Jeep: Fun Awaits You
No vehicles offers more thrills per mile than the Jeep Wrangler, which has been a motorized guide to off-road fun for almost 70 years. Ever since the United States government commissioned American carmakers to design and build a general purpose “GP” vehicle in the 1940s, Americans have used the nimble but gutsy 4X4 to take them anywhere they want to go. And to they use the Jeep Wrangler to go when ever they wanted to get there.
If you haven’t driven a Jeep in years, consider how the changes have improved the ride qualify of America’s favorite 4X4, but haven’t diminished it’s ability to handle the outback. Current Jeep Wranglers come with a 3.8-litre, V-6 motor that remains on par with the in-line 6 cylinder power plant it replaced. The V6 makes 202 horsepower and 237 pound feet of torque. That’s enough horsepower to make a smooth highway pass and enough torque to tackle many off-road trails.
Gone is the leaf-spring suspension, so the ride is a lot softer than in the WJ and CJ years. However, the charm of the Jeep is that it remains a truck with a truck-like ride and experience. You feel all of the bumps the road has to offer.
Though the amenities have improved, Jeep still provides the what Jeep-lovers want most: removable doors, hose out interior, zip-up windows. Starting with 2010, Jeep made improvements to make the zip-up windows easier to remove.
Jeep designers were faced with the off-road vs. on-road dilemma. They couldn’t forget all of the things that make it the right vehicle for the trails just to make it the right vehicle of the daily commute, according to Automotive.com.
Depending on the options you want, the Jeep can cost anywhere from a starting price of $21,000 for the somewhat bare-bones Wrangler “S” model. Fully equipped and ready for the mountain Rubicon models start at $28,000 plus.
The Jeep never has and never will win many awards for fuel economy. The truck-like little monster consumes enough gasoline to average 15-19 mpg in daily driving. It seems as though part of the trade off for the outback thrill of adventure is the cost of getting there.
If you don’t want to get a five-year loan for a vehicle that will let you cross creeks, climb mountains and plough through the bog out back, then consider going used. Five-year-old models sell for about $11,000 to $16,000, according to Edmunds.com. Ten-year-old Jeeps sell from $5,500 to $7,500.
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To get the latest news on Jeep Wrangler incentives, including rebates and interest rates, go to Kelly Blue Book.