Rugged, Wild & Tough As Nails: The 2017 Jeep Wrangler
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate dream machine for off-road adventurers and casual drivers alike. Few SUVs on the road are as instantly recognizable as the Jeep Wrangler, and the 2017 model closely follows the stout, square mold of its decades-old predecessors. Jeeps are perfect for people who want their driving experience to be simple and straightforward, and the Wrangler has always done this very well. New for 2017, fog lamps and LED lights are standard on the Rubicon and Sahara trims, while being optional for the Sport trim. Otherwise, the Wrangler is relatively unchanged from prior model years, and that's a good thing, since the Wrangler has always been a solid vehicle with little need for improvement. The Jeep Wrangler is well-suited to off-road driving, and its fancy features and sleek styling focuses on four-wheel drive, a sporty suspension, solid power and tough looks. Read on to learn more about this year's Wrangler and its top options.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is comes in seven trims: Sport, Unlimited Sport, Sahara, Unlimited Sport RHD, Rubicon, Unlimited Sahara and the Unlimited Rubicon. The base Sport trim features 16-inch steel wheels, removable doors, manual accessories with crank windows, cloth upholstery, cruise control and an eight-speaker sound system. The Sport Unlimited gets a few other features such as air conditioning and a bigger gas tank. Stepping up to the Sahara gives you more features, such as body-colored fenders, LED lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, AC and more. The Rubicon offers more off-roading capacity, with 17-inch alloy wheels, a heavy-duty front axle, shorter axle gearing, electronic front and rear locking differentials, an upgraded transfer case and more. The Power Convenience Group is standard on the Rubicon Unlimited.
Performance has never been a problem for the Wrangler, and 2017 is no exception, especially when venturing off the beaten path. The 24-valve, 3.6-liter V6 engine has port-fuel injection, pushes 285 horsepower and gets around 260 pound-feet of torque. With all of that power, gas mileage definitely takes a hit in comparison to other vehicles in this class, however. The Dana 30 Axle is included in the first two trim levels, while the Rubicon trim gets a beefier Dana 44 Axle for supreme rock crawling.
The Wrangler is also built with numerous safety features for added protection for both on- and off-road driving. Aside from the obvious steel tubular framing, the 2017 Wrangler sports airbags in seven key positions and a Rollover Protection System along with electronic stability control - both of which are important, considering that rollovers do happen when people go rock crawling. Wet, slick rock surfaces are met with integrated Traction Control. Being seen adds safety on the open road, and Jeep lights it up with Auto On and Auto Leveling headlights and Daytime Running Lights.
An optional Cold Weather package is also available for the Sport and Rubicon trims, which includes all-terrain 17-inch tires, an engine coolant heater, heated seats, heated mirrors as well as other amenities. Next year's Jeep Wrangler is scheduled to be redesigned, so now is the best time to get a Wrangler in its rugged, traditional form.