2007 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2007 Jeep Wrangler: Wind Noise Is an Endearing Quirk

September 06, 2007

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

Last night when offered the 2007 Cadillac SRX or the 2007 Jeep Wrangler, I jumped at the latter naturally. Ferget luxury, I wanted my fun mobile. Besides, I was driving to downtown for the evening and figured it would be much easier to find a spot to park the Jeep.

When on the freeway driving about 70 mph, I couldn't help but notice all the wind noise in the cabin as the wind buffeted the canvas roof.

At first I thought it might be because I had my window open but when I closed it there was still a lot of noise. Of course, it was no skin off my nose because I just chalk this up to another quirk about the Jeep, which I still heart.

It also has the power window buttons in a weird place (the center dash), manually-adjustable mirrors and cloth straps for door joints. What might scream "inconvenient" to others reads "charming" to me. But that's just me.

I also love driving it on the freeway. With a 3.8-liter V6, it has enough power to pass slow and not-so-slow vehicles. The steering feels light and since I'm riding high, I can see what traffic jams to avoid and easily switch lanes before the backup starts. Ha! The only thing is that I noticed that the plastic windows in the rear are starting to yellow up a bit and that makes me wonder how much that will affect rear vision in the future.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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