenton residents and visitors have access to some of the most amazing coastline in the United States. These are the four best beaches to visit in and around the city.
According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, Siesta Beach was named as the nation’s best beach by the “Beach Doctor,” a professor at Florida International University who specializes in studying and ranking beaches around the world. Dr. Leatherman cites the fine, sparkling white sand at Siesta, which is primarily made of crushed quartz. You’ll find gorgeous turquoise water, plenty of room to stretch out on your beach blanket, parking, and a two-story pavilion for guests that offers a snack bar and restrooms. Siesta Beach is located just south of Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico. Its shallow water and gentle waves make it a good destination for families. When you’re ready to get out of the sun, take advantage of the free shuttle service to Sarasota’s charming downtown.
Full-size, mid-size, compact, and sports car are all terms that could arguably describe the Dodge Dart over the years. Manufactured from 1960 to 1976 and again from 2013 to 2016, the Dart has been through a variety of changes, upgrades, rehashes, and total overhauls, making it one of the strangest and yet most intriguing American cars ever devised.
The Origins of the Dart
The Dodge Dart wasn’t born from inspiration. It was created out of necessity. In 1960, Dodge looked to meet a market need by developing a low-cost, full-size sedan. To make it more affordable, Dodge cut down on some of the style and extras compared to other models, as well as replacing the 5.9-liter V-8 with a 3.7-liter slant-six engine.
The plan worked to perfection. In its debut year, the Dart saw impressive sales, putting the company into stiff competition with entry-level offerings from other American automakers. Despite three trim levels, 87 percent of the sales were the basic trim, showing that Dodge had indeed tapped into the budget market. In 1961, the Dart shrank slightly, but it remained a full-size option.
Trips to the beach are always a fun time for the entire family. Not only can you grab some time outdoors, but everyone can do the activity they want. Whether you love laying out for a volleyball dig, suntanning, or taking a dip in the ocean, the beach has your back. The only problem is when you have to pile back into the car for your trip home and you find an unwanted guest: sand. If you hate cleaning sand every time you go to the beach, here are a few tips to keep the sand out.
Shake, Shake, Shake It Off
Before you get into your vehicle, vigorously shake any garment, towel, or other object to remove any grains of sand. You should also massage your scalp to remove any sand, or if you don’t mind getting wet, do it in the water.
Bring Some Garbage Bags
Plastic garbage bags are a godsend when you’re on the beach because you can hold the messiest, sandiest items. Put your wet, sandy beach towel, beach chair, or your swimsuit in these bags to prevent an onslaught of sand in your car. If you don’t have a place to change out of your swimsuit, you can use the garbage bags to line the seats, keeping sand in one place and preventing moisture from absorbing into the upholstery.
A plastic bag is also ideal for lining the trunk of your car. Just cut a bag open, place it in your trunk, and when you get home, gather it up for quick disposal.
Jeep’s regular models have met the approval of drivers for many years. Sometimes, however, the brand likes to spice things up by releasing a special edition of their trusted favorites. These special edition models don’t last for long and offer collectors and enthusiasts the chance to own a piece of history. Here are a few current limited edition Jeep models that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
2018 Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee has just one limited edition trim in 2018. That is the Altitude, which has an MSRP of $36,690. With this trim, you’ll see a number of exterior benefit, including gloss black accents, 20-inch wheels, and a power liftgate. On the inside, you’ll love the remote vehicle start as well as the Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen. This system also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to help make your ride more entertaining. Finally, capri leather-trimmed and suede-accented seats feel comfortable and smooth. Continue reading
For fun in the sun, there’s no shortage of things to do at Lake Manatee. Just 15 miles east of Bradenton and nine miles off of I-75, this sparkling lake features a number of attractions that will keep you coming back for more. As a part of Lake Manatee State Park, this three-mile area offers you boating, swimming, camping, geocaching, a tree adventure course, and more.
Whether you want to catch some fish or just relax out on the water, boating is a great way to connect with the wildlife around you. Lake Manatee offers an easy-to-access boat ramp that lets you slide your 20 horsepower or less boat into the water. Naturally, canoes and kayaks are also welcomed. With over 2,400 acres to peruse, you’ll never tire of navigating the calm currents.
For those looking for the perfect family vehicle, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee fits the bill. With a plethora of comfort, convenience, and safety features as well as a powerful performance on the road, the Grand Cherokee will meet your every need.
When driving in the five-seat Grand Cherokee, it will feel and sound like you’re relaxing at home. Superior sound deadening creates an eerily quiet cabin, while available heated front and outboard rear seats keep you cozy no matter the temperature. For the summer, ventilated seats provide relief from soaring temperatures by allowing air to circulate better. Best of all, dual-zone automatic climate control manages the atmosphere for you, raising or lowering the air until it gets to your ideal temperature.
The holidays are just around the corner, meaning that you need to prepare soon if you want to get all your shopping done in time. Luckily, Bradenton and the surrounding areas are full of shopping areas to help you get the perfect gifts for everyone in your life. Gather your list, grab your wallet, and head down to one of these local shopping centers to get started before the rush hits.
Westfield Sarasota Square
Westfield Sarasota Square is one of the largest and trendiest places to go in the entire city. With over 70 stores, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need. Browse fine fashions at Express, H&M, and JCPenney, fulfill your entertainment needs at FYE and GO! Games Toys & Calendars, or browse high-end jewelry at Kay Jewelers and Bond Jewelers.
Sarasota Square is located at 8201 South Tamiami Trail and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Holidays hours extend to 9 p.m. on Sunday starting on December 17.
The new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first hybrid minivan. Combining the efficiency of a hybrid with the space of a minivan and the excellent features of the Pacifica, this new van is just about as close to the perfect family vehicle as you can get. If you were ever interested in buying a minivan, there are a few things you should know about why the new Pacifica Hybrid makes a perfect choice.
1. It’s a Plug-in Hybrid
The new Pacifica Hybrid isn’t just a regular hybrid, it’s a plug-in hybrid. That means it gets even better mileage, and you can charge up its battery at an EV station for up to 30 miles of pure electric power. And if you reach another EV station before the battery runs out of charge, you don’t have to turn on the gasoline engine once. The Pacifica Hybrid also has an estimated range of 530 miles, which means you can take the interstates from Tampa to Mobile, Alabama without having to stop for gas once.
Dodge makes three kinds of vehicle: sedans, sports cars, and SUVs. But all these vehicles have something in common: muscle. The Dodge Charger marks a return of the old-fashioned muscle car but has extra muscle and better features, but when you get an SUV like the 2017 Durango you get both a fun ride and all the features you could hope for in a family crossover.
The Back Rows
Despite being a midsize crossover, the 2017 Durango has enough room in the back to fit an optional third row, and that third row has enough room to comfortably seat adult passengers. And when you want space for cargo instead of passengers, the Durango can do that, too: fold down the rear seats and get up to 84.5 cubic feet for storage. On some models you also get conveniences like a center armrest and cup holders built into the second-row bench and extra vents and USB ports on the back of the center console.