The Jeep is the vehicle in the ever-expanding family that most resembles the rugged no-frills, go-anywhere, a do-anything ethos of the World War II original. Powertrain updates are welcomed by Wrangler loyalists, but the interior and exterior changes that move the vehicle’s character toward civilization too rapidly are viewed with suspicion and even outright rejection. It had happened when the company replaced the CJ Series in 1987!
What body style should you choose?
Wranglers come in two body styles, the basic two-door, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. Both are propelled by a 3.6-liter V-6 (285 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque), sending torque to all four wheels via a six-speed manual (standard) or five-speed automatic transmission. Powertrain choices include multiple four-wheel-drive systems that range from capable to sophisticated and stock ground clearance ranges from 8.3 to 10.0 inches. A broad array of Jeep and Mopar accessories is available to enhance all-terrain capabilities and appearance.
What is new?
With an all-new Wrangler on the horizon for 2018, the current edition moves into the 2017 model year with only minor updates: LED head- and fog lamps will be added for ’17 Wranglers, as standard on Sahara and Rubicon trims and optional on Wrangler Sport and Sport S. Sport S and Rubicon models also add an optional cold-weather package that includes 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2 tires, an engine-coolant heater, heated seats, a power convenience group (heated power mirrors, one-touch power windows, power locks, keyless remote entry), and heavy-duty all-weather floor mats.
Roomy and spacious
Cargo space is quite generous in the Unlimited, and acceptable in two-door models. The rear seat can be folded down, but it doesn’t create a flat load floor when collapsed. It can also be removed entirely for large items. The two-door has 56.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seat in place and folded, but it has only 12.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seat up. Those numbers increase to 71.6 and 31.5 cubic feet, respectively, in the Unlimited, which obviously make it more useful.
Should you buy it?
From its World War II origins, the Jeep has always been about go-anywhere capabilities, and its civilian ancestors have perpetuated and amplified that fundamental trait. Its body-on-frame construction is the right prescription for resisting off-road punishment, and available features such as underbody skidplates, rigid front and rear axles with locking differentials, hill-descent control, the ability to electronically disconnect the front anti-roll bar, ample ground clearance, short wheelbases, and approach and departure angles designed for serious rock-crawling make the Wrangler a champ in terrain that would rip the guts out of lesser SUVs.
As is with every car, it is necessary to weigh its pros and cons before you decide to invest in it.
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