All ranges: Hurricane adds power, economy to Wagoneer lineup

Hurricane Twin Turbo Engine

The battery-electric Wagoneer S might be coming, but the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are already on sale. They started out with 5.7 and 6.4 Hemi engines, but these have largely been replaced already by two varieties of the “Hurricane” twin-turbo straight six. The standard output variety produces more power and torque than the 5.7 Hemi … Read more

STLA backing electric van conversions

circular economy (cradle to cradle)

Stellantis has signed a partnership deal with Qinomic to retrofit light commercial vehicles with electric powertrains. Many companies and people who own light commercial vehicles customize them; some put more money into the customizations than the vehicles themselves. Retrofitting these with electric power can give them a new life when the engine or transmission get … Read more

Michigan State Police tested the ’23 Charger, Durango—this is how they stacked up

2022 Dodge Durango police pursuit car (squad)

Once again, the Michigan State Police have tested all the police pursuit and special duty cars they could lay their hands on. The pursuit cars were the Chevy Tahoe and Silverado, Dodge Charger and Durango, and Ford Explorer, F-150, and Mustang Mach E. Surprisingly, given its quick 0-60 acceleration, the Mach-E was not impressive during … Read more

Jeep: “Name the electric Wagoneer for us”

electric jeep wagoneer

Apparently not wanting to go the route of GM (adding “BEV” to the Silverado and calling it quits), Jeep is asking the world to provide a name for the electric Wagoneer — which observant people may have noticed is referred to as just “Wagoneer,” not “Jeep Wagoneer.” The forthcoming battery-electric Wagoneer will not share the … Read more

Resolution? Compass transmission, power mysteries

2023 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Several outlets incorrectly reported that the 2023 Jeep Compass’ 2-liter turbo engine will generate 270 hp. However, Chrysler itself reported, in three places on the press release, that it will actually generate 200 hp, with 221 lb-ft of torque. This would seem to settle the power question, but what would cause such a large difference? … Read more

At last: turbo 2.0, AWD standard in 2023 Jeep Compass; numerous other upgrades, too

2023 Jeep Compass interior

The Jeep Compass is comfortable, on the verge of luxurious, and capable; but until recently it was only powered by an aged 2.4 liter engine which, while sufficient for many people, was not particularly exciting. Today, Jeep made the long-awaited announcement that the 2-liter turbocharged GME four-cylinder would finally replace the old 2.4 in the … Read more

Fiat 500e is official

Fiat 500e reveal

The new, larger Fiat 500e will be available in the US and Canada starting in early 2024. The official reveal will be at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show. Fiat celebrated the event with three one-off fashion concepts. Fiat sales in North America have been minimal, though they have a hefty number of dedicated showrooms. … Read more

Quarter-million-Ram recall for potential fires

2020 Cummins logo

Around a quarter million Rams have been recalled because pressure and heat can force transmission fluid out of the dipstick, where it can catch fire. This recall applies to certain 2020-23 Ram 2500 and 2020-22 Ram 3500 trucks—all of them with the 68RFE automatic transmission and Cummins diesel engine. Around 50,000 Ram 3500s made from … Read more

VW shoots up, STLA/Jeep falls in Europe

2013 Jeep Avenger

Volkswagen sales shot up by 40% over the last month, from 165,820 in 2021 to 232,024 in 2022, giving the company a 25.5% market share—up from 20.8%. Meanwhile, Stellantis sales dropped by 1.8%, from 165,967 to 163,012, falling across its top three major brands—Peugeot, Opel, and Fiat. Citroën, which rose by 2.5%, was within 150 … Read more

New Chrysler Road Tripper minivan revealed

Road Tripper minivan

Chrysler, which created the minivan in both North America (Voyager, Caravan) and Europe (the Matra vehicle which became the Renault Espace), has made minivans for over 40 years. Today, they announced the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper. The name was selected by fans on social media. The Road Tripper starts with Pacifica’s hefty collection of safety … Read more