Jeep Wrangler has a well-deserved cult status. It didn’t have many updates throughout its life, which proves the quality of its recipe. But it is nice to see that the latest version has become more refined while maintaining its abilities to tackle rough terrain.
Let’s take a look at the drivetrains first. 3.6 liter V6 producing 285 hp / 260 lb-ft comes standard for all models. It works with 6-speed manual transmission. The 8-speed automatic is optional. One can also go with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder with a mild-hybrid eTorque system producing 270 hp / 295 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a 3.0 liter V6 diesel producing 260 hp / 443 lb-ft of torque. 2021 will bring two new drivetrains to the family: the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder 4xe plug-in hybrid producing 375 hp / 470 lb-ft of torque, and the Rubicon will get a 6.4 liter V8 producing 470 hp / 470 lb-ft of torque.
Jeep Wrangler comes in Sport, Sport S (available for 2- and 4-door versions), Sport Altitude, Sahara, Sahara Altitude, Rubicon, and Moab (available only for the 4-door version) trim levels. A pickup version called Jeep Gladiator is available, which is better for towing in particular.
When you encounter a Jeep Wrangler, you can almost hear it screaming off-road prowess. One can be pretty sure: the creators of the original military Jeep didn’t expect such utilitarian design to become an icon for decades. But here we are: that front grille, round headlights, and simplistic boxiness appeal to millions of people. It stands out, especially in the age when Hummer and Land Rover Defender gave up on their rectangular looks.
The interior of the Jeep Wrangler was made with off-road practicality in mind. It means that materials are robust, and you can even hose the interior down with no issues. However, everything looks and feels rather nice, the seats are comfortable, and there’s enough of both leg and headroom.
However, three adults at the back might not enjoy a long ride so much. Of course, the two-door version can’t boast as much space for the back passengers, but it is still pretty ok back there. The infotainment screen isn’t the biggest one on the market, but it has a very neat trick up its sleeve.
You can choose the most frequently used functions and drag the respective icons to the bar on the bottom of the screen. No matter where you scroll, those icons will stay in place and available all the time.
Chrysler knows perfectly well what off-road people need. Doors come off, so you can better see the conditions outside. The windshield folds down – not only is it useful for the same reason but also serves as an homage to the first Jeep. Of course, you can get rid of the roof too. That can happen fast without tools or with those included with the vehicle.
Jeep Wrangler can be a canvas for all the aftermarket solutions: wheel arches can easily handle big tires, you can add a snorkel, extra lights, a winch, and so much more. It is worth noting that you even have auxiliary buttons to operate that kind of stuff.
On- And Off-Road
This 4×4 monster is made primarily with conquering paths less traveled in mind. It is one of the most capable production vehicles. If it doesn’t meet your demands, various options and aftermarket solutions will make it even more capable. Usually, this means that such a vehicle will be somewhat handicapped on the road.
But this is not the case. Jeep Wrangler handles quite similarly to a less off-road-focused SUV. Any engine option lacks no power, which is delivered smoothly. However, all the removable stuff and wide wheel arches create a penalty, making wind noises more obvious.
Chrysler has done a good job here. Jeep Wrangler does everything you expect from it off-road and is good on it. There’s plenty of trims and options to choose from. It is a solid combination of a classic look and modern tech, providing a decent level of comfort and good fuel economy for a vehicle with the aerodynamics of a brick. It might be not the first choice for someone looking for a family SUV, though.