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The ragtop Jeep Wrangler is one of the most popular vehicles you will see driven in California. During our trip, in order to be like the cool kids, and take full advantage of the warm San Diego weather, the husband rented a brand spanking new 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV Review

The white, 4-door, Jeep Wrangler Sport was fitted with a black soft convertible top. The convertible top was one of the reasons we chose to rent this vehicle versus any of the other available cars on the lot. Also, our daughter loves convertibles. Any mention of convertible, Mini Me is all smiles.  While in San Diego, she loved for us to roll back the top when we cruised down the San Diego highways, taking in the sun, and letting the wind blow through our hair.  It made each ride enjoyable and fun. In fact, our daughter would throw her hands up in the air as we drove the California Highways.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV Review

Although having the top down on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport was one of the “cool” things to do, it was also one of the hardest. Lots of patience is needed to separate the foldable sunroof panel from the frame. It took my husband and his friend well-over 10-minutes to get it down. This made the soft top a little less appealing. But guess who it didn’t bother? If you guessed Mini Me, you are correct. She did not mind because the top could go down; however, there were things us adults did mind.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV Review

The husband felt like driving the Jeep was akin to driving a tank. He felt the handling was stiff, and had poor turning radius. I agree. One thing we both liked about the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport was how quickly it moved. We owe that to its 3.6-liter V6 engine good for 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It felt a lot better and more natural picking up speed in this versus my 2014 Chevy Equinox.

The Jeep Wrangler [Rubicon] was one of my dream vehicles. I have an affinity for SUV’s. I also love the Jeep Wrangler for its ruggedness, but I had my doubts on how practical it would be for me as someone with a family.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV Review
Grandma loved it, too!

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport was surprisingly a comfortable ride. It has a roomy backseat with plenty of legroom. Our luggage fit in the trunk well without any issues. However, in order for me to consider it a great family vehicle, it needs to have a multitude of safety features, which the Jeep Wrangler Sport lacks.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV Review

Every 2016 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control and front airbags; however, front side airbags are optional. I did not like that the Jeep Wrangler did not have a rearview camera, and one isn’t offered. I guess with the big tire at the back, it isn’t practical having one there.  Also, there are no additional parking aids. I would have liked that the Jeep Wrangler had a blind spot mirror or indicator, too.  In a car crash, the soft top does not protect you should the Jeep rollover.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV Review

Although we had fun cruising in the 4-door 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport SUV while visiting places like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego, we, unfortunately have to eliminate it as one of the SUVs in the running to replace our 2014 Chevy Equinox. As a family of three, with plans to expand, safety is our number one priority and concern when choosing a new vehicle. The Jeep Wrangler, in that sense just does not cut it. It’s a great car for looking cool, but we are passed that phase. We hope that in the future that the Jeep brand will add additional safety features to keep up with the times without sacrificing the ruggedness for which the Wrangler it is known.

What do you think of the Jeep Wrangler Sport?

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  • Eva

    That soft top would worry me too. I was just in one, off road, and depending on the terrain, rollover may actually be a reality sometimes. I didn’t drive, but it looked like it would be fun.

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  • I like Jeeps, but don’t think they are the automobile for me. My brother has a custom Wrangler. It’s really cool. I agree with the need for more safety features – especially the back-up camera.

  • Outdoorsy Diva

    Great review. I agree the Meep Wrangler can be fun. We rode in one to go off roading in the mountains in Utah but it’s definitely not a vehichle I would recommend for young families.

  • Tiffany Heard

    Ive never driven a jeep before! Im like your daughter i like to have the top down so i can feel the wind in my hair, but I would hate having to take 10 min to bring it down. I agree safety is #1 in any vehicle..

  • Jonna

    OMG this Wrangler is absolutely adorable. As a teenager I wanted one of these, and I really like the white color. Great review!

  • iluv2globetrot

    Nice review! I’ve never driven a jeep before but have always been curious. This was perfect.

  • Tryphena Wade

    Thanks for the review! I live in NYC so there’s not much need for a Jeep but it seems like a great car for road trips and ocean drives! I’ll have to check into it next time I’m on a long drive!

  • I’ve been looking at this car lately, so I’m glad you did a review. While the car is very cute, I definitely don’t want to feel like I’m driving a tank.

  • Yes! I’ve always wanted to drive a Jeep. I had no idea you can rent these.

  • Kemkem

    Awesome and fair review. My friend had one. I loved it, but l did think the comfort in the city was a little bad, really stiff, but that was many years ago and l’m sure it’s better now. Off road though, it was amazing. I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee and loved it so much, so much 🙂

  • Great review. I have been going back and forth about Jeeps but I heard that they weren’t great in gas mileage. Maybe as a second car?

  • Melissa Velazquez

    This was a really great review. I love looking at the Wrangler. There’s just something really magnetic about it’s appeal but it’s really good to know what’s under the roof and hood!