Ever since the first Jeeps made their debut during World War II, the vehicle has been known for its rugged, off-road performance and reliability under unpredictable conditions. Today, Chrysler incorporates modern features into its Jeeps while it stays true to the SUVs original brand image. Although the automobile manufacturing giant has introduced many Jeep models over the years, it is the Jeep Wrangler that most closely resembles the virtually indestructible, military Jeeps of over 70 years ago.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has turned in its war-time dog tags and is now known as the vehicle of choice for civilians who want a fun SUV that can handle almost any adventure that you can throw at it. If you talk to fans of the Jeep brand, you will find that the 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following with purists. Its exterior styling is not the only attractive feature of the new Jeep Wrangler. It has a base MSRP of $23,995, and it has one of the highest expected resale values in its class according to one Kelley Blue Book report. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler comes in 14 different versions, so you are sure to find one that has just the right mix of style and performance elements to meet your driving expectations.

Performance Specs

Off-road performance is an area in which the 2017 Jeep Wrangler shines. The SUV comes with a powerful 3.6-Liter V-6 engine, and it claims 285 horsepower with 260 pound-feet of torque. Its wheels and suspension systems ensure that you have the traction to tackle surfaces that are wet, snowy, sandy, muddy and rocky. Some standard performance features include a robust 4-wheel drive system, disc brakes and a hydraulic assist brake booster system. If you ever want to reach a remote campsite that is located high in the mountains, this is the vehicle that will get you there safely.

The next-generation Dana 44 rear axle, which accommodates larger tires for the SUV, comes standard on this new Jeep Wrangler. It also has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. The auto maker is so confident about its 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s performance capabilities that it has stamped its own Trail Rated designation on it.

The base model 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a fun-to-drive, 6-speed manual transmission, but it comes with the option to upgrade to a 5-speed automatic version. The SUV’s estimated top speed is 110 miles per hour, and it can reportedly go from 0 to 60 in 8.5 seconds.

Safety and Entertainment Features

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has been engineered with safety in mind. Besides its high-gauge, steel framing that protects occupants during accidents, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler has airbags that adjust output to the severity of impact for decreased injuries during accidents.

When you’re taking this car on rough terrain around unpredictable curves and bends, you’ll be glad to know that the manufacturer designed the 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s fuel compartment to be housed between extra steel framing. This offers added protection against fuel tank ruptures and deadly fires when you test out the performance capabilities on this SUV. Speed and traction control systems are also included in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler safety package.

While the new Jeep Wrangler mostly stays true to its no-frills heritage, it does have some modern, tech-based features that contribute to driver and passenger safety. For instance, you can get Electronic Stability Control systems on some trim levels which help to make steering corrections. Some models of the SUV also come with Electronic Roll Mitigation systems, which stabilize the Jeeps against rollovers. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s Hill Start Assist function allows you to safely proceed up steep inclines from a stopped position.

The maker of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler realized that many buyers purchase the SUV as a second vehicle that is ready for exciting weekend adventures with family and friends. The vehicle just wouldn’t be as fun without the modern infotainment features that are prevalent in today’s automobiles. You’re able to get Sirius XM satellite radio and Travel Link services on this year’s Jeep Wrangler model. Premium Alpine speakers, all-weather subwoofers and remote USB ports are all options that are available on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler. This vehicle is also Bluetooth enabled, which allows you to pair your mobile phone to the car’s audio system; this hands-free way to operate your phone’s address book and music lists is both a cool convenience and a safety feature.

How It Stacks up Against the Competition

If you listen to Jeep enthusiasts and of course the Chrysler folks, the Jeep Wrangler is in a class by itself. However, you’ll be happy to know that the humble Jeep holds its own with competitors like the Toyota 4Runner, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the 2017 Range Rover. These other 4×4 vehicles get higher ratings for luxury and fuel-efficiency, but even the 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s harshest critics agree that its off-road capabilities are second to none. Regular folks also note that it makes wilderness adventures much more accessible with a base MSRP that is just under 30% less than the base MSRP of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.

Fuel Efficiency

According to the official data that was collected by the organization, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler gets 18 mpg in town and 21 mpg on highways. These figures applied to both automatic and manual transmission versions of the 4-wheel drive SUV.

Jeep owners typically fall for the vehicle’s carefree, fun persona rather than its gas mileage. They realize that the classic Jeep styling that is so nostalgic of the stalwart military SUVs of the 1940s is part of the reason why the car gets such subpar gas mileage. Mike Manley, the head of the Jeep brand at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, hinted that upcoming Jeep Wrangler models may go hybrid.

Pros

  • The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a reasonable price in comparison with other SUVs in its class.
  • It comes in a variety of trims, and you can get it with creature comforts like heated seats and air conditioning.
  • The new Jeep Wrangler has a number of available accessories that allow you to increase the car’s off-road performance level for all types of terrain or weather conditions.
  • There are many accessories that allow you to upgrade the SUV’s style factor. These include various types, colors and configurations for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler’s wheels, tops and doors.

Cons

  • Many Jeep enthusiasts are waiting for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler to hit the sales floor. The upcoming model year of Jeep Wrangler promises design upgrades that lower the SUV’s weight and make it even safer to drive.
  • Unless you work for your county’s Parks and Recreation department, you may not be comfortable taking your 2017 Jeep Wrangler through long, highway commutes to the office.
  • According to Car and Driver reports, this Jeep model doesn’t have the smoothest ride on the market. More comfortable driving experiences for daily commutes can be had with most conventional SUVs, and they come standard on luxury SUVs.

You will, however, earn innumerable cool points with office co-workers and friends when you finally arrive at your destination.