I couldn’t swallow the Jeep part. I’ve seen 20mpg highway in my FJ40 brick. 33s, lift, 6’4” before the rack. It has room to improve on mpg if it had a newer carb. It has 250k miles and will easily go for another 250k miles of whatever I can throw at it. With open diffs it doesn’t seem to like snow over 3’ deep... unless it’s firm enough to climb on top of.Well then, the diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee might be what you want. It’s medium sized, not quite small, but then again it seats only 5 so it’s on the small side.
(Roof rack and space case)
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(Camping by the Rome Pillars in Southern Oregon)
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(By the Rome Pillars in Southern Oregon)
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(On the Burning Man Playa, with a 40-gallon water tank strapped to the roof)
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Mine is a 2016 “JGC CRD”, 8-speed auto, with 255/70-18 A/T tires (32”) on a stock Quadra-Lift suspension, and a roof rack with small space case. JGC CRD = Jeep Grand Cherokee common-rail diesel — Jeep calls it the Eco-Diesel, but E.D. is something you buy little blue pills for so I call it the JGC CRD.
Using the paddle shifters to upshift a little early and hold a higher gear, and also by not driving fast, lately I’ve been able to get 25-30 MPG on the highway, and 20-25 MPG in the city. If I don’t do that, and if I drive “smartly to assertively”, I get 19-24 MPG in all-around driving.
But once, there was one time on a long trip that I tried hyper-miling it — on a flat I-5 from Los Banos CA up to Shasta and then south to L.A., using paddle shifters to set and hold 8th gear, I got 34 MPG for an entire tank. The tank holds 25 gallons, and 34 MPG means that I was able to go 835 miles between fillups on that drive. That 835 miles is the farthest I’ve gone on a single tank, so far.
30-34 MPG is not too shabby for a decently trail-capable 4x4 rig.