2016 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wranglers are awesome off-road vehicles with a cool history and background. The Wrangler was first introduced in the 1940s and was specifically used for combat purposes. The first Jeep released to civilians was in 1945 and the original model was called the Wrangler CJ (civilian Jeep). Even today Jeep still produces Wrangler with a similar body style as the 1940s CJ, and it continues to grow in technology, style, and off-road capabilities.
Staying true to its military roots, the Wrangler is an off-road vehicle and every Wrangler has four-wheel drive. Not to be confused with the Jeep Wrangler is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Jeep Wrangler is two door vehicle, while the Wrangler Unlimited has four doors. Additionally, the Wrangler only has seating for four people, but the Wrangler Unlimited can accommodate five people.
V6 24-valve VVT engine
Performance and 4x4 Systems
In addition to a standard 4x4 drivetrain, every Wrangler model comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, with the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission.
“VVT” stands for “Variable Valve Timing”, a process used in cars these days to increase performance, fuel economy, and reduce emissions.The Jeep Wrangler engine generates 285-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With the VVT engine, the Jeep Wrangler has a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city, and 21 mpg when on the highway.
Two available systems on the Wrangler lineup that add upgraded off-roading capabilities are the 4.1 Rock-Trac Part-Time 4WD system, and the Command-Trac 4WD system.
The 4:1 Rock-Trac Part-Time 4WD system is only available on the Rubicon and Rubicon Hard Rock trims. This system contains a 4:1 low gear ratio, brake lock differential, which allows the driver to crawl over rocks slower by increasing wheel torque. This system is part of the reason that the Rubicon is a trail rated vehicle. Infact, all Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited trims are trail rated.
The other 4x4 system is the Command-Trac system, which is dedicated to bringing the most power to your off-road ride. The system comes standard on the Sport, Sport S, and Sahara trims. The system works by delivering equal power to all four wheels to create a smooth and safe ride, which is especially helpful in the winter conditions.
Exterior Off-Roading Options
In addition to the two systems mentioned above, there are several exterior options that add even more protection and off-road capability to Jeep Wranglers. Some of these elements include axle ratio, suspension, and ground clearances.
Purchasing an axle system, or a Jeep that already has one in place can greatly improve the quality of an off-road ride. As previously mentioned in regards to the Command-Trac system, axle ratio has a lot to do with the traction of a vehicle. Therefore, depending on what terrain you plan on driving through, a vehicle might need a different axle ratio to create the best traction for that environment.
Dana axles and/or the Tru-Lok system are two popular axle options for Jeep Wranglers. Dana axles come standard on Rubicon models, but can be ordered and installed on any Jeep (same with the Tru-lock system). The Tru-Lok differential system balances weight between wheels for great traction and speed. The Dana axles are durable and have above-center mounting which work to reduce angles and add ground clearance for a smoother and safer ride.
Suspensions and Ground Clearance
Many Wrangler owners like to upgrade or modify their suspension because changing the suspension allows for a higher body frame, which helps with several aspects of off-roading gear. By changing the suspension Wrangler owners can add bigger tires, and improve the ground clearance of the vehicle, which both allow for a safer and easier drive in some of the most difficult terrains.
Ground clearance is important to those off-roaders who plan to do a lot of rock climbing or steep slopes because the higher the clearance, the easier it is to crawl rocks without the underbody of the car getting in the way or stuck. Three Wrangler trims with the highest ground clearance include the Willys Wheeler, Willy's Wheeler W, Rubicon, and Rubicon Hard Rock trims, all of which have a 10-inch ground clearance. Just behind those three trims are the Backcountry, 75th Anniversary Edition and Sahara trims that have a 9.7-inch ground clearance.
Interior, Safety and Warranty
All but two Wrangler trims have an 8-speaker system, which is a great standard sound system for any SUV. The two exceptions are the Wrangler Backcountry and Rubicon Hard Rock and they have an upgraded 9-speaker audio system.
All trims come with an AUX input, and the Willys Wheeler, Sahara, Rubicon, 75th Anniversary, and Rubicon Hard Rock trims all come with a one-year subscription to SiriusXM radio. The FCA’s entertainment system, UConnect with Bluetooth technology, is standard on all trims, but the Sport and Sport S.
The interior and technology of Jeep trims vary depending on the trim. The Wrangler Sport, Sport S, Willys Wheeler, Sahara, and Rubicon all come standard with cloth seating. The Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition features a special leather seating with a cloth ombre mesh trim. The Rubicon Hard Rock comes with leather trimmed bucket seats, and the Backcountry trim comes with leather seats trimmed with sports mesh.
Safety Features and Warranty
The Jeep Wrangler comes with a variety of safety elements that help protect drivers and passengers both on and off-road. The vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes which controls the pressure of the brakes in a heavy braking situation and keeps the wheels from locking up, thus causing a skid and possible loss of control.. An added security protection for owners is the Wrangler’s security system that prevents the engine from starting without the proper factory purchased key.
Extra available safety features include remote key entry and push to start, a security alarm, and front-seat mounted side airbags.
The Jeep Wrangler Sport has a starting MSRP of $23,495 and the Wrangler trim with all of the bells and whistles and off-roading features, the Wrangler Rubiocon Hard Rock, starts at $37,995. All Jeeps are backed by a standard a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, and 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty is the same warranty for all Wrangler models and trims. Additionally, buyers receive unlimited roadside assistance for 100,000 miles or 5 years.