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December 11, 2009
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 Base price: $32,050 Price, as tested: $37,745 Powertrain: 3.8-liter OHV V-6; four-speed automatic transmission; two-speed transfer case; part-time four-wheel drive with locking front and rear differentials. Horsepower: 202 at 5,200 rpm Torque: 237 pound-feet Curb weight: 4,340 pounds 0-60 mph: 10 seconds Wheelbase: 116.0 inches Overall length: 183.7 inches EPA fuel economy: 15/19, city/highway Final thoughts: A stone ax for when you need one
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July 15, 2010
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Base price: $30,995 Price as tested: $43,500 Powertrain: 3.6-liter, 60-degree V-6, liquid-cooled, variable valve timing, DOHC, sequential multiport fuel injection, 4x4, five-speed automatic Horsepower: 290 at 6,400 rpm Torque: 260 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm 0 to 60: 8.6 seconds Fuel economy: 16 city/22 highway (4x4) Final thoughts: Rugged but cushy off-roader
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BUSINESS
July 15, 2010
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Base price: $30,995 Price as tested: $43,500 Powertrain: 3.6-liter, 60-degree V-6, liquid-cooled, variable valve timing, DOHC, sequential multiport fuel injection, 4x4, five-speed automatic Horsepower: 290 at 6,400 rpm Torque: 260 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm 0 to 60: 8.6 seconds Fuel economy: 16 city/22 highway (4x4) Final thoughts: Rugged but cushy off-roader
BUSINESS
December 11, 2009
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 Base price: $32,050 Price, as tested: $37,745 Powertrain: 3.8-liter OHV V-6; four-speed automatic transmission; two-speed transfer case; part-time four-wheel drive with locking front and rear differentials. Horsepower: 202 at 5,200 rpm Torque: 237 pound-feet Curb weight: 4,340 pounds 0-60 mph: 10 seconds Wheelbase: 116.0 inches Overall length: 183.7 inches EPA fuel economy: 15/19, city/highway Final thoughts: A stone ax for when you need one
AUTOS
March 15, 2006 | DAN NEIL, Automotive critic Dan Neil can be reached at dan.neil@latimes.com.
THERE'S something peculiarly egregious, something antagonizing about the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL, the company's new full-size, 15-mpg sport-utility vehicle, which might be described as a Cadillac Escalade with a hankering for Czechoslovakia. For one thing, it goes to show that, even though the full-size SUV market has fallen off dramatically in the last year, there are still sufficient numbers of selfish rotters out there to constitute an appealing market segment.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | Rick Fignetti and David Reyes
With Christmas just around the corner, Fig and I thought we might help all those Santas out there who may have a surfer or two on their Christmas lists. Fig, who is ALWAYS in the know, had some great ideas for gifts, especially stocking-stuffers. I was into the high-end stuff, you know, the kind you can park in a garage, like a new surf vehicle similar to the hot 4x4 truck that pro surfer Shane Beschen won last month at the U.S. Bud Pro Tour Contest in Ventura.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Visit a volcano, hike through a cloud forest and stretch out on a sandy beach during a weeklong do-it-yourself driving tour of Costa Rica.
NEWS
May 22, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Mexico's swashbuckling drug wars, the Chevrolet Suburban rules: It is a getaway vehicle, a status symbol, a war wagon whose mystique blends menace and style. Suburbans, Jeep Cherokees and other U.S.-made, four-wheel-drive vehicles are prized by gangsters and cops, symbiotic warriors who also share a penchant for cowboy boots, sunglasses and AK-47 assault rifles.
MAGAZINE
August 16, 1987 | ROBERT SMAUS, Robert Smaus is an associate editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
MOST VINES ARE house gobblers, tree consumers, fence wreckers. Turn your back on them and they are out of control. They have been known to completely cover windows, to grow into an attic, to rip off shingles. They can even smother a tree. Undoing their damage is hard and heavy work, extricating them from their victims is a painfully slow process--like untying a thousand knots in a child's shoelaces.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
More than 150,000 Kawasaki Motors Corp. all-terrain vehicles are being recalled over safety concerns, the government said Monday. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the 2001 through 2005 models of the Kawasaki Prairie and Brute Force ATVs could develop steering-control problems that could cause injury or death. The safety commission said Irvine-based Kawasaki had received three reports of injuries resulting from the defect.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Visit a volcano, hike through a cloud forest and stretch out on a sandy beach during a weeklong do-it-yourself driving tour of Costa Rica.
AUTOS
March 15, 2006 | DAN NEIL, Automotive critic Dan Neil can be reached at dan.neil@latimes.com.
THERE'S something peculiarly egregious, something antagonizing about the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL, the company's new full-size, 15-mpg sport-utility vehicle, which might be described as a Cadillac Escalade with a hankering for Czechoslovakia. For one thing, it goes to show that, even though the full-size SUV market has fallen off dramatically in the last year, there are still sufficient numbers of selfish rotters out there to constitute an appealing market segment.
NEWS
May 22, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Mexico's swashbuckling drug wars, the Chevrolet Suburban rules: It is a getaway vehicle, a status symbol, a war wagon whose mystique blends menace and style. Suburbans, Jeep Cherokees and other U.S.-made, four-wheel-drive vehicles are prized by gangsters and cops, symbiotic warriors who also share a penchant for cowboy boots, sunglasses and AK-47 assault rifles.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | Rick Fignetti and David Reyes
With Christmas just around the corner, Fig and I thought we might help all those Santas out there who may have a surfer or two on their Christmas lists. Fig, who is ALWAYS in the know, had some great ideas for gifts, especially stocking-stuffers. I was into the high-end stuff, you know, the kind you can park in a garage, like a new surf vehicle similar to the hot 4x4 truck that pro surfer Shane Beschen won last month at the U.S. Bud Pro Tour Contest in Ventura.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2001 | NEDRA PICKLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The government released rollover risk ratings for 30 more vehicles on Tuesday, giving low marks to eight sport-utility vehicles and high grades to four cars. The ratings of the 2001 vehicles are based on a mathematical formula for measuring the vehicle's center of gravity and width. SUVs and pickup trucks are more top-heavy and thus more likely to get lower marks than a car or van.
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