2005 Jeep Wrangler Review
New long-wheelbase model smoothes ride.
Jeep Wrangler is a classic symbol of summer cruising and off-road rambling. Wrangler Rubicon is the ultimate off-road rig, as capable as some modified rock-crawlers but available right off the showroom. Purists might decry the adoption of the Trail's mantel by the stretched Unlimited, even though the long-wheelbase Jeep successfully navigated the Trail before top management signed off.
New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from Chrysler's proving grounds in Michigan; with NCTD editor Mitch McCullough reporting from Southern California.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||Jeep Wrangler SE ($17,970); X ($20,280); Sport ($23,140); Rubicon ($27,365); Unlimited ($23,895); and Unlimited Rubicon ($28,365)|
|Engines:||4.0-liter ohv inline-6|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual airbags; LATCH system|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||ABS|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Toledo, Ohio|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon ($28,365)|
|Standard Equipment:||air conditioning, Sunrider easy-folding soft top with sunroof feature, tachometer, full carpeting, AM/FM/CD stereo with seven speakers and subwoofer, digital clock, sport roll bar with full padding, reclining high-back front bucket seats with easy-access tip/slide passenger seat, fold-down rear seat, cloth upholstery; skid plates (fuel tank, transfer case), diamond plate sill guards, 31-inch Goodyear Maximum Traction Reinforced P245/75R16 off-road tires, 16-inch aluminum wheels, 4.0:1 low-range transfer case; Dana Model 44 axles with 4.11 ratio and driver selectable electric/pneumatic-locking front and rear differentials|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||four-speed automatic ($825)|
|Gas Guzzler Tax:|
|Price as tested (MSRP)||29800|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||190 @ 4600|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||235 @ 3200|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||16/20|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||40.9/51.8/41.1|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||41.1/43.5/36.7|
|Suspension, f:||live axle on leading links, track bar, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, anti-roll bar|
|Suspension, r:||live axle on trailing links, track bar, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, anti-roll bar|
|Tires:||LT245/75R16 Goodyear Maximum Traction/Reinforced on/off-road|
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