September 6

2022 Jeep Wrangler: Performance & Handling

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Looking for an off-road-worthy SUV in Plano, Texas? Then, you should come to Huffines CJDR Plano to check out the amazing 2022 Jeep Wrangler. With its potent engine and standard four-wheel drive, this Jeep is one of the most capable off-roaders in the midsize SUV segment. Although it’s primarily designed for hitting the trails, it can also deliver decent on-road performance. Let’s find out more about the performance and handling of the new Jeep Wrangler.

Engine Specifications

2022 Jeep Wrangler

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon by Greg Gjerdingen is licensed with CC BY 2.0

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler has five engine options for you to choose from. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This power plant returns the SUV to 20/25 mpg (city/highway). Next up is a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It feels more energetic than the base engine and delivers a maximum fuel-economy rating of 22/24 mpg.

If you prefer to own a diesel-powered Wrangler, go for the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. This unit serves up 260 horsepower and 422 lb-ft of torque and delivers up to 22/29 mpg. A 2.0-liter turbo-four plug-in hybrid engine is also good for 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can help you save substantially at the gas station with its impressive combined fuel-efficiency rating of 49 mpg-equivalent.

The most powerful engine in the lineup is found under the hood of the top-spec Rubicon 392. It’s a 6.4-liter V-8 that pumps out an incredible 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. While it significantly boosts the Wrangler’s performance, it causes fuel economy to drop to 13/17 mpg.

All five engines can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard across the board.

Performance

Your engine choice is the main factor affecting the performance of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler. The standard V-6 engine has plenty of power for your everyday driving activities and can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. You can pair this engine with the available eTorque mild-hybrid system for quicker acceleration and better fuel efficiency.

The turbo-four enables the Wrangler to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 8 seconds, while the turbodiesel is good for a sprint time of 7.5 seconds. This makes these two engines slower than the base unit. The plug-in hybrid powertrain provides excellent fuel economy and packs quite a punch in terms of performance, delivering an acceleration time of 6.8 seconds.

If you enjoy going for the occasional spirited drive or tackling extremely challenging terrain, you’ll be better off getting the Rubicon 392. This model can sprint from zero to 60 mph in a mind-blowing 4.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest midsize SUVs.

It’s also worth noting that the Jeep Wrangler can do some light towing. However, its towing capability varies depending on the two body styles you choose. A two-door Wrangler has a tow rating of 2,000 pounds, while a four-door Unlimited model can lug up to 3,500 pounds.

Handling

If you’re looking for a vehicle that strikes the right balance between comfort and off-road capability, the Jeep Wrangler is a great option. This SUV is a good daily commuter, thanks to its excellent drivability and composed road manners. Its accurate steering makes it easy to maneuver and park in tight quarters, while its well-tuned suspension ensures you’ll have a smooth ride. As such, you won’t mind driving this Jeep to and from work daily.

The Wrangler doesn’t disappoint on the open road, either. Due to its punchy engine, it has enough acceleration power to perform passing maneuvers and highway merges with ease. Also, it demonstrates excellent stability and poise at high speeds, around turns, and along twisty roads. When fitted with the plug-in hybrid or V-8 engine, this SUV is capable of delivering a fun driving experience.

Every Jeep Wrangler model is a remarkable off-road vehicle; this SUV truly shines when the pavement ends. They have solid axles and coil springs that enable them to articulate nicely over rough surfaces, and their body-on-frame construction is tough enough to withstand heavy off-road abuse. If you’re planning to do extreme off-roading, your best choice is the legendary Rubicon, which comes with a wide range of specialized off-road features.

This Jeep SUV comes standard with skid plates and offers options such as an upgraded four-wheel drive system, super-low-range gearing, heavy-duty shock absorbers, an electronic front sway-bar disconnect, locking differentials, and protective rock rails. Tires range from 31-inch all-season tires to 35-inch all-terrain tires. When fitted with the 35-inch tires, the Jeep Wrangler has a best-in-class ground clearance of 12.9 inches and a water-fording depth of 33.6 inches, enabling you to drive it just about anywhere.

Trim Levels and Prices

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler is a highly customizable SUV that comes in 11 trims: the base Sport, Sport S, Willys Sport, Willys, Sport Altitude, Sahara, Sahara Altitude, the off-road-oriented Rubicon, High Tide, High Altitude, and the range-topping Rubicon 392. This Jeep model’s starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price ranges from $29,995 for the Sport to $79,990 for the Rubicon 392.

While standard features may vary greatly from one trim to another, performance and off-road capability are relatively the same across most models. If you opt for the Sahara, Rubicon, or High Altitude, you have the option of getting the available plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the Rubicon 392 is exclusively equipped with the V-8 engine. Choosing the Willys or Rubicon gives you access to the Xtreme Recon package, which includes 35-inch all-terrain tires and a higher 4.56:1 axle ratio.

If you want to find out whether the 2022 Jeep Wrangler can meet your expectations, drop by Huffines CJDR Plano for a test drive. Our dealership has all the trims, color options, and packages for this awesome SUV, allowing you to customize it to suit your personal taste and preferences. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.


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