Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They’re awesome.
Barring the original VW Beetle and Mini Cooper, there are few vehicles which solidly own a certain body style. The Wrangler is one of those few; say the word “Jeep” to just about anybody – even if they care nothing about cars – and you’re likely to conjure the image below.
It’s a good thing, this Wrangler. In base form, labelled the Sport through some shrewd marketing, it offers up Chrysler’s now ubitquitous Pentastar V6. Delivering near-as-makes-no-difference 300hp, it’s lashed to a 6-speed manual which is a fine choice for everyone except extreme rock crawlers, where three legs come in handy to navigate up perilous eighty-nine degree rock faces with a manual transmission. For the rest of us, Save the Manuals and skip the $1495 automatic.
Jeep has been posting robust sales numbers; pricing the base Wrangler at about $25,000 undoubtedly contributes. Especially helpful is the fact its interior no longer resembles a monk’s cave, equipped as it is with decent cloth seats and a clear set of gauges. Don’t worry, purists; there’s still no headliner at this price.
The hue shown here is the $0 Tank. That’s right, Tank. Sixteen inch on/off road tires, Dana front & rear axles, and fog lamps are all standard. Optional Freedom Tops and Frontal Masks sound like big fun until you realize they’re only for use on the vehicle, so we’ll pass.
What you can do is fold down the windshield, leave the doors at home, heave that big 4×4 selector into low range, and hit the dirt. Dirt cheap, that is.
The model above is shown in Canadian dollars with Canadian options and trim, hockey sticks and maple syrup not included. As always, your dealer may sell for less.