For decades, the Wrangler has been the standard for hardcore off-roaders looking for sheer capability with the flexibility to lower the windscreen, remove the doors, and modify the vehicle to their exact needs. Buyers can have it in two-door or four-door forms, with or without a hard top, and in a broad variety of trim levels. Although it’s perfect for those who want an off-road vehicle, the Wrangler doesn’t have the same level of road sophistication or standard safety equipment as some of its competitors. Compared to the last generation Wrangler, this one is a major improvement and something we can live with every day thanks to the tech upgrades.
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler excels when it comes to off-road capabilities, no surprise there. This is largely attributed to its traditional body-on-frame architecture, where the vehicle’s body and the drivetrain are separate entities. This architecture is well known for its strength and durability, which is especially important in off-road situations where the vehicle can be subjected to a lot of stress and strain. It’s also favoured for its ease of modification and repair, which is a significant factor for many off-road enthusiasts.
Adding to its off-road capabilities is the Wrangler’s solid-axle suspension. Unlike independent suspension systems, which allow the wheels on the same axle to move independently of each other, a solid-axle suspension connects the wheels on an axle. This means when one wheel moves up or down, the other does as well. This ensures maximum tire contact in uneven terrain situations, like when rock crawling or navigating through deep ruts.
On the other hand, the same features that make the Wrangler excellent off-road can make it less than ideal for everyday driving. The body-on-frame design and solid-axle suspension can contribute to a rougher ride, especially on uneven or rough road surfaces. The vehicle might feel more rigid or bumpy compared to others with unibody construction and independent suspension.
The four-door Sahara Wrangler model that we tested was equipped with a 3.6 L V6 engine, which has been in production longer than any of the other engine offerings on the Wrangler. This engine can reach 100km/h from a standstill in 7.8 seconds, and offers enough power for the Wrangler to overcome tough terrains and steep inclines – a crucial aspect for off-road performance. Lastly, the eight-speed automatic transmission does an excellent job of ensuring a smooth drive. It offers seamless gear changes, which is critical for maintaining momentum when off-roading. When cruising on the highway or around town, this transmission also contributes to the Wrangler’s fuel efficiency by keeping the engine revs low.
Our tester, the Sahara trim came with an 8.4-inch infotainment display with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Jeep’s infotainment system is user-friendly and easy to use as it reduces the need to navigate through complex menus or options, which can be distracting while driving. By allowing users to quickly and easily access the functions they need, it allows drivers to keep their attention focused where it should be: on the road.
Jeep has also equipped the 2022 Wrangler with standard and optional driver assist features, showcasing their dedication to combining traditional rugged capabilities with modern technological advancements. These features aim to make driving safer and more comfortable, whether driving on busy city streets or challenging off-road trails. These features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist systems, among others. Incorporating these advanced features signifies how the Jeep Wrangler, while remaining faithful to its off-road roots, is adapting to the growing demand for vehicle technology.
The interior of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler represents a functional and practical design, perfectly capturing the spirit of this rugged SUV. It is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly, with controls and instruments that are easy to access and understand. The overall design pays tribute to the vehicle’s heritage while incorporating the modern conveniences found in newer vehicles. When compared to the last generation of the Wrangler, this interior is a major step up.
When it comes to passenger comfort, the Wrangler provides a surprisingly pleasant experience. However, the Wrangler’s off-road focus and iconic design do lead to some compromises. The boxy shape and large off-road tires contribute to increased wind and road noise at higher speeds. While not unbearable, shoppers who want a quiet cabin will find it more noticeable. The choice of a hardtop over a soft top can mitigate this to an extent, as hardtops offer better insulation and therefore less cabin noise.
If you are buying the Sahara Unlimited with the V6, you can expect to get 12 L/100 km in the city, 9.8 L/100 km on the highway, and 11 L/100 km combined.