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Editor's Overview

After 75 years, the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler remains the official vehicle of the go-anywhere, do-anything lifestyle. Still true to its original concept, the new Wrangler continues to deliver exceptional off-road capability with ever-increasing amounts of on-road civility in an affordable package. Recognized around the world for its timeless design and rugged capability, the Wrangler is an authentic American original.

You'll Like The 2017 Jeep Wrangler If...

You’re ready for a little adventure with every drive. That’s the secret to the Wrangler’s timeless appeal. Whether you’re headed for the hills for a weekend of dirty play or just dropping the kids off at volleyball practice, the new Wrangler doesn’t just get you there, it makes it fun.

You May Not Like The 2017 Jeep Wrangler If...

If luxury, comfort and car-like ride and handling are your top priorities, there are many other SUVs available that would suit your desires better than the Jeep Wrangler, including Jeep’s own Cherokee and Renegade. The Wrangler is not a luxury car. If you expect it to be, you will be disappointed.

What's New

For 2017 the Wrangler changes little. New LED headlights and fog lights are optional on Sport and Sport S models and standard on Sahara and Rubicon. Also a new Cold Weather package is available on Sport S and Rubicon models. It includes special tires and an engine-block heater.

Interior Features

Even with the available leather, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s interior does not qualify as plush. The main requirement is durability, which describes the Sport model’s cloth seats and the hard plastic surfaces. But there’s plenty of versatility: The rear seat will fold flat for carrying gear and which in the 4-door Unlimited models will accommodate three people. The instrument panel is not necessarily stylish but does have the control functions within easy reach. And, as it has been for years, if the interior gets really dirty you can pull the handy drain plugs and clean it out with a garden hose.

Exterior Features

After 75 years, the Jeep Wrangler’s function-over-form design remains among the most enduring, and endearing, on the planet. It’s unmistakable and recognized around the world. From time to time there are minor changes, but Jeep wouldn’t dare alter its iconic 7-slot grille, classic round headlights and trapezoid fenders any more than you’d change the shape of a Coke bottle or the Porsche 911. The upright windshield allows great outward visibility and folds down for those times off-road when you need to lean over the hood. Tires pushed out to the corners give the Wrangler unmatched approach and departure angles.

Driving Impressions

With front and rear solid axles, a body-on-frame layout, generous ground clearance, minimal overhangs, capable 4-wheel drive, compliant suspension and rugged construction, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is built to perform off-road. However, there’s no free lunch. All that makes the new Jeep Wrangler nearly unstoppable off-road, keeps it from being supremely car-like in town. This is either part of its charm or a reason to shop other vehicles. Curb your expectations a bit and the Wrangler isn’t awful in the city. The suspension deals with road irregularities pretty well, and the precise steering is as welcome off-pavement as on. Still, the ride is not that of even a mid-range sedan, and it’s ridiculously loud at highway speeds thanks to its barnlike aerodynamics, which also sabotages highway fuel economy. Instead, get away from pavement, take advantage of the excellent Pentastar V6 engine and the Wrangler’s marvelous off-road capabilities, and enjoy yourself.

Pricing Notes

For all its capabilities, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is surprisingly affordable. The basic Wrangler Sport has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $25,000, including destination. That makes it one of the least expensive convertibles on the market. The 4-door Wrangler Unlimited Sport is about $3,000 more. Various packages and options can run the price up, and a fully loaded Sahara or Rubicon can easily exceed $40,000. Wranglers enjoy historically high resale values, with 3-year residuals around the 60-percent level. If you’re considering aggressive off-roading, choosing a loaded Rubicon with appropriate options and packages can be a bargain compared to the cost of upgrading a more basic Wrangler Sport through the 4WD aftermarket — and it will all have a factory warranty. To make your best deal, be sure to check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area typically pay for a 2017 Jeep Wrangler.

Notable Equipment

Three major items are standard on every 2017 Jeep Wrangler: a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. Every Wrangler also gets skidplates to protect the fuel tank and transfer case, stability control with roll mitigation, hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, a USB port and an 8-speaker audio system. The doors are removable, and there’s a tool kit for doing just that, and a folding soft-top is standard, even on the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited. What is not standard on the base Sport model are power windows, door locks and even air conditioning.

Notable Options

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler options list is comprehensive and, primarily, aimed at additional capabilities off-road. Although there is also a Power Convenience Group that adds desirable amenities and makes the Wrangler far more livable on a daily basis, things like power locks, power mirrors, power windows and keyless entry. There’s also a new Cold Weather package available on Sport S and Rubicon models. It includes heated front seats, an engine-block heater and a remote-start system. With the packages and options, which even include a navigation system, buyers can easily order the Wrangler of his or her dreams.

Favorite Features

3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V6Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 is the best thing to happen to the Jeep Wrangler since the first Jeep helped the allies win World War II. It’s smooth, powerful and delivers decent fuel economy. It’s perfectly suited to the Wrangler. In addition to the 6-speed manual transmission, there’s an available 5-speed automatic. COMMANDING OFF-ROAD CAPABILITYAny Wrangler can get it done off-road thanks to solid axles, generous ground clearance, short overhangs, and terrific 4-wheel-drive systems. For more, step up to the Rubicon with heavy-duty axles and transfer case, lower gearing, locking differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar and larger tires. It’ll climb the Hillary Step.

Under the Hood

The only engine for the 2017 Wrangler is Chrysler’s terrific 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It’s one of our favorites. Its smooth power delivery makes easy work of highways or rock crawls, and it’s by far the best engine ever in a Wrangler and it runs on regular gasoline. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and a 5-speed automatic is available as an option. In the 2-door Wrangler, there’s no difference in fuel economy between the two. There are so many variations of axles and gear ratios that both the manual and automatic gearboxes work well on or off highways, and we’re enamored enough of 3-pedal driving that we’d probably choose the manual. 3.6-liter V6285 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/21 mpg (Wrangler), 17/20 mpg (Wrangler Unlimited, automatic), 17/21 mpg (Wrangler Unlimited, manual) Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

Editors' Notes

The Jeep Wrangler is an authentic American original. For its loyalists it’s nothing short of Old Glory with 4-wheel drive. Still true to its original concept after 75 years, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler continues to deliver exceptional off-road capability with ever-increasing amounts of on-road civility in an affordable package. Jeep continues to refine and develop the Wrangler lineup, which now includes the original 2-door Wrangler and the family-friendly 4-door Wrangler Unlimited, both in soft-top and hardtop versions. The result is a vehicle that can be used in the city during the week and abused in the country on the weekends. Four trim levels are available, Sport, Sport S, Sahara and the hard-core Rubicon. All have Chrysler’s smooth and strong 3.6-liter, 285-horsepower V6 engine.

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The jeep wrangler is a rugged classic vehicle great for adventurers and people that love the outdoors. I use mine to tow, camp, backpack and to commute back and forth to work. Gas mileage is typical, 17 miles per gallon, to most trucks. I did receive my first years oil changes and tire rotations for free. The one thing I like most about the jeep is the jeep community... Jeep wave everybody!! Another fun thing about jeep wranglers is the decals that can be put on the hoods or other parts. I looked at numerous dealerships for the jeep I wanted. I wanted a black, rugged tire, hard top, with a tow package and rugged tires with black rims. All jeeps look great but there is always one perfect just for you without having to special order it. I finally had found my jeep with all of the above, but what made it perfect for me was the hood decal. It is a topographic map with a red trail line. Did I mention I love to hike and backpack? This vehicle was meant for me. Even now, a year and a half later, I can look at the jeep and it still puts a huge smile on my face. It is my happy place. One last aspect about the jeep is that it is tough. This past year there was a record high on cars hitting deer and totally the car. My jeep decided to go hunting at 75 mph, and yes there was front end damage, but the jeep was extremely tough and protected me from getting hurt. The jeeps design allowed the large animal to be dragged underneath instead of flying up into the windshield. There were 6 other accidents in the same exact location of mine in that one week. The jeep is the only one that wasn't totaled or the driver wasn't injured.

- Rebecca K

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Smoky Mountain

This is the first jeep I have ever owned... And I love it!! I wish I had bought one long before. It is stylish and looks amazing. I got black with black leather interior. The scoop on the hood really helps set it apart from other jeeps on the road. The wheels look great. Being able to take off roof and doors in the summer provides a sense of freedom that I have never known with any other vehicle. Seats are comfortable. Jeep rides great. Gas mileage not bad. Could always be better. But, I have driven trucks in the past and gas mileage is about the same. The price for what I have received in my jeep is very economical when compared to other makes/models. I would say one of my biggest faults with the jeep is the windshield does get chipped very easily and I have heard from other jeep owners that is one of the drawbacks. My other complaint would be the heater. Once I get it warm in the jeep, it is hard to adjust. Lt will get too hot, even when I turn it down to low and turn temp down to cool/warm. If I turn it off, it gets too cold. We have taken this jeep on several long distance trips and have been very happy. We are a family of four so even the kids are happy with having the jeep. I will be buying another one when the time comes!!

- Tamara Q

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport

This is the first Jeep Wrangler I own and I don't regret it not one bit. I love how spacious it is and it makes me feel more comfortable when I'm on the road. I will never go back to a smaller vehicle I feel unsafe in a small car. I have the Jeep Wrangler sport and as soon as I bought it I started buying accessories for it to customize it as my own. I bought some bar lights that add a nice touch to the vehicle. The features on this car is by far the best compared to any other car I have owned. You can completely customize the car and make it convertible which is the part I love most about it. You can take off the whole top and doors and take it out off roading. It's a fun car to have. Also a huge plus is that once you purchase a Jeep you feel apart of a family. You will notice fellow jeep wranglers that pass by you on the road always waving at you and it makes you feel special. I would not trade my Jeep Wrangler for any other car. It's definitely a car worth purchasing.

- Irene J

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