While we’ve had several opportunities to drive a vehicle like the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara on snowy, icy terrain, opportunities like this are rare. We had the good fortune to attend the Rocky Mountain Redline Ice Encounter. This is an event that allows journalists to sample all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles on ice and snow.
I have limited experience with the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that was in the Jeep Wrangler Sahara; driven it in Moab, Utah – off-road, but never in winter conditions.
You have to remember that the Jeep Wrangler is basically a truck. The Wrangler has solid axles, a ladder frame and all of the proportions that many trucks once had. It is stiff, bulky and ponderous when you compare it to a modern crossover. It doesn’t drive like a car either. Nope, it’s a truck in nearly every measurable way, and that’s a good thing.
While it’s not exactly nimble, the Jeep dutifully goes where pointed, even in snow. It is easily able to move over and through snow, especially when equipped with snow tires (which our tester was).
It’s great with power, but if you turn off traction control and punch it, the turbo definitely can be felt when it spools up.