Jeep Wrangler Review

 

Jeep Wrangler Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The Jeep Wrangler is in a league of its own when it comes to off-roading, and this year’s updates to the vehicle have made it more comfortable on the road too. It still doesn’t offer as smooth a ride on highways or bumpy roads as many of its competitors, but they have made notable improvements. All in all, the Wrangler is the perfect four-wheel drive for avid hobbyists, but perhaps don’t line it up as your next commuter car.

As a Jeep dealer serving North Texas, we’ve tested the new Wrangler extensively. Below, we look at some 2019 Wrangler specs to show you its capabilities and help you determine which package level is for you.

What’s New for 2019?

The latest (fourth) Wrangler generation was unleashed last year, meaning not much has changed for 2019 regarding style and performance. However, this year’s Wranglers feature adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning if you purchase the Advanced Safety Group package, and there’s a new paint option called Bikini. There are also plenty of ways to customize this brawny off-roading SUV.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Wrangler offers the true ‘Jeep experience’ when traversing challenging terrains. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 260 pound-feet of torque and 285 horsepower, and it comes with either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. Overall, you can expect to get 23 mpg on the automatic two and four-door options, while the four-door manual offers 23 mpg (combining highway and city driving).

The acceleration is adequate but may not blow you away (although the Wrangler is not all about speed). If you want a little more thrust and better fuel economy, you can choose the optional 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which produces 270 horsepower and offers 24 or 25 mpg, depending on whether you buy the four or two-door model.

Driving Capabilities

The Wrangler can still be a tough vehicle to handle on the road. The steering can feel a little slow, and bumps and potholes at high speeds can send trembles through the entire vehicle. You might also need to cope with a lot of wind noise on the highway. Jeep has made improvements to its steering, braking and handling to make it better for on-road driving than its predecessors. However, the Wrangler comes to life when you take it to more unfamiliar settings.

Features such as the boxed ladder frame, solid axle suspension and five-link coil suspension may make this vehicle a bit of a bear on the road, but they make it a force to be reckoned with when you venture away from it. Overall, when taken off the road, the Wrangler is comparable to a mountain goat.

Size, Storage and Towing Capabilities

The Wrangler is narrower than most of its rivals, but thanks to the space-efficient layout of the interior, it’s comfortable for the driver and front-seat passenger. The back seats may take some getting used to because of their upright position, though they’re comfortable enough for short runs. Fold the back seats down, however, and you can increase your cargo space from 12.9 cu-ft to 46.9 cu-ft. If you have the four-door version, the cargo space is either 31.7 cu-ft with the back seats in their usual position or 72.4 cu-ft with them folded away.

Children may need help climbing into the back seats, especially if you have your suspension lifted. Regarding loading, the hard top offers the most convenience, allowing you to open the glass area and swing door easily. The soft top is a little more of a nuisance – you’ll need to remove a section of it to access the entire loading area. Depending on which engine you choose, the Wrangler can tow either 2,000 or 3,500 pounds.

Packages and Customizations

The Wrangler is available with the Sahara, Sport S or Rubicon trim, though we highly recommend choosing the Rubicon if you’re passionate about off-roading. If you intend to drive your Wrangler both on and off the road, you might want to look at the Sport S, which offers lots of technological features, including an impressive touch screen and a power outlet like you’ll find in your house. The Sport S still packs a punch when driven off-road.

Our Rating

With its rugged design, undeniably aggressive appearance and off-road handling capabilities, it’s hard to give the Jeep Wrangler for sale at Ford Family Auto any less than 4 out of 5 stars. However, if you want an SUV that offers plenty of off-road comfort for long journeys with the family, you might want to browse our other new and used Jeeps for sale in Commerce.

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