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Just saw this new Jeep subcompact. It looks like the xB has more competition. Though I noticed the article doesn't mention the xB.
 

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9 speed auto... interesting
 

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I think we should expect to see more things like this. It's a tight market the little box car sector, Mini had a concept for an offroad looking thing a few years ago that wasn't too dissimilar to an xB or any of the others. A lot of the "younger people" are getting a bit older, they want something that looks cool and can fit kids, wife, friends, etc. in. I will NEVER own a minivan. Not going to happen, but something like an xB I can live with although my xTerra was pretty sweet.

The difference in tiny crossover and sport wagon is minimal, really all thats different is your ride height and suspension. Drop an xTerra to the ground and you have a fat wagon.
 

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It's a cool concept but we also have to remember they're domestics so that can impact reliability and also not a budget brand such as Scion which heavily affects price. I don't think it'd be in the budget pricetag range and personally Id probably prefer an FJ Cruiser over it if I were to go down the SUV route. The way this looks and sounds is just too good to be true when we're guessing it'll compete in the same categories as the xB in terms of affordability, reliability and customization. After all you can't JDM out a Jeep lol
 

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Lol rice and JDM are 2 completely different categories
 

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jdm neons lmao! And I agree with garrygraves... In the end its a Chrysler product so it'll be in and out of the dealership constantly.
 

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Not necessarily, Chryslers reliability has been getting better since Fiat owns them now.
 

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Price predictions are $15-20k. They are calling it a sub-compact SUV and directly comparing it to the likes of the Soul, Countryman, Juke, etc. I read (maybe at Edmonds) that it has 4wd but you can completely disconnect one set (rears I think) to improve gas mileage. But since there is supposed to be a more off-road variant maybe 4wd is an option?

The article says it will be built in a factory in Italy. I'm not sure what that says about reliability.

I like the open roof. The 9-speed auto sounds interesting too.
 

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Not necessarily, Chryslers reliability has been getting better since Fiat owns them now.
the new fiat 500 is garbage as well and I hate saying that because I actually wanted one. But I work for a rental company and all the interior pieces are junk and everything breaks. And Chryslers are still one major brands that we constantly have to send into the dealership. Chryslers and fords are probably the worst 2 companies in my opinion for new cars being sent to the shop. And consumer reports named the Chrysler 200 and dodge avenger the 2 cars to stay away from for the 2014 year. I have a great friend who actually works at Chrysler/dodge service and I hear wayyyyy to many horror stories about all their products.
 

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Jeep 9 speed auto... interesting!

Love my '08 five speed manual...but, next car will need to have auto...if the xB would offer at least a 6 speed auto I'd be in!
 

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Personally I hate Chrysler everything. I will only buy Nissan or Toyota and a few older Hondas (the scion was actually a stretch and I almost regret that one). My experience with Chrysler vehicles both driving them and working on them is they are EXTREMELY cheap when manufacturing them. They can't design a car to save their lives, the components used to build the cars are sub-par vs. the Jap competition and their reliability is questionable at best. Building it in Italy doesn't mean much to me in either direction.

I have been in the factories in the US where some components are manufactured for cars and if the factories they build this jeep in are anything like those then they will be very hit and miss with quality.
 

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Not necessarily, Chryslers reliability has been getting better since Fiat owns them now.
Yeah, they definitely look a lot better in recent years and seem like better quality from my totally side view.

the new fiat 500 is garbage as well and I hate saying that because I actually wanted one....all the interior pieces are junk and everything breaks. And Chryslers are still one major brands that we constantly have to send into the dealership.
Wow interesting to hear about the Fiat. If you wanted one and ended up changing your mind because of that, then that says a lot. The reason I didn't get the car I first thought of was price and the test drives.

It's a cool concept but we also have to remember they're domestics so that can impact reliability and also not a budget brand such as Scion which heavily affects price.
Chevy actually has been up there pretty high in the reliability ratings lately. So just saying that's not necessarily true anymore and the big car makers seem to be converging somewhat.
 
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