The Jeep Wrangler may have the same illustrative look and feel but according to Motor Trend’s “First Test: 2012 Jeep Wrangler” it has gone through a few alterations. Allyson Harwood, the author making the critique, was able to drive the new Wrangler on the Rubicon, “one of the hardest 4×4 trails around.” One change that happened in 2011 was when the Jeep Wrangler JK “(the current generation’s code name) received a new interior”, plus a body color hard top, and fender flares; which may seem minor, but actually drastically changed the Jeep’s appearance. The new Wrangler also includes a Pentastar engine, which has “more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy.” Harwood started the road test with changes in elevations and large openings, which gave the testers the chance to put the Pentastar’s acceleration on trial.
This new engine allows for noticeable improvement, offering exceptional response and an enhancement in power. The new Wrangler “hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, while all of the 3.8-liter Wranglers took between 9.8 and 10.2 seconds.” Before taking on the Rubicon trail, the testers switched from the unlimited Sahara to the Wrangler Rubicon. The trail allows for incredible scenery, while the Jeep takes on treacherous terrain due to the harsh winter. The Jeep got passed the territory without many problems, with the new engine and transition working well. The Jeep’s goal is to make the Wrangler a better day-to-day vehicle, while keeping its “off-road ability.”