A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Jeep Wrangler

With some subtle updates, improvements, and increases in size, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler maintains the model’s familiar and rugged look and feel. While the style of the Wrangler may not have changed much, though, its function has definitely been upgraded, as it is now more off-road worthy than ever before, without losing any of its on-road comfort and style.

Key Features

Unlike most other manufacturers, Jeep has stuck to its traditional body-on-frame design, and while it’s a bit heavier than some alternatives, it works well for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and allows for easy repairs and upgrades to body panels, as well as easily removable doors for more fun off road.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, the Jeep Wrangler got a brand new 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, adding more power and torque for better on- and off-road driving. And now you can get it with a five-speed automatic transmission, as well.

What We Like

We like that Jeep is serious about continuing to make the Wrangler a truly off-road capable vehicle while improving its comfort on the road, as well. It has a classic style that American drivers love, but it definitely isn’t stuck in the past.

What Concerns Us

When creating a vehicle that works on and off the road, some compromises do have to be made. For the 2012 Jeep Wrangler, they decided to compromise more on the on-road dynamics than on off-road capabilities. If you aren’t going to hit the trailhead or the slopes, this might not be the right Jeep for you.

Available Models

With the power and torque of 2012 Jeep Wrangler’s new V6 engine, you’ll never find yourself wishing for a V8. Its specs include:

  • Engine – 3.6-liter DOHC V6
  • Power – 285 HP at 6400 RPM
  • Torque – 260 lb-ft at 4800 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 17/21

Major Recalls

There have been a few minor recalls on some 2012 Jeep Wrangler models, as well as a couple of major ones. The most significant recalls were for a potential fire in the heated exterior mirrors and a potential transmission fluid leak.

Most Common Issues

The most common issues that drivers have reported with the 2012 Jeep Wrangler have been electrical problems and issues with engine heads needing to be replaced. These issues are fairly easy to spot in a test drive situation.

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