2012 Jeep Wrangler: Am I In My Lane?
February 26, 2013
When I look at our Jeep Wrangler, I don't feel like it's massive. Next to our Jeep Cherokee it seems relatively normal. Parked in my structure at home it doesn't seem gargantuan. When the Wrangler is stationary, it seems large but not too big to park, commute in, or navigate on normal roads.
The size dynamics of the Wrangler change dramatically the moment you drive it. It's high up, difficult to see out of in traffic and has aftermarket tires that are wider than the body. Is this all an illusion or am I running over curbs, fire hydrants and small woodland creatures everywhere I go?
When I drive the Jeep Wrangler, I have to stick my head out and make sure it's not going to hit garage ceilings. I have to make tricky five-point turns to assure that I'm not going to nail my neighbor's Civic. Most importantly, I have to be very aware of my lane position.
During rush hour this can get tricky. While sitting at a red light I noticed that the left hood latch (red arrow) on our Wrangler was lined up directly with the left lane line. I popped my head out the driver side door and checked my tires. They had about 6 inches of space on the left before exiting the lane.
The handle in the center of our hood lined up with about the same proportions to the right hand lane lines when I kept my head centered on the same driving position. For reference I decided to measure from outside sidewall to outside sidewall on the tires.
The Jeep Wrangler measured exactly the same as our SRT8 at just over 75 inches. For comparison I measured our stock Subaru BRZ and it came in at 68 inches wide on stock tires. None of this changed the width of our Wrangler, but it made me a little more confident on the road that I wouldn't be crushing the toes of bystanders as I made my way to work.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 27,707 miles