Thursday, December 14th 2017, 09:36:39 AM. Car Review. Posted by Adalbert Balmer
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2012 Jeep Wrangler First Drive
A new five-speed automatic further enhances powertrain efficiency, but many buyers will keep the standard six-speed manual transmission. With either gearbox, two-door Wranglers achieve the best fuel economy of 17 city/21 highway mpg. Meanwhile, acceleration improves almost shockingly, with 0 to 60 mph occurring in 8.4 seconds, a figure derived from Jeep’s test of the high-volume Sahara Unlimited. Revving the engine to its 6500-rpm redline is perversely pleasurable; considering the improved interior that was fitted in 2011 and the much-reduced cabin noise, the only thing to complain about is the vague steering that must be tolerated because the solid front axle dictates a recirculating-ball design. Overall, the Wrangler—especially the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, which is accounting for nearly 60 percent of all sales—compares favorably to the typical midsize SUV. Minor distinction: the average midsize SUV can’t drive right off the showroom floor and conquer the Rubicon Trail, as the top-of-the-line Wrangler Rubicon once again proved it could do. After the snow melted away in early July, Jeep put us on the trail, which old hands agreed was at its most difficult because of the unremitting winter; but of course the two- and four-door versions were unfazed.
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