- Eight-speed transmission newly available for 2014
- One of the most capable off-the-lot vehicles ever built
- Choice of cloth or hard top
Jeep can trace its lineage back to the days of World War II and it continues to produce some of the most rugged, dependable cars on the road. This essence is distilled in the 2014 Jeep Wrangler, which can drive off the lot straight onto the trail without skipping a beat.
This focus on off-road acumen is apparent from first glance. The 2014 Wrangler keeps the look that has come to define Jeep, with a high ride, huge wheel-arches, and square stance that were all part of the original Jeep lineage. The Wrangler also features Jeep’s classic seven-slot front grill and round headlights. Depending on the trim, different body panels and trim pieces can be added to give your Wrangler an even more macho look, especially the top-range Sahara and Rubicon editions. Optional features include larger wheels and tires, tow-winch, and rugged rock bars to protect the undercarriage. A hard-top roof can also be ordered. The Wrangler comes with two-doors, but those who want four-door convenience can look to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited (covered separately).
Inside, the 2014 Wrangler can run the gamut from bare-bones to posh. The basic seats are cloth, but leather is an option for higher-end models. The dash is tall, square, and rugged in its own rite with chunky knobs, wheels, and dials that are easy to grab and turn. Standard features include air conditioning, 130-watt audio system, and adjustable headrests. Options include satellite navigation, Alpine stereo system, heated seats, and Sirius XM satellite radio.
Under the hood, the Wrangler features a 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 260 pounds-feet of torque and is paired with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Fuel economy checks in a 17/21 mpg city/highway. Four-wheel drive is standard, but high-range Wrangler models offer several different four-wheel drive systems, off-road suspension parts, locking differentials, ultra-beefy front and rear Dana 44 axles, and electronically disabled sway bars that add suspension travel.
The Wrangler’s classic body-on frame design is incredibly strong and rigid to deal with rocks and boulders, but operators should be careful; the high center of gravity makes the Wrangler prone to rollovers. Standard safety features include front airbags, traction control, and ABS disc brakes. Side airbags are optional.