My Kind of Compact Car - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: My Kind of Compact Car

April 24, 2012

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Put aside all of the Jeep's off-road abilities for a second and consider its credentials as a city car, or truck, or whatever you want to call it.

After a weekend of running around on roads that were most often paved, I was continually reminded of how small and nimble the Jeep is when it comes to maneuvering into tight spaces. Credit goes to its 95-inch wheelbase and a turning circle radius of just 34.9 feet. For comparison, a Ford Fiesta's turning circle radius is 34.4 feet.

Now, no one from the Sierra Club is likely to pat you on the back for driving a Jeep, but anyone who thinks a proper city car needs to be a compact hatchback hasn't driven a Wrangler lately.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds @ 14,921 miles


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