Used Buying Guide 2007-2018 “Jeep Wrangler” JK

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By RobertBass

The Jeep Wrangler is a legendary SUV. The first Jeep Wrangler models were both civilian and military. They literally set the standard for off-roading. We are happy to assist you in finding the right Wrangler JK, the third generation of Wranglers.

What is the Appeal Jeep Wrangler?

Modern vehicles have independent suspensions. The Jeep Wrangler, however, is the last off-road vehicle to use a solid axle suspension. This design connects the front wheels using a single beam, which is also used in classic off-road SUVs. Fans love the way vehicles with solid axle suspensions perform on rough terrain.

A manual soft top is available and the doors can be removed. This unique design is combined with the Wrangler’s distinctive look makes it a vehicle unlike any other SUV or convertible. With so few other vehicles in this category, the Jeep Wrangler will deliver an unparalleled top-down experience.

Jeep Wrangler Engine and Drivetrain

The third-generation Jeep Wrangler is equipped with a V6 engine. However, what you get depends on which model year you select. The Wrangler’s older versions, 2007-2011, were equipped with a 3.8-liter engine that produces 202 horsepower. The standard model comes with a six-speed manual transmission; an optional four-speed automatic is available.

2012-2018 models come standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar Pentastar V6 engine that is rated at 285 horsepower. You can expect improved acceleration and a smoother ride. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but there are also options for a five-speed automatic. The 2018 models come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This allows for less fuel consumption and increases torque.

You probably have a strong sense for adventure if you are considering buying a Jeep Wrangler. You’ll want one with 4WD. It’s easy to find this feature, as it is standard on all Wranglers produced after 2010. This is a win especially as 4WD is often an option on SUVs of other brands.

Two doors are available on the base Jeep Wrangler. This gives it a sportier appearance. There are two-door versions that can seat four people. For more practicality, consider the Wrangler Unlimited four door model. It has an extra seat and some legroom at the rear.

A soft top comes as standard on the Jeep Wrangler, but you can also get a hardtop. You can increase protection from the elements, reduce ride sound and increase security. If you plan on parking your Wrangler in your driveway or on the street, this is a good option. A hard top can make your Wrangler look cleaner, regardless of whether it is removed or equipped.

Understanding the most popular trims

The Jeep Wrangler Sport is a great way to begin your off-road adventures. It’s the most affordable Jeep Wrangler, and it also offers the opportunity to make modifications. You can balance ruggedness and add some extras. The Sport S comes standard with air conditioning and 17-inch alloy wheels. It also has a leather-wrapped steering column.

Although off-road SUVs can be a bit pricier than luxury vehicles, the Sahara offers more modern features. With 18-inch alloy wheels and body-colored fenders, the most noticeable differences are cosmetic. Power locks and power windows are included, as well as all features found in the Wrangler Sport or Wrangler Sport.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the ideal vehicle for performance enthusiasts who want the best off-road experience. Upgrades include substantial Dana 44 front wheels and an electronic front disconnect to make it easier for drivers lock/unlock the sway bars without having to get out of their car. This Wrangler can conquer any terrain thanks to Tru-Lock differential lockers, aggressive gearing, or both.