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With World War II looming, the War Department was looking for a company to build a new lightweight truck. Only two companies responded to its request for proposals, The American Bantam Car Company (ABC) and Willys-Overland. ABC’s Bantam Reconnaissance Car prototype formed the basis of the vehicle, which came to be known as the Jeep.

The true origin of the “Jeep” name is murky. However, most people assume it was derived from the fact the military called it a General Purpose vehicle. This was shortened to “GP” vehicle, which, when pronounced phonetically came out to be “Jeep”.

The rugged capability of the Bantam Reconnaissance Car has been preserved throughout Jeep’s history.  The Jeep Wrangler, which is the direct descendant of that first Bantam Reconnaissance Car, the aforementioned Grand Cherokee, and the Liberty models are designed with extremely rugged offroading in mind. Meanwhile, the Jeep Compass and Patriot are off-road capable—but better suited to soft road and on-pavement activities.

The Jeep reviews you’ll find here are the result of a great deal of road testing and analysis by our expert panel of automotive reviewers. We drive every new Jeep model and subject them to a very thorough road testing procedure to ensure you get the most accurate information possible to inform you purchase decisions.

These Jeep reviews focus on the engines, interiors, styling, safety features and design, as well as the overall driving experience. Further, you’ll find detailed analysis of the brand’s engineering philosophies and how they are manifested in Autobytel’s Jeep reviews.