April 25, 2013
Last week I was startled by a loud and annoying pop and squeak coming from the cargo area of our 2012 Jeep Wrangler on my way to work. The sounds were largely confined to rough sections of L.A. freeway and the occasional drainage dip near my neighborhood.
I'm pretty sure I've heard a much quieter version of this sound once or twice before, but it didn't scream "problem" like it did this time.
It didn't take long to find the culprit once I decided to have a look. The hinge area of the tailgate has starburst cracks radiating out from a pair of exposed spot welds on the interior side.
February 20, 2013
Here's one of the overlooked benefits of removing the Wrangler's rear seat: Cargo security. The rear seat's u-shaped strikers — all six of them — offer perfect locking points for whatever costly cargo (in this case a mountain bike) you might otherwise leave unsecured inside the soft top.
October 23, 2012
Perhaps you remember Monti's bike fit attempt from last November. He made it happen, but his effort won't win any awards for grace.
Turns out, removing the rear seat makes things a lot easier.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor
April 30, 2012
As you can see, I did not plan sufficiently for the moving of this nightstand. In my mind, the Jeep would have plenty of room, and it does. Problem is, that rear seat has to be completely removed to fully utilize the available space and I had no place to stash it.
Instead, I just plopped the nightstand on the folded seatback and drove a little more carefully. No big deal really, just a reminder that this is still a Jeep and the seats are old school.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 15,054 miles
November 25, 2011
Now here's an area where the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has a clear advantage over the regular-wheelbase model: Utility.
So, how easy/hard is it to get a bike in the back of our new Jeep?
Obviously the rear seats need to be folded down (even then, they still stick quite high up off the floor), and the rear window needs to be unzipped.
Since we're going to be making upgrades to this Wrangler, I'm officially requesting we get both a hitch and a hitch-mounted bike rack for it.
On a separate topic, driving with the rear window unzipped lets you hear a rasp from the Jeep's exhaust that I had never heard with the top/windows in place.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,115 miles
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