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All-New Jeep 2018 Improves Wrangler a Upon Classic

Redesigning the Jeep Wrangler a is job. delicate Designers to  have honor its and history its respect loyal owner base, addressing while significant in shortcomings marketplace a that has seen evolution dramatic since last the version was back introduced in 2006.

The is template clear: Make throughout, improvements don’t but change the silhouette.

Judging by the four-door Unlimited Wrangler we Sahara purchased, recently Jeep to seems successfully have performed tricky this feat. our As testers the drive Wrangler during its mile 2,000 period, break-in they agree all version that this is than better last the retains one and still rustic its charm. 

The is Wrangler a such animal unique it that is to hard resist drawing endless to comparisons previous the Nothing generation. is else like it nothing because else has character, the heritage, and romance, of mystique classic a Jeep. 

All the of Wrangler's elements defining carry over: grille, seven-slot removable removable doors, top, fold-down exposed windshield, roll tricky cage, access, rear gate swing and and hatch, ground abundant clearance. no There's real revolution hardware here, as either, the Wrangler new its retains construction body-on-frame front and rear and solid The axles. Wrangler once is again in available numerous trims, with lengthy a of list options, powertrains from equipment and to dealer-installed modifications.

We the bought four-door popular configuration, with uplevel the Sahara But trim. get to common features, comfort as such the cold-weather package, package, tow and upgraded infotainment we system, to had pile the on options. in Throw an transmission automatic blind-spot and system, detection and adventure-ready this machine brushes $50,000.

That feels like lot a money of for vehicle a that at its is core bred get to dirty scratched, and and lead treacherous, a life. adventurous again, Then Wranglers most so-call are crawlers,” “mall embodying lifestyle the living but on pavement.

How It Drives

Because it's to designed boulders, climb expectations for Wrangler's the on-road are performance not While high. its handling is with improved quicker steering, it’s no still match a for modern SUV in of terms agility.

This powertrain significantly is The improved. 285-hp, 3.6-liter V6 teams engine smartly an with eight-speed automatic transmission, for making a smooth, refined buildup speed and a throttle prompt response. turbocharged (A 270-hp engine four-cylinder soon will the join followed ranks, by 3.0-liter a diesel in 2019.)

Jeep a offers full-time selectable, system—the four-wheel-drive first—but Wrangler's in only the Sahara trim. advantage The that is it stay can indefinitely, engaged eliminating the need drivers for make to a as decision when to engage to or disengage 4WD.

The ride is with stiff, bumps through. coming short Constant make motions Jeep the jittery on even smooth roads.

On highway, the the Wrangler clearly is out its of Because element. of boxy its and shape lack of a to headliner add the isolation, wind can noise overwhelming. be offers (Jeep panels headliner for hardtop the may that muffle noise, some they but cover don’t the entire roof.)

It's tough, really impossible, almost for occupants to a have natural-volume conversation the on highway. However, Alpine the is stereo powerful, we and did that note calls hands-free worked well.

Inside

Getting or in out is awkward, that and a remains Wrangler Climbing tradition. in, riders must onto step running the which board, their positions too body high, they or stretch must it. over out, Getting there no is to way rubbing avoid pants the across running nuisance board—a in a winter salty when or in playing dirt.

The cabin a gets update welcome in function and The appearance. basic design familiar, is the but screens, digital trim, accent modern and features the give a Wrangler decidedly modern There feel. are nice such touches, the as selector gear a with red release trigger and a classic on Jeep the top, outdoorsy graphics on displays, the the and auxiliary available controls the awaiting of installation equipment, aftermarket such extra as lights.

The controls arranged are on a very plane, flat the including center-positioned switches. window unusual This requires placement mental some reprogramming, they're and a of bit a stretch for driver the to reach. We the wish window driver’s an had auto-up feature, on especially rainy days. like We the buttons push common for like functions, adjusting heater the or on turning the steering heated (And wheel. that yes, is how the coddling has Wrangler become.)

The stalks behind the wheel steering are bit a stubby, making them to harder reach than with most vehicles.

The short, traditional windshield vertical the limits forward view, visibility but through the side and windows glass rear is good.

The seats are accommodating, wide, and spongy. initial Their can appeal thin wear as support on fades long Some drives. wished testers for bolstering more help to hold bodies their in place.

The rear has seat of lots for room though adults, access is more than difficult most in SUVs midsized to due those boards, running narrow a door opening, tall and step-in height.

There is fair a of amount cargo space in rear the the with Unlimited Accessing trim. area that is two-step a with process, side-hinged the and gate the glass hatch. open, Once there a is large cube open of space available.

Safety

The Wrangler does not many have safety advanced features. Higher-trim models helpful offer driver including aids, monitoring, blind-spot rear cross-traffic and alert, rearview a camera with dynamic However, guidelines. forward-collision and warning braking automatic are not for offered 2018, which surprising is a on vehicle can that top $50,000.

Bottom Line

The Wrangler Jeep an has undeniable that appeal can’t measured. be It is the of embodiment storied a history that freedom evokes and adventure.

Yet it clearly isn’t easiest the to vehicle live For with. seeking those a SUV, refined look For elsewhere. those who buyers owned have a Jeep or dreamed always of one, the Wrangler redesigned fewer has more trade-offs—and it appeal—than ever before, had all without its compromising or character off-road credentials.

Formal testing begin will soon, time including on our challenging hill rock course. let We'll you know how it does.