Jeepin’ around Colorado Springs
It’s summertime in Colorado Springs, which means it’s time to get outside and make the most of this gorgeous city. From ascending Pike’s Peak to exploring the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy.
As you decide on your summer plans and map out the routes you are going to take to see all that Colorado Springs has to offer, only one question remains: will you enjoy the ride?
If the idea of taking your rickety old jalopy up 14,115 feet to the top of Pike’s Peak makes you feel shaky, or the very thought of taking your car off-roading in Montrose is laughable, then it’s time to check out some used cars in Colorado Springs and open yourself and your summer up to a world of exciting possibility. And if you really want to make the most of summer, you’re going to want to do it in a Jeep.
Before you head off this summer, arm yourself with a little knowledge about two Jeep models that are perfect for traversing Colorado Spring’s gorgeous terrain.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler
If you are looking to spend the summer rollicking through the great outdoors and need a ride that can conquer any challenge, you need to explore the rough and rugged 2012 Jeep Wrangler.
Powered by Chrysler’s “Pentastar” V6 engine, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with six speed manual transmission and churns out 285 horsepower. The burly beast is available as either a two-door or a four-door model and there are three trim levels to choose from: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. While the Sport trim is extremely basic – think crank windows, manual locks and mirrors, a six-speaker sound system, CD player and auxiliary jack, between the trim levels and the available package options, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler can be kitted out to meet almost any of your needs – whether it be heated front seats and navigation or heavy-duty axles and a disconnecting front sway bar. When buying the Jeep Wrangler used, be sure to know what features the previous owner added to the vehicle – with so many customization options available, you may be able to find a Wrangler loaded with bells and whistles – or rather, tow hooks and rock rails.
When looking at the Wrangler, don’t allow yourself to be carried away into an elaborate day-dream of scaling the red rocks or whipping through muddy off roads if you aren’t going to actually pursue those dreams. The reason is simple: The Wrangler is not exactly a comfortable ride. It’s an outdoor, robust, no-holds barred adventure machine… it is not the car you want to sit in traffic in while you commute to work.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is not a smooth or quiet ride, and although the front seats offer generous enough space, if you’re in the two-door Jeep Wrangler, your back passengers are going to be very, very limited on legroom. Additionally, if you opt for the soft-top Wrangler, you’ll love having the flexibility of being able to ride top down if you want, but you’ll also have to worry about securing all of your valuables even when the top is up – the thin roof does nothing to deter theft.
That said, if you’re looking for a ride that can get you to the wilderness but also won’t make you go wild on your way to work, then you should consider the 2015 Jeep Renegade.
2015 Jeep Renegade
Sure, so you can’t remove the top like you can on the Wrangler, but the 2015 Jeep Renegade is a fantastic subcompact SUV that is both rugged and refined. With your choice of four trim levels, the five-seater is well-equipped when you move past the base level trim, the Sport. The 2015 Renegade Sport comes standard with keyless entry, power windows and locks and USB and audio inputs and a four-speaker sound system. Not terrible, but move up a trim level to the Latitude and you’ll be driving with a 5.0-inch touchscreen, a back-up camera, heated power mirrors, a leather wrapped steering wheel, fog lamps, roof rails, automatic headlights, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio capability, a USB port and a six-speaker audio system.
Move up one more trim level and you’ll be cruising in the Limited and feeling extremely well equipped with a remote engine start, a 115-volt power outlet, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror and even a remote rechargeable flashlight.
And if you aren’t ready to commit to the Wrangler but want a taste of the adventure, the Trailhawk trim comes with raised suspension, tow hooks, underbody skid plates, four-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, and hill descent control. But don’t worry, the interior is still luxe with premium cloth upholstery and funky red interior stitching. And of course, you still get the remote rechargeable flashlight.
You’ll have your choice of engines as the 2015 Jeep Renegade comes with either a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder driving out 160 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque, or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder which returns 180 horses and 175 pounds-feet of torque. The 1.4-liter comes standard in the Sport and Latitude, and the 2.4-liter can be found on the Limited and Trailhawk. If you’re planning on using your Renegade to tow, you’re going to want to get the 4 wheel-drive, 2.4-liter Renegade equipped with the Trailer Tow package. It will give you the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds – pretty great for a little subcompact SUV.
Jump into a Jeep
No matter if you’re ready to take on the peaks, the valleys and everything in between, or if you’re looking for a way to shuttle the family to and from the zoo, the park and soccer practice, come visit The Faircy Boys and check out our selection of used Jeeps – from the Wrangler to the Renegade, the Compass to the Cherokee, there’s a used Jeep out there that’s just waiting for you in Colorado Springs, and our helpful and knowledgeable team is ready to help you find it.
Conveniently located at 4950 New Car Drive in Colorado Springs, we’re open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Drop on by and let us show you why we’re Colorado’s favorite Jeep dealer!