Step One - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Step One

October 19, 2011


I got the keys to our Jeep and I was about to go on an upland adventure. It was going to be me, my hunting buddy, and my dog. I couldn't imagine a better vehicle in our fleet to have than our Wrangler.

In looking over the Jeep for the first time, I quickly realized I was going to have to edit my gear as much as possible. The first hurdle of my adventure was the Jeep's cargo capacity. As you can see in the photo, our 2-door variety doesn't have a lot of cargo room.

After a little fiddling, I found the rear seats can fold and then tumble forward, giving you 61.2 cubic feet of cargo room. They may tumble forward, but the do not lock in position. Driving around town I found they flop about quite a bit. Not good for my gear nor the dog.


Thankfully the seats are removable. Not only that, but it's a snap to take the whole bench out. Pull a handle to tumble forward, a release bar underneath unlocks the hinges, lifts right out with ease.


Once the seat was out, my gear fit in to a nice low level where I could comfortably get the dog in back with plenty of room. Traveling light and fast was the original idea, the limitation of the Jeep just forced me to focus. Thanks, Jeep.


Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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