The Jeep Wrangler is an icon of the American driving experience. For years, the open-top SUV has been the vehicle of choice for outdoor adventurers looking for a sporty vehicle powerful enough to travel through the roughest Missouri terrains. The 2012 edition carries on the tradition with two-door Wranglers available in a choice of Sport, Sahara and Rubicon models. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited is also available in the same three trim levels. The Wrangler seats up to four passengers while the Unlimited is able to carry five.
The standard 2012 Wrangler is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available. High-range and low-range transfer case gears are standard on the Sport and Sahara; the Rubicon adds an extra-low gear. All models are four-wheel drive. Standard safety equipment for all versions includes electronic traction control, electronic stability control, antilock disc brakes and hill-start assist.
The interior of the 2012 Wrangler is surprisingly comfortable for a vehicle built for locations where luxury is not an option. The heated front seats and cabin air filtration help keep passengers content on the road and off. The Wrangler's most recent redesign included tweaks to reduce road and engine noise and minimize the vibration felt in the passenger cabin. The result is a much more refined ride than would be expected from a rough and tumble Jeep.
The entry-level Sport is a truly rugged vehicle built for utility. It has tow hooks in both the front and rear, crank windows and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Cruise control, adjustable driver seat and 16-inch steel wheels are also standard equipment. Air-conditioning is standard for the four-door Unlimited Sport and optional on the two-door model. Manufacturer's suggested retail price for the base 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport is $22,045.
The Power Convenience Group package is standard on the Sport S. This package includes all of the features of the Sport model and adds a security alarm, keyless entry, power locks and heated power mirrors. The Sport S is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels. MSRP for the Sport S starts at about $24,290.
The Sahara trim offers 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded sound system, deeply tinted sunscreen glass and fender flares (body-colored). Side steps for ease of entry are standard but can be removed quickly for extreme off-road travel. The Sahara also reduces engine noise with insulation under the hood. MSRP for the 2012 Wrangler Sahara starts at $27,970.
With a starting MSRP of about $29,995, the Rubicon trim provides serious equipment for Missouri's most extreme off-road adventure areas. Frame-mounted body sill guards offer additional protection. Wheels can be compressed quickly for better performance under certain conditions with the electronic sway bar disconnect button. Electronic locking differentials are standard; 17-inch wheels and special mud terrain tires for serious off-roading are included as well. The Unlimited Rubicon is also equipped with the Power Convenience Group.
The Wrangler Arctic adds tuneable shock absorbers that allow for a firm ride off the road and a softer experience for highway driving. The Arctic also includes a removable body-color three-piece hard top. MSRP for the Arctic starts at $32,254.
The 2012 Call of Duty MW3 model is tough all around. This vehicle commands attention on the streets of St. Louis and across the Ozark Plateau. Highlights include heavy-duty winch-capable bumpers, performance suspension and hood power bulge. The Call of Duty starts at about $36,880.