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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4x4 Review

Tough All-Terrain SUV

A three-quarter rear view of an orange Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4x4

In short: A rugged and versatile 4-wheel-drive SUV.

Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited 4x4 Review

The rugged Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4x4 is built to handle rough road conditions and mainly off-road situations. Tested on some of the world's toughest trails, Jeep's Command-Trac Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD system makes traversing rough terrain easy, while all-speed traction control and hill descent control prevent slippage both on-road and off. And with the Unlimited's longer wheelbase, towing toys to the lake or mountains can be accomplished comfortably. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport's interior gives much more room than the original with four-door access. Ergonomically designed seats attempt to cuddle you and a 368-watt Infinity sound system serenades you. A base car at $25,000 remains very much a Jeep, whereas our won't-get-lost-in-the-woods bright orange tester offered a suite of amenities, giving the roughhewn a more civilized air and bringing the total to a more pricey $31,000. You have to love the power windows, leather wrapped steering wheel, electronic vehicle information center, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, heated mirrors and more. It's best to keep the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited near the ranch as you might find it hard to maneuver in tight city environments; however, it's nonetheless a very fun car that is more luxe than most Jeeps and offers some serious potential for off-road adventure.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty;
5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 24-hour towing assistance

Base Price: $25,545 / As Tested: $31,325

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine
Horsepower: 280 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,100 lbs
Wheelbase: 116 in
Length/Width/Height:173.4/73.9/70.8 in
Turning circle: 41.2 ft

4-wheel disc brakes; ABS with Brake Assist
Suspension: live front and rear

Traction: electronic stability control with all-speed traction control; Command-Trac Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD system; hill descent control

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

multi-stage driver and front passenger front airbags; supplemental side airbags

Likes: it's a Jeep

Dislikes: it's a Jeep — rough ride


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