2019 Jeep Wrangler – Motor Trend SUV Of The Year

July 31st, 2020 by

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler ushers in a new era for the legendary SUV, and people are taking notice. That includes Motor Trend, who named the 2019 Jeep Wrangler its SUV of the Year. With style, capability, and and impressively improved comfort, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler stands out for all the right reasons. Below we’ll be taking a look at what led Motor Trend to choose the 2019 Jeep Wrangler as its SUV of the Year.

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Wrangler: SUV Of The Year

The Jeep Wrangler has been a legend for decades. Millions of Americans have chosen the Wrangler for its distinctive style and unrivaled off-road capability. However, it could be a hard sell as a comfortable vehicle for a family. Not anymore. Motor Trend editors were especially impressed with the all-new Wrangler’s improvement on pavement, offering a much more comfortable ride than past generations. The extended wheelbase offers greater interior room and stability, while the addition of modern technology makes it just as comfortable on family trips as it is scaling mountains.

Safety is another area where the Wrangler improved drastically. With standard side airbags and a wide range of available safety features like blind spot monitoring and collision warning, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler keeps owners safe on the road. Motor Trend also praised its visibility, assisted braking, and overall maneuverability. Eschewing the crossover unibody for its rugged body-on-frame construction, the Wrangler uses high-strength steel construction for greater power, capability, and resilience.

Motor Trend judges improvement over the previous model heavily, and the 2019 Wrangler does not disappoint. Motor Trend praised the impeccable cabin construction and material quality, as well as the improved suspension as big factors in its award. Though it retains the rugged styling and capability of its predecessor, the new Jeep Wrangler can compete directly for the first time with more typical family crossovers.

Powertrain & Capability

The 2019 Wrangler is of course available with a V6 paired to either a manual or automatic transmission, but the real star of the powertrain lineup is the brand-new 2.0l turbo engine. Offering impressive gains in fuel economy, great power, and quick stop/start, the 2.0l truly impressed Motor Trend’s testers, saying, “The new engine isn’t impressive for a Wrangler-it’s just plain impressive. Markus called the Wrangler 2.0’s engine stop/start system ‘amazingly quick’ to restart, lauding it as ‘one of the best.'”

This is definitely high praise. The 2.0l engine only loses 15 horsepower compared to the V6, and offers increased torque. Not only that, but compared to the previous Wrangler model, a 2019 Wrangler equipped with the 2.0l turbo is a whopping 38% more fuel efficient. Motor Trend loved this engine paired to the new eight-speed automatic.

Of course, the Wrangler is also immensely capable off-road. The Rubicon is truly without compare on the market today when it comes to off-roading, and Motor Trend was also impressed with the combination of comfort and capability offered by trims like the Sahara. Whether you’re new to off-roading, an expert, or just want an SUV that’s truly unique, Motor Trend has good reason for calling the 2019 Jeep Wrangler as its SUV of the Year.


The Jeep Wrangler is probably the most iconic vehicle on the road today. Jeep has nailed this redesign in terms of style, comfort, capability, and value. Motor Trend was head-over-heels for this new version of the Wrangler, and we are too. The best way to get to know this unique SUV is to try one for yourself. So stop by the dealership at 1700 SE 16th St in Ames, IA, and we’ll be happy to get you out on a test drive. We can answer any questions you have about different models, financing, your trade-in, and more.

You can find the original Motor Trend article here.

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