The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic, well-recognized vehicle. It’s known for its off-road capability and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. The Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axels, and electronic lockers. Jeep says it’s one of the few midsize SUVs that offers a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the available eight-speed automatic.
The Jeep Wrangler was also named as the 2019 MotorTrend SUV of the Year, beating out 35 other SUVs to come out on top.
“The new Jeep Wrangler is what crossovers want to be when they grow up,” wrote MotorTrend.
The Wrangler’s diverse range has a little something for everyone. You can opt for a two-door model that brings you back to Jeeps of the past. Or, you could make sure there’s enough room for all your friends by opting for a four-door model.
“The Wrangler is a thoughtful, thorough rework of an American original,” said Angus MacKenzie, international bureau chief for MotorTrend. “It’s laser-focused on improving the performance of its intended function, right down to the last nut and bolt.”
For 2019, the Wrangler lineup consists of these models: Sport, Sport S, Sahara (4-door only), Rubicon, and MOAB.
While a 2-door base Sport model has a starting price of $28,045, things can get a lot more expensive. A 4-door Rubicon, for example, has a starting price of $38,395. You’ll have to shell out more than $50,000, meanwhile, for the range-topping MOAB!
With the 2019 Wrangler, you have your choice of the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or the available new 2.0-liter Direct-Injection Turbo engine.
The first option churns out up to 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. With the two-door model, it gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway. With the four-door option, it gets 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. These fuel economy improvements are thanks to lighter aluminum being used for the Wrangler’s doors, hood, and windshield frame.
If you’re after even more fuel savings, though, you could opt for the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology. City fuel efficiency is improved by 35 percent on two-door models. An extra 71 lb.-ft. of torque in the low rpm range also helps smooth shifts and boost launch performance. It gets up to 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
There are three available 4x4 systems to help you have all kinds of boundary-breaking experiences in your Wrangler. The Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 Systems provide powerful grip on tough terrains and inclement weather, while the new available Selec-Trac Full-Time 4x4 System gives you added ease of use.
The Selec-Trac 4x4 System will automatically switch from 2WD to 4WD when conditions dictate. Selec-Trac analyzes the situation for you and then sends torque to the wheels with the most grip.
“The system provides continuous, optimum traction that effortlessly conquers snow, rocks, mud and everything in between,” writes Jeep on its website. “The system’s Smart Lock maintains constant 4WD action when you take to the trail or face challenging road conditions.”
It’s also nice knowing that every 2019 Jeep Wrangler sports the “Trail Rated” badge. To earn that badge, the vehicle must conquer a series of grueling tests over the toughest terrain. That means you know the Wrangler will deliver incredible off-road capability.
To further protect the vehicle from damage while conquering those trails, every Wrangler is fortified with skid plates. Heavy-gauge steel skid plates defend important equipment like the fuel tank and transfer case. A skid bar, meanwhile, helps safeguard the automatic transmission oil pan.
Moving inside the iconic Wrangler now, you’ll find technology to help you stay in touch with all your friends. There’s the fourth-generation Uconnect system which comes with the choice of a 7.0-inch or 8.5-inch touchscreen with pinch-and-zoom capability. On sport models, a 5.0-inch screen is standard. The touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay support, Android Auto integration, the Sirius XM All Access Package, Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and Integrated Voice Command.
The navigation system is not only capable of helping you get from point A to B, but can also be used to search for ATMs, restaurants, and other pitstops.
To help you share your excursions and off-roading journeys with friends, a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot is available. The signal covers up to a 50-foot radius and up to eight devices. That means you’ll always be connected while on the go!
If you’re planning on listening to plenty of music in your new Wrangler, know an Alpine Premium Audio System with a 552-watt 12-channel amplifier, nine speakers, and a rear subwoofer is available. It’s enhanced by active noise cancellation and the acoustic laminated windshield glass.
Now as for the Wrangler’s seats, they’re designed to provide comfort and exceptional support on every journey. But, you can opt for available heated front seats and premium armrests to make the ride an even more comfortable one.
If you’re planning on getting your Wrangler dirty, know that 2019 models are designed with a wash-out interior. That means after a long day of off-roading, you can easily wash away leftover interior mud thanks to removable carpet and new one-way floor drain valves.
The interior is also equipped with some other rugged features to help make adventures easy, like hidden rear storage. The rear storage area features a removable cargo floor designed to keep your gear hidden from view.
While what the Wrangler looks like largely depends on which model you choose, the 2019 Wrangler stays true to heritage with its iconic round headlamps and seven-slot grille at the front. The full-size spare tire and “bolt-on”-look taillamps at the rear are also distinctly Wrangler.
Sleek-body color fenders are standard on Sahara and available on Rubicon models, while rugged black fenders are standard for both Sport and Rubicon models. Rubicon fender flares are high-clearance, made for standard 33-inch off-road, all-terrain tires. They can accommodate up to 35-inch tires, however.
Of course, there are many different fresh-air options. With removable doors, hard, soft, and no-top options, there are a variety of ways for your to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer. There’s even a new fold-down windshield that’s much simpler to use. It only requires the removal of four bolts versus 28 on the previous model! That means it’s now even easier for you to get a clear view of the trail ahead.
Another great feature that will help you soak in your surroundings and the skies above is the all-new available Sky One-Touch Power Top. With the push of a button, the roof fully opens in about 20 seconds! It can be used at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. That means no more having to pull over for sudden rainstorms! And if you could use even more air, the rear-quarter windows can also be easily removed. The Sky One-Touch Power Top is available on Sahara and Rubicon four-door models.
There are plenty of exterior colors to choose from including Bright White, Hella Yella, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Black, Firecracker Red, Punk’n Metallic, Mojito!, Sting Gray, Ocean Blue Metallic, and Bikini.
As for safety, there’s a host of standard and available systems. Not to mention, this is a Wrangler we’re talking about! It’s built sturdy and tough to begin with. High-strength steel beams further improve side-impact performance and vehicle stiffness, while an advanced front and side airbag system protects occupants.
Standard electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-Start Assist, and brake traction control are among the more than 75 available safety and security features.
To help with parking and backing up, there’s a standard ParkView Rear Back Up Camera. When you shift into reverse, the view is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen. There’s also an available ParkSense Rear Park Assist System. It uses sonar sensors in the rear bumper to detect obstacles behind you. It will sound an alert when you get too close to an object while parallel parking or backing into a spot.
While the Wrangler certainly isn’t for everyone, it’s an excellent choice for people who love adventure. It has all the creature comforts to be a great vehicle while not off-roading, but also has that added capability to help you fully conquer the trails when desired. It easily outperforms more expensive competitors in the off-road department, which may just be enough to win you over!