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2012 Jeep Wrangler
The Wrangler is the truest and freshest SUV since the Hummer controlled the streets in the early part of the century. Since the Hummer no longer is your all terrain sports towing vehicle the Wrangler has stepped up. Though inside you feel like your sitting inside of the H2 the smaller Wrangler has a mind of it’s own. I remember learning how to drive on a Jeep Cherokee as a teenager. I never thought of it as a practical and all around great car. I thought of the rugged looking truck in front of my house as perhaps the quintessential niche vehicle. That was made for a certain group of people like outdoorsman. The Jeep Wrangler as a member 0f the Jeep family has held the crown of ultimate off-roader ever since it was offered to the general public. This lineage goes back more than 60 years to the original military “Jeep,” the now-legendary 4×4 that transported World War II soldiers and supplies over rough terrain. Jeep has managed to give the Wrangler a look and feel for Urban and City drivers as well as Off Roaders. I don’t know about other major cities but Los Angeles city has some of the most difficult roadways in the world with heavy congested traffic and a serious pothole problem. A car with tough all-terrain tires and a comfortable interior makes the Wrangler the right car for the road.
Exterior – A+
Positive: A true chameleon on wheels, with a retractable top you can give your Wrangler any type of look.
Negative: Aren’t Any.
This is not the pop top Early Nineties Wrangler, the automaker has managed to make the ultimate all terrain outdoorsman truck into an everyday fun all access vehicle. The new Wrangler continues the legend with a modern twist. The Wrangler continues to have it’s off road and sporty look that fits the bachelor lifestyle. You can take this Dirt biking as well to any club and it is a definite eye catcher. Many people would be surprised to compare a Jeep to a Range Rover but honestly for the incredible price you get the same amount of looks and stares for half of the cost. The Wrangler has the exterior appeal to make it the cool terrain vehicle that will steal you away and has the heart to back it up. If you go with the Wrangler Power train upgrade you will not be disappointed. Team it with the choice of 17 or 20-inch premium chrome style wheels and you’ve got a Wrangler with a great look. Throughout the years the Wrangler’s off-road prowess and tough-guy image have never wavered, but nor has it been the most convenient vehicle on the planet.
For the recent Wrangler generation, Jeep has attempted to make it’s off road lineup more livable and fresh for the modern bachelor or bachelorette. Introducing a new four-door body style, a more contemporary exterior and new safety and convenience features. Jeep enthusiasts have no fear, the commercialization of the Wrangler may be a little softer, but it still roars down the street, and stays true to its original heart of being one ofthe most fun off road vehicles on the road.
Positives: Strong safe inside cabin
Negatives: A less superior sound system will need a definite upgrade to roar just as loud as the engine does.
The Jeep Wrangler is available in two body styles: a short-wheelbase two-door or the long-wheelbase four-door Unlimited which is one of the coolest looking cars on the road. Both come in three trim levels: bare bones Sport, midlevel Sahara and serious off-road-oriented Rubicon. Despite the Wrangler’s rough-and-tumble image, there is a number of luxury and convenience items available like heated leather seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation and an Infinity sound system.
Interior Features: include a Media center with CD/MP3, 6 Speakers, andSteering wheel mounted audio controls, Audio jack inputs for mobile cell phone/MP3 players, 60/40 Split folding seat/ Rearview Day/Night Mirror, and optional Black three piece removable top for the hot and sunny days. It definitely lets you drive around and rock the old school look.
Positive: Can drive through a sand filled beach, and the highest mountain.
Negative: Not quick like other all terrain cars in the SUV market.
All Jeep Wranglers come with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is also standard and includes high- and low-range transfer case gears. A six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is standard, while a five-speed automatic is optional. This engine is quite the revelation for the Wrangler, as it provides quick acceleration and decent fuel economy.
Make no mistake, though; buying a Wrangler is a commitment. The ride can be jarring for some with potential interior noise on the highway on models with removable doors, and zip-up plastic windows. The Wrangler may be too rough for some consumers, but overall the trade-off is worth it, as nothing else can match the Wrangler’s overall capabilities and iconic image.
Positive: Very strong and dependable in every driving situation.
Negative: Felt a bit top heavy however has strong safety features
Even the most basic Wrangler can venture places very few mass-market vehicles can. The Wrangler remains the go-to choice among hard-core off-roaders thanks to its compact dimensions (provided you choose the two-door version), its high ground clearance, steep approach and departure angles and a no-nonsense four-wheel-drive system with an aggressive low-range function. Coupled with advanced multistage front airbags, Electronic stability control, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic roll mitigation, next generation Dana 44 Heavy duty rear axle, Next Generation Dana 30 Solid Front Axle. Transfer Case Skid plate shield you’re in good hands in the Wrangler.
Review by The Urban Driver