by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager
Where Did We Drive It?
In contrast to April's camping adventure in Joshua Tree, our 2018 Jeep Wrangler spent the majority of May roaming the concrete jungle of the Los Angeles sprawl. We mentioned in the last update that we'd been rear-ended, which caused some damage to the rear bumper and landed the Wrangler in the body shop at the end of the month.
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Wrangler No. 1: I just sold my JK to buy a new JL.
Wrangler No. 2: Nice. I am restoring a CJ right now. Sold my YJ and TJ to buy it.
Few car owners are as fanatical as those who drive Jeep Wranglers. Within this club, it is just as likely that a car be described by its two-letter chassis code as by the trim level or model year it was built. Aftermarket modifications are the norm. And there is that wave of camaraderie they give when passing each other on the road. It's a tight community that knows its stuff.
When the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL was announced, word traveled quickly. It was fully redesigned: The five-speed automatic transmission was now an eight-speed; its soft top was improved; it used lighter-weight construction; it had optional LED headlights; interior materials were nicer; there were many Rubicon-specific enhancements; and more. This was now the Jeep to have.