Certified Pre-Owned 2012 JeepWrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.6 SUV

  • VIN: 1C4BJWFG0CL132210
  • Stock: 11974AG
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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Odometer
72,972 miles
Fuel Economy
16.0/21.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SUV/5 seats
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V / 4 WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

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Infinity Premium Sound System 
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6-SPD
2012 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMTED RUBICON
1C4BJWFG0CL132210
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V
4 WHEEL DRIVE 
2012 Jeep Wrangler

I have a problem with the saying “It’s a Jeep thing; you wouldn’t understand.” Often asserted by hardcore Jeep fans, it’s part celebration, part explanation and part admonition. Sure, it’s a little bitchy and defensive, but that’s not why I object. The problem is that it’s outdated. No longer is there much to misunderstand about most Jeep models, from the Compass to the Grand Cherokee, whose sophistication compares more favorably to competitors. The saying should be, “It’s a Wrangler thing; you wouldn’t understand.” This I agree with. The legendary Wrangler off-roader is a singular entity. I understand it, as do many other rabid fans, but you might not.

A new drivetrain and recent upgrades make the 2012 Jeep Wrangler more appealing for the true believers — and maybe even some agnostics — but they won’t be enough to sway nonbelievers.

The Wrangler is available in two body styles: the two-door and the Unlimited four-door (see the specs). Both are convertibles, though it’s not always obvious to the casual observer because an optional removable hard top is available in lieu of the traditional soft-top. The three shared trim levels are the Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. The Unlimited adds a Sport RHD above the Sport. In the higher two versions, the fender flares and removable hard top are body-colored.

The Drivetrain Hat Trick


The Wrangler now comes with a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine, replacing a less powerful 3.8-liter V-6. Like the engine, the five-speed automatic comes from the Grand Cherokee, replacing the 2011’s four-speed. Jeep kindly continues to offer six-speed manual transmissions. See the two model years compared.

What does all this give you? The drivetrain hat trick: More power, higher efficiency and improved noise and vibration performance.

Jeep Wrangler Mileage
(EPA-estimated city/highway – combined)
 ManualAutomatic
2011 Wrangler and
Wrangler Unlimited
15/19 – 1615/19 – 17
2012 Wrangler17/21 – 1817/21 – 18
2012 Wrangler Unlimited16/21 – 1816/20 – 18

The rough old 3.8-liter V-6 produced 202 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 237 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The new 3.6 puts out 285 hp at 6,400 rpm and 260 pounds-feet at 4,800 rpm. The torque peak is now higher up the rev range, but there’s also more range to work with: The new engine’s redline is almost 1,000 rpm higher, at 6,600 rpm. There’s plenty of grunt at lower rpm to get the Jeep moving swiftly off the line and to scramble over obstacles that would put some SUVs in an early grave. All Wranglers come with standard part-time four-wheel drive, which means you can use rear-wheel drive in normal conditions, then activate four-wheel drive when it’s needed.

The regular Wrangler now hits 60 mph in about 8.4 seconds, down from roughly 11 seconds in the 2011 model. The transmission is also well-behaved, with only occasional hesitation, which is sometimes a problem among newer automatics with higher gear counts.

Odds Are You Won’t Understand


Now we get to the stuff most people won’t understand — aspects of the Wrangler most motorists would fairly view as inferiorities. Just stick with me … .

The Wrangler doesn’t ride smoothly. It has improved dramatically over the years and is more livable than ever, especially in the relatively new Unlimited version, thanks to its longer wheelbase. But there’s no overcoming its design and heavy-duty hardware. The Wrangler has non-independent front and rear axles that optimize suspension travel and thus offroad capability. Optional locking front and rear differentials and giant, aggressively treaded off-road tires (see the Rubicon trim level) make the Wrangler even more formidable in the wild — and less genteel on pavement.

Perhaps more than anything, the Wrangler illustrates the tradeoffs that accompany high ground clearance. You get your first taste when climbing in — and it definitely is climbing. Old-school SUV ride height combines with a shortage of grab handles to test your ground clearance. Tubular step rails, which are optional on lower trim levels and standard on the higher ones, aren’t much help: They’re nearly as high off the street as the cabin’s floor, with the apparent priority of clearing obstacles, not assisting passengers. They’re actually an obstacle for tall people because they widen the sills. In my time with the Unlimited Sahara, the steps proved most adept at collecting and transferring dirt and road salt to my pant leg.

You’d be better off with a step that splits the distance between the street and the interior — something you might find in the aftermarket.

Don’t Look Back


Once inside, you’ll find a high dashboard, which shorter drivers might not like. Thankfully, there’s a standard seat-height adjustment, and the steering wheel tilts, though it doesn’t telescope. Visibility is mixed: High ride height provides the usual eagle’s perch, but the rear view has one obstruction after another. The spare tire eats up much of the rear window, the rear wiper mechanism encroaches and the two backseat head restraints (which don’t fold down) also conspire to block your view.

Upgrades from the past couple of years have classed up the cabin, and the noise level in there is better than ever, though by no means class-leading. You’ll hear low-rev engine rumble, and the other sounds vary greatly depending on tire and roof choice.

The Unlimited’s longer wheelbase and extra doors make for a larger backseat than the regular Wrangler provides, but this model still reflects the norm for fully capable off-roaders: Large on the outside doesn’t always equal roomy on the inside.

The backseat is snug and it doesn’t slide forward and back as some do, and the backrests don’t recline. They do fold forward, however, in a remarkably simple single step. The head restraints are hinged to fold back and spring-loaded to return upright along with the backrest. (It would be nice if you could keep them down to improve the rear view.)

The cargo area is a similar story. The Wrangler has 12.8 cubic feet behind the backseat and 55 cubic feet when it’s folded. That’s well below four-doors like the Nissan Xterra’s 36.3/65.7 cubic feet and the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s 27.9/66.8 cubic feet. The Wrangler Unlimited compares more favorably at 31.5/70.6 cubic feet.

The Wrangler benefits from its square shape. The longer Grand Cherokee’s maximum cargo volume is 68.3. But respectable numbers don’t always reflect usable space. The Wrangler’s cargo floor is quite narrow due to large wheel wells and a small opening when the swing gate is open.

Rather than a conventional liftgate, the Wrangler has a swing gate to accommodate the spare tire, which swings out with it. Another off-roader tradeoff, the spare is back here so it doesn’t gobble more cargo area or ride under the chassis, where it would diminish the truck’s departure angle.

Again, because of the spare tire, the liftglass doesn’t raise independently until the gate is out of the way. And I’m surprised the gate swings toward the curb in this American vehicle; it forces you to load from the street side.

Safety


The Wrangler’s crash-test ratings are below average. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the two-door scored the highest rating, Good, in a frontal crash, but Poor (the lowest rating) in a side impact and Marginal for protection in a rear impact. This makes the Wrangler the worst performer out of 15 models in IIHS’ Small SUV class.

The Wrangler Unlimited is slightly better, with a Marginal side-impact rating, but it, too, places last in the IIHS’ Midsize SUV class when all three tests are considered — among 24 competitors.

The Wrangler hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it earned three stars out of five in the organization’s rollover rating, which indicates a higher-than-average center of gravity and greater rollover potential than most SUVs, which achieve four stars. Direct competitors, the Xterra and FJ Cruiser are also in the three-star club.

The Wrangler has standard frontal airbags and offers front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags as a stand-alone option. There are no side curtain airbags. As is required on all new cars as of the 2012 model year, the Wrangler has standard antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and traction control. A backup camera and blind spot warning system aren’t offered. See the full safety feature list here.

What Wrangler Fans Understand


Frankly, there’s a lot about the Wrangler for shoppers not to understand. Yet both body styles sell like mad, and their fans are simply mad about them. I happen to be one of them.

There are drivers who like to laugh at speed bumps, to get unmatched open-air driving and unassailable winter-weather performance in the same vehicle. These are people for whom activating (and deactivating) four-wheel drive by hand is not a drawback, but rather part of the experience. Anyone who doesn’t understand this — or manual transmissions, for that matter — can go to the auto mall, throw a Frappuccino in any direction and hit an alternative that does everything for you, and in some circumstances does it better. For the rest of us, there’s the Wrangler.

During most of the SUV revolution, models were based on trucks out of necessity. Now, most SUVs and “crossovers” are lighter — and lighter duty — and satisfy most buyers as well as the trucks did — or better. But there are still buyers who want the ruggedness and/or off-road ability. It’s fitting that these buyers are finding refuge in the Jeep brand. The Wrangler is a survivor. Its predecessor came to prominence in The Good War, and it has outlived its military successor, the Hummer, as a consumer product.

True, most Wranglers never tread on anything more challenging than a dirt road, but people buy them anyway. Likewise, most SUVs never tow trailers, many sports cars spend all their time in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I’ve met countless Americans who own a pickup truck so they can make one or two trips a year to the home store. People who park in glass garages … .

I’ll buy a Wrangler someday — probably the previous-generation, known as the TJ. The current generation, the JK, is too big for my needs, and a little too slick. Wranglers aren’t for everybody. If ever they are, I just won’t understand.

Highlighted Features

  • Split folding rear seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Security system
  • Alloy wheels
  • Heated door mirrors

Included Packages & Options

  • Radio: Uconnect 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV$1,035
    • 1-Year Sirius Travel Link Service
    • 40GB Hard Drive w/28GB Available
    • 6.5" Touch Screen Display
    • Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
    • GPS Navigation
    • Remote USB Port
    • SiriusXM Travel Link

Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • Air conditioning
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Illuminated entry
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power windows
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Front tires: 255/75SR17.0
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Rear tires: 255/75SR17.0
  • Wheel size: 17"
  • AM/FM radio: SIRIUS
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Speaker type: Infinity
  • Speakers: 7
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Front center armrest: w/storage
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Rear seats: split-bench
  • Rear seats Folding position: fold forward seatback
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Cylinder configuration: V-6
  • Drive type: four-wheel
  • Engine liters: 3.6
  • Engine location: front
  • Front locking differential
  • Fuel economy city: 16mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 21mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 22.5gal.
  • Horsepower: 285hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Limited slip differential: electro-mechanical
  • Number of valves: 24
  • Rear locking differential
  • Recommended fuel: Regular Unleaded
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Torque: 260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Variable valve control
  • Approach angle: 44 deg
  • Departure angle: 41 deg
  • Ground clearance (max): 267mm (10.5")
  • Ground clearance (min): 257mm (10.1")
  • Ramp breakover angle: 21 deg
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power door mirrors
  • Rear cargo: conventional
  • Skid plates
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 6
  • Compression ratio: 10.20 to 1
  • Engine bore x stroke: 96.0mm x 83.0mm (3.78" x 3.27")
  • Engine displacement: 3.6 L
  • Engine horsepower: 285hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque: 260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,877mm (73.9")
  • Exterior height: 1,798mm (70.8")
  • Exterior length: 4,684mm (184.4")
  • Front headroom: 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Front hiproom: 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Front legroom: 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,417mm (55.8")
  • GVWR: 2,471kg (5,448lbs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 3
  • Interior cargo volume: 892 L (31 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 1,999 L (71 cu.ft.)
  • Passenger volume: 2,914L (102.9 cu.ft.)
  • Payload: 405kg (892lbs)
  • Rear headroom: 1,026mm (40.4")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Rear legroom: 945mm (37.2")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,443mm (56.8")
  • Towing capacity: 1,588kg (3,500lbs)
  • Turning radius: 6.3m (20.6')
  • Wheelbase: 2,946mm (116.0")
  • Compass
  • Display: analog
  • Front fog lights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Integrated roll-over protection
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.6Out of 5
  • My 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited is Awesome!

    By Marc B on Monday, January 16, 2012

    5.0
    I really do love my 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. I have been so pleasantly surprised at how great it handles and the tork and power it has. I wish I could keep it but I've got to have a big vehicle with alot of extra storage space for my business as a contractor as well as a musician that has to haul drums,a keyboard and a small PA system. Putting the back seats down flat does give me plenty of room for my 5 pc. drum kit w/cases but not for the rest of my equipment. I just can't afford 2 car payments either. I love the way my Jeep looks inside, the great stereo, the incredible heat and air conditioning, comfortable seats, the grip of the steering wheel in my hands and especially the tough and rugged outside appearance yet with a touch of elegance with the silver hardtop and 18” alloy wheels. Plus I've always wanted a Jeep since I was about 17yrs.old. Oh well, anyway...no complaints. Oh,by the way, the miles I put on the vehicle are almost entirely highway miles that I would have to travel in my business. I'm just looking for a good home and grateful, conscientious owner like I've been for my Wrangler. I'm also gonna miss the hand waves and acknowledgments from all my fellow Jeep buddies as we drive down the road. If you already own a Jeep you know what I'm talking about. If not...welcome to the Family! : )
  • Rubicon Hard Rock

    By Dude on Sunday, October 27, 2019

    5.0
    The wrangler is everything I thought it would be and more. I will never not have one now. Yes there are better highway vehicles, I'ved owned many. I finally bought a soft top which made peeling the top back much easier this summer. It's even better with the doors off. The lift and tires just went on so we can tackle some bigger obstacles on the trails a little easier. It's been in the shop 1 time for the big air bag recall, but otherwise flawless.
  • Truly capable on and off roads.

    By KSmtnman on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    4.0
    I have taken my Jeep to Colorado twice and enjoyed both times so much I'm going back this year! The places you can go in the mountains are amazing to experience. I've never been stuck or had to be winched, it just drives right along. It looks amazing, timeless and rugged. There's no confusing it for a sports car, but it handles fine and I've never felt I was going to flip over. Performance is adequate. There's good pull off the line and to speed, but she's like a brick aerodynamically. Acceleration for passing is modest so plan ahead. Fuel mileage isn't what I'd hoped for, but I've averaged 17 mpg over the time I've owned it. That's right between the 15 City/19 Highway on the sticker, so I got what I paid for. There are some other issues. I was affected by the recall on the door locks. It was just annoying, not life threatening, and fixed under warranty. Sadly the dealer did not reinstall the door panel correctly and now it rattles. Hopefully they fix it at the next service. I also had to have the suspension bolts re-torqued under warranty. The only other complaint is that the interior plastic is too easily scratched. The door pulls, the floor console, and the trim on either side of the center console are all showing scratches, and I'm pretty gentle for a Jeep off-roader. Main point, Overall I Love It and am glad I bought it! No Regrets!!!
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