- Very capable off-roader, three trim levels: Sport, Sahara, Rubicon
- 285-hp, Pentastar V-6 engine
- Standard four-wheel drive
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler remains arguably the most capable “out of the box” off-roader you can buy today, ready to traverse any terrain from the moment you drive it off the lot.
Last year, the Wrangler added new standard features like an eight-speaker stereo and a toolkit for removing various exterior parts like the doors and roof. For 2016, changes include the introduction of a Black Bear Edition model that adds onto the Sport trim, but otherwise the Wrangler carries on unchanged.
The Wrangler’s styling remains unique; it is very easily recognizable with its upright stance, seven slot grille, and giant fenders. The Wrangler is also sold in a larger, four-door version called the Wrangler Unlimited which is covered separately. As we mentioned before, much of the Wrangler can be removed; the doors and roof come off after you loosen a few bolts and the windshield can fold down as well. Wheels range from 16-18 inches in size, with a full-size spare mounted on the rear gate. Fog lights are standard, with side steps for easier entry and a hardtop (still removable) optional.
Under the hood the Wrangler uses Chrysler’s ubiquitous Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 which makes 285-hp. It comes mated to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive comes standard, with plenty of extra mechanical upgrades available like a 3.73 or 4.10 axle ratio, a rear-axle locker, and a sway bar disconnect system.
Inside, the Wrangler’s cabin opts for function over form, with a rugged aesthetic that carries over from the exterior. Standard features include satellite radio, an eight speaker stereo, cloth upholstery, and an auxiliary audio input. Also available are air conditioning, a 115-volt power outlet, navigation, an Alpine stereo, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.
Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, antilock brakes, hill-start assist, and electronic stability control with roll mitigation. Side-impact airbags are optional.