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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Where Did We Drive It?
The month of September saw our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited used for both on- and off-road pursuits. Plus, one of our staffers had her first time behind the wheel of our red Rubicon. But she didn't come away with a great first impression due to a few issues that popped up during her time in the driver's seat. And after those issues, another arose: Our Jeep was subject to a recall, but more on that in the Maintenance section below.

We've already established the Wrangler isn't the best-handling SUV on the market. Even so, it's not without its legions of fans. It has a strong enough following that Wrangler drivers will acknowledge one another with a wave, not just on the trail, but on the highway, too. If you're a Wrangler driver, tell us how you wave to your fellow Jeepers.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Where Did We Drive It?
The new JL model Wrangler benefits from many design and engineering updates intended to improve on-road comfort, which our drivers got to experience throughout August. Instead of exploring dirt roads or having adventures, our 2018 Jeep Wrangler spent the month on street duty commuting editors to and from the office, shuffling cargo to and fro, and otherwise doing its best impression of a crossover. Is it ideal for this role? Depends on whom you ask.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Where Did We Drive It?
June was a busy month for our 2018 Jeep Wrangler, but things returned to normal in July when we covered about 1,000 miles. And with only 8,000 miles on the odometer, our Jeep is still new to some of us, so first impressions continue to trickle in.

The Wrangler also went in for an oil change in July. Place your bets as to how you think that went for us.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2018 Jeep Wrangler

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.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Jeep Wrangler is settling nicely into the long-term fleet. During its second full month of ownership, our JL spent time commuting and off-roading on a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. You know, typical Jeep stuff.

So far we appreciate our Jeep's entertainment interface, specifically the navigation system's ability to route to GPS coordinates and the inclusion of a USB-C port. On the downside, we also learned our Wrangler is no less susceptible to fender benders than any other vehicle on the road. We'll report about that experience and the subsequent bodywork soon.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Moab Easter Jeep Safari

by Travis Langness, Staff Writer

Moab Easter Jeep Safari

The Easter Jeep Safari is a yearly event in Moab, Utah, that hosts pretty much every kind of stock, modified and owner-loved Jeep you can think of, driving through the desert for a week. If it's got sand, mud, slick rock or dirt, you'll likely find a Jeep trying to conquer it during the week before Easter.

The Easter Jeep Safari has run for more than 50 years, and recently the folks at Jeep have used it as an opportunity to showcase their newest vehicles, display a few concepts, and get to know their customer base. After all, if this is where the world's biggest Jeep enthusiasts show up, why not ask them what they want on the next Wrangler?

This year, Jeep had a lot to show with the release of the new, redesigned 2018 Wrangler (JL) and invited us out to ride the trails in Wranglers, Cherokees and even a few concepts. As if by some stroke of luck, the Wranglers present were nearly identical to our long-term 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, even down to the red paint, so I spent as much time in it as possible.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Travis Langness, Staff Writer

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Where Did We Drive It?
In the first month of our one-year test, we drove our new 2018 Jeep Wrangler nearly 2,000 miles. It might be a bit early for predictions, but the way this one is going, the Jeep will hit the 20,000-mile mark well before a year is up. To get the odometer rolling, we drove the Jeep back to Los Angeles from the Las Vegas dealership where we bought it. Then we spent the next three weeks around town getting to know its character. Short freeway trips, runs to the grocery store, and commuting to work all added up to an odometer reading of 2,251 miles.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Introduction

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2018 Jeep Wrangler

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.

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