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Versatility and Velociraptors: A Jeep Wrangler Review

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The next time you’re out looking at Jeeps for sale, consider this: John Hammond always said he spared no expense in the creation of his Jurassic Park. It stands to reason, then, that most of the equipment on the island could be considered top-of-the-line, at least for the jobs they planned to use them for (prior to the tragic events that lead to the park’s initial closure, of course). With that in mind, we can justifiably assume that Jeep is the optimal brand for dinosaur management, based on the utilization of Jeep Wranglers by the park’s staff. Even if you’re somehow not interested in dinosaur zoology, there’s no doubt that the 2018 model Wrangler and its various trim levels will still have plenty to offer.

Exterior Options

 

The Jeep Wrangler is an incredibly flexible vehicle, and every version has a wealth of customization options. As you might already suspect, the majority of these options concern the Wrangler’s exterior, but these features are added for much more than just aesthetic. Most people have seen a Wrangler without its doors on before, but not everyone has experienced riding in one. It may seem intimidating at first, driving with no door, but as long as you wear your seatbelt (which you should probably be doing anyway) there’s nothing to worry about. If you carry important documents or paperwork loose in your car, though, it may be best to keep the doors attached. Either way, if you find that you don’t like the open air feeling when driving, the doors can be reattached easily.

The top of every Wrangler is versatile as well, and while some models have more roof options than others, there isn’t a wrong choice among them. You might be under the impression that a soft-top is the best choice to help utilize your vehicle’s convertible features as quickly and conveniently as possible, but the available three-piece hard-top has a pair of easily removable panels that make the task just as effortless. The Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon trims also offer a premium version of the standard soft-top, both quieter at high speeds and simpler to use. The top that draws the most attention, however, is the Sky One-Touch Power Top, available with the Sahara or the 4-door Rubicon. Like you might expect, the Power Top is a soft-top with the ability to retract itself at the push of a button, reducing a five-step process to barely one. Despite its convenience, there are still those that prefer the manual option, due to one notable shortcoming. The mechanism that retracts the roof takes up enough space to obstruct a minor portion of the open-air experienced by the alternative options. If you prioritize that connection to the outdoors over modern conveniences, the Power Top might not be for you. For anyone else, it’s a handy way to save some time and effort.

Off-Road Options

 

While every Wrangler trim is capable of handling rough terrain without much issue, the Rubicon is built specifically for off-roading. Though you might not know it at first glance, it’s outfitted with a handful of features unavailable to other models. The most inconspicuous of these features is a performance suspension and a 4-wheel drive system built specifically for off-roading, but their visibility doesn’t match their value. Instead of bogging things down with technical details, we’ll keep it simple and just say that these two systems are the most important element of what makes the Rubicon such an ideal off-road vehicle. Of course, they aren’t the only contributors; Two possible sets of off-road tires are available, one coming standard, the other an upgrade, and Rock Rails come equipped as well. With features like strategically placed drains around the floor to help with cleaning (standard in all models), the Wrangler is one of the most adaptable vehicles out there, and no matter what model you’re considering you’ll have the flexibility to tailor your Jeep to the way you want it.

Performance Options

 

Every model Wrangler has the same two available engines. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is the standard, delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lbs per foot of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with mild hybrid technology is offered as an upgrade, providing 270 horsepower and 295 lbs per foot of torque. There are options for 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions, and depending on which you choose, your fuel economy will differ slightly. Of course, the size of the vehicle also has an impact, and the choice between 2-door or 4-door models will also affect your gas mileage. With the 3.6-liter standard engine, regardless of your other decisions, your combined fuel efficiency should be somewhere between 18 and 20 MPG. The 2.0-liter engine, on the other hand, has a combined rate sitting between 22 and 24 MPG, no doubt thanks to help from its fuel-saving technology. No matter which you choose, you’re getting an engine capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs when properly equipped.

Additional Personalization Options

 

The level of versatility present in the Wrangler is more than we even have the time to cover, but we can at least go over some of the most unique accessories and upgrades before we call it a day. If you enjoy the open air but still want something between you and the road, there are a number of alternative door options. Of these possible substitutes, the most popular are Tube Doors, a set of bars across the bottom half of the doorway, but there are plenty of other great half-door styles out there to choose from. Mesh tops are another great way to enjoy the elements in style, and if you sunburn easily or don’t look good in sunglasses, it could be exactly the accessory you need.

Storage isn’t a problem when you’re properly equipped, and there are multiple different places to add convenient cargo bags. When you’re driving such an open vehicle, having a secure place to store loose items is a must. In case you were worried about the integrity of your carpeting, there are also Weather mats for the Wrangler, with an opening specifically for the floor drains we mentioned earlier. The mat uses the drain as a way to secure itself in place, too, so there’s no risk of it shifting around while you drive. Another accessory that goes well with the floor drains is a raised intake snorkel, which not only gives your Jeep amphibious capabilities, but it looks pretty awesome as well. Even if you don’t expect to be driving through too many rivers, the snorkel is still useful in a major way. Driving naturally kicks some dust into the air, and if you’re off-roading then you’ll kick up a lot more than just that. The raised intake allows much cooler and cleaner air to reach your engine, which is better for both performance and the condition of your car.

Jeeps For Sale – Your Answer to Dinosaur Problems

 

Now that you’ve seen some of what the Wrangler has to offer, you can probably see why it’s so perfect for handling dinosaurs. If not, well, that’s just too bad, because Jurassic Park is definitely the only source of completely accurate information on the subject. Until other research provides conflicting results, Jeep’s status as the ultimate dinosaur taming automotive brand is indisputable.

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