It's a Jeep thing. You wouldn't understand.
And I guess I should, but I just don't. I joined the cult of Jeep in 2002. I bought a "pre-lifted" '02 Jeep Liberty. Jeep quickly realized that all that extra clearance and height made them more tippy, so they
| 3 foot tall speed bump on the way to Coke Ovens|
Only the last two had any off-road credibility; the Liberty was a joke to Jeep purists. They missed the solid axle simplicity and capability of the Cherokee. I spent $5 grand trying to come close to one of the hallowed true Jeeps. Great fun, except for doing it to my daily driver. Minimize risks, avoid scratches and dents - anathema, heresy to a real Jeeper
|Another speed bump. this time in Box Canyon|
The new kid on the block is the "Cherokee." WTH, Jeep? This is not the small light high clearance solid axle Cherokee you killed to give us Liberty. This is an Alfa (i.e., FIAT) sedan-based "soft-roader." It's no more a "Jeep" than the Patriot/Compass devil spawn. The only trail you'll see one on is the tracks in the snow of the mall parking lot in winter.
I'm sure they're all quite capable in their suburban niches. The one true Jeep, all that is left of 70+ years of history is the Wrangler. Butt ugly, with a few nods to modernity like coil springs and air bags, but otherwise basically crude, unapologetically purpose-built.
|the Scrambler pickup variant that never happened|
This is the standard-bearer. This is what a Jeep is. Not a grocery getter by design. Not a fashion statement that won't go sideways in a storm. Brutally capable. I don't know what the others are. Those are not Jeeps. This is a Jeep. Kinda like this: