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Wranglers are masters at traversing over roads less travelled by, but they won’t always stay off the beaten path as a daily driver. That’s where Brandon Turkus from Motor Authority comes in. He wanted to see if the 2018 Wrangler JL has improved as a daily commuter compared to its predecessor.

Armed with a Rubicon Unlimited with a 6-speed manual gearbox and 3.6-liter V-6 engine, Brandon proceeded to put 267 miles of commute on the clock.

There’s much to love in the new Wrangler with its long list of equipment including a 7.0-inch instrument display, 8.4-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED lights, and both heated seats and steering wheel. While still sticking to its Wrangler roots, Jeep has made some very noticeable changes in the cabin.

Not only did the equipment get an update, but so did the Wrangler’s handling. There’s a new “sense of stability” thanks to the JL’s new electro-hydraulic steering rack, which requires less driver input when moving at speed. Then there’s the JL’s lineup of engines with a 2.0-liter mild hybrid system and diesel option on the way.

Of course the Wrangler is not perfect and we wouldn’t expect it to be, but these small niggles may cause irritation to some. Fuel economy is not the best and hitting that 17-mpg figure may be a challenge, the ride could be more comfortable, wind noise is noticeable, smaller front windshield affects field of vision, and a few other complaints can be found in Brandon’s review.

Let us know what you think of the new Wrangler JL as a daily driver.
 

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From the start I always thought they should have been using more aluminum but at this rate it seems we'll be in for a long wait before they consider it again. The only other thing we'll see to improve power to weight ratio is an increase of power and torque via a hybrid powertrain.
 

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Yeah I've heard a bunch of complaints already in regards to the smaller windshield. Not sure why Jeep thought it was a good idea to reduce your visibility, and apparently its quite a noticeable difference when driving in comparison to the JK. Wonder if there are any owners on here who feel differently.
 

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Its a trade off to all the good things we got this time around.
The JL's have a lot going for themselves so I can imagine that over time people will get used to slightly different everyday changes like this.
 

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Not just the size, I think there were some complaints of the rake as well compared to the previous gen. Personally barely notice it at all and it's better for aerodynamics as well, so no complaints here. The windshield thing is just down to personal preference. Wind noise is more of a problem when driving on the freeway.
 

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Interesting that in his 250+ miles he never once noted any issues with the UConnect system. Its unfortunate to see such poor numbers with fuel economy, as that'll certainly be a factor for those considering a new JL. Wind noise has been prevalent in every Jeep model, they just aren't built aerodynamically. It gets even worse once you start adding aftermarket accessories like light bars.
 

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I feel differently. Our TJ windshield is tiny compared to the JL. We just traded in a 18JKRR for the 18JLUR and it is superior in every way. Nothing listed on the complaints is worth even considering once you're driving the JL. They are just minor differences maybe but this JL is a significant step up in the Jeep evolution.
 

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I feel differently. Our TJ windshield is tiny compared to the JL. We just traded in a 18JKRR for the 18JLUR and it is superior in every way. Nothing listed on the complaints is worth even considering once you're driving the JL. They are just minor differences maybe but this JL is a significant step up in the Jeep evolution.
It sure is and I bet its a big enough difference that it will do some damage to JK prices if it hasn't already. I hope anyone who had a JK sold it well before the JL came out.
 

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Jeep is one brand that really holds its resale value, so I don't think the new JL will have a huge impact on the prices of the JK. For all we know they will increase in value as they wont be in production much longer. Glad to hear that the complaints are nitpicking, as I haven't had the chance to sit in a new JL yet.
 
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