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
A few new exterior colors have been added. And a Cold Weather bundle joins LED headlights and fog lamps on the options list. See the 2017 Jeep Wrangler models for sale near you
The Sport model is the best seller. It's a good starting point for the many options (from both Jeep and the aftermarket) that a dedicated off-roader might choose. That's the beauty of the Wrangler -- you can build it virtually any way you want. Just be sure to specify those side airbags. Mud rats who want to go straight from the showroom to the wilderness should choose the Rubicon. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is offered with two or four doors (Unlimited) and in Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels.
The Sport ($24,990) starts with 16-inch steel wheels, all-terrain tires, 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 ($28,890) adds the bigger 4-door body, air conditioning and a larger gas tank.
The Sport S ($27,990) gets 17-in alloy wheels, air conditioning and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The Sport S Unlimited ($32,090) is also eligible for the optional 115-volt outlet.
The Sahara ($31,440) has 18-in alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension with gas shocks, automatic headlights (LED), body-color fender flares, silver bumper trim, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 115-volt power outlet, power accessories and an optional body-color hardtop. The Sahara Unlimited ($35,240) is similarly equipped and has tubular side steps.
The hardcore Rubicon ($34,640) features 17-in alloy wheels, a performance suspension, a 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 ($38,440) is similarly equipped.
It's the stuff you don't often see that still makes a difference. For example, the Wrangler's lubrication system is designed to keep the oil 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 while the vehicle is 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 higher 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.
The Sport S and Rubicon versions are eligible for the Cold Weather bundle, which includes a remote start function, an engine block heater, special all-terrain tires, all-weather mats and heated seats.
Various customization options and special-edition models can be explored on the Jeep website or at a local dealer.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
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