2016 Jeep Wrangler: New Car Review
It could be argued that the 2016 Jeep WranglerOpens in New Window is the best off-roader ever. It’s certainly one of the only vehicles where fun and freedom can win out over caution and logic. Despite a lack of modern safety features, reasonable fuel consumption and sophisticated design, the Wrangler and its 4-door sibling, the Wrangler Unlimited, are among the best-known, most-loved vehicles, both on the road and off it.
The freedom to roam where and when you want — and not worry about getting stuck — is dear to Wrangler owners’ hearts. It allows you to travel topless, doorless and even without a windshield if the whim takes you. Embracing the minimalist, function-over-form cabin and opting for the most affordable model requires only a sacrifice of creature comforts, not capability.
And in a way, the Wrangler follows a certain logic. It’s a tool for a specific task. Because of that, it also enjoys surprisingly strong resale values, estimated to retain 54.9 percent of its value over 5 years.
The Unlimited expands the fun to those who need a genuine back seat with dedicated doors. Both models are available with removable soft-tops or hardtop shells. No matter which version you choose, you’ll be throwing caution (if not logic) to the wind, and that’s part of the joy of owning one of these truly iconic Jeeps.
What’s New for 2016?
The whole range has some new paint colors: Rhino Mojave Sand, Hypergreen, Billet Silver, Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue and Tank. The Sahara version receives a modified logo, body-colored bumpers and some metallic accents inside and out. It also has optional Olive Green leather upholstery with Cattle Tan stitching. And there are several special Wrangler editions with various cosmetic and hardware combinations.