2010 Jeep Wrangler

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Review

The Jeeper's Jeep

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Jeep Wrangler is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is available in wide range of trim levels: Sport Sport Utility, Sahara Sport Utility, Rubicon Sport Utility, Unlimited Sport Sport Utility, Unlimited Sahara Sport Utility, and Unlimited Rubicon Sport Utility. Powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic, most Wranglers come with four-wheel drive, but the Unlimited trim has optional rear-wheel drive. The Rubicon trim provides extra-low gearing for enhanced off-road ability, thanks to a specialized transfer case.

Durable and exceptional on the road or off, the Wrangler features cool stereos, easy air conditioning controls, comfortable seating, and increased passenger room. However, the Wrangler has zip-up windows and a soft rooftop, which offers practically no protection during an accident or theft. Noise inside the cabin, due to a substandard construction, is annoying, as is compromised cargo space. With less than ideal safety scores and gas mileage in the 15 mpg city / 19 mpg highway range, you have a Jeep only a Jeeper could love.

New for 2010

For 2010, the Jeep Wrangler receives a soft top that is easier to remove, while new standard features include fog lamps, tow hooks, and a compass. Vinyl seats are swapped out for cloth ones in the base Sport trim, but leather upholstery is an option on the Sahara and Rubicon trims.

Essentials

Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Models: Sport Sport Utility, Sahara Sport Utility, Rubicon Sport Utility, Unlimited Sport Sport Utility, Unlimited Sahara Sport Utility, Unlimited Rubicon Sport Utility

On the Outside

With a very rough and rugged design, the Wrangler has a distinctive Jeep style. Standard on the SUV is a soft top, but the Freedom Top, which is a three-piece modular hardtop, boasts a rear window defroster and wiper, tinted windows, and a storage bag.

From the Inside

While the base Jeep Wrangler has a cheap, hard plastic interior, leather is available in some of the upper-level trims. Yet, being a true off-road vehicle, the plastic interior is practical and easy to wipe clean.

Driving Performance

Powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 202-horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque, the Jeep Wrangler offers a choice of the standard six-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety Equipment

Among the standard safety features on the Jeep Wrangler are four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), dual front airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, four-wheel drive, and stability control.

Gas Mileage

Sport: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
Mountain: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
Sahara: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
Rubicon: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
Isalnder: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Superior off-road capabilities
  • Rough and tumble look
  • Optional navigation system

Minuses

  • Underpowered, gas-guzzler engine
  • Noisy cabin
  • Plastic interior
  • Poor crash ratings

Rating

The Jeeper's Jeep

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