Here it is – my 2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4. It’s got 63000 miles but runs perfectly and is in near showroom condition with just a few battle scars from the suburban front. What’s a Jeep without a little patina? The thing I love about my Jeep is what I call Clarity of Purpose. It knows exactly what it is and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Solid axles both front and rear, the Jeep Cherokee XJ was one of the first SUVs on the market and it shows. Compared to modern SUVs, the XJ is short on cabin room, the steering lacks any on center (or off center feel), interior noise levels are high, and the ride is rough. But you don’t have to live with the other compromises that come with 3rd row seats, below the floor spare tires, low step in heights, and suburban lifestyles. The Cherokee also has a great stance, superb ground clearance, a tight turning circle, and that boxy no-nonsense solidity of a true off-road vehicle. Click here to read why Automobile Magazine’s and Auto and Design’s Robert Cumberford voted the Jeep Cherokee as one of the 20 Greatest Cars of All Time.