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in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,790 - $31,043
Original MSRP: $22,045 - $33,770
MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Interior

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According to reviewers, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler has a cabin that can handle both off-road and metropolitan trips thanks to its washable interior, more comfortable seats and upscale feel.

  • "The cabin is reasonably quiet, and for the price, this well-appointed small ute is very comparable and competitive in this segment. It would be more than up for Sunday brunch or taking the retriever to the vet." -- AutoWeek
  • "Inside, an interior overhaul has moved this 4x4 up a few rungs of the sophistication ladder. It's a delicate ascent, as Wrangler still wants to have all of its rugged appeal but still attract people who enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as a well-made dash and comfortable seats." -- The Detroit News
  • "The new interior, introduced in the 2011 model, provides pleasant surroundings, although you can't escape the roll bars and other utilitarian fittings. Jeep people brag that you can still hose out the interior, which has drain plugs in the floor, though nobody in his right mind would turn the hose on the dash or the cloth seats, no matter how dirty." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Seating

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler’s seats can accommodate buyers who want a cabin that can withstand the elements and ones who want an interior that’s comfortable enough for commuting. All trims come with cloth seats and a removable rear bench seat. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available on the Sahara and Rubicon trims. 

Overall, test drivers find that the front seats are comfortable, and that the driver has great outward visibility. Test drivers who climb in the back seat, however, complain that it is uncomfortable, and mention that getting back there is a hassle in two-door models.

  • "The seating position is good, the view out that flat front windscreen is excellent, and the suspension tuning manages to be comfortable without being wallowy, a good thing in a high-riding vehicle with gobs of suspension travel." -- Road and Track 
  • "The front seats are reasonably comfortable, though short in the thighs. Jeep officials concede the point but say they had to be short to move far enough forward for rear-seat access in the two-door." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Of course, sitting in the back of the Wrangler remains an uncomfortable experience and just getting back there can be a hassle. (This explains why the four-door Wrangler Unlimited continues to outsell the Wrangler two-door.)" -- The Detroit News 

Interior Features

Reviewers say the 2012 Jeep Wrangler’s interior is a nicer place to be now that it has less hard plastic and more interior features. Still, some reviewers are hoping for more thoughtful updates. For example, the removable doors have power door locks, but reviewers wish they also had power window controls.

The Wrangler comes with a basic six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and a tilt steering column with speed and audio controls. Air conditioning is optional. The Sahara trim adds air conditioning, power door locks and windows and satellite radio. The Rubicon trim takes away some of the features available on the Sahara, such as power doors and windows, but keeps satellite radio, and power windows are optional. A USB connection is also available.

  • "My test vehicle still included the old-generation 6.5-inch color touch screen with chunky buttons down each side, but this system is better than last year. It took only a few minutes to get the speakers mounted on the roll bars and cranking out tunes." -- The Detroit News
  • "Gone are the nearly concrete-hard surfaces that pained our elbows on long trips. They've all been replaced with softer materials, chrome accents and thoughtful places to stash your stuff. Heated seats are now available, too. The Wrangler became almost ... luxurious." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "There are a couple details we'd love to see change in future Wranglers, though. Now that there are power lock switches on the (still removable) doors, it would be nice to have the power window controls put there, too, instead of on the center stack. We'd also like to see an upgraded navigation system." -- Truck Trend

Cargo

The amount of cargo space available in the base Jeep Wrangler depends on how you configure it. Behind the rear seats, there’s 17.15 cubic feet of space available, but with the rear seat folded, that number increases to 56.5. If you choose to remove the rear seat completely, there’s 61.2 cubic feet of space.

The Wrangler Unlimited has more cargo space: 86.75 cubic feet with the rear seat folded, and 46.43 cubic feet with the rear seats in use.

Overall, reviewers think the Wrangler offers a generous amount of space for whatever outdoor equipment you might need, and has a few helpful cubbies, like one on the dash that can hold your camera or phone and a lockable floor console.

  • "The previous-generation Jeep Wrangler TJ had a handy top-of-dash cubby. We'd throw sunglasses, our point-and-shoot camera or even the office parking card up there. But when Jeep introduced the new JK Wrangler in 2007, that dashtop cubby was gone, replaced with a flat, hard surface. Well, for 2012 they brought back that storage space — and made it much larger too. In fact, we drove the whole Rubicon with our camera on the dash within easy reach. It was just like the old days." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "The four-door gets the same seats, along with a big back seat area and a huge cargo space out back that can nearly be doubled if you fold the rear seats." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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