So, you’ve decided to spring for a Wrangler. You’ve always wanted one. But do you know which trim you’re getting? After all, the brand has come a long way since that brutal, spartan first-gen Jeep hauled soldiers around during World War II. While Wrangler’s rough-and-tumble image remains intact, its offerings these days are a lot more diverse. So, you may ask yourself, which Jeep Wrangler model is best for me?
Let’s take a look.
There are three main Wranglers. Those are the Sport, Sahara, and the Rubicon. While each has specific characteristics and purpose, they also share some features. For example, all have a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed auto.
With a base price of $27,900, the Sport is the most affordable main Jeep lineup. This trim comes standard with 16-inch wheels and features a Dana-brand solid front and rear axle and Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system for those off-road forays.
Exterior-wise, the Sport’s fender flares bespeak toughness, and its Sunrider Soft Top can be eschewed for a hardtop if you like one of those better. If you want side steps, you can get those, too.
While it is the “cheapest” Wrangler, it’s not entirely bereft of cabin amenities. Among other things, you get bucket seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and A/C.
Sport S has the same features as the base model but has power locks, heated seats, side mirrors, tinted back windows, and remote keyless entry. It also has multiple airbags and comes as a two- or four-door. Many options include an Alpine sound system, heated front seats, and a steering wheel.
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This trim harkens back to Wrangler’s earliest days and is viewed as the lineup’s most upscale offering. While it retains the Wrangler tradition, the Sahara has a contemporary aura. Exhibit A is the power-sliding Sky One-Touch power top and available removable rear-quarter windows. The ride has Alpine speakers, an amplifier, and a seven-inch touchscreen display for infotainment.
The Sahara offers the Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive system and an optional integrated off-road camera for off-roading.
Elsewhere, the Sahara offers 18-inch alum wheels, street tires, body-color exterior trim and fenders, tinted sunscreen windows, LED fog lights, an optional premium wrapped instrument panel bezels, and dual-zone climate control.
Oh, and Sahara comes only with four doors.
The thing with the Rubicon is that it’s ready to take on any terrain. To facilitate that, it offers a Roc-Trac HD Part-time 4WD system, Tru-Lock front and rear locking differentials, and a steel front and rear bumper. You also get a performance suspension and industrial-strength rear and front axles. The Rubicon sits on 17-inch wheels and off-roading tires.
Inside, Rubicon offers heated leather bucket seats and excellent standard features, including auto climate control satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android connectivity.
Limited Editions, Unlimited Possibilities
Jeep also occasionally makes limited or special edition Wranglers, such as this model year’s Rubicon 392, a limited-edition model that offers a screaming V8.
Remember, Wrangler is the original have-it-your-way ride. You can permanently lose the doors, roof, or windshield for another level of personalized fun, no matter which one you get.
So, which Jeep Wrangler model is best for you? Perhaps this article has helped you decide. But whichever one you choose, you can’t lose.
Isn’t that great?