The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is one of the best off-roaders in the compact SUV class. It has an advanced infotainment system and a well-built and spacious cabin. Also, it comes in two body types: a two-door model and a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
Most crossovers have a unibody design that reduces weight and improves handling and road comfort. However, the engineers sacrifice the vehicle’s ruggedness and off-road performance to achieve this. The Wrangler is one of the few without this issue – it’s a go-anywhere and do-anything SUV.
Since its debut in 1987, the Wrangler has been a spacious and experienced off-roader. Off-road fans have praised the SUV for its rugged design and excellent handling. After seeing the success of the Wrangler, Jeep decided to release an off-road-focused model and named it Rubicon. This model had terrific features like big all-terrain tires and lockable differentials.
The 2020 Wrangler carries on this tradition and ensures the driver is comfortable. The seats are supportive, and the cabin materials look and feel rich. Also, the Wrangler’s style is iconic, and no other SUV can match it.
However, the Wrangler has some flaws, like being a stiff ride and having a lot of wind noise in the cabin. Rival SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner and the Subaru Forester offer a more relaxed ride. Besides that, the 2020 Wrangler is still a great SUV, with tech and luxury to match its off-road chops.
Let’s find out more about the 2020 Wrangler and why it’s one of the best offroading SUVs.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Has Better Performance Than Most Of Its Peers
Under the hood, a 3.6-liter V-6 produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission powers the engine, and there is four-wheel drive. Also, Jeep has an 8-speed automatic for drivers that can’t work with manual. There’s an optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 that has better fuel economy and produces 270 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque.
Both engines get an automatic stop/start system, and some models have a mild-hybrid system on the two gas engines. Known as “eTorque,” it uses batteries to help with low-speed acceleration and smoother stop/start operation.
There’s no doubt the Wrangler is in another class regarding off-road handling. No SUV can rival it, especially the Rubicon trim and its 33-inch tires and lockable differentials. However, due to its solid-axle suspension and old-school steering, many drivers struggle with everyday steering and handling. The brake pedal travel is long and great for modulation off-road but could be better for daily driving.
According to Jeep, the 3.6-liter V6 allows the Wrangler to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. The optional eight-speed automatic transmission works better with this engine, shifts smoothly, and always seems to be in the right gear.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Has A Luxurious Interior With A Good Amount Of Space
Even though the interior has many controls, the layout is refreshingly intuitive. The driving position is decent, but there’s a good range of adjustments from the seat and steering wheel.
The only flaw with the cabin is that it lacks shoulder and legroom compared to rivals. Also, the Wrangler isn’t that generous when it comes to passenger comfort. The designers shaped the front seats well and ensured they were cozy on long trips. On the other hand, the rear seats are flat and firm, but they recline a bit.
The Wrangler isn’t a comfortable ride compared to most SUVs in the off-road segment. The body-on-frame design that gives the Wrangler its ready-for-anything personality plays a huge role in making the car a bumpy experience. The boxy design and large tires create wind and road noise, though the cabin is quieter than in previous Wranglers.
There’s a decent amount of cargo space, but it’s smaller than what the Subaru Forester offers. However, the rear seats fold flat, allowing the owner to carry extra stuff. Up front, there are few places to store small items, and the door pockets are shallow nets.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Has Many Advanced Infotainment Features
Regarding infotainment and smartphone integration, the Wrangler is a step ahead. The optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system is one of the best interfaces in the industry. It offers clear visuals and quick responses. The vehicle’s charging ports are plenty, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.
Regarding safety, some models have a variety of features, while some only have the bare minimum. The main features that most trims have are systems like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors.
Overall, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is what the Jeep brand is all about. Its exterior design is similar to the first-generation models, but now as a four-door model. Apart from being an off-road beast, the car can still be humble on the highway and agile in the city. For those who want an off-road vehicle that can still commute daily, the Jeep Wrangler might be what you’re looking for.
Sources: Jeep, Cars U.S. News, Edmunds