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2022 Jeep Wrangler Review: The Offroad Champ

Few vehicles scream American Freedom like the Jeep Wrangler. President Eisenhower called the jeep one of the three decisive weapons the US had at its disposal during WWII. We use the lowercase "j" because, during the war, this light reconnaissance and transport vehicle was built by various manufacturers and the word "jeep" was simply army slang for these GP - or General Purpose - vehicles. Still, the result remains the Wrangler.

The Wrangler is iconic. Without it, other hardcore off-roaders like the Suzuki Jimny, Land Rover Defender, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class likely wouldn't exist. But it's been 77 years since the war ended, and yet the Wrangler still relies on decades-old tech like solid front axles. Similarly, in two-door guise, the engine options seem equally dated with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 still doing duty to the tune of 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, in a bid to move with the times, there's a mild-hybrid version of the same, and a downsized 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. Whichever way you cut it, though, the Wrangler is no-doubt one of the best 4x4 vehicles on the planet, even if that comes at the expense of on-road manners that rivals have adopted.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

The 2022 model year is more about refining a winning recipe than changing anything major. To this end, the latest Wrangler receives some new equipment and features. Remote proximity keyless entry becomes standard equipment on Rubicon trim and is now included in the optional Technology Group package available on other trims. On the Sport and Sport S base trims, last year's tiny five-inch infotainment screen is replaced by a larger seven-inch screen, but only if you spec the optional air-conditioning; the standard non-air-conditioned models retain the five-inch display. The Rubicon that used to have the seven-inch display and standard audio system last year is upgraded to the 8.4-inch display and premium eight-speaker Alpine audio system this year. On the mechanical side, the Rubicon trim with the V6 engine and either manual or automatic transmission is now available with a new 4.88 axle ratio that provides a 100:1 crawl ratio. Last, Silver Zenith is a new paint color that replaces Billet Silver.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive off-road ability
  • Iconic design
  • Loads of Jeep and aftermarket accessories
  • You can take the doors off
  • Decent fuel economy from 2.0-liter
  • Tricky road manners
  • Safety ratings are terrible
  • Lack of driver aids

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,995
Willys Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,995
Willys
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,995
Sport S
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,995
Rubicon
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$42,000
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2022 Wrangler Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 166.8 in
  • Wheelbase 96.8 in
  • Height 73.6 in
  • Max Width 73.8 in
  • Front Width 62.9 in
  • Rear Width 62.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,948.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Snazzberry Pearlcoat, Build Out: 01/17/2022 +$295
  • Black Clearcoat +$395
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat +$395
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$395
  • High Velocity Clearcoat +$395
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$395
  • Limited Edition Tuscadero Pearlcoat, Build Out: 01/06/2022 +$395
  • Sarge Green Clearcoat +$395
  • Silver Zynith Clearcoat +$395
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$395
  • Limited Edition Gobi Clearcoat +$495
  • Bright White Clearcoat

2022 Wrangler Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.6L V6 24V VVT eTorque UPG I, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Wrangler does have handling, but it's best described as something that you endure on journeys between off-road trails. We wouldn't call it dangerous, as it has a few electronic nannies that look after you, but still, you need to be aware that you're driving an old-school off-roader with a ladder-frame chassis with solid-axle suspension. Add a short wheelbase to the mix, and you have the recipe for a car that can become quite gnarly in the wrong conditions. Just know that if you want to buy a Wrangler as a fashion statement, it will annoy you.

But if you want to do some hardcore off-roading, you came to the right place. Not all Wranglers are created equal. The standard 4WD has a transfer case that offers 2H, 4H, and 4L. On-road, you have to use the rear-wheel-drive 2H, unless you want some serious repair bills resulting from axle bind. Full-time 4WD is available on the Sport and Rubicon.

The Rubicon is the most capable Wrangler there is. It has lockable diffs front and rear, shorter axle gearing, and all sorts of body protection to ensure you don't damage it while off-roading. It also has a front stabilizer bar that you can electronically disconnect for better wheel articulation. Jeep is also blessing the Rubicon with Off-Road Plus as standard. It's essentially a driving mode for extreme off-roading and adjusts the throttle, transmission shift points, and traction control. You can enhance it even further by adding the heavy-duty Rock-Trac full-time 4WD system with a 4:1 crawl ratio. A 4.88 axle ratio with a true 100:1 crawl ratio is available from this year on this trim with the V6 engine only.

Other models in the line-up borrow parts of the Rubicon, but none are as extreme. The Willys Edition, for example, gets the Rubicon's rock sliders, shocks, and 32-inch tires, but it only has a limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

The difference in capability between the Rubicon and the Sport is vast, but that doesn't make the Sport a terrible off-roader. It can still handle tough obstacles with ease. We attended the Wrangler launch in Austria in 2018, and the Sport handled the 4x4 track in the Alps with ease. There was only one section entirely dedicated to specifically showcase how the locking differentials work. A Sport should be enough for most people, but if you're into the kind of off-roading where you don't know whether you'll return home with all your limbs intact, the Rubicon is the way to go.

2022 Wrangler Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 42.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 41.7 in

2022 Wrangler Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Wrangler Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Jeep Wrangler A Good SUV?

If we had a penny for all the times we've been asked this question, we'd have enough for a Jeep Gladiator and not the standard Wrangler SUV. The Wrangler has a bit of an image problem. It has become a fashion statement, a lifestyle accessory in front of which people pose because they want their Instagram followers to believe that they're adventurous. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on where you stand, Jeep hasn't changed the Wrangler recipe to suit these people. That's what makes the Bronco Sport such an appealing car. You get to own a vehicle that screams adventure but without any of the drawbacks. If you want to buy a Wrangler to make a statement, buy something else. It's noisy, cramped, uncomfortable in the city, and the handling can be tricky. It's almost certainly guaranteed to annoy you, as you can't live with it day to day.

But if you want a genuine off-roader, the Wrangler is outstanding. If you're the kind of person who likes to get down and dirty, the Wrangler is a blank canvas to add your unique personality.

For everyone else, stay clear. There are much better on-road biased SUVs out there. But off-road? Few do it this well.

2022 Jeep Wrangler Comparisons

Toyota 4Runner CarBuzz
Jeep Grand Cherokee CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Wrangler285 hp17/25 mpg$31,195
Toyota 4Runner 270 hp16/19 mpg$39,555
Jeep Grand Cherokee 293 hp19/26 mpg$41,035

2022 Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner

Both these vehicles have a well-deserved reputation for being nearly unstoppable when the going gets tough, with the 4Runner also boasting a rugged body-on-frame design.

The 4Runner is a more versatile vehicle. It has four doors and a lot larger a trunk, but you can also opt for a 4-door Wrangler Unlimited. Toyota's 4Runner is better built and much easier to live with daily, the main problem is its price. The entry-level model is over $37,000, and it's almost as spartan as the entry-level Wrangler. The materials in the 4Runner also aren't up to standard.

The 4.0-liter V6 in the Toyota is even thirstier than the V6 in the Wrangler. It's not more powerful and doesn't add much to the driving experience. The Wrangler has many faults, but the 4Runner is just a bit boring. Between the two, we'd have the Jeep, especially if used for their intended off-road purposes.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

All of the criticisms we level against the Wrangler have to do with its utilitarian nature. It makes no excuses for what it is and what it's made for.

But there is a better balance from within Jeep's ranks. The brand-new Jeep Grand Cherokee has an entry-level price of $37,785, and for that, you get the same 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic gearbox. It comes with 17-inch alloys, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry and go, as well as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist with stop, active lane management, forward-collision warning, and a rearview camera.

Sure, it's not as good off-road as the Wrangler, but few things are, and the GC is still what many would call a highly capable off-roader in its own right. The new Grand Cherokee offers more space, comfort, better fuel economy, and you can use it as a daily driver, which makes it an appealing proposition. Unless you do severe off-roading regularly or can afford a leisure vehicle in addition to a daily, the Grand Cherokee is the more sensible option, especially since the all-new model cuts a svelte figure and has been brought fully up to date in its new generation.

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