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To bring you a comprehensive review that wraps up the best reviews information available covering the 2010 Jeep Wrangler, TheCarConnection.com's SUV experts researched a wide range of publications. TheCarConnection.com's editors have also driven the new Jeep Wrangler on- and off-road in order to give you an expert opinion.
The Jeep Wrangler returns for 2010 with the same iconic features (including removable doors and a fold-down windshield) that have brought renown to this unique vehicle, as well as the body-on-frame chassis and solid front and rear axles that established the Wrangler as one of the most capable off-road SUVs on the market. The Jeep Wrangler is three years old in its current form but retains all the classic lines of Jeep's past. For the 2010 model year, it gets some minor updates in terms of the standard equipment it carries, and the soft top is improved for better ease of use.
The 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 202 horsepower and comes with a choice of either manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. Fuel economy on rear-drive, manual-transmission models is as high as 16 mpg city, 21 highway, which is good for the Wrangler lineup but not particularly economical. The engine feels strong, but it still makes more noise than you might expect of a more traditional SUV. While the Jeep excels off-road, on the highway the Wrangler can have a jittery, bouncy ride with plenty of road noise and imprecise steering. Off-roading toughness of both Jeeps is assured by live axle front and rear suspensions, with 10.2 inches of ground clearance and the availability of a four-wheel-drive system with heavy-duty axles, locking differentials, Rock-Trac transfer case with extra-low gearing, electronically disconnecting stabilizer bar, and knobby BF Goodrich tires on Rubicon versions.
With room for five adult passengers, the Wrangler Unlimited model remains the only four-door convertible SUV on the market. Last year, 20.6 inches were added to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's wheelbase, stretching it to 116 inches and giving it the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler, as well more passenger room and comfort with a larger rear seat. The removable tops are one of Jeep's best features—though they allow lots of road noise in the cabin, they can completely open the cabin of both the two- and four-door models, turning a hardtop Jeep into a convertible SUV. Jeep improves the soft top for 2010, making it much easier to use.
The 2010 Jeep Wrangler scores five-star ratings for front and side impact protection. Two-wheel-drive models have four-star rollover protection, while four-wheel drivers have a three-star rating. Standard safety features include Hill Start Assist (HSA) to prevent rollback on graded surfaces and Trailer Sway Control (TSC), which monitors vehicle movement relative to the intended path and activates the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) if the trailer begins to sway outside set parameters. Anti-lock brakes and stability control are now standard, but side-impact airbags remain an option in a class where they're almost always now standard.
Most models of the 2010 Wrangler include air conditioning and cruise control. Sirius Satellite Radio is an option, as are a navigation system and a music hard drive. New standard features for 2010 are fog lamps, tow hooks, a compass, an outdoor temperature gauge, and a system that reveals how economically you are driving.
- Freedom Top
- Off-road performance
- Relatively low interior noise
- Crash-test performance
- Uncomfortable rear seats
- On-road handling
- Bouncy ride