Q&A with our 30 Miles of Freedom Winners

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We’d like to congratulate Gillian and Susan, winners of the Jeep® 30 Miles of Freedom contest! Learn a little more about their experiences with the vehicles and their 30-mile road trip in our Question and Answer session below.

 

Gillian Jarvis – Jeep Patriot

 

 

1. Tell us about your “30 Miles of Freedom” adventure. What was your favorite part? 

I wanted the trip to capture my favorite spots in the Bay area, and being able to share the day with my sister was the best part. Driving around with the film crew was surreal; I often felt like I was experiencing the city for the first time. It was really special.

2. Have you owned a Jeep brand vehicle in the past? 

Not yet. This will be my first one! I am SO excited.

 3. What is your favorite feature in the 2014 Jeep Compass or 2014 Jeep Patriot? 

That’s tough. I was impressed with the leather interior it was sporty and sexy but still very functional. The navigation was really intuitive and easy to use!

 4. What do you think makes the Patriot a stand-out vehicle? 

Versatility and compact size. I feel that the Patriot meets me half way between wanting a larger SUV and a smaller sports car. It’s small enough to park on tight streets but big enough to throw a few snowboards in the back and head to Tahoe.

 5. Would you recommend the Patriot to friends and family? 

For sure, especially my adventurous ones.

 6. The 30 Miles of Freedom experience was about finding adventure in everyday life. What advice would you give to other Jeep brand fans who are looking to find their next big adventure? 

Remember to break up your routine, and keep your mind open for new opportunities. I love that living in San Francisco, I can drive an hour north and be shucking fresh oysters on the beach. It’s a perfect day trip. It’s really refreshing to take a drive and escape, even if it’s only for an afternoon!

 

Susan Bell – Winner of 2014 Jeep Compass

 

1. Tell us about your “30 Miles of Freedom” adventure. What was your favorite part?

As I had never been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I enjoyed seeing the jellyfish and kelp exhibits there and watching dolphins playing in the bay. As a filmmaker, I also really liked the behind-the-scenes aspects of the adventure as I drove the Compass with the camera car in front of me. The precise directions given over the walkie, “hug the right side of the road” or “move six inches closer” were fun and at times challenging to follow. When I drove in and parked at Point Lobos in the last shot, I hit my mark exactly and the camera crew all high-fived.

2. Have you owned a Jeep brand vehicle in the past?

I have owned two Grand Cherokees the past 13 years. My current Jeep brand vehicle is a 2001 Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4. It has taken me from Texas to film school in Florida where it towed props and pulled crew cars out of the mud, and then all over California, where I worked in the film industry.

3. What is your favorite feature in the 2014 Jeep Compass?

I like the Compass’s GPS navigation and the sunroof, plus the exterior styling which makes it looks like a smaller version of the Grand Cherokee.

4. What do you think makes the Compass a stand-out vehicle?

The Compass’s smaller size makes it ideal for city driving and parking, but its 4×4 option gives you better control in weather and allows a camping trip down those dirt roads in places like Joshua Tree National Park. It has a great combination of style and utility.

5. Would you recommend the Compass to friends and family?

I always recommend all Jeep products to family and friends! My past Jeep brand vehicles have been good vehicles.

6. The 30 Miles of Freedom experience was about finding adventure in everyday life. What advice would you give to other Jeep brand fans who are looking to find their next big adventure?

You never know where the road might take you, so try a new route and embrace roadside diversions. And I always say I’ll try anything once.

 

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