2018 Jeep Wrangler first drive review: expectations defied Page 3

2018 Jeep Wrangler first drive, Tucson, Arizona

The Wrangler Unlimited’s 20-inch wheelbase gain over the 2-door pays dividends on pavement. Its ride is firm but composed, with far less side-to-side head rocking than the outgoing model. Our Sahara tester's hardtop with the sliding sunroof wasn't a major road noise culprit, although even the swankiest of Wranglers is hardly a silent highway companion.

Sure, Jeep could have lowered the Wrangler to meet fuel economy targets or even added removable spoilers for aero, but they took a more thorough approach that dilutes nothing and instead adds to the Jeeping experience.

Of course, now we’re expecting even more from the upcoming diesel and plug-in hybrids. Oh, and about that pickup...

Jeep provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.

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