I purchased my Wrangler SE new this past January, just before gas prices began to soar. Have I regretted it? Not at all! With each tank of gas the 4-cylinder/6-speed drivetrain continues to get better mileage. My last tank of gas indicated 24.6 mpg combined city/highway driving.(25.5 highest/21.5 lowest since owning it). The key to these numbers is driving habits - keep the rpms down. The Jeep is a great compromise vehicle that won't do any one thing great, but can do everything pretty dang well (hauling 4 adults, towing trailers, off-road and snow capabilities, convertible option, etc.) It's the genuine utility vehicle that gives me a sense of confidence in its abilities when I drive it.
Classic styling, comfortable seats, available after-market options, surprising good mileage, ample 4-low range power and off-road capabilities; Made-in-the-USA.
Too many blind spots due to high-back seats and soft top; make the head rests retractable. The radiator needs better protection from debris; maintain the classic grille design but add a black mesh protector between the grill and radiator. Slight throaty growl from exhaust; use a quieter muffler.