The Wrangler line has never wanted for optional extras and special edition trims, and 2017 is no different. We won't be breaking down the differences between all seven special edition trims, because each is largely based on one the top three of four mainstay trim levels – at the bottom is the Wrangler Sport at $28,890 (including $995 destination charge), followed by the Sport S at $32,090, Sahara at $35,240, and the range-topping, off-road ready Rubicon at $38,440.
As with the two-door Wrangler, we expect the Sahara to be the most popular model. Standard equipment includes:
- Air conditioning
- A canvas soft top
- Automatic headlamps
- Body color grille and wheel arches
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Cruise control
We know, that's not a lot to go on. It's worth adding a few optional goodies, like the $495 heated seats, the $695 Connectivity Package (Bluetooth streaming and a USB input), and the $2,185 Dual Top Group (adds a removable hard top to cut down on wind and road noise).
All Wranglers use a 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. While owners can spend $1,400 on a ho-hum five-speed automatic, we recommend the purist's choice – an old-school six-speed manual with long throws and notchy gates.
While the Sport, Sport S, and Sahara build on each other with increasingly civilized levels of equipment, it's worth mentioning that the Rubicon is a different beast entirely. Fitted with upgraded axles, disconnectable sway bars, huge off-road tires, and the ability to conquer virtually any trail it's faced with, it's a far more enthusiast-oriented vehicle. That comes at the expense of its off-road manners, which are mostly nonexistent.