2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Running Strong at 30,000 miles

March 28, 2013

2012 Jeep Wrangler

It happened on the way to Moab for its second visit to the Easter Jeep Safari. Our Jeep's odometer rolled over to 30,000 miles not one mile after I crossed the Utah state line.

It's running strong, but so far the combination of 75 mph freeway speed limits, rising elevation and a fierce headwind are not adding up to a new "best tank" in the Jeep's mpg logbook.

2012 Jeep Wrangler

I was able to pull off and pose the Jeep on a dirt side road before it rolled on to 30,001 miles.

From this point I should roll into Moab in about 4 hours. And then the fun begins. Jeep is introducing some new stuff and I'm expecting to get behind the wheel of the new diesel Grand Cherokee on some nice slickrock.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 30,000 miles


  • elgac elgac Posts:

    Get some detailed photos of the Wrangler Stitch. (unless this trip already happened.)

  • nyccarguy nyccarguy Posts:

    Hey Dan, so even with those modifications, you find it comfortable to drive the Jeep for a few hours at a time?

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    I'm pretty immune to the Jeep's ride. Last year I drove from LA to wine country, then from wine country to Moab, then from Moab to LA. Check a map - that's a huge triangle. No problem. I'm in the process of driving LA to Moab and back once more. It's nothing approaching buttery smooth, but it does well on asphalt highways. And it goes down the road straighter than you'd think for such a short wheelbase. The Mopar 3-inch lift actually has great roll stiffness, so it corners well, too. Seats are OK, but I do need to stash my wallet in the center console. I've done several 10-hour stints in this beast and have not once emerged crippled.

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