2017 Jeep Wrangler Pentastar 3.6 V6 from North America
None as this was a rental we used for 2 weeks.
This was a Jeep we rented for some 2 weeks while in Hawaii. This is my first time driving a Jeep and so I'm trying to be fair with regard to that.
What I liked:
A: For a large-ish vehicle and being a Wrangler, nonetheless the ride quality was surprisingly good. Not a lot of body roll, good suspension, and for being more or less a square on wheels, pretty quiet too.
B: It really will go off-roading and do it well. In fact it's probably where it shines best. We were on some incredibly rough, steep roads, fording small streams and at one point going up and down a 25 degree hill, meaning it was pretty much straight up and down. It did all of this without an issue. Just put it into 4 low and it seems to be able to crawl anything.
C: The seats were comfortable and the interior was roomy.
What I didn't like:
A: The fuel economy was pretty awful. Granted that seems to be common for most larger 4WD vehicles, but we averaged around 19MPG for the entire trip. The only time it came close to getting the upper end of its range - 21MPG - was when driving on flat roads.
B: The accelerator pedal and throttle response: Not sure if this is a thing for newer drive-by-wire cars, but this Wrangler had the same problem I've experienced on a number of newer vehicles. Pressing the accelerator results in a delayed response from the engine. It's even more noticeable if you need to floor it. Secondly, the spring pressure for the pedal was really heavy. I felt like that in order to keep it going, meant almost constantly pressing HARD on the pedal. I know this sounds like small potatoes, but it resulted in an unpleasant driving experience.
C: The controls for engaging 4WD. Next to the transmission shifter is another shifter to engage 4WD. You put the transmission into neutral and then pull the other shifter into either 4WD or 4WDL. No matter how careful I was getting this to engage was really clunky. It simply didn't feel that the gears were meshing together easily at all, and at times I thought I was going to break the damned shifter handle off.
But overall it is what it is. Its a Wrangler and they've always been more of a utilitarian sort of vehicle. But that said I'm pretty sure I won't be buying one of these in the future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th November, 2017