Best-Looking SUVs of 2012: Jeep Wrangler
Showcasing an appearance that has seen few significant changes over the past 70 years, the Jeep Wrangler remains a classic amongst the best-looking SUVs of 2012. The Wrangler looks just like the highly capable rock-crawler that it is, boasting big off-road wheels, very vertical sides, exposed hinges and latches, flared wheel arches, and an undisguised front bumper. It all adds up to the kind of rugged good looks for which the SUV segments were originally known, and remember, owners also have a lot of leeway when it comes to modifying the Wrangler’s appearance: It offers removable hard and soft tops, removable doors, a fold-down windshield, and plenty of accessories from Mopar.
But while the outside of the Wrangler remains instantly recognizable, its current cockpit would shock Jeep owners from the early days. The fully modernized cabin features soft-touch materials, a clean and ergonomic switchgear layout, heated front seats, a premium seven-speaker sound system from Infinity, and the Chrysler Group’s award-winning Uconnect technology.
Jeep knows something about making the best-looking SUVs look even better, too, as evidenced by the many special-edition models that have been released. Among them: This year’s Wrangler Freedom Edition, created to honor members of the U.S. military. It includes a number of military-style graphics but just three available exterior colors—red, white and blue—but the best feature is the $250 contribution that Jeep will provide to military charities for each one purchased.