Undercover Jeepist - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Undercover Jeepist

May 10, 2012


Last Saturday at 6:00 am: I'm sitting in a left turn lane waiting to enter Interstate 5 on my way south to San Diego. I'm driving our 2012 Jeep Wrangler down to Mt. Laguna for a day of hiking.

Taking another sip of much-needed coffee, I hear the distinctive too-cheerful-for-this-hour (or any hour) squeak that can only be a small car's horn. I turn to see a guy to my right in a black Prius with Solar USA stickers (or equivalent) on the door, and he's motioning me to roll my window down. Our Jeep actually has crank windows, so his gesture makes perfect sense.

"Really?" I think to myself "You're going to try and sell me solar panels NOW?"

Thankfully, I am mistaken.

"Are those AEV wheels?" he asks.

"Did he really just say that?" I say to myself. Then, out loud, "Yes, they are. Mopar sells them now, too."

"Nice Fox shocks," he adds, pointing at the be-stickered remote reservoir that sits at his eye level in the Jeep's right front wheel well.

Before I can ask him what kind of Jeep he has the light turns green and we both reluctantly start moving because of cars behind. He roars, after a fashion, down the onramp in the lane next to me, but our Jeep's lousy gearing and oversized BFG tires make it impossible to keep up.

Yes, our Jeep was beaten by a Prius, but I was not bested by a Prius driver, apparently.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 15,353 miles 

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