Looks Good In The Driveway - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

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2012 Jeep Wrangler: Looks Good In The Driveway

February 27, 2012

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Sometimes, I'm a simpleton.

By this I mean it doesn't take much to make me happy. Two weekends ago it was as simple as looking at the decidedly badass Wrangler with a little mud on its rockers sitting in my driveway.

Of course, there are other cars in our fleet -- now and in the past -- that have served well in this regard.

You might recall a similar experience I had with our old Ferrari 308 in 2008. That car was a truly beautiful piece crap that I loved to look at but hated to drive. Come to think of it, there's another beautiful piece of crap in our fleet right now. The 911, however, I really, really want to love. The Ferrari was beautiful, but nobody was ever going to love driving it.

The Wrangler, though, I love for different reasons. It's not exactly beautiful in a traditional sense, but there's an undeniable purpose to its look that I can't help but be attracted to. Functionalty is something that sells itself to me. Doesn't really matter if it's a miserablly ugly turd. If it's a wildly functional yet miserably ugly turd, there's a good chance I'll like it.

Make it a big black wildly functional Jeep Wrangler with some dirt on the sides and I'm in.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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