2012 Jeep Wrangler Salt Lake City
New for the 2012 Wrangler, Jeep has re-egineered its engine to produce 285-horsepower. Smooth, robust and reasonably efficient, this engine radically transforms the Wrangler. Boasting many more horses in comparison to the old engine, the new V6 is better, quicker and more efficient. The new Pentastar engine is also 90 lbs. lighter than the engine it has replaced. A five-speed automatic is also now available, and every Wrangler is now four-wheel drive. By making the engine more efficient, engineers at Jeep have added a boost to the 2012 Wrangler.
For the 2012 Wrangler, Jeep has made the wheelbase longer and the front and rear tracks wider. The chassis has been stiffened and the suspension redesigned. All these things yield significant improvements in the ride and handling, but still, on city streets, the Wrangler can be bouncy, and out on the freeway it can feel squiggly over pavement changes. On rougher surfaces the driver needs to pay attention to keep the Wrangler going in a straight line, though on dirt it's directional stability is decent and you're more likely to steer only for major course changes.
Interior Features of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler
The comfortable high-back front seats are surrounded by more shoulder and hip room than previous-generation models, and the removable rear seat provides more shoulder, hip andeg room for each of the two passengers. There's also more space behind the rear seat, which folds to provide nearly twice the cargo capacity as before; with the rear seat removed the two-door has 61 cubic feet of cargo space, more than many midsize SUVs. The Wrangler is available with heated leather seats, upgraded USB input, Bluetooth streaming audio, power heated mirrors, multiple power outlets, and automatic temperature control. All have additional noise abatement measures but don't think of a Wrangler as a car. Between the seats are the shift lever, a short four-wheel-drive lever, two cupholders, emergency brake handle, and a locking center console that's wide and deep, if not long. The locking glove box is big and there's a convenient grab handle above (it also helps direct the air bag, so don't remove it).
Exterior Features of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler
Up front you'll find the classic round headlamps, Jeep's seven-slot grille, and a front bumper with integrated fog lamps. The upright windshield is slightly curved for better aerodynamics and reduced wind noise. Along the sides, many Wranglers have assist steps under the doors to make climbing in easier, and fender flares that are bolted on, so they can be easily taken off for repair or replacement. The standard soft top is relatively easy to remove and install. The Sunrider soft top slides back half way, like a huge sunroof over the front seats. The optional three-piece modular hard top (Freedom Top) has two front panels that easily pop on and off like a T-top, and can be stored behind the rear seat.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is a convertible SUV available in two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions. Each comes in Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport and Wrangler Sport Unlimited come with the Sunrider soft top, cloth upholstery, center console, theft deterrent system, folding rear seat, locking glove box, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, tilt steering wheel, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, sliding sun visors with mirrors, transfer case and fuel tank skid plates, and P225/75R16 all-terrain tires on steel wheels.
A 6-speed manual is standard, a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional on all Wrangler models. A three-piece modular hard top called the Freedom Top is available for all Wrangler models. Half-metal doors with locks for the soft top are a no-cost option on the Sport. (All New Car Test Drive prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)
Wrangler Sport S and Sport S Unlimited add power windows, locks and heated mirrors, and remote keyless entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminum wheels.
Wrangler Sahara and Sahara Unlimited add body-color flares, 18-inch alloy wheels, monotube shocks, 115-VAC outlet, air conditioning, Sirius satellite radio, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, Infinity stereo, and tube side steps. The Soft Top is standard. A hard top in black or body color is optional along with the Freedom Top or the Dual Top Group with both the Freedom Top and the Soft Top.
Sahara options include automatic climate control, two-tone leather heated front seats, and a navigation system that includes 6.5-inch touch screen, GPS navigation, Sirius Traffic and CD/DVD audio. Also: a limited-slip rear differential, a 3.73:1 axle ratio to replace the standard 3.21, an engine block heater, remote start, Premium appearance (silver trim inside and out), and the trailer tow package.
Wrangler Rubicon and Rubicon Unlimited is the model for serious off-roading. A combination of Sport and Sahara-grade pieces, it also gets an electric-disconnecting front antisway bar, the Rock-Trac heavy-duty transfer case, a heavy-duty front axle, locking front and rear differentials, a 4.10:1 axle ratio, rock rails, LT255/75R17 BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires on alloy wheels and other equipment intended for the serious off-roader.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable off-highway vehicles available today. Its four-wheel drive system offers no-road capability and its convertible body style offers open-air fun. The Pentastar enigine is much better, quicker and efficient than the Jeep's old engine. The Unlimited body style has greater cargo capacity, making the Wrangler more practical. If you are in the market for a new practical SUV that is practical for everyday use, take a look at the 2012 Jeep Wrangler.
Some of the information for this review was obtained from NewCarTestDrive.com