Few cars are more iconic than the Jeep Wrangler, which shares the same spirit of the Jeep CJ series and the Willys Jeep from World War II. It's meant to be a go-anywhere tool that can take you over rough terrain for work or for fun. The fact it's also a style statement for an active lifestyle is a side note.
Jeep may have tried to modernize the Wrangler in recent years with the V6 engine that powers recent Chrysler products and options like leather upholstery and navigation, but this isn't geared towards daily freeway commuters. The Jeep faithful wouldn't have it any other way, though.
For 2014, the Wrangler gets just some package tweaks.
The Wrangler's general appearance hasn't changed much since its 2007 redesign, and even that hasn't evolved greatly since World War II. That's fine, because the Jeep is more about ruggedness than anything else, and no one is going to mistake it for a soft-roader crossover vehicle, either. The two-door Wrangler means access to the cramped rear seat is tricky, and the swing-out tailgate reveals a tiny cargo area. Step-in height is pretty steep, too.
Once inside, the Wrangler has made a few concessions to progress. Power windows are available, as are heated front seats and (mostly) logical switchgear. But plastics are not of the soft-touch variety, and the driving position is less than comfortable for some drivers. Further, a Wrangler's off-road mechanical orientation means on-road progress is often uncomfortable and loud. The standard soft-top also lets in a lot of noise, so the optional hard-top could be a sensible choice.
Perhaps the best modernization of the current Wrangler resulted in the 3.6-liter V6 engine, with 290 horsepower. It's a good unit and moves the Jeep at a decent pace. A six-speed manual is standard, but most will probably be equipped with the five-speed automatic. All models have a low-speed transfer case; top-spec Rubicon models get a heavy duty version as well as locking differentials. Fuel economy is a mediocre 17/21 according to the EPA.
The Rubicon is the most serious Wrangler that adds most of the toys available on the Sahara and combines them with the most capable off-road tools. That includes 17-inch alloy wheels with special off-road tires, locking front and rear differentials, a feature that disconnects the front sway bar for better wheel articulation, and a beefed-up transfer case. Power windows, locks with keyless entry and power heated mirrors are bundled in the Convenience Group, and you can load up the Rubicon with the Connectivity Pack, a removable hard top, automatic transmission, leather seats, heated front seats, automatic temperature control and supplemental side airbags.
The Sahara adds more everyday convenience features to make the Wrangler more livable. These include power windows, 18-inch alloy wheels, a better Alpine audio system and more sound insulation. In addition to the Connectivity and Towing groups, the Sahara also offers a locking rear differential, removable hard tops in either black or body color, UConnect navigation with SiriusXM traffic, supplemental side airbags, automatic temperature control for the air conditioning, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
Sport models are relatively spartan but available with a number of options for those who want more than the most bare-bones Jeep. Still, it includes features such as 16-inch wheels, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, height adjustable driver's seat, removable soft top, fog lights, six-speed manual transmission and a six-speaker audio system with auxiliary input. Standalone add-ons include air conditioning, satellite radio, alloy wheels, a removable hard-top and the five-speed automatic transmission. The Connectivity Group gets you Bluetooth, USB connectivity and a trip computer, while a trailer tow group is also available.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Jeep Wrangler$29,985 | 1,093 mi
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$34,599 | 5,718 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler$26,899 | 8,156 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,499 | 29,301 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler$27,995 | 4,553 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$31,399 | 45,748 mi
2011 JEEP WRANGLER$20,994 | 36,032 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler$21,788 | 45,199 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler$22,533 | 35,064 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$22,977 | 12,781 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,995 | 45,563 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,981 | 44,301 mi
2010 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED$22,634 | 52,009 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$23,995 | 33,639 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,977 | 69,979 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler$26,788 | 12,784 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,957 | 64,303 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler$28,788 | 16,352 mi
2009 Jeep Wrangler$22,788 | 41,230 mi
2008 Jeep Wrangler$16,900 | 83,955 mi
2008 Jeep Wrangler$26,788 | 38,499 mi
2007 Jeep Wrangler$19,995 | 45,372 mi
2007 Jeep Wrangler$21,788 | 73,610 mi
2007 Jeep Wrangler$24,997 | 68,008 mi
2006 Jeep Wrangler$15,866 | 76,732 mi
2006 JEEP WRANGLER$15,995 | 73,317 mi
2005 Jeep Wrangler$20,974 | 70,321 mi
2000 Jeep Wrangler$8,651 | 106,315 mi
Very retro and attention grabbing, but lacks the same off-road prowess as the Jeep.
More practical and spacious for passengers and cargo, but can be expensive.
Powerful, capable and competitively priced, but doesn't offer the open-air experience or heritage
Slick on-road with clever technology to stay off-road, but much more expensive and not as capable