Trim Levels and Features
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler comes in two styles, the Wrangler with two doors and a capacity of four passengers, and the Wrangler with four doors and a capacity of five passengers. Each of the styles comes in three trims: Sahara, Rubicon, and Sport, although there are special models based off these trims. Both have a vinyl convertible rooftop as standard, with an option for a hardtop above the front seats that has removable panels.
The Sport trim doesn't come with many creature comforts. It has skid plates, steel wheels of 16 inches, a full-size spare tire, on/off-road tires, removable doors, tow hooks, manual locks and mirrors, foglights, a fold-down windshield, cruise control, metal doors with crack windows, a driver seat that is height adjustable, a steering wheel that can tilt, cloth upholstery, tumble-forward backseat, and an audio system with eight speakers, an auxiliary jack, and a CD player. A bigger gas tank, tumble-forward front seat, and air-conditioning come in the Unlimited version.
The Power Convenience Group option includes keyless entry, power locks and windows, heated power mirrors, an auto-dimming mirror, and a security alarm.
The Cold Weather package comes with heated seats, remote start, and the features in the Power Convenience Group. The Sport also has air conditioning, a steering wheel wrapped in leather, and alloy wheels of 17 inches.
On top of the Power Convenience Group items, the Sahara adds automatic LED headlights, alloy wheels of 18 inches, LED foglights, an insulated hood to reduce noise, painted exterior trim and body panels, air-conditioning, a satellite radio, and steering wheel wrapped in leather. The only difference with the Unlimited is the grab handles for passengers in the rear, and tubular side steps.
The Rubicon Wrangler comes with many off-road goodies instead of luxurious items. It has special tires, alloy wheels of 17 inches, all of the aforementioned Sport equipment, shorter 4.10 axle gearing with the manual transmission (optional with the automatic), heavy-duty Dana 44 front axle, an improved transfer case that has a lower crawl ratio, a front sway bar that disconnects electronically, electronic locking differential for rear and front locking, rock rails, insulation under the hood, and automatic LED headlamps. The interior has standard air-conditioning, a steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in leather, satellite radio and an outlet of 115 volts. The Rubicon Unlimited has the Power Convenience Group as standard, and it is optional on the two-door Rubicon.
The Sahara and Sport have an option of a limited-slip rear differential, while the Rubicon and Sahara have an option for half doors which include side windows made of plastic and locks that are manual. The Rubicon and Sahara also have heated front seats, automatic climate control and leather upholstery.
Every Wrangler has an option of an Alpine sound system with nine speakers and the Connectivity Group, that adds a steering wheel that is leather wrapped, a monitor display for tire pressure, Bluetooth phone connectivity, navigation, digital music storage of 28 gigabits, an improved version of the Uconnect 430 touchscreen with a media player interface and USB port, and a trip computer.
Special edition packages are also available on top of the optional equipment. Based on the Sport, the Willys Wheeler comes with alloy wheels of 17 inches that are gloss black in color, a rear limited-slip differential, exterior trim, privacy glass, special badging, rock rails, mud terrain tires, satellite radio, the Connectivity Group, and a 3.73 axle gearing ratio.
The 75th Anniversary Wrangler is based on the Sahara. It comes with a special trim and exterior paint, wheels of 17 inches, a Power Dome hood, and winch-ready steel bumpers. There is also the Rubicon Hard Rock that is based on the Rubicon. It comes with black exterior trim and black wheels of 17 inches, red tow hooks, winch-ready steel bumpers, improved rock rails, a Power Dome hood, heated seats, black leather upholstery, special badging, and Alpine sound system.
The Wrangler continues as one of the best SUVs off-the-road thanks to its solid rear and front axles, tough body-on-frame chassis, rugged underbody that is fitted with protective skid plates, and great prowess on the road. An electric sway-bar disconnect has been added to supplement the four-wheel-drive system by allowing efficient articulation of the wheels without turning the experience on the road floppy. The critical numbers for the Wrangler are 25.4 degrees breakover, 44.3 degrees approach, and 40.4 degrees departure.
With the 4-low engaged, it is possible to start the Wrangler in gear without the left foot stepping on the clutch. This technique uses the starter to get the car moving, which is important on an incline when it is necessary to start in gear and manage the brakes effectively to prevent backward rolling.
Wranglers still come with a live front axle. The shorter wheelbase of the two-door Wrangler makes it bouncier on the road.
A V-6 3.6-liter modern engine powers all Wranglers. It is rated at 260-pound feet of torque and 285 horsepower.
The V-6 provides the required low-end torque necessary for driving off-road while offering enough power for a good ride on the street. It can accelerate smoothly to the redline before any roughness or vibrations are felt. An automatic Wrangler with two doors moves from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.
Automatics have a five-speed automatic transmission from Mercedes-Benz that shifts seamlessly when in moderate or light acceleration, though it has the ability to offer a firmer shift feel when driven hard. There is an option for a six-speed manual. This gives great control over the Wrangler's actions despite its touch of vibration, long throws, and long pedal travels. However, more work is needed from the driver when using manual.
Irrespective of whether the manual or the automatic are your choice, the gear ratios are very tall. A base Wrangler with automatic transmission needs a single shift through a 0 to 60 mph run (at 3.21:1 ratio). The off-road model of the Rubicon has an option of 4.10:1 ratio.
The Wrangler with two doors is rated at 21 mpg highway, 17 mpg city, and 18 mpg combined in fuel economy by the EPA, irrespective of whether it is fitted with an automatic or manual transmission. The Wrangler Unlimited has lower ratings at 21 mpg highway, 16 mpg city, and 18 combined for the manual transmission and 20 mpg highway, 16 mpg city and 18 mpg combined for the automatic.
The 2017 Wrangler has clearly similar looks to previous Wranglers and Jeeps. It has a rich military heritage and inherited a reputation of being able to go anywhere and do anything, making it like no other contemporary car. Its lineage is very distinguished, with a characteristic and instantly recognizable visage. Jeep believes there is no need for superfluous styling for these vehicles. Straight stretches of sheet metal are used since they make it easier for repairs to be performed when necessary.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel flares, and flat sides that reaffirm that function is at the heart of the Jeep's design. Features like removable doors, fold-down windshield, and external door hinges started with the Jeep.
Despite the heavy heritage, designers still did get a chance to have some fun in the details. Part of the windshield's edge mask has a Willys silhouette, with lighting elements made of little Jeep icons. Other models have the wheel pockets embellished with the Willys silhouette.
The good news is that, over the years, the interior of the Wrangler has changed more than the exterior. The dashboard made of hard plastic has been replaced and there are elbow rests and other areas padded with soft-touch material. There is courtesy lighting in the interior in the cup holder areas and under the instrument panel. It has an upright and businesslike feel. The door and instrument panels have a machined look with nice contouring.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is available for sale in Lawrence, KS, near Lansing, Lenexa, and Shawnee.