Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 Jeep Wrangler: A Beloved Name in Off-Road Vehicles





Several decades of design upgrades and innovation aside, the Jeep Wrangler is still basically the same vehicle that was once only used by the US Military as a small and agile vehicle to cross rough and difficult terrain.  Watch any rerun of M.A.S.H. and Jeeps can be seen carrying the brass wherever they need to go, it’s amazing the Wrangler’s of today really do still resemble these old military vehicles.

Still offering the classic take off top in order to offer the flexibility of having the Jeep Wrangler turn from a beast of burden into a fun and functional convertible, Wranglers have been spotted all over the US performing any number of functions from ones at Miami Jeep dealers carrying beach equipment for a day of surfing to those from a Denver Jeep dealer climbing the Rocky Mountains with skis and poles for a day on the slopes.  The Wrangler was meant for fun, but also for function and can be used as a daily commuter during the week and a fun off the road joy on the weekends.

Even in this day and age of sleek lines, appealing curves, and aerodynamic body styles, the rough and tough Jeep Wrangler maintains its image with flat body panels, exposed hinges, fender flares, and large wheels and tires making it one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world.  Both the two-door and four-door versions offer a soft and hard top that is completely removable, one of the most recognizable features of this great vehicle, and offer much more comfort inside than Wranglers of the past.

The standard Jeep Wrangler engine and transmission configuration offer a 3.6-liter V6 with a 5-speed automatic transmission.  An option for a 6-speed manual transmission is still offered if needed.  With this newly reconfigured engine, the Wrangler has a great pickup speed allowing for ease of passing where necessary.

Even though the Wrangler does not have great gas mileage, that’s not what it was built for anyway, it outperforms any expectation on the trail, hills, and mountains where the Wrangler was meant to be used anyway.  As one of the only AWD SUV’s on the road, the Jeep Wrangler brings the versatility and flexibility needed out in the wilderness.

The price tag associated with the Jeep Wrangler can range greatly, starting out at around $24,000 the top end of the Wrangler in the Rubicon model can reach over $40,000 easily depending on number of doors, options chosen, and configurations.  While this is still a rugged off road vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler has a ton of great features to choose from.

Offering four different trim packages, the Wrangler can be had in the base Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon trim packages.  Included in the upper trim packages is a body-colored hardtop with removable panels, a great add on to allow the Jeep Wrangler to provide comfort in any season. 
Inside the Jeep Wrangler offers a fully redesigned dashboard and instrument panel ditching the old plastic dash of yesteryear.  Also newly added is a steering wheel with build in controls, a new armrest, locking glove box, heated seats, heated mirrors and automatic climate control.

Even on the most basic Sport model the 2014 Jeep Wrangler offers fog lamps, tow hooks, a compass, a fuel economy indicator, and an outdoor temperature gauge.  More options to choose from for a high tech ride are Bluetooth, MyGIG music storage, Sirius satellite Radio, and for the off road enthusiast a hard-core off road package.  

No doubt the Jeep Wrangler has spanned several decades of usefulness, function, and flexibility.  The next several years appear to offer much of the same from one of the most recognizable names in automobiles, the Jeep Wrangler.

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