Help Me Up, Will Ya? - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Help Me Up, Will Ya?

March 19, 2013

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Some trucks and SUVs, such as a Ram 1500 have A-pillar-mounted grab handles. These make it a lot easier for shorter drivers and passengers to hoist themselves up and into a high-riding 4WD. The Wrangler provides a grab handle for the passenger, but it's mounted horizontally down on the dash which isn't as handy as being angled and higher up on the A pillar.

Shorter drivers hopping into a Wrangler, especially one fitted with a lift kit like ours, typically have to grab the steering wheel. This makes for somewhat clumsy ingress and egress, whereas one of those A-pillar jobs would make it much easier.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ ~28,200 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Fold down windshield = no A-pillar grab handle.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    The windshield is so close to the driver's head and the A-pillar is so upright you'd bash your head on any handle located on the pillar.

  • mcrrt mcrrt Posts:

    Aftermarket to the rescue: There are any of a number of manufacturers that produce grab handles designed to be attached to the upper bars of the Wrangler's roll cage. They're available from retailers such as 4wheel hardware.

  • johnnyturbo johnnyturbo Posts:

    @ bankerdanny, As the grab handle would be located on the inside of the windshield (like the rearview mirror), it wouldn't interfere with that function. @ fordson1, Unless one made a concerted effort to headbutt the A pillar, I don

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