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Jeep Wrangler

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The original four-wheel-drive Jeep was developed for the U.S. Army by Willys-Overland. Production began in 1941; the earliest models were shipped around the globe to help the Allies during World War II. After the war, Willys secured the Jeep trademark, and the first civilian Jeep, 1945’s CJ-2A, went on sale aimed at farmers and others in need of a vehicle that could work off-road. The 1976 CJ-7 introduced popular creature-comfort options such as an automatic transmission and a molded plastic hardtop. The first-generation Wrangler replaced the CJ-7 for the 1987 model year, and 20 years later the four-door Wrangler Unlimited added a new chapter to this ever-evolving story. Today, Jeep is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and the latest Wrangler retains serious off-road capability and immediately recognizable Jeep style as two of its defining features.

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Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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Off Road Shoppers

Off-Road vehicles include four-wheel-drive SUVs and pickup trucks with the extra feature of a dual-range transfer case or dedicated crawl mode for extreme off-road driving. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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5 Generations

Wrangler - 5 Generations

2018 Wrangler

Redesigned in 2018
2018 Wrangler Generation, 2018 Jeep Wrangler model shown Showing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

An all-new Wrangler debuted at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, with plans to sell it as a 2018 model alongside the previous generation, the Wrangler JK. The new model, the JL, comes in two-door and longer four-door versions. The Unlimited name was dropped, but the styling maintains the familiar Wrangler appearance, just subtly modernized with slightly slipperier lines and contemporary touches, such as optional LED lighting. The 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 returns as the standard engine, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 270 hp is a new extra-cost option. Jeep has also announced an optional turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 for 2019 four-door models.

  • MSRP Range $27,495–$37,495
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 5 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20
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2007–2017 Wrangler

Redesigned in 2007
Showing the 2017 Jeep Wrangler

A new Wrangler JK arrived for the 2007 model year with literally the biggest news: a newly developed four-door Unlimited variant that was nearly 21 inches longer than the traditional two-door Wrangler. The Unlimited’s roomier body maintained the Wrangler’s signature fold-down windshield and removable doors and roof, so it still offered the option of open-air driving. A 285-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 replaced the old 202-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 for 2012. Throughout this generation there were numerous special editions, including the Islander, Arctic, Moab, Willys Wheeler and Golden Eagle.

  • MSRP Range $23,995–$33,645
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 78 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18
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  • Current List Price $20,425–$35,449
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18
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  • Current List Price $19,684–$32,876
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 58 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18
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  • Current List Price $18,036–$31,604
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 46 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18
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  • Current List Price $16,520–$30,604
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 86 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18
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  • Current List Price $14,577–$30,649
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 61 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19
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  • Current List Price $13,528–$25,420
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17
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  • Current List Price $12,665–$23,721
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 45 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17
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  • Current List Price $11,585–$22,369
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 27 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17
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  • Current List Price $10,895–$23,971
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 67 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-18
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  • Current List Price $10,110–$21,494
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 70 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-20
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1997–2006 Wrangler

Redesigned in 1997
Showing the 2006 Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler was redesigned for 1997 (there was no 1996 model), and Jeep’s traditional squared-off styling remained largely intact for this generation, the TJ. The most obvious visual change to the exterior was the return to classic CJ-style round headlights, but the most significant development was the switch from leaf springs to a new coil-spring suspension, similar in concept to the setup used on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Wrangler Rubicon debuted for 2003, and a long-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited arrived during the 2004 model year.

  • Current List Price $6,202–$23,126
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 50 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-19
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  • Current List Price $7,416–$20,648
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 33 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-19
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  • Current List Price $6,977–$19,405
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 45 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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  • Current List Price $5,364–$18,052
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 37 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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  • Current List Price $6,214–$16,258
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 32 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-19
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  • Current List Price $4,549–$15,625
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 26 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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  • Current List Price $4,574–$14,598
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 36 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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  • Current List Price $3,678–$14,310
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 24 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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  • Current List Price $4,044–$14,968
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 26 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-19
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  • Current List Price $2,065–$14,421
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 34 reviews
  • Combined MPG Not Available
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1996 Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler was not produced in 1996

1987–1995 Wrangler

Redesigned in 1987
Showing the 1995 Jeep Wrangler

The 1987 Jeep Wrangler debuted in 1986 as the replacement for the brand’s popular CJ-7. This so-called YJ Wrangler was easily identified by its rectangular headlamps. American Motors, Jeep’s parent company since 1970, was sold to Chrysler Corp. in August 1987.

  • Current List Price $2,990–$11,738
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 21 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-19
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  • Current List Price $2,199–$12,195
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 11 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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  • Current List Price $148–$15,696
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 5 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19
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  • Current List Price $3,070–$11,170
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

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