Today, the Jeep Wrangler proudly carries on the tradition of excellence started by the original Jeep, the "Willy" that was commissioned by the U.S. Army during World War II. The Wrangler seamlessly takes modern drivers from suburban streets to weekend off-roading adventures. Enthusiasts praise the Jeep Wrangler for its versatility, toughness, and tenacity in the face of seemingly insurmountable environmental obstacles, including steep inclines, water, mud, and rocky landscapes.
The Jeep Wrangler was only available as a two-door vehicle until 2007, when Jeep began offering both two-door and four-door models. If you prefer a vehicle with a more modern look, you may want to start your search with Jeep Wranglers manufactured in 2011 and after. That year, the line received interior updates. A multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel, a satellite radio, and an Alpine Premium Sound System give the new Jeep Wrangler a more luxurious interior, but washout interior plugs, a lockable center console storage, tow hooks, and fog lamps remind consumers that for the Wrangler, there is no difference between work and play.
Current standard features include speed control, skid plates, front and rear anti-roll bars, power steering, all-terrain tires, AM/FM radio, an MP3 decoder, six speakers, a CD player, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. All models also come standard with the Wrangler's iconic seven-slat profile along with removable tops and doors. The most recent models even offer hardtops and soft tops in different colors to match or complement the body color.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2-door Wrangler a rating of "good" for moderate overlap front and head restraint but "poor" for side impact for 2007-2014. The 4-door fared better for side impact by getting a "marginal" rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it 3 out of 5 stars for rollover safety. It is not yet rated for overall safety.
The Wrangler safety features include driver, passenger, and side airbags. Newer models also come equipped with occupant-sensing airbags, Electronic Stability Control, a Rollover Protection System, and traction control. Another optional feature, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), senses oversteering and understeering and helps put the car back on track by controlling the brakes and throttle as needed. Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) works to prevent rollovers, and the All-Speed Traction Control, Brake Assist System, and Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brake System (ABS) all work in harmony to improve control and decrease stopping distances on a range of surfaces.
Noteworthy About the Jeep Wrangler
The Wrangler is a popular vehicle that has received numerous awards, including the 2012 SEMA award for the Hottest 4x4 SUV. Four Wheeler Magazine named it the Four Wheeler of the Year in 2012 and the Best 4x4 of the decade. The Wrangler also received the Automotive Excellence Award for Off-Road Ability from Popular Mechanics in 2012, and it was named 4x4 of the Year by Petersen’s 4 Wheel & Off-Road magazine in 2013.