There’s no doubt that the Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the automotive industry. So sometimes when you get new versions of an icon, you may worry that the makers way change the very features of the vehicle that made it an icon in the first place. It’s true that in this case there are plenty of changes in the vehicle. But you can’t say that these changes diminished the Jeep Wrangler reputation. It’s not even as good as the previous versions. When you try it out, you’ll find that it’s most likely the best to ever carry the Jeep Wrangler badge.
For those who aren’t yet familiar with the Jeep Wrangler, let’s go over a few facts that most gearheads already know. It’s the flagship of the entire Jeep lineup, like it’s the Enterprise of Star Fleet. It’s widely renowned as a super-SUV. Unlike the modern SUVs that look tough but can’t hack off-road conditions, with the Jeep Wrangler you’ll only realize its true nature under the most extreme conditions.
The Drawbacks First
So far we’ve been highly positive about the Jeep Wrangler, so you may think this is an ad. So let’s start with its drawbacks, just to reassure you that we do recognize that it isn’t perfect.
The first problem you’d go through driving with this Jeep is the clutch. This comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. For those who are only used to automatics the clutch will always be a problem no matter what. But even people used to manual transmission can get annoyed with this clutch. Its take-up is so confused and vague that even experts will stall the engine with this clutch.
Also, the V6 engine may have been improved, but at low rpm on pavement it still doesn’t ride confidently.
Of course, it doesn’t have much of a cargo space to speak of. But that’s a traditional feature (or drawback) of the Wrangler. You can say that it’s part of its identity. This is an SUV for people who want to experience the wild outdoors, and it’s not for mere transport of your stuff. You need another vehicle if you want to transport furniture all over town.
Driving in Town
This comes with your standard 3.6L V6. Like its predecessor, with the manual Rubicon you get 285 horses along with 260lb-ft of torque. But now you get improvements as you have better fuel economy. The low-end torque is also better as well, which you will definitely notice if you’re driving a stick shift.
As we’ve already mentioned, it comes with a manual transmission though there’s an option for an 8-speed automatic. That option comes with a new 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It gives you 268 horses along with 295-lbft of torque. It also has an innovative belt alternator starter system that gives the engine a bit of relief.
This still drives like a truck, but now it drives like a 21st century vehicle. In other words, the ride quality you’ll have now is much improved. For everyday driving, you won’t have to suffer as much impact forces and head tossing harshness like with previous versions. These improvements were achieved by raising the roll center and placing the shocks farther outboard.
Driving this on the road is also better thanks to the new electro-hydraulic steering. It offers excellent feedback, and it drives on roads with a confidence that you won’t find in its predecessors
Driving Off Road
All these improvements will improve your everyday driving, since we all have to admit that even a Jeep Wrangler model will spend most of their time on paved roads. But this vehicle will show its true colors on the trail, and you have to go off-road and go camping with the Wrangler to see what it’s really all about.
Whether you use the 4-banger or the V6, crawling along boulders with the Jeep Wrangler is a snap. It can crawl in first gear at just 0.5 mph and it won’t stall at all. You can also take this vehicle and wade through streams with no trouble,
At these speeds and in these conditions, you should also enjoy the outdoors to the max by taking the roof down. Lucky for you this is now an easier process, and the same is true for taking the windshield down too. Your purchase comes with a toolkit for these purposes, and you can even remove the doors as well.
The Jeep Wrangler is made for this kind of rough environment, and it won’t let you down whether you get the manual or the automatic transmission.
The judgment on the latest Jeep Wrangler is simple. If you’ve always been a fan of this vehicle, then you’ll absolutely feel ecstatic about this 2018 version. It’s the best Jeep Wrangler ever. Everything that made the Wrangler famous is still here, except that everything has been improved.
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