Because buying a new vehicle can be expensive, it only makes sense to get exactly what you want or need in the long run. With a Jeep, you can always add features or make modifications after you purchase it. Few manufacturers make this easy. Jeep, on the other hand, has based its entire customer service philosophy on this very principle: provide the customer what they want and leave out the rest. If you want this type of car buying experience, it is time to come on down to Faricy today to find the Jeep of your dreams.
Jeep has spent decades making a name for itself in the automotive industry. First beginning as a brand of vehicles specifically designed for the US Army during the height of the Second World War, Jeep has continued on into the modern age with their promise of providing vehicles that are masters of utility and versatility. The Jeep SUV of today is very different from the Jeep of yesteryear. Once manufactured with the sole intention of off-road capability, the Jeep models of today are designed to provide significant on-road comforts as well.
Of course, we couldn’t talk about Jeep and not mention the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep’s main flagship SUV. Here is a vehicle that stands to be one of the most off-road capable SUVs on the market today. The Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee are the larger members of the Jeep family, providing a driving experience that can be tailored to match all kinds of drive styles and lifestyles. In terms of compact SUVs, Jeep also manufactures the Compass and the Renegade, two smaller SUVs that offer a significant boost to fuel economy while at the same time not sacrificing factors like off-road maneuverability and power. Last, but far from the least on our list of Jeep models is the all-new Jeep Gladiator. Fresh to the Jeep family lineup, the Jeep Gladiator is Jeep’s first pickup truck since the early 90s and stands to be one of the most iconic vehicles in today’s Jeep family lineup. While Jeep has been a staple of the auto-world for quite some time now, it hasn’t always been that way. Like many other automakers in the industry today, Jeep had humble beginnings, and their story starts with the height of the Second World War.
The History of Jeep
The Jeep brand has changed a lot over the years. A manufacturer that now designs modern all-terrain vehicles had its historical start in designing vehicles for the US Army that were intended to ‘go anywhere and do anything.’
The first Jeep SUV was a four-wheel drive, open-air vehicle that quickly got the nickname “Jeep” based on its official name: General Purpose Vehicle or GP built by Willys-Overland. The original Jeep was used by nearly every division of the US military, and was also used by allies in Britain and Russia.
The popularity of the first Jeep wasn’t exclusive to the military for long. As the Second World War wound down to a close, Jeep released the first model for civilians, the Civilian Jeep (CJ) series. Unlike the battle-purpose military model, the vehicle produced for the general public included a higher windshield, bigger headlights, a spare tire mounted on the side of the vehicle, and a tailgate. Right away, the Jeep CJ-2A earned broad popularity, particularly as a vacation rental vehicle.
Jeep models steadily evolved over the decades, from the original open-top design to charming station wagons, rugged pickup trucks, and full-sized SUVs specifically designed for the family-oriented consumer. Even today, the roots of the Jeep brand are still worn like a badge of honor, and you can find evidence of this in vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator. These are two vehicles designed for rugged off-road capability and are intended to stay true to why the Jeep SUV earned its initial wave of popularity.
Why Are Jeep’s So Capable?
Jeep models are most known for their ability to handle almost any kind of terrain. While the off-road prowess of the Jeep Wrangler is pretty evident at first glance, other models like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Renegade can all be made into dirt-chewing off-road trekkers thanks to Jeep’s Trailhawk trim option.
What’s offered in the Trailhawk trim? Well, while the specifics of each trim level vary depending on your specific model, typically, these are trail-rated SUVs, meaning they’ve been built with features that make them ready to take on the trail the moment they roll off of the showroom floor. Additional features include things like a more robust ‘torque-centric’ engine, a far more significant level of ground clearance, a greater crawl ratio, and Jeep’s famously intuitive all-wheel drive system. Many Trailhawk vehicles allow drivers to adjust the dynamics of their drivetrain with simplistic ease through the turn of a knob. Whether you’re tackling snow, sand, or mud, the Trailhawk line should make short work of almost any terrain type.
The Trailhawk trim is just the tip of the off-roading iceberg, though. While other automakers tend to stray from their roots, Jeep continues to lean into them by offering vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator.
Both of these vehicles can be purchased right off of the showroom floor with all of the readiness to take on the trails; and that’s just the base models. At their best, the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator can be made into true titans of the dirt, thanks to features like chunky off-road tires, bigger engines, higher ground clearance, durable suspension systems, and trail-ready shocks that adapt to the varied terrain and make every ride a smooth one.
There are plenty of other automakers that attempt to offer the kind of off-road ability that Jeep brings to the table, but few manage to hit the mark. Jeep vehicles, particularly the models that are designed to handle the rough and tumble of the trail, are all about off-pavement driving from the start. While you can always enjoy a truly satisfying on-pavement driving experience, the dirt, snow, sand, and rock is where a Jeep truly shines.
Jeep Models For The City
2020 Jeep Compass
The 2020 Jeep Compass is the ideal city vehicle. Its petite stature makes it easy to maneuver into tight parking spots and around sharp corners. This modern adventure vehicle is powered by a 2.4L engine that puts out 180 hp and offers a best-in-class fuel economy set at 30 mpg highway. It can even tow up to 2,000 pounds, which is perfect if you need to move across the city.
Offering year-round enhanced visibility, the Compass features rain-sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. Rain, sleet, or snow, you will be able to see where you’re going.
Available in six trim levels (Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude), interior features and exterior styling elements may vary. A few notable highlights for the Compass include the dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, and the nine-speaker Alpine audio system that delivers premium sound with an 8-inch subwoofer. If you commute to work in the mornings, this is the perfect ride for you.
2020 Jeep Cherokee
Another solid pick for a city SUV is the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. Last year’s model was a top safety pick, so you can rest assured that this year’s version will be even better. There are three engine options to choose from. The first is a turbocharged 2.0L engine that puts out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Then there’s the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine that increases the vehicle’s efficiency with features like a flow-control valve intake manifold and dual variable valve timing. Lastly, there is a robust 3.2L V6 motor that offers a best-in-class maximum towing capacity set at 4,500 pounds.
You can choose from seven trim levels, including Limited, Trailhawk, Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, High Altitude, and Upland. With versatile 60/40 rear folding seats, you can configure the cargo area to suit your needs. A few highlights on the 2020 Cherokee include heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone climate control, and LED exterior lighting for optimized visibility.
Jeep Models For The Country
2020 Jeep Renegade
If city living isn’t for you and you need something between an urban crossover and an off-roading SUV, the 2020 Jeep Renegade is a perfect choice. It has just enough ruggedness for country life while still keeping a modern look.
There are four trim levels to choose from, including the Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The Sport and Latitude models both come standard with the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that generates 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Limited and Trailhawk models are equipped with the turbocharged 1.3-L direct-injection engine that pumps out 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. The Trailhawk is optimized with many off-roading features that can make country living much easier. For example, the Selec-Terrain system comes with the Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems for enhanced performance under 4WD road conditions.
This includes selectable driving modes like snow, sand, rock, mud, and even auto. When equipped with Active Drive Low, the Trailhawk model has 8.7 inches of ground clearance and skid plates that protect the underside from damage while going over rough terrain. It’s got signature red front and back tow hooks and can pull up to 2,000 pounds, which is impressive for a compact SUV.
It can even swim! That’s right (sort of). The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk can take up to 19 inches of water fording with no trouble at all. As for the modern attributes, a few interior highlights include the Connect infotainment interface displays don a 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio, voice controls, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Another great Jeep model for the country is the 2020 Grand Cherokee. This model is available in a staggering 11 trim levels and is highly customizable. Whether you want a basic caravan vehicle for haul the family around or you want a luxurious ride loaded with advanced features, this model can do it all.
On the Grand Cherokee, there are four engines to choose from. The first is a 3.6L V6 engine that generates 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and uses start/stop technology to increase fuel efficiency. It can also tow up to 6,200 pounds.
The next option is a 5.7L Hemi V8 engine that puts out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. It can haul up to 7,200 pounds, which is better than some trucks. Then there’s the 6.4L SRT V8 engine that pumps out 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine generates a whopping 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque.
This beast can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The Trailhawk model is optimized for off-roading with its red front and rear tow hooks, underbody skid plates, all-terrain tires, and its Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system. The Summit is the most luxurious in its class with heated and ventilated Laguna leather front seats with quilted diamond pattern bolsters and open-pore wood inlays. It also comes with the 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 10-inch subwoofer for the best music listening experience.
2021 Jeep Wagoneer
Although we do not yet have a lot of information about the upcoming 2021 Jeep Wagoneer, what we do know certainly has us looking forward to this bold new addition to our lineup of fantastic Jeep models. The Wagoneer will be a three-row SUV that offers more seating and interior cargo room than the current lineup. It is being built on the body-on-frame platform of the current Ram 1500, which means it will offer terrific performance and power compared to a lot of other crossovers on the market. We do not know exactly what its specs will be, but we expect it to come with the 3.6L V6 engine currently available on the Ram 1500, with options for the 5.7L HEMI V8 and probably the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine too.
Sources inside Jeep have made several mentions of the likelihood of a hybrid engine being available on the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer. This could simply refer to the eTorque mild hybrid system that will likely be offered on the 3.6L V6 engine, but it could also mean that a true hybrid engine will be an option for the Wagoneer. We will have to wait for more concrete details from Jeep before we know for sure, but the potential for a hybrid, three-row Jeep certainly has us impatient to find out more.
One thing we do know for certain, however, is that two different primary models will be available: the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer. The principal difference between these two models will be the length of their wheelbase: the Grand Wagoneer will have a longer wheelbase than the Wagoneer. While both models are going to be large and have three rows of seats, this means that you will have more room for passengers and cargo inside the Grand Wagoneer, and it will likely be larger overall than the standard 2021 Jeep Wagoneer.
We do not have any specific details just yet on what to expect inside of the all-new Wagoneer series, but it will undoubtedly match what is currently available on models such as the Grand Cherokee. Expect to see large infotainment displays, great options for sound systems, and rich details throughout that reinforce an environment of exquisite luxury. We expect that 4WD and rear-wheel drive will both be available and that the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer will have a number of excellent off-road features to offer. Exactly what it will all entail, however, remains to be seen, but we will keep you updated as we know more.
Jeep Models Off The Beaten Path
2020 Jeep Wrangler
When you think of Jeep, the first thing to come to mind is probably the old-school Jeep models that can hit the wild outdoors without a care in the world. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler offers unmatched capability. This force of nature has become an American icon and can go just about anywhere. You can choose from four different engines, depending on what you will be using this model for.
The first is a turbocharged 2.0L engine that generates 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This model has a fuel economy set at 21 city/24 highway and can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The next option is the same engine with the new eTorque Mild Hybrid System and stop-and-go technology. The specs remain the same, but the highway fuel efficiency suffers a bit. It goes down to 22 mpg on the highway.
Then there is the 3.6L V6 engine that produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It has a fuel economy set at 21 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway). The final option is the same V6 engine with eTorque. This changes the gas mileage to 19 city/22 highway. Highlights for the Wrangler include a 4G LTW Wifi hotspot and the Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment interface displayed on an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
2020 Jeep Gladiator
Another off-roading Jeep model that’s new to the family is the 2020 Gladiator. From the front, it looks like the Wrangler, but it actually boasts a truck body style. This is a groundbreaking model because it’s the first-ever trail-rated pickup truck.
Powered by a 3.6L V6 engine, the Gladiator generates 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It gets 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway) and can tow up to 7,650 pounds without breaking a sweat. Highlights include high-strength steel skid plates, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, an off-roading rearview camera with helpful gridlines, and the removable, weatherproof, rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. With the speaker, you can take your music anywhere you go.
Your Colorado Springs Adventure Is Just A Jeep Away
Jeep is built to handle it all. The snow. The rain. The sunshine and night drives. It's the perfect vehicle when you're always on the search for new adventure, and in Colorado Springs, adventure is never far off. From the legendary Wrangler to the freshly released Gladiator, when you want to conquer the great outdoors, our team at The Faricy Boys has you covered. Looking for something specific? Want the ultimate in off-roading? Perhaps you're not completely sure, but you're interested in rugged, durable, and state of the art? Whatever you're looking for, we have you covered. That's why it's worth heading out to see us and our wide selection of Jeeps. So no matter the Jeep models you're considering, we either have it stocked or we'll help you find it before you hit the trails.
Heading south from Denver, you have two options, and ultimately depends on what side of Denver you're living on. The first option is to simply take I-25 South down all the way to see us.
You can hop onto I-25 South at your nearest entry point, then take it down to E Woodmen Rd and jump off at exit 149. Then just follow E. Woodmen Rd to New Car Drive, and you'll see us waving you in at 4950 New Car Drive.
Now, if you're coming from the west side of Denver (such as from Golden), you'll want to head south on US-85 S (if you're coming out of Denver itself jump on South Santa Fe Drive). Take this to CO-67 South/Manhart Avenue. Stay put until you see signs for I-25 South via CO-105 E and W Wolfensberger Rd. Then, just like in the other directions, take exit 149 for E Woodmen Rd, follow it to New Car Dr, and in no time you'll arrive.
We service the entire region, so if you're in Pueblo or the surrounding areas, we have one of the largest Jeep selections in the state. It's definitely worth the drive up. When in Pueblo, Colorado City, or somewhere else in the neighborhood, you'll want to hop onto I-25 N.
The interstate will take you up past Colorado Springs, where you'll want to take exit 149 for E Woodmen Rd. Now follow the road to New Car Drive, and before you know it, you'll be here.
Local 4x4 Trails
There may not be a better state in the country for off-roading than Colorado, and in Colorado Springs, you're right in the center of it all. Truthfully there are more trails than we can cover here, so we'll just give you a sprinkling of our favorites.
Wagon Wheel is a great option because there are so many trails built into it. In total, there are 250 miles of trail systems made up of 13 different trails. So depending on your mood for the day, you can go with something easy, or you can try and master Dead Horse Loop (with a name like that it has to be bursting with Old West excitement).
And don't worry, if you want something easier to test out your new Jeep (or to simply relax), there are plenty of trails and camping options for this as well.
Yankee Hill at Saint Mary's Trail
You will need an off-roading vehicle for this. In fact, there's a good chance you won't be allowed to continue on with the trail if you show up driving a 2x4 or anything else that isn't a rugged, built-to-handle-everything 4x4. As long as you have the right Jeep, this trail is very much worth it. You'll also receive some of the most incredible mountain views anywhere in the state. This includes full views of the St. Mary glacier.
There are other trails around Saint Mary's (which merges with Central City), but when you want the best of the best, Yankee Hill is what you need to set your sights on.
If this is your first go-around with off-roading, you'll want to skip this one. It's only for the experienced, so we recommend cutting your teeth on the other options. But if you're ready, and you've got your Jeep outfitted for extreme off-roading (our staff here can help rig up your Jeep for every occasion), you can test your 4x4 muster with Engineer Pass. It is a pure 20-mile technical trail, so you won't be doing it fast, and there are plenty of switchbacks. But as any off-roading enthusiast will tell you, the trails that are more puzzle than just mud and dirt are the most rewarding. It's like solving a Rubik's Cube with a Jeep Wrangler.
Along the way, you'll pass a number of old cabins and mines, all of which are well over 100 years old. So make sure to bring your camera as well. You'll want to document this trail.
You'll want to make sure you have your new tires for this one. The park has a little bit of everything here. At times it can feel like a desert, and other times you'll be driving through lush forests. It can get muddy, so you'll need the off-roading mud tires. But as long as you come prepared, Hardscrabble Park is one of the best all-around trail options to choose from in the state.
Yankee Boy Basin
This is an easier trail but one well worth a visit, so no matter your experience level, this one can't be recommended enough. It's fantastic for viewing the mountains, camping, or simply catching a sunset. You won't need to specially outfit your rig for this ride, but even as it is more accessible to more vehicles, it is almost never busy.
Lizard Head Pass
Want a trail that has plenty of tree cover, might put you in close contact with mountain goats, and yet still gives you amazing views? If you said yes to all of that, you'll want to check out Lizard Head Pass. This is a great spot for an entire weekend of off-roading. There are plenty of camping options, and there are even some spots where you can hit the slopes if you're a skier. No matter the time of year, there is something to do here. In fact, we love visiting the same trails at different points of the year (both at Lizard Head Pass and other trails around the state). The change of seasons is something that will reinvent the trail and bring forth all kinds of new surprises.
If you're prone to headaches or motion sickness from bumpy rides, you'll want to avoid Imogene Pass because this is a heck of a bumpy ride. But it's well worth it. You'll travel through small tunnels that were blown out a hundred years prior. There are steep slopes, and you'll curve through the San Juan Mountains until you eventually reach a peak of 13,000 feet. It's not necessarily a difficult ride in navigating the trail, it's just a hard trail (make sure the lumbar support on your seat is ready to go). But it's completely worth it, especially as you watch the scenery shift and change with every mountain pass. It's also a great opportunity to test out those upgraded shocks on your Jeep.
Join A Club
There's a special bond between 4x4 off-roaders here in Colorado. You'll come across similar faces when hitting up the different trails. It's why there are a number of 4x4 club options throughout Colorado and in Colorado Springs.
Bighorn 4x4 Club has a Colorado Springs chapter and is one of the older off-roading clubs in the state, dating back to 1979. This is a great club as it provides information on current trails if there have been issues reported at some of these trails, plus a number of special events. You can also report information through the BigHorn4x4.org website if you want to update the community. Of course, there's also a Facebook page, which is easier to communicate with other club members directly.
Colorado Four Wheelers is another long-time-running club (this one has been around since 1968). It is a family-friendly club that is all about responsible four-wheeling. It welcomes all skill levels, so even if you're just starting off, this is a great club to join. It is based out of Colorado Springs, so there are some local events throughout the year you might want to check out.
Colorado Springs Christian 4 Wheelers is a club designed for individuals who practice Christianity and who want to come together with similar individuals. The group holds numerous activities throughout the year, so if you're looking for something a bit more specific, this might be the club for you.
The Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs is a non-profit organization that has branches throughout the state, including Colorado Springs. It can be nice to have club members in other regions if you decide to venture to other parts of the state and want to meet up. No matter what club you want to join or trail you want to check, one thing is for certain: off-roading in Colorado is a ton of fun.
Trail-Rated Test Track
Unlike other Jeep dealerships in the area, we offer our customers access to our own personal test track where you’ll get to check out just what a Jeep can offer when out in the wild. Our Colorado Springs, CO, test track is located right at our dealership. It is designed to highlight maneuverability, articulation, traction, ground clearance, and water fording to really put each Jeep to the trail-ready test. We have roll bars to test 4x4 capability and traction. There are also multiple terrain types and a water crossing to get a real feel for the Jeeping experience. If you want to know how the Jeep model you're interested will perform out on the trails, there's nothing better than our test track, which covers over an acre of land!