When it comes to the Jeep Wrangler, I’m a purist. If I want a four-door Jeep, I’ll buy a Cherokee and be done with it. Wranglers are meant to be small, slipping between trees or climbing rocks, taking its occupants to places where roads or trails don’t exist. As such, it’s a nimble two-door Rubicon for me, finished in Firecracker Red with the standard-issue black fender flares, black soft top, and 17-inch wheels wearing mud-terrain tires. This is an off-roader, no need to get fancy.
Actually, I would prefer the leather-trimmed bucket seats in tan, just to break up the monotony of the Wrangler’s dark cabin. Standard equipment for the rest of the interior is fine, though I want the LED lights front and rear as well as the steel bumpers. Power-wise, I want nothing to do with turbochargers on my off-roader – those hairdryers can get awfully hot in low-speed, high-RPM off-road conditions – so it’s the 3.6-liter V6 with the automatic for me.
That brings me to $46,555, which isn’t cheap for a small off-roader like this. However, a two-door fabric-top Wrangler is as iconic as it is capable of finding places where other machines – including the four-door Wrangler – simply can’t reach.