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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 June 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Where Did We Drive It?
June was a strong month for our 2018 Jeep Wrangler. We drove it 3,335 miles, more than triple the previous month's total. Much of that — 2,539 miles, to be precise — was the result of a single road trip to Colorado and back.

My wife had business over the weekend in Denver, and she's not fond of flying. So I grabbed the keys to the Jeep and we headed out after work. We made a late-night stopover in Las Vegas, then completed the drive the following day.

I had pre-loaded the back with camping equipment with an eye toward overnighting in the mountains while my wife stayed in a Denver hotel. But when we arrived, weather forecasters were talking about powerful storms threatening heavy rain and hail. I decided on day trips out of Denver instead.

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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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