Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab Edition 4x4 (2012)

  • Pro List Icon Pros
  • Much more gentrified than prior Jeeps. For example, unlike earlier Jeeps, the doors in the Wrangler actually close well, the heated seats are comfortable, and the dashboard fit and finish is much improved.
  • Jeeps still have that slightly rough-around-the-edge experience, and the Moab is no exception, giving the driver a hint of adventure when driving.
  • Has real, off-road capability, if you need it.
  • If you’re a guy in your 30s to 50s, starting to lose you hair, and are getting a paunch… the Jeep might be just the car to restore your virility!
  • Con List IconCons
  • While more refined than previous Jeeps, this is still a direct descendant of a World War II military vehicle. So it still feels decades behind other, newer vehicles these days. But that is the appeal of it, too.
  • In about 70 years of engineering, Jeep has yet to embrace the independent front suspension. There’s still a “live” axle, both front and rear. Your tuchus will never forgive you if you’re switching to a Jeep from any other model built since, say, 1975.
  • Classic Jeep touches that suggest ruggedness, which Jeep should have scrapped years ago--like a strap between the door and frame where other manufacturers have a hinge.
  • There’s also the standard Jeep sway on turns, which definitely doesn’t inspire the same confidence as a regular passenger car. Or even a more modern SUV or crossover.
  • Terrible mileage: 16 city/20 highway is the rated EPA mileage, and we got less than that.
  • It’s huge. Expect to “climb” to get into the driver’s seat.
  • Surprisingly poor cargo capacity.
  • Lousy visibility out the back.
  • Jeeps have gotten expensive. The Moab edition has $43,220 MSRP—a whopping bill, in our opinion, for what you get.

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