No doubt about it, the Jeep Wrangler is a fun vehicle to drive. Not so fun is the 12 mpg that we clocked when driving the Jeep. That is why we were happy to hear that Jeep is actually in talks to make changes to the beloved brand. Changes that most Jeep purists will not be happy about.
To improve gas mileage when the new one hits in 2017, Jeep is considering a lighter body, more transmission gears or a smaller engine.
The current Wrangler is rated at 17 miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, for either the automatic transmission or the manual. The four-door version gets slightly less.
Wrangler is running into the problem that has bedeviled other models. On one hand, it has to be true to its heritage. On the other, it has to fend off imitators that may win hearts of buyers even if they aren’t as capable where it counts. In this case, it’s on the trail.
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