Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Autobytel Reviews the 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Here's a short video review of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler by Autobytel.com:


Everyone obviously appreciated the old 4.0-liter inline-6 from the TJ, YJ, XJ, ZJ, WJ, and MJ Jeeps, and while the 3.8-liter minivan V6 in the 2007-2011 Wrangler was absolutely neutered by the anemic 4-speed automatic transmission, I've been pleasantly surprised at how decent this engine performs when coupled to a proper 6-speed manual transmission.  While no musclecar, the old 3.8-liter is perfectly adequate even with 35-inch tall tires and 4.10 diff gears when equipped with a transmission that allows it to perform.

The fact that Jeep continues to refine and improve the Wrangler while keeping it true to its roots and purpose is praise-worthy.  Jeep is the only manufacturer who still produces a compact offroad-oriented 4x4; hence, their sales have continued to surge as other faux-by-fours have devolved into tall station wagons or been discontinued.

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