2014 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is unchanged, except for some additions. There's a new Freedom edition and another special edition called the Rubicon X. This one is aimed at catering for those of you who seek more adventures and thrills off-road. If you want really big wheels, try the Sport trim where a set of 32 inch wheels are now available.

The Willy's Wheeler edition is an interesting one. Its inspiration goes all the way back to the WWII era and the jeeps they had back then. There's a new kit for 2014. The Trail Kit is aimed at providing an off, off-road experience. It includes a carrying bag, a pair of gloves, D-rings and a towing strap.

The upgrades introduced over the past couple of years have been quite significant. The new 3.6 liter DOHC V6-cylinder engine with the new 5-speed automatic gearbox really changed the game. Then we had the cabin upgrade with better materials all round. The new seats too made a difference.

The Wrangler has always been a uniquely excellent off-road SUV, but the recent upgrades have really pushed it ahead and made it so much better. Sure, you can pay twice as much and probably get a whole lot more of the fancy stuff, but if world class handling off-road is all you really want, then the 2014 Wrangler at a fraction of the price of some of the bloated SUVs on the road today, is all you need.

Exterior

The outward appearance of this all-American icon has changed little in over 70 years. You can clearly see many fundamental design elements in the 2014 model that were there from the beginning in the first model. A lot of things have changed, but more things have remained the same, it seems, and millions of Americans seem to like it that way too.

The 2014 Wrangler still has its round headlamps one either side of its distinctive 7-slot grille. Visibility is still excellent all round. The windshield still fold forwards on to the hood, and the doors can still be detached. A solid top with matching body color is available, but you can still have the soft top if you prefer.

Interior

The interior of the Wrangler has changed quite a lot, and for the better too. It can still be described as basic, especially in the lower trims, though the upper trims do provide a lot of comfort now. The front seats are a lot more comfortable with added side bolsters, but the rear seats are still little more than a padded board, to be honest.

Managing the soft top on your own was always a daunting task, but it has now been made easier. It's also possible to have a revised soft top that incorporates materials that will help to dampen engine and road noises.

Ride and Handling

The Wrangler handles exceptionally well, doing what it was designed to do off-road. It's also a great little run-around in the city, and especially so now that fuel efficiency has been improved. The ride is more comfortable than it used to be and really quite acceptable now.

Powertrain

  • 3.6 L DOHC V6-cylinder engine 
  • 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox 
  • 285 horsepower at 6,400 rpm 
  • 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 
  • 17/21 (Wrangler Manual/Automatic) 
  • 16 /20 (Wrangler Unlimited Automatic) 
  • 16 /21 (Wrangler Unlimited Manual)

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