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2015 Jeep Wrangler - Review

09/07/2014


The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is still the most capable in the brand's lineup—and perhaps the most capable SUV on the market. But it's no longer the rough-and-tumble compromise on wheels that it once was. Yes, it's still a bit crude in some ways, but considering where it came from, and where it can take you, the Wrangler is now livable, thanks to important changes made over the past few model years.

Jeep goes to great lengths to preserve the Wrangler's authenticity. You can still remove its top and doors, completely, and flip down the windshield. The door hinges are still exposed, attached to flat sheetmetal that deliberately avoids mass-market appeal. Wrangler buyers wouldn't have it any other way. And that authenticity goes a long way toward making the other Jeep products, whether family SUVs or smaller crossovers, just that much more desirable than their competitors.

Two body styles are available: the two-door Jeep Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited. They offer a choice of soft or hard tops, as well as a package that includes both, for those who want to switch back and forth depending on season. Though easily penetrated by road and wind noise, they can completely open the cabin, making the Wrangler a true convertible SUV. And fans of T-tops will like the Freedom hardtop, which has removable roof panels for a semi-open-air experience that requires less futzing. Jeep has improved its soft top design in recent years, making it much easier to use, but it's still a complex, multi-hand operation.

In 2012, Jeep introduced its Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 to the Wrangler, along with a new five-speed automatic transmission, and it's made this the standard powertrain. A six-speed manual is still offered, too. The V-6 and automatic combination can now dash to 60 mph in a much faster 8.4 seconds for the Wrangler Unlimited, or 7.7 seconds for the two-door model. There's surprisingly strong passing pep, and revs are kept low. About the only complaint we have is with the old (but very rugged) recirculating-ball steering gear and its dullness. Well, that and its 17-mpg EPA city rating.

The sacrifices might well be worth it when you take to the trail—pretty much any trail—and experience the Wrangler's reason for being. The tough body-on-frame chassis and solid front and rear axles that established the Wrangler as one of the most capable off-road SUVs on the market continues to wow, with lots of clearance, a rugged underbody with protective skid plates, and terrific boulder-scrambling prowess. The traditional four-wheel-drive system is also supplemented with some modern tech, including an electric sway-bar disconnect that permits impressive wheel articulation without the expense of floppy on-road cornering.
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2015 Jeep Wrangler featuring Alpine Speakers


2015 Jeep Wrangler featuring Alpine Speakers
Published on Nov 12, 2014

All-new high-performance speakers for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler developed by Alpine Electronics offers increased output, extension, clarity and headroom that drivers not only hear, but feel.
 

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Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition

2015 Jeep Wrangler Gets New Military-Styled Freedom Edition!


December 10, 2014

While the specifications of the new Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition don’t seem to be radically different from those of the standard Wrangler – or any different at all, for that matter – the important detail is in the vehicle’s appearance. One glance at the new Wrangler should be enough to figure out what’s so special about it, as well as why the edition got the “Freedom” name in particular.

Styled in a dark green paint job, complete with military stars and a badge on the hood, this is any military enthusiast’s dream vehicle. Because, other than the stylish patriotic appearance, this is otherwise the same 2015 Jeep Wrangler which so many critics have already described as a fantastic machine and have strongly recommended buying.


For those who haven’t been following the new Wrangler closely, it’s powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine with a manual, 5-speed transmission. With its nearly 300 horsepower output, it should be able to handle any kind of terrain with ease, and Jeep have actually been going on in detail about how well the new Wrangler handles more difficult environments.

Performance-wise, the new edition of the Wrangler seems to be exactly the same as the original model, so buying the Freedom edition is pretty much entirely a matter of taste. Some will definitely jump at the opportunity to display their allegiance for their country so openly, while others may see it as a bit too much – but the important thing is that Jeep are offering their fans sufficient options, and are letting them choose what they want in the end.

Sure, there’s always the possibility of just buying a plain Wrangler and tuning it to one’s desire, but a special custom edition like the Freedom one is definitely to be appreciated. Some critics have been questioning Jeep’s specific decision about the military theme though – but according to the company, the market for people who would buy a Wrangler styled like that is sufficiently large to warrant their decision.

And there has certainly been a lot of buzz over the new Wrangler around Internet forums already, so it’s probably a smart decision on Jeep’s side. It’s not known if the company has anything else similar planned for the near future, although it wouldn’t be too surprising if they decide to release another edition (or two) of the Wrangler. There haven’t been any rumors about any other similar designs, and the Wrangler’s Freedom edition certainly came a bit unexpectedly, but it seems that for many, it was a nice surprise in the end. Similar releases would definitely be welcome, judging by the current reactions from fans, but only time will tell if Jeep have anything else planned.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X Edition





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01/10/2015

2015 Jeep Wrangler X Edition

Inspired by the X Games Aspen athletes who make the unbelievable a reality, the new 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited X editions combine eye-catching styling with ultimate all-weather capability. Based on the Wrangler Sahara model, the new Jeep Wrangler X is available in both two- and four-door Unlimited versions. Wrangler X offers enthusiasts a unique exterior package with exclusive features, including Black accents on the front grille and headlamp rings, a Power Dome Hood with functional air vents, unique Wrangler X hood decal, Gloss Black Jeep badge, Low Gloss Black “Wrangler” decal, deep tint sunscreen glass, body-color hard top and fender flares, and Black fuel filler door with Silver hex bolts.

On the interior, standard features include a premium nine-speaker Alpine audio system with all-weather subwoofer, Jeep Performance all-weather slush mats, Black McKinley leather-trimmed seats with Black mesh sport fabric inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel, embroidered logo on seatbacks, unique logo on passenger grab handle, standard heated front seats, Slate Gray accent stitching, and Ceramic White accents on the steering wheel bezels, vent rings and grab handle.

Engineered to take on the most challenging trails, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited X models include a standard Dana 30 front axle and Heavy Duty Dana 44 rear axle. Legendary Jeep capability is achieved through the Command-Trac transfer case with 2.72:1 ratio. Making Wrangler X even more capable for off-road adventures, the new Wrangler X is equipped with a standard Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential and 3.21 axle ratio and optional 3.73 axle ratio, Rubicon Rock Rails and Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires with 17-inch polished Gloss Black aluminum wheels.

The new Wrangler X is available in Firecracker Red, Bright White, Black and Baja Yellow at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,295.


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KBB Awards Jeep


KBB Awards Jeep
Published on Jan 22, 2015

Ronald Frank, Senior Manager, Jeep Brand, accept Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value awards for 2015 Jeep Wrangler and 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Ceremony was held at The Lodge at Regency Center, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 22, 2015.
 

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock


2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock: Snowy & Muddy Colorado Off-Road Review
Published on Jan 31, 2015

( The Fast Lane Car: Auto News, Views, and Reviews -The Fast Lane Car: Auto News, Views, and Reviews ) 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hardrock Edition takes a time-tested off-road vehicle and adds a few sprinkles of luxury and comfort. It's still a short wheel-base Jeep, but you also get heated and leather trimmed seats and most convenience features you will find in a regular SUV.


Can it tackle the deep wet snow of the Rockies? Watch to find out!
 

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler

2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler

4. February 2015

The thing about the Wrangler Willys Wheeler: It is a toy for a grown-up boy.

No, I am not being sexist here, but just look at this:



2015 Jeep® Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

One of the elements of the package that turns a Wrangler Sport into a Wrangler Willys is that decal on the hood. That seems to be the sort of thing that guys would get geeked about; women not so much. Around back there is another seemingly stenciled-on decal that tells the world that it has four-wheel-drive in a script that makes you wonder whether there is a pin-up picture of Betty Grable on the inside of the door.

Even though this is not a vehicle painted in camo-green (it is “Billet Silver Metallic”), it shouts “Military” in a way that really gets the attention of Jeep Nation. (Yes, while it may be somewhat late to use the term “________ Nation,” Jeep is one of the brands with a sufficiently robust and committed following that it is simply how it is, not trendy.)



2015 Jeep® Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

For those of you who are not versed in what this “Willys” means: the first civilian post-World War II Jeeps were the Willys-Overland CJ-2A, which went on the market in 1945. The fundamental attribute of the CJ-2A (which was cleverly followed by the CJ-3A—and some people think that the whole alphanumeric nomenclature mish-mash was invented by the European luxury brands—ha!).

And the Willys Wheeler edition is meant to go back to that time of pure functionality.

Functionality like that made possible by a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential and 3.73 gears. There is a Dana 30 solid front axle. There’s a Command-Trac, 4x4, part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio for doing some serious rock crawling. And speaking of rocks, the Willys package also fits on rock rails that bring to mind something that just came out of a serious smithy, not the highly chromed decorative footsteps that are found on profoundly less-capable vehicles.

There are 17 x 7.5-in. high-gloss black wheels surrounded by BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain tires.

And while sometimes you hear a phrase related to dealers, “We’ll throw in the mats,” which often something that resembles not much more than carpet remnants with a finished border, the Willys Mopar mats are sufficiently serious that it seems as though you could slog through the Everglades before climbing into the Willys Wheeler and not make a mess on the floor.

The Wrangler Sport is the fundamental go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle. The Willys Wheeler doesn’t take anything away from that, it adds a bit more, but mechanically and historically.

And speaking of history: the Willys-Overland company was established in Toledo, Ohio, in 1912. The company had made passenger cars, but after WW II, the Jeep products dominated what the company built in Toledo.

The Wrangler Willys Wheeler is manufactured in Toledo, in keeping with what is now more than a century of highly capable tradition in production.

Selected specs

Engine: 3.6-liter, DOHC V6 with multi-port injection

Material: Cast aluminum block and heads

Horsepower: 285 @ 6,400 rpm

Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Transmission: Five-speed automatic

Steering: Hydraulic, recirculating ball with damper

Wheelbase: 95.4 in.

Length: 152.8 in.

Width: 73.7 in.

Height: 70.9 in.

Curb weight: 3,785 lb.

Seating capacity: 4

EPA: mpg city/highway/combined: 17/21/18 mpg


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TFL Jeep Wrangler YJ


TFL Jeep Wrangler YJ: Snowy & Muddy Colorado Off-Road Debut
Published on Feb 14, 2015

( The Fast Lane Car: Auto News, Views, and Reviews -The Fast Lane Car: Auto News, Views, and Reviews ) Meet the TFL Jeep Wrangler YJ. The 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ is perhaps the least loved of the Wrangler Jeeps. The YJ featured square headlights which upset the Jeep loyalist as this went against the long round headlight tradition of Jeep. In this video we introduce you to TFL newest test vehicle and we take it off-road in the snow and mud to see how it handles the Colorado Rockies.
 

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Jeep Wrangler: least expensive vehicle to insure.\

Wrangler Reaches Mountain Top of Insurance Affordability

03/18/2015

Jeeps are thought of go-anywhere vehicles engaged in treks that might cause a bump, scrape or significant collision. However, despite this confluence of capability and possibility, the Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD is the least expensive vehicle to insure.

While sport-utility vehicles and minivans are the cheapest vehicles to ensure, two other Jeep models joined the Wrangler among the top 10 least expensive vehicles. The Patriot and Compass were second and sixth on the list, according to Insure.com.



The average premium for the U.S. is $1,555, although it varies greatly depending upon where you live.

“Insurance rates are all about claims – how many and how big,” said Penny Gusner, consumer analyst at Insure.com. “Cars that are cheapest to insure typically are easy to repair or have fewer claims or both.”

The Wrangler can cost as little as $694 annually to insure in Maine and as much as $2,027 in Michigan, which has some of the highest rates in the nation. Below is the list of the least expensive vehicles.

Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD - $1,134
Jeep Patriot Sport 2WD – $1,136

Honda CR-V LX 4WD – $1,160
Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus - $1,162
Honda Odyssey LX - $1,163
Jeep Compass Sport 2WD - $1,164
Subaru Outback 2.5i - $1,176
Ford Edge SE 2WD - $1,176
Smart ForTwo Pure - $1,186
Ford Escape S 2WD - $1,190

One of the surprises on the list is the Smart ForTwo, but there are a few reasons, experts claim. First, it’s not an expensive car to begin with at $13,270.

Nissan's GT-R Nismo is the most expensive car to insure.

“Collision and comprehensive insurance (premiums) are to a large extent driven by the cost of a vehicle, and the Smart Fortwo is one of the least-expensive vehicles for sale in the United States,” said Matt Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

The Fortwo also doesn’t cost insurers much in claims. It’s collision losses are 32% below average, according to the HLDI, and 45% less than average for theft and other non-crash losses. It’s a city car so the accidents it’s involved in are more likely of the minor variety unlike those that occur when driving along the highway.

The most expensive vehicle to insure on average? The Nissan GT-R Nismo at $3,574 annually.


The GT-R Nismo is a $150,000-plus sports car with a 600-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine, capable of top speed of 196 mph. The list is unsurprisingly dominated by high-priced sports cars.

Nissan GT-R Nismo - $3,574
Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Convertible - $3,573
Dodge SRT Viper - $3,318
Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet - $3,216
Audi R8 5.2 Spyder Quattro - $3,206
Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive - $3,174
BMW 760Li - $3,147
BMW M6 Convertible - $3,115
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic Wagon – $3,042
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG 4Matic Sedan – $2,972

The averages were calculated using data from six large carriers (Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm) in 10 zip codes per state, according to Insure.com. Averages are based on full coverage for a single 40-year-old male who commutes 12 miles to work each day, with policy limits of 100/300/50 ($100,000 for injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries and $50,000 for property damage in an accident) and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage.

This hypothetical driver has a clean record and good credit. The rate includes uninsured motorist coverage. State averages were calculated by averaging the rates for all 1,522 models surveyed for each
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Jeep Wrangler X arrives

Jeep Wrangler X arrives

04/08/2015

The Jeep Wrangler X is now on sale in Australia, bringing with it a host of exterior and interior revisions.

Based on the high-spec Wrangler Overland, the X edition comes in either two- or four-door guise, and brings with it exterior accoutrements including glossy black 18-inch wheels.

You also get a Power Dome bonnet with functional air vents, a body-coloured three-piece hard top, body-coloured fender flares and grille, some decals, glossy black headlight rings and grille highlights, and a Mopar black fuel filler cover

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Jeep® Performance Parts:

Jeep® Performance Parts: Toughen Up for the Trail

Seven Mopar-modified Jeep® concept vehicles highlighted the capabilities of Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) to augment off-road performance
Pricing announced for lift kits, beadlock wheels, big brake kits, axles, fender flares and more Jeep Performance Parts products
Jeep Performance Parts are factory-engineered solutions specifically designed, built and quality tested to elevate the already best-in-class off-road performance of Jeep vehicle


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Fresh off the 49th Annual Easter Jeep® Safari and the trails of Moab, Utah, the Mopar brand is highlighting its extensive portfolio of Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) available to arm off-roaders in pursuit of any path they choose.

"The seven new Mopar-modified Jeep concept vehicles that attacked the trails at Moab offered an impressive demonstration of how Jeep Performance Parts can assist serious off-roaders in enhancing their performance," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO – Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA. "From beadlock wheels to lift kits, from big brake kits to axles and more, our Jeep Performance Parts line provides factory-engineered, original-equipment quality and durability to help master every trail."

Following is a selection of products available from the extensive Jeep Performance Parts portfolio, many of which equipped the concept vehicles showcased at Moab Easter Jeep Safari:

2-Inch Lift Kit
Offering added clearance for off-road obstacles as well as the ability to accommodate larger 35-inch tires, the JPP 2-Inch Lift Kit provides an aggressive appearance and exceptional handling both on- and off-road. The lift kit is available for two- and four-door options.

JPP 2" Lift Kit with Driveshaft for 2012-2015 Wrangler (4 Door) – Part No. 77070088AC: $1,495
JPP 2" Lift Kit with Driveshaft for 2012-2015 Wrangler (2 Door) – Part No. 77070095AC: $1,495
JPP 2" Lift Kit for 2007-2011 Wrangler (4 Door) – Part No. 77070089: $995
JPP 2" Lift Kit for 2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler (2 Door) – Part No. 77070094: $995

4-Inch Lift Kit
Elevate the profile and performance of the Wrangler four-door with a Jeep Performance Parts 4-Inch Lift Kit. The kit comes with specially tuned high-quality springs, brake lines and control arms, four specially tuned remote reservoir shocks, all necessary brackets, a double cardan driveshaft and yoke, a steering damper and a high-steer conversion kit.

JPP 4" Lift Kit for 4 Door Jeep Wrangler – Part No. 77072353: $2,250 (Available in May 2015)

Big Brake Kit
The Jeep Performance Parts Big Brake Kit includes 13-inch rotors, dual piston calipers, brake lines, heavy-duty pads for the front axle and a matching brake booster and master cylinder (must have at least 17-inch wheels). Booster and master cylinder also are available separately.

Big Brake Kit for Jeep Wrangler – Part No. P5160051: $795
Master Cylinder and Booster for Jeep Wrangler – Part No.P5160050: $245

Beadlock Wheels
Featuring the proper 12mm offset to accommodate 35-inch tires with a 2-inch lift, these black Jeep Performance Parts wheels with silver-painted forged beadlocks allows the installation of the tire in the normal bead seats, or install the outer bead in the lock seat.

Beadlock Wheel for Jeep Wrangler – Part No. 77072326AB: $325

Rock Rails
The challenges of the trail can be fierce, making added protection critical. Jeep Performance Parts Rock Rails are constructed of formed heavy-gauge steel to take on the toughest trails and provide added lower bodyside protection when off-roading.

Rock Rails for Jeep Cherokee – Part No. 82210574AG: $659
Rock Rails for Jeep Wrangler (4 Door) – Part No. 82210575AG: $775
Rock Rails for Jeep Wrangler (2 Door) – Part No. 82210574AG: $659
Rock Rails for Jeep Grand Cherokee – Part No.82213525AB: $895

Door Checks
Available for the front and rear, Authentic Jeep Accessories Door Checks provide extra restraints to help keep doors in position when open.

Door Check, Rear for Jeep Wrangler – Part No. 82214791: $140
Door Check, Front for Jeep Wrangler – Part No. 82214790: $140

Dana 60 Axles
Front and rear Dana 60 axles come equipped with electric lockers, standard one-ton truck disc brakes with dual-piston calipers, 1550 size u-joints, premium locking hubs and heavy-duty mounting brackets. The axles are engineered to work in lockstep with production steering and braking systems.

Dana 60 Front Crate Axle – Part No. P5156277AC: $7,000
Dana 60 Front Crate Axle – Part No. P5156276AC: $7,000
Dana 60 Rear Crate Axle – Part No. P5156279AB: $4,000
Dana 60 Rear Crate Axle – Part No. P5156278AB: $4,000

Flat Top Fender Flares
These fender flares accommodate aggressive 35-inch tires (or 37-inch tires with a two-inch lift kit) and attach to production mounting holes with no sheet metal trimming. Available in black but easily painted, the fender flares meet FCA US engineering standards.

Flat Top Fender Flares for Jeep Wrangler (4 Door) – Part No. 77072342: $795
Flat Top Fender Flares for Jeep Wrangler (2 Door) – Part No. 77072341AB: $795 (Available in May 2015)

For additional information on Jeep Performance Parts products such as skid plates, bumpers, winches, recovery gear and more, visit Performance Parts Catalog | Mopar.

Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product but truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is FCA’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 130 markets, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for FCA vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at Mopar Parts ? Buy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat Parts & Accessories Online.
 

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Drive into the Sunset with the Chelsea Truck Co. Jeep Wrangler CJ300

Drive into the Sunset with the Chelsea Truck Co. Jeep Wrangler CJ300





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