We could talk about the new-for-2013 Jeep Wrangler's improved efficiency, reduced noise, tamer ride and better overall livability. But who would we be indulging? Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder figures you're either a devout follower of the cult of Wrangler or you're trivializing their heathen faith. Both the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited continue in the nameplate's rugged, rough-riding tradition, adding a more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 good for 285 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Its ride height and obstructed rear view render the Wrangler impractical for many, but that brand of practicality takes a backseat on the off-road trail.2013 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Review
Peek into several suburban garages to read the epilogue of a common story. Two-door-Wrangler-driving dad (or mom) needs a bigger vehicle to accommodate a growing family. The answer: upgrade to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. It makes sense that the larger version of Jeep's rugged SUV would be better suited for family duty — but not so fast, moms and dads. The Wrangler Unlimited is one of the most un-family-friendly SUVs on the market in terms of both comfort and safety.
Although its off-road prowess is second to none, on-road comfort is low on its skills list. The Wrangler Unlimited will not deliver a car full of happy campers: a weekend carting around my family made it clear that the SUV is much better suited for the mountains and mud than garages and grocery runs.
A Jeep Wrangler may be a terrific summer escape vehicle, but it didn’t wow our two testers during winter excursions, especially in downtown Chicago. However, it was clear which one of our dynamic duo liked Jeep’s four-door Wrangler more.
Amanda: The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a tricky car to review. From what I can tell, many Wrangler fans are fans for life, and most of the issues I had with the rugged off-roader probably wouldn’t bother a driver who is likely looking for very different things in their SUV than I am. I had never driven a Wrangler prior to this, and overall I did like the four-door version much more than I thought I would.
Beth: I just couldn’t figure out the appeal. I like the look of the two-door Wrangler — though probably not enough to buy one — but the four-door version doesn’t even have that going for it. It looks like a Dodge Nitro and was about as enjoyable to drive — and neither of those statements are compliments.
Today, Chrysler took the wraps off three plug-in electric and plug-in electric hybrids today. They include an all-electric sports car from Dodge called the Dodge EV, and plug-in electric hybrids — or range-extended electric vehicles, depending on which terminology you prefer — that will be offered in the Jeep Wrangler and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
However, Chrysler says only one of the vehicles will go into production by 2010. What happens to the other two is anyone's guess.
In my book, Jeep Wranglers are like tuxedos: You don't buy them for comfort, you don't buy them to use every day, but when you need one, there's no substitute. But does that mean the four-door, Unlimited version suits a Weekend Athlete?
Kelsey Mays had the arduous task of finding some offroad terrain in downtown Chicago for this video, and we have to say we’re impressed with his location scouting. Perhaps he has a future in Hollywood. He also gives a terrific overview of the recently redesigned Wrangler’s capabilities, and a few negatives about living with the Jeep day-to-day.
Chrysler announced today that it’s recalling almost 300,000 SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years due to potential brake problems. This includes more than 156,000 2006 and 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander SUVs, more than 90,000 2007 Jeep Wranglers and almost 50,000 2007 Dodge Nitro SUVs.
There have been 20 complaints about the SUVs’ brakes, which suffer from a delay in braking while going uphill. Chrysler will reprogram the computer that controls the antilock braking system.
The company is also recalling more than 72,000 2008 Dodge Avenger sedans and Chrysler Sebring convertibles due to faulty front door latches and locks. There were no reported incidents from that recall.
Notices will be mailed out in coming weeks, but owners can call 800-853-1403 for more information.
Chrysler Recalls Nearly 300,000 SUVs to Fix Brake Problem (The Detroit News)
The redesigned 2007 Jeep Wrangler has been a significant sales success for Chrysler. Too bad it’s back in the news for a recall. Tuesday, Chrysler announced that 80,895 2007-model-year Jeep Wranglers and Dodge Nitros will be recalled to fix faulty power modules that could lead to engine stalls.
Wrangler owners had complained of engines stalling at highway speeds, which is a significant problem. In February, Chrysler recalled the same two models, along with many others in the Chrysler family, for faulty antilock brake software.
Owners should receive notification in the next week, and Chrysler will reprogram the power module at no cost.
For more information, owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403.
Chrysler to Recall Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro Over Engine Stalls (The Wall Street Journal)
Two Chrysler Recalls: 50,000 New Cars, 86,000 Dodge Rams (KickingTires)
Most Recalled 2006 Models (KickingTires)
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