The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL is the perfect example of how a 4×4 vehicle can be done right. The redesigned Jeep Wrangler was originally introduced in 2018, and in 2019, the vehicle receives a couple of updates mainly intended to make it more comfortable.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL still sports a solid set of axles, various roof designs which are all removable, and that reimagined design which has made the Wrangler so popular. We especially like the Sunrider soft-top roof, which is easy to remove but also provides more options other than just lowering and raising it. You can control how much it opens and closes to let in just the right amount of airflow, and sun. However, there is a lot more ground to cover before you decide if the Jeep Wrangler JL is the vehicle for you! However, with these updates can it be made a daily driver? That’s the question we’ll attempt to answer in addition to many others that people reading this may have before considering the Wrangler JL.
Test Driving The 2019 Wrangler JL
Right of the bat the first thing people who have driven the older JK will notice is that it that the newer model is more responsive. The steering feels more polished, softer and far easier to deal with than the previous model. All of that is even though the front axle still has that sawing response which is hard to explain, but you’ll know when you’ve felt it. Some see it has charming while others feel as though it is a bug with the design. That said it has no bearing on the improved ride quality and its much better visibility making it easier to use the Wrangler as a daily driver as opposed to reserving it for weekend getaways.
The 3.6-liter V6 6-speed transmission, with 17-inch alloys, and all-season tires make driving the Wrangler a dash better than its predecessor. This time around the vehicle performs better on long highway drives, mainly because of the new comfort centric updates. However, in our opinion, there was nothing really wrong with the 2018 Wrangler, but the minor updates are certainly welcome.
Also, standard is the skid plates, fog lights, hill start assist, height adjustable seat, backup camera, cruise control, a touchscreen infotainment system, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, and an 8-speaker rather good sounding system.
The new JL is a more capable machine for off-roading compared to its predecessors. It has the ability to go places where you’d think only a helicopter or a horse can reach. Even if you opt for the Sport model, it is a formidable mountain goat, though the ultimate power off-road can be had with the Rubicon with its mechanical reinforcements making it one of the toughest off-roaders today. However, if you are in the market for a Wrangler, we’d recommend that you try the standard V6 as well as the new 4-cylinder turbo engine model, neither of these comes with any compromises, but some might like the turbo owing to the extra torque it produces and a dash better fuel economy.
Inside the Wrangler has improved with the use of quality materials offering better comfort, and a lot of other little stuff which goes a long way to make riding in the car a better experience. The most improvements have been made to the back seats. The U-connect touchscreens are user-friendly and a welcome addition to the Wrangler JL. Sitting in the back is more comfortable, there is better leg and headroom. It is so good that we’d almost not want to drive the car but instead sit in the back and enjoy the ride.
The Jeep Wrangler JL comes with only side and front airbags. These aren’t curtain airbags. The rearview camera and the addition of stability control make handling the Wrangler safer. Plus, Forward collision warning and active blind spot monitoring are also available but optional except for on the Sport version. Interestingly, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL has yet to be crash tested by a third party.
Right now the Wrangler JL is available with two different engine configurations one is with a 3.6-liter V6 producing 285 HP, and a substantial 260 lb-ft of torque and the other is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 270 HP and a stronger 295 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy for the 3.6-liter V6 is estimated at 17 mpg for city, 23 mpg for highway and a mere 19 combined. However, if you get the optional eight-speed it delivers a slightly better 18mpg within the city, 23mpg on the highway and 20mpg combined.
The 2.0-liter engine delivers 23 mpg, 25 mpg and 24 mpg for highway, city and mixed driving respectively.
One of the biggest draws of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL is its excellent off-road capacities, driving experience, improved comfort, and distinctive style. The new clever roof choices and the fact that the wrangler can go anywhere makes it a desirable machine. However, the Wrangler JL despite improvements to mechanics and interior isn’t a daily driver, sure some may be able to bear its mechanical priorities for a certain length of them, but this is in every sense of the word an off-roader.
If you’re interested in buying the Wrangler JL make sure to drive the Sahara and the Rubicon or a Sports S and compare them against each other. That said this is still a machine for serious off-roaders and not for someone looking for a fancy crossover with good daily driving mechanics and occasional off roading grunt.