2020 Jeep The Wrangler is one of the best all-terrain vehicles in the compact SUV class. It has an advanced infotainment system and a well-built and spacious cabin. In addition, it is available 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. But the engineers sacrifice the vehicle’s ruggedness and off-road performance to achieve this. The Wrangler is one of the few without this problem – it’s a go-anywhere, do-anything SUV.
Since its debut in 1987, the Wrangler has been a spacious and experienced off-road vehicle. Offroad 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 the Rubicon. This model had great features like large all-terrain tires and locking differentials.
The 2020 Wrangler continues this tradition and ensures driver comfort. The seats are supportive and the cabin materials look and feel rich. Plus, the Wrangler’s styling is iconic, and no other SUV can match it.
However, the Wrangler has some flaws, such as being a stiff ride and having a lot of wind noise in the cabin. Rival SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner and Subaru Forester offer a more relaxed ride. Other than that, the 2020 Wrangler is still a great SUV, with technology 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 off-road SUVs.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler performs better 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 gearbox powers the engine and there is four-wheel drive. Jeep also has an 8-speed automatic for drivers who can’t operate a manual. There’s an optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 that gets better fuel economy and produces 270 hp and 295 pound-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.
There’s no doubt that the Wrangler is in a different class when it comes to off-road handling. No SUV can compete with it, especially the Rubicon trim and its 33-inch tires and locking differentials. However, due to its solid axle suspension and old-fashioned steering, many drivers struggle with everyday steering and handling. Brake pedal travel is long and good for off-road modulation but could be better for everyday 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, shifting smoothly and always seeming to be in the right gear.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler has a luxurious interior with a good amount of space
Although the interior has many controls, the layout is refreshingly intuitive. The driving position is decent, but there is a good range of adjustments from the seat and steering wheel.
The only fault with the cabin is that it lacks shoulder and legroom compared to the competition. Also, the Wrangler isn’t that generous when it comes to passenger comfort. The designers shaped the front seats well and made sure they were cozy on long journeys. On the other hand, the rear seats are flat and firm, but they recline quite a bit.
The Wrangler is not 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 big part in making the car a rugged experience. The boxy design and large tires create wind and road noise, although the cabin is quieter than in previous Wranglers.
There’s a decent amount of cargo space, but it’s less than what the Subaru Forester offers. But the rear seats fold flat, which allows the owner to carry extra things. At the front, there are few places to store small items, and the door pockets are shallow mesh.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler has many advanced infotainment features
When it comes to 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 business. It provides clear images and quick answers. The vehicle’s charging ports are plentiful, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.
When it comes to security, some models have a variety of features, while others only have the bare minimum. The main features that most trims have are systems such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and the blind spot.
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. In addition to being an off-roader, the car can still be humble on the highway and agile in the city. For those who want an all-terrain vehicle that can still commute daily, the Jeep Wrangler may be what you’re looking for.
Sources: Jeep, Cars US News, Edmunds