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You'll Like The 2010 Jeep Wrangler If...

Whether you’re an off-road enthusiast, an occasional camper or just a city slicker with a back-country mindset, the rugged yet refined 2010 Jeep Wrangler is sure to please.

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For off-roading Wrangler enthusiasts, the 2010 model’s extra five inches in width over the previous generation may take some getting used to. Back in town, the more livable Wrangler still isn’t as buttoned down as SUVs like the Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser.

What's New

All Wrangler models now include tow hooks, a new dome light, fog lamps, a compass, an outside temperature readout and a fuel saver indicator light, while the base two-door Sport receives a new full-length floor console and cloth seats. Jeep has also made improvements to the Sunrider soft top making it less cumbersome to remove.

Interior Features

If the addition of niceties like power windows, power locks and a navigation system has you worried that the Wrangler has gotten soft, you’ll be happy to know that the changes inside are as evolutionary as the changes outside. They’re big improvements to be sure – with higher quality materials and more contemporary styling than previous Wranglers – but the rugged, purpose-built feel remains. Unlimited (four-door) models offer seating for five, which is a first for any Wrangler. Interior color options include gray or khaki and the exterior color carries into the cabin via the door panels. The additional five inches of width make for a noticeably roomier passenger cabin.

Exterior Features

In proper Jeep fashion, the 2010 Wrangler’s doors (full-framed or half) are still removable, its windshield is still foldable and the hinges and latches are still exposed. The familiar signature seven-slot grille and round headlamps present a face as distinctive and recognizable as any on the road. Still, while the newest Wrangler’s styling is instantly familiar and every bit as rugged as its decade-old predecessor’s, it’s also decidedly more contemporary. Wrangler veterans will appreciate the bigger tires and additional ground clearance, but may decry the extra five inches in width while negotiating tight trails – and the absence of easily replaceable bumper caps at the ends of those trails. Roof options include two soft tops and a nifty three-piece hardtop. The first-ever four-door Wrangler rides on a wheelbase that’s 20.6 inches longer than that of the traditional two-door.

Driving Impressions

That the 2010 Jeep Wrangler so effortlessly delivered us from our starting point in the middle of the notorious, boulder-strewn Rubicon Trail back to the striped pavement of civilization did not surprise us. The Wrangler is rich with new and improved hardware – and software – that renders it even more capable than its predecessors; and that’s saying something, considering the previous generation was already one of the most accomplished off-roaders in the world. Still, we were impressed by the uncanny ease with which the Wrangler traversed massive rocks and by the sheer solidity of its three skid plates. One feature we appreciated most is the electronic throttle, which allows for smooth throttle application in low range. Owners of previous Wrangler models will notice a markedly smoother and quieter ride which, once off trail, transforms the Wrangler from a weekend plaything into a viable everyday vehicle.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Jeep Wrangler’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $22,000 and can approach $38,000 when fully equipped. To make your best deal, be sure to check our Fair Purchase Prices, which reflect real-world selling prices in your area. Competitors include the Nissan Xterra and Toyota’s FJ Cruiser, both of which offer more creature comforts but less overall off-road capability than the Wrangler, not to mention a removable top. In terms of resale value, we expect the 2010 Jeep Wrangler lineup to perform better than the Xterra and the the FJ Cruiser.

Notable Equipment

The least expensive Jeep Wrangler comes with Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly part-time four-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, soft top, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/ audio system with MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, cloth seats, three skid plates, 16-inch steel wheels, full metal doors with roll up windows, front airbags and electronic stability and traction control systems including rollover mitigation. In addition to four doors, the base Wrangler Unlimited gets a height-adjustable driver’s seat and air conditioning.

Notable Options

Some of the Wrangler’s more significant optional equipment includes a three-piece hardtop, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, two-tone leather seating, Uconnect hard drive-based navigation and digital audio system, remote start, six-disc CD changer, front side-impact airbags and a variety of off-road hardware, the toughest of which come standard on Rubicon models.

Favorite Features

Electronic-Disconnecting Sway BarWhen rocks on the trail turn into boulders, the Wrangler’s front stabilizer bar disconnects at the push of a button for increased wheel travel.Three-Piece HardtopThe Wrangler’s hardtop now features panels above the driver and front passenger that can be removed independently and stored in the vehicle, allowing for more spontaneous exposure.

Under the Hood

All 2010 Jeep Wranglers are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine mated with either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. From there, power is distributed through a two-wheel-drive system (available on four-door models only) or one of two part-time four-wheel-drive systems, both of which include a two-speed transfer case. The beefier Rock-Trac system features a 4.00:1 low-range gear ratio (versus 2.72:1 for Command-Trac) and is standard on Rubicon models, which also feature beefier axle sets and locking differentials front and rear. Electronic brake-lock differentials help get power to the loaded wheels by braking spinning wheels. A limited-slip rear differential is upgradeable to a locking rear differential. Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models can tow up to 2,000 and 3,500 pounds, respectively.3.8-liter V6202 horsepower @ 5200 rpm237 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 15/19 (4WD, manual), 15/19 (4WD, automatic)

Editors' Notes

The 66-year history of what has become America’s definitive off-roader – and an icon on the level of national treasures such as the Corvette and Mustang – began with a run of nearly 650,000 units built for use during the last world war. Distributed strictly for civilian enjoyment today, Jeep claims the percentage of Wrangler owners who take their vehicles off road is higher than that of any other brand. A short wheelbase, solid front and rear axles and renowned all-wheel-drive systems combine in a perennial favorite of rock crawlers, mudders and light off-roaders alike. The longest, widest and most livable design to date, the 2010 Jeep Wrangler continues to enjoy a wide and deeply loyal audience.

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Jeeps are really great vehicles for a family all around. They are super fun to ride around in and you can continuously take them apart and put them back together just like legos. Overall if you maintain your Jeep you shouldn't see many problems. If you purchase a Jeep with a soft top, your ride around town will be very noisy, especially once you get on the freeway, but if you purchase a Jeep with a hard top it's just like any other car sound wise. They ride kind of rough compared to most cars but that is something they are built to do since they are offloading vehicles. If you take your Jeep offloading often it is important to keep an eye on things to ensure that everything is still in place and nothing was knocked loose. The seats overall are pretty comfortable, however in a two door Jeep the backseat is very cramped and not easy for access if you have small children that require car seats and the trunk space of the two door is also very limited. In a four door the backseat area is very spacious and easy to have access too and there is plenty of trunk space for groceries or whatever you may need to put back there. In terms of taking the top off, both ways can be pretty tough, but newer Jeep models have made it to where it is easier to remove the top. A hard top you typically have three pieces to remove which you just unclip and store in a safe place and a soft top you have to remove the three plastic windows in the back and unclip the front and push it all the way back until it lays flat. Jeep s are not the best vehicles if you are looking for good gas mileage, but what they do get is pretty decent compared to how bad some other cars can be. The older Jeeps like mine do not have as many features as the newer ones do today, but you can easily add whatever you want to them.

- Megan C

No matter what, I love my Jeep wrangler. It puts you in the great outdoors.

2010 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep wranglers are great vehicles for any person that does not need all the fancy add-ons. I love the option of taking the top off, taking the windows out (mine is a soft top), opening up the front panel like a sunroof. It does leak when there is a lot of rain which can make for a moldy smell in the vehicle at times. This is not a quite vehicle to ride in and sometimes can be annoying when traveling at higher speeds and/or long distances. My Jeep is on 33" tires, so this makes for a little rougher ride than one on normal tire sizes, but I love the look the big tires give and I can go nearly anywhere. I have even had it in a hurricane (which I do not advise). I do have to keep a check on my oil level as it has a leak, but the Jeep is almost nine years old. I have only had it for three, but I love it despite some of the drawbacks. These vehicles are known for heater issues and it is not typically an easy or inexpensive fix. The whole dash has to come out to fix the problem and it can be in excess of $1200. 00. You have to love the Jeep life in order to truly appreciate this vehicle.

- Kathy B

Smooth and comfortable, all the reasons you will absolutely Love your Jeep

2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport

I bought my Jeep wrangler as a second owner. It has a manual transmission and 4 wheel drive. Soft top which I absolutely love in the warm months. Most people think they are cold in winter but that could not be further from the truth. It gets and stays very warm. My Jeep is 4 door which is exactly what I was looking for to be able to transport my family around comfortably. It is good on gas as far as Jeeps go and has been completely reliable. I have an android head unit installed with all the upgrades and GPS with front and rear backup cameras. It rides very well and when I have taken people for a ride they always seem surprised that it rides so smoothly. I have never regretted my purchase and would highly encourage anyone thinking of buying one to choose the Jeep Wrangler Sport unlimited.

- Sheila P

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