Great on Power, Short on Looks - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Great on Power, Short on Looks

November 23, 2011


Obviously I'm referring to the plastic-cover clad engine in our Wrangler and not the Jeep as a whole. It's a fine-looking machine even with its pizza cutter tires.

One of the main reasons we decided to get a Jeep Wrangler was this new engine. It may be smaller in displacement than the old 3.8-liter V6, but its delivers far more power and torque. This is not unusual for newer engines, but in this case the new V6 is a huge leap forward for the Jeep. As torquey as the old motor was, it sucked wind at any moderate rate of speed.

This new engine is stronger across the board. So strong in fact that our Wrangler is actually pretty damn quick for a 4x4. It runs form 0-to-60mph in 7.1 seconds and the quarter mile in the mid-15s. Not bad for a brick.
Obviously, the Wrangler is no street racer, but the engine makes it far more enjoyable to drive no matter how you use it. Gets better mileage, too, a definite win-win.

Ed Hellwig, Editor

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