Crossover & Midsize

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Doesn’t Suck on the Road

Everyone has heard the excuses not to buy a Jeep Wrangler. They’re too loud on the road, are bumpy, have a lousy gas mileage, etc. But that’s old news. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler has received updates to be better on the pavement to be a better daily driver. 

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is a good daily driver 

Back in the day, older Jeep Wrangler models were a little loud and bumpy on the pavement. However, in 2018, the new four-door Jeep Wranglers became more refined to provide more comfort on the road without taking away from off-roading power. 

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Now the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is currently the most comfortable Jeep Wrangler available. It borrowed a few aspects from the Grand Jeep Cherokee to provide a smoother performance. The guys from The Fast Lane Car help explain why. 

Jeep Wrangler construction for better performance 

With a walk around of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler with its height and chunky tires, you might feel skeptical about its performance. But the height, solid axles, and locking rear differentials can help with city driving. For example, you can clear curbs, no problem. 

That’s a joke, but the body on frame construction used to provide a bumpy ride in reality. If you hit a bump, the other tire was also affected. But with work to enhance the coil spring suspension, this isn’t a problem anymore. Plus, the sway bar and locking differentials help maintain a smooth ride. 

popular Jeep Wrangler off-road SUV driving at night with its lights on
2020 Jeep Wrangler

Another common complaint is that the Jeep Wrangler is loud on the pavement. It doesn’t exactly have an aerodynamic design, but new tops have improved how much wind noise enters the cabin.

While the soft top is the coolest because it automatically retracts, the hardtop is the quietest option. Jeep improved the cabin with more noise canceling materials and quieter engines too.  

With the touch of a button, the top retracts, allowing sunlight in. The windows and doors are also quick and easy to remove. In a matter of minutes, you can connect with nature and have the ultimate beach SUV. 

2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel in the canyons
2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel | Jeep

People also think that the Jeep Wrangler is small. That’s true for two-door options, but the four-door Jeep Wrangler has a huge back seat with plenty of legroom. There’s up to 72.4 cubic feet of cargo space too. You can fit large items and the kids in this SUV. 

Then, of course, everyone has heard that the Jeep Wrangler is terrible on fuel. But with the diesel engine, you can get up to 29 mpg. Plus, for serious off-roaders, the diesel engine is better for rock crawling and towing. 

Jeep Wrangler daily driving cons 

Now, the guys in this video have the $64k Jeep Wrangler. That’s pretty pricey. However, the base model starts around $28k. So, if you save with a lower trim, you won’t have the heated steering wheel and other bells and whistles for comfort. 

2020 Jeep Wrangler parked on mountain top
2020 Jeep Wrangler | FCA

The handling is still a little stiff, but this is a sizeable off-roading SUV. The Toyota 4Runner and other rivals could use some updating for a sportier ride as well. But the transmission has smooth shifts, and the braking is excellent. 

Also, the Jeep Wrangler still isn’t the best towing machine. It can only tow up to 3,500 lb, but if you have a larger camper to haul, then the Jeep Gladiator is better equipped to tackle those challenges.