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Newest Jeep Wrangler comes with much-needed improvements

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    The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

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    The open roof of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

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    A look at the engine of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

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    A look at the GPS controls on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

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The Jeep Wrangler has a few flaws, but when I put the top down under sunny northwest Ohio skies or shifted into four-wheel drive and zipped through a rutted, sandy field, dust billowing behind me in a swirling cloud, I hardly noticed.

Wrangler buyers generally know what they’re getting into. And if they don’t, a few minutes in the vehicle is quickly going to tell them. It isn’t the smoothest ride, it doesn’t get the best fuel economy, it’s not as quiet as other sport utility vehicles, and the two-door model doesn’t have a ton of cargo space.

WATCH: Blade review of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Edition

But the Toledo-built Wrangler makes up for those shortcomings by being something special. It has history, it has machismo, it pokes convention in the eye and then drives right over the top of it. It is truly a vehicle unlike anything else on the road.

And the new Wrangler, fresh off its first redesign in more than a decade, is unquestionably the best one yet. The basic package looks the same, but everything underneath that boxy sheet metal is improved. 

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