Jeep Wrangler – Overview – CarGurus

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About the Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler traces its to the World War II era, when its served as the go-to workhorse for the Army. Designed for ruggedness and the original Jeep was the ultimate

That defining trait forth over the next few through the Willys Civilian (CJ) series of the 1950s and and the American Motors versions of the and ’80s. Four-wheel drive a constant feature throughout the history, and although various have appeared over the the current Jeep Wrangler the same basic DNA as its original counterpart.

The Wrangler made its in 1987 as a replacement for the decades-old CJ. developed by American Motors, the Wranglers were sold by which purchased American in 1987. Perhaps to make the of the Jeep’s iconic status, the put the rugged off-roader at the center of its own under the Chrysler umbrella, it remains today.

For the record, officially refers to the Wrangler as a sport utility vehicle.

in its third generation, the Jeep comes in Sport, Sahara, and trims, with S, Islander, and packages available for the Sport All trim levels are available in and four-door body styles, the four-door trims receiving the designation. All two-door trims equipped with standard drive, while four-door are available with either or four-wheel drive.

For 2010, updated the Wrangler’s soft-top to make it easier to remove and while for 2011 the Wrangler a minor interior refresh, a new dashboard and gauges, as well as side pockets in the front and a new steering wheel borrowed the 2011 Grand Cherokee. power heated mirrors are now

Power for all Wrangler trims from a 3.8-liter V6 engine, generates 202 hp in the two-door trims and in Unlimited trims. The V6 manages economy numbers of only mpg, which place the last in its automotive segment for efficiency. To ensure its rugged stays intact, the Wrangler comes without power power mirrors, or air conditioning in its package.

In addition, the front remain removable.

In recent the Wrangler has struggled to reconcile its with the present. Long-term still appreciate the Wrangler for its nature and off-road capabilities, but reviewers have faulted the for its on-road performance, calling its harsh and noisy. In addition, the of interior comfort and safety found in most competitors left many reviewers to the Wrangler a true utility with a cult-like following, than a competent daily

Historically, the Wrangler has changed incrementally from generation to and generational refreshes occur every decade or so, which the Wrangler will likely in its current form for some to come. Updates in 2007 and addressed some of the Wrangler’s comfort and safety issues. fuel economy remains an for future improvement.

Model History

While the CJ kept its foot firmly in the off-road segment, and was offered in configurations, the Jeep Wrangler was to be more on-road friendly, the goal of attracting daily Upon its debut, the Wrangler a slightly wider stance, clearance, and a more comfortable than the CJ. It drew most of its styling cues from the CJ as although it displayed a larger a new grille, and rectangular headlights, proved somewhat controversial aficionados.

Internally known as the YJ, designated the platform upon it sat, the Wrangler was initially as a two-door convertible and a two-door Power came from a of engines, including a 117-hp, four-cylinder engine and an optional 4.2-liter six-cylinder with torque numbers than the engine (135 lb-ft for the vs. 210 for the six-cylinder).

The original Wrangler had a of 93.4 inches and an overall of 152 inches. The suspension was primarily from the CJ, although the Wrangler’s sported wider springs, as as new trackbars and swaybars, which improve stability and handling. could choose from transmission options as well as two gas including the standard 15-gallon and an optional 20-gallon tank, for who required more fuel

The Wrangler was originally built in a in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, but Chrysler closed down the in 1992, the automaker moved of the Wrangler to Toledo, Ohio. In however, the vehicle was not badged as the Instead, it was rolled into truck lineup.

From 1988 to 1992, offered the Wrangler with an Islander package, which high-back seats, a center with cupholders, carpeting, body trim, and alloy A Renegade package, offered 1991 to ’94, added a of upscale features, such as a steering wheel, power and upgraded fabric, as well as wheels and tires.

In 1991, offered a new optional 181-hp, V6, which replaced the previous V6 The following year, the automaker antilock brakes as an option and the roll cage to make for shoulder belts. In 1994, an transmission joined the options

Following a year-long break production in 1996, the second-generation Wrangler debuted for the 1997 year, and many reviewers the changes. Internally code-named the TJ, the Wrangler sat on the same 93.4-inch although the automaker upgraded the borrowing design elements the Grand Cherokee to create a comfortable ride.

Round replaced the rectangular ones, and revised the Wrangler’s soft so it folded more like a convertible top. Owners also opt for an available hard

Trims for the second generation the SE, Sport, and Sahara. Jeep a new 120-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the SE, while the 181-hp, 4.0-liter V6 the previous generation powered the and Sahara trims. All trims on 15-inch wheels and came with Jeep’s Command-Trac system.

New safety features standard dual front while antilock brakes an option.

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In 1999, a standard gas tank replaced the 15- and 20-gallon Into the early years of the century, Jeep made a of updates to the Wrangler’s features and including its exterior mirrors, and hard tops, and interior and colors. In 2003, the automaker new seats and a new optional four-speed

Jeep pumped up the Wrangler’s capability in 2004 with the of the Wrangler Rubicon, which equipped with such as high-performance Dana 44 axles locking differentials, a transfer designed to provide more at lower speeds, 16-inch wheels, and large-lugged Goodyear Power came from the 4.0-liter V6, which now produced 190 hp and 235 of torque.

Ground clearance for the measured more than 10 with an approach angle of 45 The Rubicon was available in a standard as well as a limited-edition Tomb edition, which tied in to the Tomb Raider movie.

also unveiled the Wrangler in 2004. The four-door body sat on a wheelbase, or 10 inches longer the two-door version, which room for a second row of seats. The year, Jeep combined the of the Rubicon and the Unlimited to create the Unlimited. That same the automaker also offered a Edition of the Rubicon Unlimited, tied in with the movie of the name.

Unique features for the Edition included a chrome premium two-tone seats, and Moab wheels.

The Wrangler’s generation, which sat on the JK platform, at the 2006 North American Auto Show for the 2007 year. Jeep stretched the for the two-door body style by 2 to 95.4 inches, and increased the width by 3.4 inches. However, length decreased by 2.5 inches, to inches, which resulted in approach and departure angles.

Two- and four-door trims again available, in X, Sahara, and trim levels.

The third-generation finally broke the mold on the WWII version, and rolled out of the century and into the 21st. windows were available for the time, as well as standard stability control, electronic mitigation, antilock brakes, and assist. The sole engine a 205-hp, 3.8-liter V6 engine.

a redesigned instrument panel and new wheel were among the

In 2010, Jeep changed the of the X trim to the Sport, and added two packages.

The Islander package on the entry-level Sport trim by larger wheels, unique seats, a tubular entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel blue accents. The Mountain also included black trim and graphite accents on the among other features. A Mountain package, with a changer, was available only in

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Although by fans, the Jeep Wrangler was criticized by reviewers for its many One, in particular, concerned the of the fuel tank. In earlier the tank rode behind the axle, perilously close to the bumper, which represented a hazard in the minds of some For the third generation, thanks to the slightly longer wheelbase, moved the gas tank in front of the axle.

A stiffer frame and body, as as such standard features as stability control and roll make the third-generation Wrangler a bet than earlier versions. buyers who value safety therefore want to look at built after 2007.

have also complained times through the years the difficulty of retracting the Wrangler’s top. One reviewer noted a section in the owner’s handbook to the sole topic of lowering and the top. Improvements in 1997 and in particular, were aimed at the soft top easier to use.

prospective buyers should this in mind when various versions of the Wrangler.

The has always been most when it heads off-road, but who seek an extreme off-road will want to seek out the Rubicon trims, which a range of upgraded features as as a higher ground clearance for off-road driving. Similarly, the suspensions for the Wrangler’s second and generations helped improve a many still consider

Finally, exterior aesthetics a difference with some Many decry the rectangular of the first generation, for instance, and prefer the round ones, Jeep reverted to for the second and generation. Only minor styling differences and badging, distinguish the various Wrangler from each other.

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