Open-air cockpit; phenomenal off-road ability; wide range of trims and prices; chunky styling; it's a Jeep
Poor fuel economy; poor crash-test scores; uncomfortable rear seats; removing the roof is less than straightforward
The whole range has some new paint colors: Rhino Mojave Sand, Hypergreen, Billet Silver, Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue and Tank. The Sahara version receives a modified logo, body-colored bumpers and some metallic accents inside and out. It also has optional Olive Green leather upholstery with Cattle Tan stitching. And there are several special Wrangler editions with various cosmetic and hardware combinations.See the 2016Jeep Wrangler models for sale near you
It doesn't come cheap, but we like the Sahara because it has plenty of standard features. The beauty of the Wrangler is that you can build it virtually any way you want. Just make sure to specify those side airbags. The Sport is the best seller, though. It's a good starting point for the many options (from Jeep and from the aftermarket) that a dedicated off-roader might choose.Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is offered with two or four doors (Unlimited) and in three main trim levels: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon.
The Sport ($24,490) starts with 16-inch steel wheels, all-terrain tries, a black removable soft-top, fog lights, manual accessories, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat and an 8-speaker audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls and an auxiliary input. The Sport Unlimited ($28,290) adds the bigger 4-door body, air conditioning and a larger gas tank.
The Sahara ($30,890) has 18-in alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension with gas shocks, automatic headlights, body-color fender flares, silver bumper trim, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, air conditioning, a 115-volt power outlet, power accessories and an optional body-color hardtop. The Sahara Unlimited ($34,690) is similarly equipped and has tubular side steps.
The hardcore Rubicon ($33,690) features 17-in alloy wheels, a performance suspension, the special Rock-Trac 4-wheel-drive system with an electronically disconnecting front anti-roll bar, heavy-duty axles, front and rear electronically locking differentials, rock rails and manual accessories. The Rubicon Unlimited ($37,490) is similarly equipped.
It's the stuff you don't often see that still makes a difference. For example, the Wrangler's oil system is designed to keep the lubrication flowing even when the vehicle is at an extreme angle. And the alternator is placed high enough in the engine bay to stay dry and functional when wading through water. These are important considerations when there isn't even a road for miles around, let alone a repair shop.
Options are extensive and include many items that may be standard on other trims. If you want a Rubicon with power accessories, for example, Jeep will be happy to oblige. Bluetooth/USB connectivity and a 9-speaker Alpine sound system with a subwoofer are optional across the lineup, while the Sahara and Rubicon can be outfitted with a touchscreen interface that includes navigation.
Various customization options and special-edition models can be explored on the Jeep website or at your local dealer.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
2016 Toyota 4Runner -- The 4Runner offers a combination of capability and reliability that has delighted off-road enthusiasts for years.
2016 Toyota Tacoma -- Admittedly, this is a pickup truck, but the TRD Off-Road version can go just as far into the wild as a Wrangler.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- The Grand Cherokee provides great off-road ability and the legendary Jeep name, but with better safety and a more carlike ride and interior.
Used Toyota FJ Cruiser -- Although it's now discontinued, the FJ Cruiser remains a highly competent off-road vehicle with more civility than the Jeep. The fixed roof produces plenty of blind spots, however.