Just like there’s no one “right” way to have an adventure, there’s no one “right” Jeep Wrangler trim or configuration out there. The ideal SUV for you will likely be very different than the ideal SUV for your neighbor, or your friend, or your coworker.
Only by knowing where your priorities are can you make sure you get the best possible version of the Jeep Wrangler for your needs – and the Wrangler has a reputation of being an especially versatile SUV to begin with.
We can’t decide which version of the Wrangler fits you best, but we can give you more information about some different trims so you can make an informed decision for yourself.
Key Questions to Ask When Looking at Wranglers
Asking yourself a series of questions will help you narrow down which configurations of the Wrangler may be up your alley. Once you have a better idea of which trim levels you’re most interested in, you can start searching dealerships and taking test drives.
In no particular order, here are some helpful questions to keep in mind:
Do I need two doors or four doors?
Not only do doors affect the experience of hopping in and out of your SUV, but they also affect the number of seats. As MotorBiscuit highlights , two-door Wranglers offer seating for four passengers, while four-door Wranglers have seating for five riders. Certain trim levels (like the Sahara) only come with four doors, while other trim levels (like the Sport and Rubicon) offer a choice between two or four doors.
Is my priority daily driving or off-roading?
A major point of consideration is how you typically plan to use your Jeep Wrangler. It’s entirely possible to use the Wrangler to cruise around town and crawl rocks, but some drivers lean more toward either daily driving or off-roading.
If your Wrangler is going to be your go-to vehicle for running errands, getting to work, and zooming about town, then considerations like fuel efficiency and ride quality take the cake. You might even consider the plug-in hybrid Wrangler to maximize your mileage before having to fill up.
If you’re mostly thinking about tackling terrain and fording streams in your SUV, then you’re probably leaning toward a 4×4 Rubicon. The Rubicon has a number of features specifically meant to make it an off-roading champ, like its 4:1 Rock-Trac 4WD system, Off-Road Plus mode, 4.10 rear axle ratio and more.
What is my budget for leasing or buying?
Wranglers can vary widely in price depending on the trim. The starting MSRP is $29,725, but there are more equipped models all the way up to the ultra-powerful Rubicon 392 at $74,640.
What features can’t I live without?
Visualize spending time in your Jeep. What images come to mind?
If you’re big on navigation and music, then choosing a model with the larger 7-inch or 8.4-inch available screen may be well worthwhile.
Need to feel the breeze on summertime drives beyond even what open windows can offer? A soft-top model may be just the ticket, as you can put it down when the weather is nice.
Plan on towing your toys up to the cabin as soon as the weekend hits? A model equipped with the available trailer-tow package may be a “must” for you.
The Wrangler has so much customizability that the options feel endless sometimes, but finding the right trim level and packages for you is really just a matter of asking yourself what you really want and need from your next SUV. When in doubt, try out a few different models to see which one feels right.