While a bit more civilized than its predecessors, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler remains a no-nonsense American icon. Its quirky character and unique off-road abilities continue to hold appeal. With roots very firmly placed in the Willys Jeep of the mid-20th Century – the simple and robust wartime workhorse with credentials from just about every theater of war. Development since the go-anywhere Jeep has been limited in 70 or so years and the modern Jeep finds it boastful to still sport solid axles, removable doors, and exposed hinges. Yet these symbols of antiquated automotive engineering remain strangely appealing because the rugged Wrangler is still the world’s most iconic off-road adventure vehicle.
One of the main areas of development is in the interior, with an attempt to appeal to more mainstream driving duties through improved materials, increased acoustic insulation, larger rear windows and new available features like automatic climate control, and steering wheel controls.
The car offered here has been the subject of a mild custom upgrade to enhance the tough and aggressive Jeep stance. Painted flat black, the Jeep rides on 18” split rim wheels shod with Ironman All Country tires. A bull bar and winch up front and heavily tinted windows and the black Trektop softtop complete the rugged exterior look. The original black interior with sport seats and upgraded stereo is in excellent condition throughout. A subwoofer provides a thumping bassline to the standard stereo with auxiliary port, while a Bluetooth system was installed to connect your phone.
The standard 3.8-liter V6 produces 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox with hill-start assist transfers the power to the four-wheel drive system, which includes high/low range transfer case gears. With 62,000 miles from new, the car runs and drives pretty much as new. Strong power and a smooth gear shift through a good clutch are complimented by excellent brakes and steering. All electrical systems work as they should, and the AC blows cold.
This capable off-roader, to the point of unstoppable in just about all terrain, is a blast to drive on city streets and certainly garners attention wherever it is parked.