2017 Jeep Wrangler
Ah, the Jeep Wrangler. The first vehicle Jeep ever made, and after 75 years, it’s still a favorite. They call it the “lego set for grown-ups” due to how much one can customize a Wrangler, but that’s not the only reason why people love it. There’s lots of adventure enthusiasts out there, and off-road mayhem and rock crawling fuels their cells like gasoline in a motor. This model year, there are plenty of Wrangler trims and they’re all topped off with a unique 4x4 system.
Highway Fuel Economy
Under the hood of all 2017 Jeep Wranglers is the 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine. This beauty generates 285-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That gives it a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The “VVT” stands for “Variable Valve Timing”, a process implemented into engine design to control the air intake valves and improve overall vehicle performance and fuel efficiency.
The standard transmission on a Wrangler is a 6-speed manual transmission. If hauling cargo is part of the reason why you’re purchasing a Wrangler though, you may want to switch out for a 5-speed automatic transmission instead, which is an option on all trims. The fuel economy available and standard on all Wrangler trims is 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
There are two 4x4 systems on Jeep Wranglers - Command-Trac and Rock-Trac. The Command-Trac 4x4 system is standard on all trims except for the two Wrangler Rubicon trims. Designed for enhanced control and handling, this system delivers equal torque to all four wheels. Plus, it can shift between suspensions on-the-fly, a neutral for flat towing and 2:27:1 for low-range rock crawling.
For even more control and torque, drivers may be more satisfied with the Rock-Trac 4x4 systems, only available on the Wrangler Rubicon and Rubicon Hard Rock Wrangler trims. Named best-in-class off-road performance, the Rock-Trac system has a 4:1 low gear ratio that allows for rock crawling at lower speeds whilst increasing torque. In off-road circles, they call this “legendary.”
If the ability to customize the look of a Wrangler is more your style, you may find more interest in its features. Standard, Jeep Wranglers come with soft tops and two full metal doors, but there’s always the choice to remove them. Depending on the feature, it seems many of the luxury upgrades are more readily available on the the higher-end trims. These include automatic headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED reflector headlamps, and power heated mirrors.
There are several parts by Mopar that are optional on select trims, and anyone that knows of Mopar also knows they make some magnificent performance components for Jeeps and Dodge automobiles. Deep tint sunscreen windows come either standard or as an upgradeable option for all trims except the base, Sport. 2017 Jeep Wranglers may be available in up to seven colors for personal styling and can ride on 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels with Goodyear brand tires.
Cloth seating in the Wrangler is the standard for most trims, with the 75th Anniversary Edition getting leather seats with Ombre Mesh inserts. Heated seats are optional or standard on later trims, and an easy access passenger seat is standard on all trims. This seat folds and slides forward to allow backseat passengers ease of access when entering the vehicle.
Many more interior features than exterior are standard throughout the Wrangler lineup, with only luxury features such as automatic temperature A/C control being limited to the high-end trims. Some of the lineup standard features are cargo tie down loops, a rear cargo compartment, a premium instrument cluster, and more. Other features are sprinkled throughout the trims, such as an electronic vehicle information center.
As always with FCA vehicles, Uconnect multimedia systems are a given. Surprisingly, a phenomenal 8-speaker system is standard in all 2017 Jeep Wrangler trims, except for the Rubicon Hard Rock. This high-end trim gets an Alpine premium 9-speaker audio system with a subwoofer (also an optional upgrade for all trims). However, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and GPS navigation are only available as options on high-end trims.
On most trims, steering wheel mounted audio controls have been installed. Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth is either an option or comes standard on all trims. SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 1-year subscription is also an option or standard on all trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
When it comes to safety, most of the must-have features come standard on all Jeep Wrangler trims. These consist of advanced multistage front airbag systems, electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, traction control, and surprisingly a Sentry Key theft deterrent system that immobilizes the engine if the incorrect key is presented. Features of convenience are available on high-end trims. Because the side doors and tops may be removed, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags are either optional or unavailable throughout the lineup.
Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years/100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.