1. It's No Joker When It Comes To Performance
The Wrangler has practically set the tone for expectations in an off-road SUV. This Trail-Rated 4X4 can tough through sand, mud, snow, and just about any conditions a serious offroader might encounter.
With a standard Command-Trac 4X4 system that splits the torque evenly between the front and back tires, combined with Jeep's Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system, the 2016 model of this classic off-roader can take your direction and get you just about anywhere.
Standard on the 2016 Wrangler is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that can push out up to 285 horsepower with 260 pounds of torque. This all comes with an impressive fuel efficiency of 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway that can carry you into even the deepest desert and back.
2. It Holds Its Resale Value Amazingly Well
According to Kelley Blue Book, the Wrangler maintains an incredible 69 percent of its original value after three years, and still 58 percent after five years. This makes the Wrangler one of the most long-lasting values in the industry, making it an excellent investment for drivers looking for both a car for the long haul and a solid transitional vehicle that won't break the bank on the way out.
The reason the 2015 Wrangler was able to hold its second-highest-resale-value ranking is because of the durability of its individual parts, combined with current low gas prices, that make the Wrangler an attractive and reliable option for any offroader or consumer concerned with their vehicle's longevity.
3. It's a Blast to Drive
The Wrangler seems to distil all parts of that classic Jeep look into one classy package - with fender flares, Jeep's iconic seven-slot grille and removable doors and top to give every Jeeper the freedom to express his or her own style. Plus, with an available nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system and an all-weather Jeep-tested subwoofer, this sporty SUV allows you and your guests to blast your own tunes or stream them through the voice-activated center console.
4. There are Tons - TONS - Of Special Editions
The Wrangler is not only famous for its durability, but also its versatility. That being said, it seems as though the Wrangler has been a favorite for Jeep's special edition designers for years, as the model has brought forth over a dozen special editions since its premier in 1986.
This means that not only is the Wrangler available in its typical Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon trim levels but that these also each have their own special editions to choose from, each with the additional improvements and amenities one might expect from a special edition.
Take, for instance, the new 2016 Wrangler Backcountry or 2016 Freedom editions, which include several unique improvements to drastically improve offroad performance above the already excellent offroad record held by the Wrangler. Featuring a lot of the Wrangler's typically optional amenities as standard features as well as flashy and distinct paint jobs, these special editions - among several others from recent years - prove that there is likely a Wrangler for everybody out there.
5. It's Super Safe
When you build a machine designed to take on the toughest, roughest environments, you need to make sure the people riding inside can stay completely safe. So that's what Jeep has done in the Wrangler, offering some of the most impressive protection features for a mid-size SUV.
Boasting an underbody protected by a 2.5 mm skid plate, high-powered fog lights, and strong front-mounted towing hooks, this SUV can get you out of just about any sticky situation and back on the safety of the road in no time. For those looking to really push the limits of what's possible with a consumer SUV, the Jeep can handle just about anything you throw at it.
For passengers, the Wrangler's standard advanced airbag control, available Trailer Sway Control and solid four-wheel disc Antilock brakes ensure basic safety on the road and in any emergency situation, while the high-strength steel cage promises to offer reliable protection in the event of a crash.
6. Jeep Isn't Done Improving
In order to meet the needs of a changing market - both in terms of what consumers want and of what the government will allow for vehicle efficiency - Jeep engineers have not stopped making regular improvements on the Wrangler. As a result, few other models have better adapted to the changing market than the Wrangler - and this is evident in its continuing excellent sales numbers.
This included Jeep's most recent announcement that the 2017 Wrangler would undergo major structural alterations, including the first use of a unibody-style frame and at least partially-aluminum exterior panels. Jeep claims that these reduce the total weight of the vehicle by hundreds of pounds over its most immediate predecessor, improving fuel efficiency to the current 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg highway. And, since Wrangler production will be staying in Toledo, you can drive safely knowing your vehicle is proudly American-made.
Jeep has also announced plans to include a hybrid powertrain on the 2017 Wrangler, which could vastly set it apart from other mid-size SUVs in the market in terms of fuel-efficiency. This means that while drivers may need to consider their car's battery life a bit more closely when offroading with a hybrid Wrangler, they should rarely have to consider fill-ups, which could save a lot of time and money in the long run.
So there you have it: because of these reasons (and a few more), the Jeep Wrangler is able to hold onto its resale value better than almost any other comparable vehicle in its class. With a reputation like that, it might just be a matter of time before used Jeep Wranglers for sale are all anyone will be interested in buying.