2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Preview

2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

The Jeep Wrangler is an off-road icon, both as a vehicle that's uniquely American and one that simply makes no compromises on the trail.

For stylish suburban parents, the Unlimited is likely tempting as a commuter vehicle or family rig, but it should be kept in mind that the no-compromises off-road philosophy does have some significant drawbacks on the road. That considered we give it a score of 4 out of 10 here at FamilyCarGuide. Its ride quality is only acceptable—it tends toward bouncy and jittery when on anything but smooth pavement—and its solid front axle and old-style recirculating-ball steering gear mean that the Wrangler isn't much fun in the curves.

Safety is also a serious concern for the Wrangler lineup; side airbags remain optional, and crash-test results have been lackluster.

The Unlimited shows much more promise (versus the standard Wrangler's 2+2 layout) if you plan to carry the kids to practice, or have a couple of seats free for heading out to lunch. The flat, unsupportive seats won't satisfy on long highway hauls, but they'll do the job just fine around town or on the trail.

Considering the whole package, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is either a throwback to the days of more rugged SUVs, matched to modern conveniences, or a really expensive niche vehicle. By checking a few option boxes, it can come better-equipped than many family-focused crossover utes, with features like a navigation system, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, hard-drive music storage, and Sirius satellite radio. The Rubicon can be equipped with most of those items plus one of the most comprehensive off-road hardware packages on the market; but beware, a loaded Unlimited Rubicon can total more than $40k.

For more about the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, see the full review over at The Car Connection.

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August 18, 2016
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Altitude

Great ride for any season

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After putting nearly 250,000 miles on Dodge Magnum RT. I wanted a vehicle that was not only fun to drive, but could also serve as the 'pack mule' like my Magnum was. After looking at all the available options... + More »
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July 24, 2015
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Freedom Edition *Ltd Avail*

Very fun vehicle to drive, more then one expects for this type of vehicle.

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Even though the limited edition Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are a bit difficult to find as you want it spec'd, its a great SUV. Impressed with the quietness of the interior and the ride is better then expected... + More »
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April 29, 2015
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Rubicon

The Rubicon is rugged and stylish.

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I purchased the Wrangler Rubicon with quite a few dealer installed extras. Even with all the added equipment it drives and handles well. The off road capabilities are fantastic. Jeep has a reputation for... + More »
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