Navigation, 6.5” Touch Screen Display, Uconnect Voice Command w/ Bluetooth, Alpine Premium Audio System, Remote Start, Power Windows, Power Locks, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Heated Mirrors, Modular Body-Colour Jeep Freedom Top Hardtop, Folding Rear Seat, Rear Compartment Covered Storage, Heavy Duty Suspension w/ Gas Shocks, Transfer Case Skid Plate, Fuel Tank Skid Plate, Next Generation Dana 33 Solid Front Axle, 3.21 Rear Axle Ratio, 18” Polished/Satin Carbon Wheels, 3.6L V6 Engine, 5-Speed Auto Transmission, Command Trac Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD, Trailer Tow and ONLY 77,618 km
The Wrangler has long been one of the most recognizable automobiles on the market and the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is no exception. Although it is larger and safer than past models wearing the CJ and Wrangler nameplate, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is still true to its heritage as America’s best-loved off-road escape artist.
What we like best about the Jeep Wrangler is that it still delivers the things that make off-roaders happy. Among those attributes are separate body-and-frame construction, live axles front and rear and enough ground clearance to drive over a (large) sleeping dog without doing damage to dog or the Jeep. Despite the tall center of gravity, Jeep engineers have done a remarkable job of taming the beast within, endowing this newest Wrangler SUV with precise steering and a suspension that keeps the tires in secure contact with the paved surfaces beneath it. Off-road, the 2013 Wrangler is everything you want in a 4WD trail rig, given its ability to poke along at a walking speed. Add real horsepower to the crawling, and favorable gearing for the hauling, and you arguably have the most competent Jeep Wrangler in the brand’s 70-year history.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler SUV’s 285 horsepower is among its most notable features, but with additional power comes the need for enhanced control. Jeep engineers have added a full menu of safety and security, including electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control. The 3.6-liter V6 in the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is truly a revelation. Featuring alloy construction, the 60-degree V6 is lighter and more compact than the previous 3.8-liter found in the 2011 Wrangler. And, with 285 horsepower, the perceived need for a V8 is all but eliminated.
The Wrangler’s optional 5-speed automatic transmission provides the driver with more efficiency, better use of the new V6’s torque curve and, with a lower 1st-gear ratio, better ability to crawl those rocks. Comfort and convenience options include Bluetooth, navigation, Alpine speakers, and remote start.
There are very few instantly recognizable vehicles on the road, but the Jeep Wrangler is surely one of them. Moreover, Jeep as a brand has transcended to define a whole category of vehicles. When somebody says “Jeep” – you immediately think a stubby and tall four wheel drive off-road vehicle. Although, Jeep’s lineup has expanded over the decades, the original spirit of a rugged military vehicle is still with us and the Wrangler.
Of course, the Wrangler is recognized world over, but the premium Sahara trim level takes this Jeep further upscale with touches like body colored hard-top, 18” painted wheels, cloth interior with embroidery, tire pressure monitoring system, and much more. The three-piece body colored removable hard-top makes the Wrangler look more like an SUV with a permanent roof. And there are plenty of creature comforts inside. A far cry from the original Willy’s Jeep. Nonetheless, the 2013 model can still shed its top and doors. It’s still possible to fold down the windshield after some doing. However, a windshield is a nice thing to always have, and I don’t know if many owner ever attempt this.
Competition? There really is nothing else like the Wrangler… a convertible go anywhere vehicle.
There will forever be a soft spot in my heart for the Jeep Wrangler. To me, a Jeep Wrangler represented freedom; a carefree do-it-all machine, equally at home with the top stowed away in the summer or with the heater on full blast in the snowy clutches of Old Man Winter.