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2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sport Utility

2012 Jeep Wrangler Review

(0 Stars)  The off-road icon gets a new heart.

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Jeep's legendary Wrangler has gotten incredibly refined in the last two years. For 2011, an all-new interior made the SUV much more inviting, and now there's an equally impressive engine with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Horsepower and torque have never been the highlights of the Wrangler's spec sheet, but 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque mean you will no longer have to apologize for holding up eighteen-wheelers leaving a stoplight. There's a decidedly trucky feeling through the steering wheel thanks to the Wrangler's signature solid axles and relatively long suspension travel. Not many vehicles are capable of hauling five people and a respectable amount of luggage to virtually any destination you can imagine. And no other vehicle can do so while allowing passengers to enjoy the unique open-air experience of driving without a top or doors. Speaking of which, the Wrangler's soft top is somewhat easier to take down and put up than was the case in earlier Wranglers, and you can flip back the front portion to create a makeshift sunroof. The hard top offers additional flexibility and can now be had in body-matching colors. The Wrangler handles every situation, from cruising around the beach to taming the famed Rubicon Trail, with equal ease. Previous Wranglers required a lot of sacrifices from owners and didn't make much sense for daily use, but the 2012 Jeep Wrangler has managed to become civilized enough for the mainstream market without abandoning its off-road heritage or sacrificing capability.

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2012 Wrangler Rubicon Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 17 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 335 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 285 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 260 ft lb of torque @ 4,800 rpm

'12 Jeep Rubicon Sport Utility Reviews

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'12 Jeep Rubicon Sport Utility Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Cruise Control
Power Outlet(s)
Steering Wheel Tilt
Electronic Transfer Case
Cup Holders
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Fog Lights
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
Satellite Radio
Sport Suspension
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
Engine Oil Cooler
Tow Hooks
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