Unlimited Possibilities - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport: Unlimited Possibilities

September 29, 2011

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Now that's a back-to-basics, bare-bones, old-school driving experience. I actually find the manual-crank windows and non-central-locking doors strangely endearing, a welcome change from the power-everything that's become the norm these days.

As for the soft-top's windows billowing in the breeze on the highway, and the bouncy ride, well, you just have to chalk those up as "Jeep things."

I'm definitely happy we stuck with the standard six-speed manual. It makes much better use of the Pentastar V6's newfound power versus the new-for-2012 five-speed automatic. And, of course, the six-speed gets the driver more involved.

A part of me, though, wishes we had scrimped and saved our quarters a few more months to afford the four-door Unlimited Sport model, the long wheelbase of which gives a far smoother ride and greater cargo room/general usability. But that would've set us back another $3,500 and defeated our plan of starting with the absolute cheapest Wrangler and building it up from there.

And the real fun will begin once we start taking it off-road. Where the Wrangler truly shines.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 1,364 miles.


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