Having owned a coupe for more than a third of my life, the days of two-door cars are behind me since I’m now old enough to find cars without rear doors rather unpractical. Therefore, I’d go with the Unlimited model while staying on a budget since the ideal Wrangler in my book is a no-frills version with very few extras. The basis would be the $31,545 Unlimited Sport 4x4 in the eye-catching Punk’n Metallic Clear-Coat paint with the standard 17-inch black wheels.
Inside, I actually favor cloth seats over the pricier leather upholstery, but I would spend extra on the $150 all-weather floor mats. When it comes to optional packages, I have no need for the Smoker’s Group or the Trailer Tow Group, which is why I’d skip both and use the money somewhere else. The Wrangler is far from being a sports car that would be more fun with a manual gearbox, so I would spend $2,000 on the eight-speed automatic transmission for a more relaxing drive while sticking with the standard Pentastar V6 engine.
One last option box that I would tick is the Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle ($595) with those all-terrain tires. While I generally prefer hardtops to fabric roof, the Wrangler is an exception as I’ve always envisioned my ideal configuration with the standard soft top, especially since in the JL generation it’s easier to put down or up than ever before.
That brings the grand total to a perfectly reasonable $35,785, with just $2,745 worth of options.