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Jeep Wrangler
aka JK
Production 1941-present
Class Compact SUV/Offroader
Body Style 2-door, 4-seat Convertible Wagon
Length 162.9 in
Width 82.8 in
Height 70.9 in
Wheelbase 95.4 in
Weight 3782 lb (Manual)
3805 lb (Automatic)
Transmission 6-speed Manual
4-speed Automatic
Engine 3.8 litre OHV V6
Power 202 hp @ 5000 rpm
237 lb-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
Similar Land Rover Defender
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The Wrangler (also known as the JK,YJ and TJ, as explained below) is a mini SUV from Jeep, a division of DaimlerChrysler. It is a successor to the famous World War II GP vehicle by way of the 'Willy's' Jeep in the 1950s and later by the Jeep CJ series. The Wrangler YJ debuted in 1987, the TJ in 1997, and the JK in 2007.

The Wrangler is produced at Jeep's Toledo South Assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio.

See WikiCars' comprehensive Jeep Wrangler Review.


Recent Changes

  • The 2012 models now come standard with Chrysler's Pentastar V6 engine that is also found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Journey, and Dodge Durango. The Rubicon model also now comes with optional painted fender flares and a body colored hard top previously which were only available on the Sahara model.

For 2011, the Wrangler receives major upgrades as well as a slight facelift. The biggest change concerns the much-improved interior, the new Wrangler gets a new steering wheel, instrument panel, reworked center stack, larger rear windows, lockable console, cushier armrests, new USB interface for MP3 player connection, Bluetooth streaming audio and improved cabin acoustics. Outside, new paint colors envelope the Wrangler in a choice of Bright White, Cosmos Blue, Deep Cherry Red, Detonator Yellow or Sahara Tan. The Sahara trim now also features a body-color removable hardtop. [1][2]

  • The Wrangler was completely redesigned for 2007. It has been enlarged in every dimension and now features a V6 engine in place of the AMC designed 4.0 liter inline-6. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has become its own model.

Styles and Major Options

The 2007 Wrangler is available in Four trim levels: X, X-S, Sahara and Rubicon. Even the base X model is well equipped with both off-road and on-road features. In 2009, a special edition called Rocky Mountain Edition was made in spring 2009.

X Standard Features
Not available for the unlimited version. Not compatible with hardtop

  • 3.8 liter V6
  • 6-speed Manual Transmission
  • Convertible Soft Top
  • Full Framed Doors with Tinted Glass Windows
  • Full-Size Spare Tire
  • AM/FM CD/MP3 Stereo with 6 Speakers
  • 16" Steel Wheels
  • Shift-on-the-fly 4x4
  • Command-Trac(r) transfer case
  • Vinyl seats
  • Skid Plates
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Warning Signal
  • Mini Console
  • "X" decal

Rocky Mountain Edition (2009 only)
A special edition of the base X trim was made for the Canadian market featuring:

  • 17" Tires and Aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 Stereo
  • Body coloured fenders
  • Tubular Side Steps
  • Rocky Mountain decals

X-S Standard Features
In addition to or in place of X Standard Features

  • Cruise Control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Compass and Thermometer
  • Cloth Seats
  • Fog Lights
  • Front and rear Tow hooks
  • 17" Tires and Aluminum Wheels
  • Front floor mats
  • Height-Adjustable Driver's Seat
  • Hardtop Wiring Kit
  • Full center console

Sahara Standard Features
In addition to or in place of X-S Standard Features

  • Tubular Side Steps
  • Air Conditioning
  • Underhood Insulation
  • Convertible Hard Top
  • Upgraded Instrument Panel
  • Stain-Resistant Cloth Upholstery
  • 368W Sound System with 7 Speakers and Subwoofer
  • Power Windows, Door Lock and Keyless Entry
  • 18" Aluminum Wheels
  • "Sahara" decals

Rubicon Standard Features
In addition to or in place of Sahara Standard Features

  • Locking Front and Rear Differentials
  • Electronic Front Sway Bar Disconnect
  • Rock-Track (r) transfer case
  • Convertible Soft Top
  • Rock Rails
  • 17" Machined Aluminum Wheels
  • 4:1 Low Range Transfer Case with 4.10 Axle Ratio
  • 32" Off-Road Tires
  • "Rubicon" decals

Major Options

  • 4 speed automatic transmission
  • Dual Top Group - Convertible Soft Top and 3-Piece FreedomTM Hardtop, Not Compatible with the X trim
  • Power Windows, Door Locks and Keyless Entry
  • Side Airbags
  • AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 Stereo
  • AM/FM CD/DVD Full-Screen Navigation Stereo with 20GB Hard Drive
  • Trailer Tow Group


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Gas Mileage

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Engine and Transmission

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  • RECALL ALERT!!! Please note, this does not concern the 2dr Wrangler: Jeep recalling more than 47,000 2002-2003 Liberty because of loss of lubrication in their front ball joints due to salt and 2009 Commanders, Grand Cherokees, and Wrangler Unlimited models due to a possible reversed wiring on the driver's airbag controller which may inhibit the airbag's deployment. [3]

Although Chrylser has never been known for its vehicles reliability, the Jeep Wrangler has been come to known as the exception. The all terrain vehicle has been known to be reliable through the harshest of weather conditions, and thanks to its Trail Rating the Wrangler can comfortably go through obstacles and off road with ease compared to almost every other "SUV".


The 2007-2012 Wrangler has a Five Star Frontal crash test rating, a Three Start rollover rating, and side impacts are not rated.



  • Bright White
  • Cosmos Blue
  • Deep Cherry Red
  • Detonator Yellow
  • Sahara Tan
  • Jeep Green
  • Rescue Green
  • Deep Water Blue
  • Redrock
  • Flame Red
  • Mango Tango
  • Brilliant Black
  • Silver

Main Competitors

Hybrid Models

There are currently no Hybrid models of the Jeep Wrangler.

Unique Attributes

  • 2 second generation Jeep Wranglers appeared in Jurassic Park as ranger vehicles.
  • 2 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4WDs have climbed 6646 km above sea level to the rim of the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile-the highest altitude reached by a 4WD. It took 5 days for a team led by German adventurer Mattias Jeschke to drive from the base and the team experienced surfaces that included fissured rock cliffs, volcanic sand and glacial ice so smooth that walking up there requires spiked shoes. It even withstood "hurricane-strength" wind and temperatures of -30C. The Wranglers used Goodyear MT/R tyres.
  • Cheapest convertible car available in North America


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Resale Values

As with other convertibles Jeeps, the resale value should be good.

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As with most Jeep, the fuel consumption is quite High for a 4 passengers vehicule (or 2 passengers + some cargo). To get in the back seat of this vehicule can be a little hard for people not used to it, especially if these person are short. The tubular sidesteps needs to be removed when going off road to prevent damage to the body or the sidesteps. If a user intend to go offroad with his vehicule, he needs to take this into consideration before taking that option. Also, Chrysler is not selling half door or full doors kit so they need to be purchased either on the aftermarket or buy all the parts seperately.

Current Generation: (2007–present)

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JK Jeep Wrangler

JK 2007 will see the complete redesign of the Jeep Wrangler, in both two and four-door models. The TJ platform will be replaced by a new JK platform, becoming this time a mid-size SUV. It will become Jeep's third mid-size SUV, after the Grand Cherokee and the Commander in the lineup. This next-generation Wrangler is significantly larger than the existing model, with a 2 in (50.8 mm) longer wheelbase and 3.4 in (86.4 mm) wider track. Jeep is not the only company introducing a third mid-size SUV; Ford is introducing its Edge for 2007.

Many Wrangler enthusiasts have decried this new vehicle's larger size, claiming that it runs counter to the character of the Wrangler, and is too big to be an effective off-road vehicle. However, it should be noted that similar complaints were heard during previous redesigns. Jeep reportedly intends to cement the Wrangler's position as the marque's most-rugged vehicle as new car-based crossover SUVs take some of its on-road market share.

The JK Wrangler is expected to be offered in three versions eventually:

  • A short-wheelbase 2-door
Introduced at 2006 North American International Auto Show with Chrysler group CEO, Tom LaSorda driving it up the steps and through a plate glass window, just as Robert Lutz had done at the show in 1992 with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • A long-wheelbase Unlimited 4-door
Introduced at the 2006 New York Auto Show buried in dirt and sprayed with a fire hose. See the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited article
  • A long-wheelbase Unlimited pickup truck

A 3.8 L OHV V6 producing 205 hp (153 kW) and 240 ft·lbf (325 N·m) will be the base engine, replacing the venerable AMC Straight-6 engine. The 4.7 L PowerTech V8 and 2.8 L VM Motori turbodiesel straight-4 used in the Liberty are likely to also be offered as options in some markets. A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard, with a 4-speed automatic transmission offered as an option. Stability control will be a new safety feature for the Wrangler.

A traditional soft top is standard equipment. Available equipment includes a Sunrider Soft Top or new 3-piece modular hardtop. The hardtop allows the sides to be removed for an open-air feeling. Although the doors can still be removed in traditional Wrangler fashion, power windows and remote power door locks will be offered for the first time. Another first is an available navigation system.

JK Wrangler Unlimited

See the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited article

Previous Generations

Third generation (1997-2006)

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TJ Jeep Wrangler

The YJ gave way to the TJ for the 1997 model year. This updated Wrangler featured a coil-spring suspension (based on that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee) for better ride and handling, and a return to the CJ's iconic round headlamps. The engine is the same 4.0 L AMC Straight-6 used in the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. A 2.5 L AMC Inline-4 motor was available on entry-level models until 2003 when the 2.4 L DOHC Neon 4-cylinder engine replaced it. This model of the Jeep was the first Wrangler to have airbags.

Other changes included the 1999 additions of a larger standard fuel tank, child seat tethers and sound system improvements in 2000, and intermittent wipers, a new console, and an optional locking compartment for 2001.

TJ Wrangler Rubicon
The Wrangler Rubicon (named for the famed Rubicon Trail off-road test circuit) was introduced in 2003. It features front and rear Dana 44 axles with built-in air-actuated locking differentials, rear helical gear-driven limited slip differential, 4:1 low-range NV241 transfer case, 4.10:1 differential gears, 16 in alloy wheels, and Goodyear MTR P245×75×R16 tires. 2003 and 2004 featured the NV3550 manual transmission in the Rubicon while 2005 changed to a six speed. The 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission was available from 2003 to 2005.

A limited run of 1,000 Wrangler Rubicon "Tomb Raider" models were produced in 2003 to promote the Tomb Raider sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Along with the standard Rubicon fare, it also included exterior features such as 16 in. Alcoa forged aluminum wheels, Tomb Raider badging, and Mopar accessories including a light bar, riveted fender flares, tubular grille guard, diamond-plated bumper guard, etc. Interior features included Dark Slate fabric seats with red accent stitching down the center, silver surround instrument panel bezel, red seatbelts and a Tomb Raider badge with serial number. To match the vehicle in the film, it was offered in Bright Silver.

TJ Wrangler Unlimited
In 2004, Jeep introduced the Wrangler Unlimited with a 10 in (~25.4 cm) longer wheelbase; it came stuffed with a Dana 44 solid rear axle, 3:73 gear ratio, the legendary Command-Trac 231 transfer case, and is also known by its unofficial designation of LJ. In 2005, Jeep released the Rubicon Unlimited, which had the wheelbase of the Unlimited and the off-road features of the Rubicon, such as front and rear locking differentials, diamond plate rocker guards, Solid front and rear Dana 44 axles, and a tough NVG241 transfer case with a 4:0:1 low range set of gears, 245 75R 16 Goodyear MT/R's, a six-speed manual transmission as well, and many other comfort and convenience options not offered on other Wranglers.

Also in 2005 Jeep released a limited production “Sahara Edition” Rubicon Unlimited. Only 1000 were produced and each one is numbered. All of them are visually identical, but some were offered in a manual and others an automatic. They are all Light Khaki, Unlimiteds. Trim differences over the standard Rubicon include chrome grill, color matched flares, dual tops, Graphite Moab wheels, a Sahara spare tire cover, upgraded seats, Sahara decals, tail light guards, and a numbered dash badge.

Second generation (1987–1996)

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1992 Jeep YJ

The Jeep YJ, sold as the Wrangler, replaced the much-loved but slower-selling Jeep CJ in 1987. It was a new design with less ground clearance, more comfort, and some of its inspiration coming from its stablemate, the Jeep Cherokee, rather than from its CJ predecessor alone (this prompted some Jeep purists to interpret the YJ as a "yuppie Jeep" upon the model's introduction). The YJ also had a leaf spring suspension similar to that of the CJ. 632,231 YJs were built through model year 1995. The YJ was replaced in 1996 by 1997's TJ. YJs are easily identifiable by their rectangular headlights.

The YJ used a 2.5 L AMC I4 or optional 4.2 L AMC I6 until 1991. That year, a fuel injected 180 hp (134 kW) 4.0 L variant replaced the 112 hp (84 kW) 4.2 L straight-6.

The roll cage was extended in 1992 to allow for rear shoulder belts, and anti-lock brakes were added as an option the next year. An automatic transmission option for 4-cylinder Wranglers came in 1994 along with a center high-mounted stop light.

On August 5, 1987, American Motors was bought by Chrysler, and the Jeep marque became a part of Chrysler's Jeep/Eagle division.

First Generation/Origins (1941 - 1986)

CJ series






The Wrangler traces its origins to the Willy's Jeep of World War II fame.


A diesel Wrangler is available for the international market

Design quirks and oddities

The ignitions of many of the YJ model jeeps could be turned without use of a key. There is an ignition locking lever, but you can switch it off to easily turn the ignition without a key.

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