At first glance, you may miss the changes Jeep made to the all-new Wrangler. Pay attention to the details and the changes begin to emerge, including to the grille, which cants slightly rearward at the top. The headlights are bigger and now press into the grille, like Jeeps of old. The widened track and revamped fender flares give the Wrangler a more powerful stance than in the past. Other notable changes include a more aerodynamically raked windshield, a new header bar connecting the front roof pillars and new lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors.
Inside, the changes are more dramatic and that’s a good thing. Jeep reshaped the entire dash assembly, supplying it with a lower window line for a more open feel. Controls are placed higher, although there is some clutter that can make it difficult to decipher them with a quick glance, such as when driving. Most models have a 5.0-inch audio display with an available 8.4-inch unit that looks better, but is also pricey.
But there are drawbacks to the redesign. The seating position is too high, causing visibility issues for taller drivers. And during our testing of a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, we noticed some worrying material wear fairly early in the vehicle's life. Still, the chairs are comfortable and the two-door model still has enough second-row legroom to get by with.