2010 Jeep Wrangler
There are 24 user reviews for the Sport trim shown below
- Convertible! Off-road Performance, Reasonable Fuel Mileage, Fun To Drive
- Back-seat access a challenge...
Purchased As New
It is everything I expected it would be.
- Noisy [check],
- Rough (especially compared to my Suburban land yacht) [check],
- A little 'twitchy' handling from the short wheelbase [check]
- An absolute blast to drive [CHECK!].
Purchased mine within the last 30 days, and I have not started my Suburban since. I have taken two long trips (5 hours both ways & 3.5 hours both ways) and have no complaints. I knew going in what I should expect (wind noise, nervous handling, rougher ride), but have been pleasantly suprised at how civilized the Wrangler has become.
In addition to the Wrangler, we've also owned a Grand Cherokee (still own) and before that, the Cherokee Sport, both having the 4.0L I-6, so I was a little uncertain about getting the 3.8L V6. While good, it doesn't have the same low end torque that the 4.0L had; but the Wrangler is geared appropriately, so you don't notice it. If the Wrangler were still using the 4.0L I6, I'd have probably opted for the automatic.
The soft-top is easy to use (once you figure it out - take time to review the owners guide and DVD). My only off-road experience has been fire roads - so I can't judge first-hand - only to say I've already taken my Jeep into situations I couldn't get with my Suburban or Full-Size 4x4.The 6-speed gearbox is smooth and provides better throttle response than the automatic (I test drove both, back-to-back, opted to have the dealer ship one in 300+ miles to get the manual in my desired color). As others have posted, the heater kicks...lets just say it works very well. Fuel mileage was a pleasant suprise. On the highway I've been able to consistently get 22.5+MPG (doing 65-70); commuting back and forth to work 19-20MPG. And this is on a new engine (ie, I expect it to improve once the crankshaft and trans open up a little as has happened with my other vehicles).
The only drawback is access to the backseat. I have two children (ages 15 and 11); they're both tall and lean, but getting into the back seat is a challenge. If you have a need to put people into the back seat on a regular basis, go for the Wrangler Unlimited.
In closing, if you are suit & tie kind of person, enticed by leather seats, smooth lines and handling - this vehicle isn't for you. On the other hand, if you are comfortable in a ball cap, sun glasses, jeans & a t-shirt/flannel shirt (or parka in the winter) and are in the market for a fun vehicle that will get you where you want to go (just about anywhere) no matter the weather (have been out with my neighbor last winter in 2'+ w/o issues), this is the vehicle for you.
As my headline states, my only regret is that I didn't get one years ago. It is an absolute BLAST to drive.
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