The 2014 Jeep Wrangler isn’t just a toy with a mean look, it’s the real deal. This car was designed to get you through the muddiest, rockiest, and steepest of obstacles with minimal disturbance to you and your passengers. For the price, the Wrangler delivers a wide range of possibilities without denting your wallet. Read further to find out all the fun sides of the Jeep Wrangler.
Just like any other Jeep, the front of the Wrangler looks tough with the wide set grille and round headlights. The styling has been left unchanged and features straight, vivid lines which give the car a stacked profile. Under the hood, Jeep has put in the same 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine which has been rated one of the top ten engines for the past three years now. This engine gets you 285-horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque which really gets the Wrangler going when you put your foot on the pedal.
As for fuel efficiency ratings for the 2014 Jeep Wrangler, the 3.6-litre engine will get you 13.84 L/100km city driving and 11.2 L/100km on the highway. These ratings are moderately decent considering what kind of terrain this car is made for handling.
The Jeep Wrangler’s elevated body allows you to have a better approach angle, allowing you to climb a steeper hill, go over bigger rocks, or whatever terrain it is you need to get through. The large, rugged wheels also allow for better clearance over rough terrain and a smoother ride overall. The plastic covers running around the car also protect the body from getting covered by any mud or dirt that can get kicked up by the wheels.
The interior of the 2014 Jeep Wrangler looks just as tough as the exterior. The leather seats feature some really nice stitching and also a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The seats are extremely comfortable and cushioned and also come with a heated seats option if you’d like to upgrade. A very rare but useful feature inside the 2014 Wrangler is the three prong power outlet in the centre console. It can be used just like any outlet you have at home whether it is for charging your phone, MP3 player or any other reason you might need it for. It comes in quite handy.
Jeep kept the technology rather basic in the 2014 Wrangler which realistically matches the car since it’s meant to wow you with its power, not its technology. There is an option to upgrade to an LCD display with navigation if you’re willing to cough up the extra thousand or two for the feature.
The styling inside the 2014 Wrangler could use a bit of work. The chrome decals and plane-like air vents are a bit tacky in our opinion and make the Wrangler look like a yuppy car rather than the muscle machine it really is. Other than that, the rest of the interior is on point. The hard plastic is expected in a car that takes quite the beating and really doesn’t look that bad. The steering wheel is big and feels nice in your hands while you’re driving. The ride is balanced and responsive, everything you need for taking this puppy out on a spin through the most challenging terrain.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler offers power, durability, and comfort all in one convenient package at an affordable price. If you want a car that’ll work as hard as you do, you must definitely consider the 2014 Jeep Wrangler.
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|Rubicon||$35,395||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Sahara||$32,395||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Sport||$23,195||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||3|
|Drive Train||4X4 Wheel Drive|
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The Wrangler doesn't drive like a vintage off-roader. Rather, its modern Pentastar V-6 and A580 five-speed automatic transmission have helped this Jeep make tremendous leaps and bounds in the drivability category–especially on the highway.
The 3.6-liter V-6 produces about 40 percent more power and 10 percent more torque than the engine it replaces, and it's now rated at 285-hp/260-pould-feet. And, with its new transmission–a heirloom from older Mercedes-Benz models–it shifts smoothly in light to moderate acceleration.
The Pentastar as all the requisite low-end torque needed for hardcore off-roading, but it also accelerates all the way to the redline without any vibrations or roughness. The Wrangler is surprisingly quick, too–the Unlimited four-door models only take about 8.4 seconds to get to 60, while two-door Wranglers can get there in 7.7 seconds.
The manual transmission in the Wrangler is reminiscent of the Jeeps of yore–long throws, long pedal travel and a little vibration offer greater control over what the Wrangler is doing, but with a little extra work along the way. Regardless of whether you choose the automatic or the manual, the gear ratios are very tall in the high range–an automatic model with the base 3.21:1 ratio, for example, only needed to shift once on the way up to 60 mph. A low 4.10:1 ratio is still available in the Rubicon.
Originally appeared on The Car Connection
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Choose the base Sport model and the 2014 Wrangler's interior will have cloth seats and a look and feel that can be described as functional. Move up through the trim levels and you will eventually get to such alternatives as a Sahara Unlimited with 2-tone leather and the touch of, if not outright luxury, at least plush comfort. In back, the rear seat folds flat to create a generous, handy and flat load space that's perfect for all the gear that off-roading sometimes requires.
Among the most valuable items of standard equipment is the 3.6-liter V6 engine and its 285 horsepower and ample torque. But it's more than just the terrific engine. Standard electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control will be welcome by all drivers. Most important is the Wrangler SUV's awesome capability for dealing with life without pavement, and it's included as standard equipment. Compromises come in regards to conveniences, especially in base models, which lack power windows, power doorlocks and even air conditioning as standard equipment.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is one of a very short list of vehicles that gives buyers a choice of final-drive ratios. Generally speaking, a lower-number axle ratio offers better fuel economy and lower engine rpm for a quieter ride, while a higher number enables better acceleration, as well as climbing and towing ability. Most of the extras are wrapped into trim levels, but other options include the Freedom III Package, the 32-inch Tire and Wheel Group, a Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, Premium Appearance Group, Rubicon X Package, Trail Kit and Trailer-Tow Package. There is also a variety of electronic conveniences and sound-system upgrades.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front airbags and hill start assist. Front side airbags are optional. In Edmunds brake testing, both two- and four-door Wranglers came to a stop from 60 mph in about 140 feet.
It should be noted that the Wrangler's doors do not provide the same level of protection as regular doors do in a side crash. As such, it won't surprise you that the Wrangler doesn't fare well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash test. Without side airbags, the two-door Wrangler earned the worst rating of "Poor," while the Unlimited got the second-worst "Marginal." However, both the two-door and four-door Wranglers get the best possible rating of "Good" in the IIHS's moderate-overlap frontal-offset test. The two-door Wrangler earned a Marginal rating in the Institute's newer, small-overlap frontal-offset test (which concentrates crash forces on a smaller section of the front bumper), but in fairness, most compact SUVs have done poorly in this test.
Originally appeared on Edmunds
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