For 2016, buyers will have serious and significant reasons to give a second thought about the new and invigorated Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. However, many will be endeared to it because of its characterful, unique, unabashedly, and capable all-American Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Its release date should be expected later this year.
Some of the pros that will highlight the Wrangler include an aftermarket parts support, unmistakable styling, numerous trims, and fun-to-drive demeanor. Add-ons for 2016 model include new colors, a robust collection of special models, lots of aesthetics updates, and tons of standard features even for the base model.
Despite the pomp and color that the new 2016 Jeep Wrangler comes with, there are certain drawbacks that will give an advantage to its traditional rivals. Some of these cons include a cumbersome convertible operation, sloppy on-road handling, and mediocre crash test scores, lack some of the latest technologies and safety features, noisy interior, and questionable security with a soft top.
In overall, this review gives everything plainly simple and you’ll have to decide whether investing in the Wrangler is the best choice for you. But, if it isn’t, other alternatives to consider in the same segment include Grand Cherokee, Nissan Xterra, Toyota 4Runner, and Jeep Renegade.
Exterior Changes & Interior Pictures – 2016 Jeep Wrangler
The vehicle comes in two distinguishable body styles. Expect it as either a two-door or a four-door Wrangler. The former comes with a four passenger seating capacity, while the four-door wrangler is available with a seating capacity of up to five passengers. Each comes with three variants.
The standard feature list present on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport includes a fold-down windshield, a tilt-only steering wheel, 16” wheels, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding and tumble forward seat, full size spare tires, CD player, full metal doors, a height-adjustable driver seat, skid plates, auxiliary audio jack, bigger gas tank for the Unlimited version, premium sound system, manual locks and mirrors, cruise control, on-off-road tires, removable doors, and forward backseat.
Next, the Power Convenience Group builds upon the above equipment list and makes available an air-conditioning, a satellite radio, media player interface, auto-dimming mirror, keyless entry, power locks and windows, touchscreen audio interface, 17” alloy wheels, a security alarm, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
Expect the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara to come with rear passenger grab handles, 18” alloy wheels, air conditioning, satellite radio, painted exterior body panels, automatic headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sound deadening.
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes with 32” tires, automatic headlights, 115V power outlets, a heavy-duty Dana 44 front axle, an upgraded transfer case, roof rails, under hood insulation, a shorter 4.10 rear axle ratio, electronic rear and front locking differentials, and air-conditioning.
Optional on every Wrangler include 28GB of music storage, a tire pressure monitor display, a trip computer, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, body-colored hardtop, and Uconnect 430 touchscreen.
Furthermore, the new 2016 Jeep Wrangler will come with special-edition packages built off either the Rubicon or the Sport trims. They include Willys Wheeler, Freedom Edition, and Rubicon Hard Top. All come with unique equipment that buyers can order alongside their Jeep Wrangler.
Engine Specs – 2016 Jeep Wrangler
Good for 285 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque is a 3.6L V6 engine that comes under every hood of the 2016 Jeep Wrangler. The power is transmitted to all the wheels via the 6-speed manual transmission system. Additional engine specifications include hill assist, high and low-range gearing, and upgraded transfer case.
Expect a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds for the regular Wrangler and up to 3,500 pounds for the Unlimited trim.
During our own test drive, a manual-equipped Wrangler with two-doors was able to dash to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. As for the bulkier Unlimited, expect its acceleration from 0-60 mph to be 8.8 seconds.
As per the EPA stats available, the tw0-door Wrangler returns 17/21/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined irrespective of the transmission system. The Unlimited gets 16/21/18 mpg with the manual, and 16/20/18 with an automatic.
Price and Release Date – 2016 Jeep Wrangler
From the official Jeep Wrangler price catalogue, expect the base Sport to come with a starting MSRP of $33,405, and up to $41,305 for the top-of-the-range 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock.