speaker 1: i’m travislangness, edmunds’ editor, and this is the expert rundownof the 2017 jeep wrangler. for 2017, the wrangler gets afew new items like optional led headlights and foglights, and a cold weather package that has remotestart and heated seats. we expect to redesignwrangler in 2018, but for now this is thedrop top jeep we’ve got. it’s got subpar crash testscores, long braking distances, unimpressive fueleconomy, stiff seats.
it’s loud on the inside. it’s missing a lotof safety equipment that you’ll get in other suvs. and the soft topis hard to operate and makes it evenlouder on the inside, but somehow thatjust doesn’t matter. this jeep wrangleris just super fun. it can pretty muchgo anywhere off-road. that’s its key selling point,thanks to its elevated ride
height, short wheelbase andhardcore trail-tested hardware underneath. the model we’re lookingat here is the hard top, but there’s also amanually operated soft top version available. our favorite trim level isthe two-door rubicon version. it’s the go anywhere wrangler. the interior of the wranglerisn’t exactly a great place to be.
much of the materials qualityis subpar, especially up against class leaders. but honestly, itjust doesn’t matter. that fun experience ofbouncing over sand dunes, going on the beach, takingany trail you can find– that’s the best partof owning a wrangler. larger competitors like thetoyota forerunner and the dodge durango can do somedamage off-road, too, and they have a fewmore creature comforts.
but they have a hardtime outperforming the wrangler in tight spaces. the bottom line is,owning a jeep wrangler is a truly unique experience. and although it may notseem super appealing, we can’t avoid loving it. for more reviews of keycompetitors, go to youtube and check out more of theedmunds’ expert rundowns.